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Good luck with that: Chen Guangcheng wants to leave China in Hillary’s plane

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Melinda Liu, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng says he’s been abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital and begs to leave the country on Hillary Clinton’s plane.

When U.S. officials escorted him out of the U.S. embassy shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Chen thought he’d extracted a promise that at least one of them would stay with him at the hospital, he said. “Many Americans were with me while I checked into the hospital and doctors examined me. Lots of them,” he told me from his hospital bed, where he’s being treated for broken bones in one foot, an injury sustained when he fell after climbing a wall during his daring escape from house arrest late last month. “But when I was brought to the hospital room, they all left. I don’t know where they went.” The ordeal was all the more bewildering because Chen is blind and was hurt during his escape; he needs crutches or a wheelchair to move around.

The hours ticked by, and Chen became more and more agitated. Even though he’d originally told friends and embassy officials that he wished to remain in China, now he wanted to leave. “I hope to seek medical treatment in the U.S. with my family, and then I want to rest,” he said. “As for the future, we’ll deal with that in the future.” At the hospital, Chen’s fears mounted as his wife told him she’d been tied to a chair, beaten, and interrogated by Chinese guards after they learned he had entered the U.S. embassy in Beijing last Friday.

Nick Zahnpoints out,

Congressman Frank Wolf (R–VA) reminds us in his Foreign Policy piece:

During a visit to Asia early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton famously said that U.S .concern with human rights issues in China “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis.”

It is likely that this prioritization has not been forgotten by China’s leadership.

Doug Mataconis:

one wonders what impact this might have on the Obama Administration internationally and domestically. Frida Ghitis, in an opinion piece at CNN.com, puts it this way:

The Chen case, however, could become iconic. If the Obama administration cannot explain what went wrong, it will have opened itself to criticism from human rights advocates and from Republican rivals, that he badly fumbled.

The Chinese government has demanded an apology from Washington for helping Chen and for interfering in Chinese domestic affairs. But the Obama administration, which claimed it had stayed true to American values in the Chen case, needs to prove that it has the moral strength to stand up for one courageous individual who sought help.

This is not just about Chen. It is about universal principles of human rights, really, and about America’s willingness to defend them on the global stage. The whole world is watching.

We can’t save every political prisoner in China, but when they show up at the doorstep of our Embassy and we let them in things change significantly. If it turns out that we’ve turned Chen and his family back over to the wolves that’s going to be something the Obama Administration will have to answer for at some point.

Doug is an optimist. The media will turn a blind eye on Chen, and the Obama administration will have to answer to no one.

Prior post on Chen here.

UPDATE,
Didn’t take long for the Taiwanese Animation folks to come up with something,

Summit of the Americas: the overseas campaign stop

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

IBD has the post-mortem:

This trip wasn’t about diplomacy, or taking a stand for democracy or encouraging American values. The president mouthed cautious, standard U.S. stances on Cuba, drugs and free trade, but did so with little conviction.

Instead, he was really focused on winning votes back home as campaign season kicks in. Acts that can only be justified in a campaign rather than diplomatic context formed a pretty long list at this summit:

• Presummit briefings suggested the trip would be all about winning the Latino vote. “There is a unique quality to the relationship that we have with the Americas, specifically the fact that we have so many of our citizens here in the United States who trace their heritage back to the Americas,” White House aide Ben Rhodes said, explaining the reason for the trip.

• The president also became a new convert to free trade, despite consistently blocking it over the past three years. At a pre-summit stop in Latino-heavy Tampa, Fla., he told port workers: “When I’m in Colombia talking with other leaders, I’m going to be thinking about you.” Coming from the president who delayed the U.S.-Colombia free trade pact at a huge cost of U.S. jobs, it was all about the Latino vote again.

If I may add, the gullible Latino vote. Obama had a majority in both houses of Congress for the first two years of his term and neither item was a priority.

