The Obama administration trumpeted its human rights talks with China earlier this year, but the efforts fell flat and neither side walked away with a sense of accomplishment. Some say the government gave in to China, fearing loss of economic relations.
While many of those critiques came from the right, the Administration's commitment to the cause can be called into question by Secretary Clinton's 2009 remarks on the importance of economics in the human rights game.
"Our pressing on those issues can't interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis," she said after being asked about China's abuses in Tibet.
Though the United States, and Secretary Clinton specifically, insist they want to spread democracy and equality to the four corners of the world, and that human rights are of tantamount importance, the dollars and cents of it all often trumps real action. Hopefully Clinton will surprise the cynics and come out against this clearly homophobic raid.