Josh Marshall explains about a series of junkets taken by right-wing officials to the Mariana islands. As he explains Jack Abramoff set these up at the behest of the sweat-shop owners who run the place. Jack Schaffer went so far as to suggest we remodel our policy along the lines of the Mariana islands. Of course, the islands are known for slave-labor, sex-trafficking and forced abortion.
This story is jaw dropping. " The people were smiling" said Schaffer after visiting a sweat-shop. Obviously, on an official tour, it would look benign, because what you can see is carefully controlled. I can't help but be reminded of the many left-wing intellectuals who took trips to the Soviet Union and return singing its praises (famously, Henry Wallace, one of FDR's VPs). Neither side of the political spectrum is immune to the sins of credulity or evil, apparently.
(Posted by Ewan)