One ‘Left-wing’ friend of mine who I admire, and who is intelligent and articulate beyond measure, described Barack Obama as the most right wing president since Richard Nixon. I may be beginning to agree with him once the labels and definitions are jiggered a little.
Here are two articles which describe the way in which the US embassy managed to shuck off an awkward diplomatic situation when a Chinese human rights activist attempted to seek asylum at the US embassy in Beijing.
The Obama foreign policy lynchpin known as “engagement” has run into one more eminently predictable quagmire in the case of Chen Guangcheng. State Department officials knew full well that five seconds out of American custody and into Chinese hands they could not guarantee Chen a thing.
So what did they do? They took a man who had suffered years of Chinese human rights abominations and in less than one week they asked him — of their own admission — over and over: What do you want to do now? What do you want to do now? What do you want to do now?
It is hardly a surprise that eventually they got the answer they wanted — the response that made their life a whole lot easier given Chinese banquets for visiting Obama emissaries were waiting and Hillary Clinton was coming to town. And yet astoundingly Obama officials expect us to believe that the atmosphere at the embassy was one of “no pressure.”