President Barack Obama has refused to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington this week in a move to curry favour with the Chinese.
Thing is, he’s a captive to leftist thinking, including in this case, neutralism run wild, more than anyone else who made it to the White House.
He thinks to cajole the wily, implacable Chinese.
Sophie Richardson, Asia advocate for Human Rights Watch, said: “Presidents always meets the Dalai Lama and what happens? Absolutely nothing.
“This idea that if you are nice to the Chinese Communist Party up front you can cash in later is just wrong. If you lower the bar on human rights they will just move it lower and lower.”
He also apparently thinks we are the world’s biggest problem. This too is wildly leftist thinking. And cynical to beat all:
In April 2008, he was joined by Hillary Clinton, then his rival for the Democratic nomination and now his Secretary of State, in calling on George W Bush to boycott the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in protest at the bloody repression of a popular uprising in Tibet.
“If the Chinese do not take steps to help stop the genocide in Darfur and to respect the dignity, security, and human rights of the Tibetan people, then the President should boycott the opening ceremonies,” they said.
She’s just as bad, in case you think it’s a matter of the wrong Dem winning the nomination.
Mrs Clinton has been at the forefront of a new approach, called “strategic reassurance”, which seeks a more amicable partnership with the emerging power.
On her first trip to China in February she said public pressure on China over human rights was ill-advised as she “knew what the Chinese were going to say”.
And we know what Obama is going to say on almost anything. He’s an ideologue of the first water.