Even now, all he promised is that

he would “try” to bring up the issue in the first year of a second term.
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term,” he said. “I want to try this year.

Continuing,

• Politics doesn’t end at the water’s edge. On his official travels, Obama made time to attack GOP rival Mitt Romney in an interview with Univision, calling his immigration stance “very troubling.” [video and link above] Translation again? Not diplomacy, just the Latino vote.

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• Obama’s official Summit statement was also geared to domestic votes: “These last three years have been as difficult for the world economy as anything that we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” he oddly told the Latin leaders, whose economies are booming. “And it is a result of globalization and it is also a result of technology.” In another pander to voters, he effectively blamed foreigners and computers for his own fiscal failure and the mortgage crisis. That’s not diplomacy.

• Lastly there were photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dancing at a Cartagena club and knocking back a beer. Undignified in a diplomatic context, they are perfect images in a populist campaign context.

Obama’s gaffes are his own. One could start a war.

Too bad the press didn’t follow up.

Related:
Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?

Summit of the Americas update: Hillary ties one on

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

The group photo went OK,

Obama didn’t agree to legalize cocaine and dismissed calls for greater political engagement with Cuba.

Cristina Fernandez didn’t get any US statements on the Falklands, so she left early.

Lucia Newman, who shilled for Castro when she worked for the BBC and is now working for al-Jazeera, says “this may be the last Summit of the Americas” unless Cuba is allowed to participate.

Hugo Chavez is back in Cuba for more radiation, or something.

And the Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Widens.

So what’s a girl to do?

Party hearty!

Yes siree, our Secretary of State had a cold one,

and led the conga line!

You never saw stuffy Condi Rice doing that while on the job, did you?

Smart diplomacy in action!

UPDATE:
You can’t make this up: she was at the Cafe Havana.


Hillary’s jacket, part deux

Friday, February 24th, 2012

First the green Mao.

Now this:

What’s with the insignia on her shoulder?

A James Bond villain?

But unlike Rosa Klebb, the killer KGB agent famous played by Lottte Lenya in “From Russia With Love”, Hillary hasn’t equipped her stilettos with razor sharp blades dipped in venom.

At least Lotte’s sleeves were the right length,

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When the dress code says “white guayaberas”, Hillary wears lime green Mao

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Aiming to “reset” the button, Hillary stands out in the crowd; perhaps she thought she was in Rode Island with Joe Biden,

Didn’t get the memo? Hillary Clinton dons lime green shirt for G20 ‘family photo’ while everyone else wears white (h/t Babalu)

Fashion faux-pas, or smart diplomacy? You decide!

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Again, the US wants Argentina and Great Britain to enter into negotiations over Falklands???

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Update, Friday June 10,
Please also read Argentina and the Falklands: A background post

This is beyond insane,
Another slap in the face for Britain: the Obama administration sides with Argentina and Venezuela in OAS declaration on the Falklands, and is not the first time,

Washington backed a similar resolution in June last year, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear in a joint press conference with Cristina Kirchner in Buenos Aires in March 2010 that the Obama administration fully backs Argentina’s calls for negotiations over the Falkands, handing her Argentine counterpart a significant propaganda coup. The State Department has also insultingly referred to the Islands in the past as the Malvinas, the Argentine name for them.

There are a few things to consider:

  • The Falklanders are British, and wish to remain British.
  • Britain won the 1982 war.
  • Additionally, Cristina Fernandez needs both oil, and a distraction.

Nile Gardiner:

The declaration calls for Argentina and Great Britain to enter into negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falklands, a position which London has long viewed as completely unacceptable. It also comes in the wake of increasing aggression by the Kirchner regime in the past 18 months, including threats to blockade British shipping in the South Atlantic.

Hat tip: Tree Hugging Sister.

UPDATE
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Linked by Moe Lane, too; thanks!

