Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Good To See...

Bush steps up and does the right thing here. In the grand scheme of things perhaps not a big deal. But just before a trip to China, far from insignificant.

40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong. It's insignificant. Bush will meet with the Dalai Lama, and then ten minutes later he'll be talking with corporate leaders about how to expand trade with China and how great it is that so many cheap Chinese goods are keeping down inflation.

Don't confuse political theater with substantive diplomacy.

11/10/2005 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugely sensitive issue in China. Agree with TCR, Bush did right thing here, good to see, and it actually means something if only symbolic (which is all we have vs. China on human rights anyway).

11/10/2005 8:48 AM  
Blogger Almighty Blog said...

He probably just wanted to ask the Dali Lama what Richard Gere was like in real life.

11/10/2005 12:06 PM  
Blogger St!ff M!ttens said...

He was probably thinking it was Dolly the cloned sheep he was meeting.

11/10/2005 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIG DEAL, another photo-up, signifying NOTHING.

11/10/2005 12:20 PM  
Blogger David Studhalter said...

I disagree heartily with the tone of the other comments: it is VERY important to the 6 million or so Tibetans, who are in the midst of cultural, and to a degree, literal, genocide at the hands of the Chinese, that their exiled leader is recognized. America crows about North Korea, Iran, and the former Iraq, but ignores the crimes of the Chinese in Tibet.

11/10/2005 12:24 PM  
Anonymous zizzo said...

Previous poster is EXACTLY right. People who think this was insignificant are infuriatingly clueless about this issue.

11/10/2005 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably the most sensitive issue politically in China for many years. Good to see the Prez step up on it.

11/10/2005 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"People who think this was insignificant are infuriatingly clueless about this issue."

Nobody has said that issue is insignificant. It's whether a photo op will change anything. It won't. It just gives credulous folk a little comfort. Makes everyone feel good. Personally, I'm sick of photo ops. Call me when he's going to cut off trade or drop bombs or sign a treaty or something that actually changes anything.

11/10/2005 1:38 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Okay, George and Laura Bush met with the Dalai Lama who was in Washington DC attending a conference on science and meditation. This is Bush's third meeting with the Dalai Lama.

The Bush administration just released a report to Congress on China's serious violations of religious freedom.

President Bush will be making an offical visit to China in 10 days.

According to My Way News, the Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibet government-in-exile in India.

Donald Rumsfeld recently made noises about China's military buildup.

Given the enormous financial investment in China by US corporations such as Disney, Wal-Mark and IBM, what can the Bush administration actually do to pressure China to make any changes in its human rights policies?

I confess to not knowing much about Tibet. Does the US recognize Dalai Lama as the head of the Tibet government-in-exile?

Most of what I learned about Tibet recently came from two mysteries by Elliot Pattison. The plots were not great but Pattison gave a lot of background info about Tibet and the Chinese government.

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11/10/2005 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Messages are mixed; and actions, other than PR, indicate ??.

For example, remember Darfur, Sudan, genocide... that is still going on. There is a bill Darfur Accoutability Act, and the White House was/is trying to kill it. Only last time they sent a letter, this time a House proxy to cover their tracks and stop it.

11/10/2005 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is kind of a nice summary of what others around the world think of the secret CIA prisons. I thought Turkey had a point, "human smuggling sponsored by governments is gradually becoming a nightmare for the entire world... Are we going to cover up operations, unlawful acts, and crimes against humanity committed by the CIA or on its behalf in this country?"

And have you been following the use of white phosphorus in the Fallujah battle last year. This sounds like another Abu Ghraib type story festering. Although it is interesting that this is coming out of Italy, the same place with the Niger uranium document started. Ho hum.

When the "enemy" is mixed with the "civilians" in guerrilla warfare, does saying "we didn't target civilians" change anything... And I thought dirty and cluster bombs were bad enough :-(

11/11/2005 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you belive that Bush does anything with out being told to do it then maybe it was significant. But he could not make the Rosa Parks service since he had to have lunch and dinner with the Prince of Wales.
Bush supports torture, how can he support the rights of any group of peoples?

11/11/2005 6:15 PM  
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