Bill Maher took on American “ignorance and belligerence” over Ukraine Friday night (the less Americans know about Ukraine’s location the more they want to invade it), and pointed to America’s prison system to argue that the U.S. has lost its moral authority to lecture anyone else, Vladimir Putin included, about human rights.
Ana Marie Cox said, “Belligerence and ignorance is a proud American tradition, we had it in the White House not too long ago.” Maher wondered if it’s Russia Americans should be worried about as opposed to the “crazy religious nuts plus nukes” in Pakistan.
Republican congressman Duncan Hunter said that Russia’s dangerously emulating tactics of the old Soviet Empire and America needs to say “what we can do to help.” Cox suggested people might be overestimating Russia’s ability “to get its shit together.”
Maher brought up religion to say that belief in the afterlife is “the most dangerous meme ever,” before arguing that “we have a hard time making the human rights case anymore like we once did,” pointing to crime statistics and America’s number one spot on the list of nations by incarceration numbers.
Matt Taibbi, meanwhile, was just depressed that there’s such near-constant talk of the U.S. getting into overseas conflicts.
Watch the video below, via HBO:
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