UPDATE, Friday 10 June,
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And, do bear in mind, as Ed points out, that

the OAS declaration comes in response to a threat of military action from Argentina, which has publicly talked about a blockade of British shipping in the region over sovereignty claims by Buenos Aires.

Beyond insane.

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Open Market:

Argentina is now run by the Peronist Party, whose founder, Juan Peron openly sympathized with America’s fascist enemies in World War II, and knowingly gave refuge to fleeing Nazi war criminals.  Argentina’s recent Presidents, Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, have nationalized private pensions and plundered the private sector to pay for big government and welfare schemes.  The OAS declaration “comes in the wake of increasing aggression by the Kirchner regime in the past 18 months, including threats to blockade British shipping in the South Atlantic.”

Residents of the Falkland Islands have eminently sound reasons for wanting to remain in Britain, the birthplace of parliamentary democracy, rather than Argentina, which has too often been ruled by authoritarian strongmen like Peron or by military governments.  The United Kingdom scores higher on international measures of property rights and the rule of law than Argentina does.

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Chavismo’s love sign

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Not quite what Hillary and Obama expected from “smart diplomacy,”

Venezuela News and Views has more

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Inappropriate, part 2

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend a memorial service for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on January 14, 2011 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Today’s Inappropriate is brought to you by the word de·co·rum.

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Today’s podcast: Hillary and Hugo, BFFs

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern will be on that warm, 5-minute long handshake between Hillary Clinton and Hugo Chavez at the Dilma Rousseff inauguration in Brazil.

You can listen live, or to the archived podcast at your convenience, here.

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean will be up later today.

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Hillary to Hugo: “Use me! Abuse me!”

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Following a short-lived, albeit modest, display of gonadal fortitude, the Obama administration is back to appeasing Hugo Chavez.

Appeasement never works, but the Obama administration keeps trying, and a picture says a thousand words.

First there was that time in Trinidad where Obama, like Ezio Pinza sang in South Pacific, some enchanted evening ran across a crowded room to shake hands with Hugo. Remember?

SUMMIT/AMERICAS

Hugo seized the opportunity and gifted Obama a book, Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Latin America’s Open Veins) by Uruguayan Marxist writer Eduardo Galeano. Obama got up and shook hands again, and again.

The Obama administration back then “reset” US-Venezuela relations by reinstating the ambassadors: in 2008 Venezuela had expelled Ambassador Patrick Duffy, and Bernardo Alvarez Herrera was consequently expelled from the US.

This time Chavez said that Larry Palmer, the Obama administration’s Ambassador to Venezuela, would not be allowed to take his post, so the US revoked Alvarez Herrera’s visa. Obama supporters who hurl accusations of racism towards anyone who does not agree with Obama’s decisions remain curiously silent.

File picture of Larry Palmer

In the meantime, Venezuelans are bearing the latest currency devaluation.

So in the middle of all this, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the inauguration of former terrorist Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil, and of course Hugo managed to take advantage of the opportunity for another photo-op.

Who would have thunk it?

Chavez, Clinton chat at Brazil inauguration

“They talked and smiled, at least for five minutes. It looked like a social conversation, both were smiling,” a Brazilian official who witnessed the encounter told AFP on condition of anonymity.

At one point, Chavez extended his hand to Clinton, who shook it, smiling. They chatted for a few minutes before moving on to formally greeting Rousseff.

Five minutes, to be exact.

Here are the photos,

Give me five!

Love is in the air

And video,

Hugo even got bragging rights,

“We greeted each other. (Clinton), I think, was entering the room. She had a very spontaneous smile and I greeted her with the same effusiveness. … It was a pleasant moment. We spoke about two or three specific things,” Chavez told VTV.

Whatever the topic was, Hillary had a grand ole time,

That was a humdinger!

It even looked like it went so well Hugo had Hillary begging for more,

Let us pray

In short, yet another instance where we, the American people, can rest assured we’re in the best of hands.


Sing it, Hillary
!

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