Roland Martin: 'Hypocritical' Americans Should 'Shut the Hell Up' About Crimea Invasion

March 19, 2014 | 3:37 PM EDT

On 19 March 2014, former liberal CNN contributor Roland Martin launched a left-wing tirade on his TV One news program, aimed mainly at conservative critics of President Barack Obama's foreign policy: "Who the hell is America fooling to tell somebody else in another country who you can invade and cannot invade?...the United States, under President Reagan, invaded Grenada....Yet, here we are telling another sovereign nation what countries you can't invade. It's called being hypocritical. It is called being shameless, and frankly, we look silly."

Despite calling out Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham for their criticism of Obama, Martin threw a much wider net in his rant: "So Americans, can you please stop with the hypocritical nature of your criticism?...The fact of the matter is, America has always invaded other countries." The host also included some of the left's usual examples of America's meddling around the world:

ROLAND MARTIN: ...We overthrew Hawaii. That's how it became a state. We overthrew a dictator, Allende – no, we actually overthrew Allende – democratically elected in Chile – and we put in the dictator, Pinochet. We overthrew Mossadegh in Iran – democratically elected – and that's one reason why the Iranians are still pissed with us today, because we overthrew what happened there. And so, who are we to think that we somehow can tell the rest of the world how dare you...overthrow countries? We've gotten so good at it over the past 100 years – and actually, since our existence. So, I would say to the critics, please, for the sake of everybody else, shut the hell up, because frankly, overthrowing countries is what America has been really, really, really good at.