2009 October 06 Tuesday
Obama Spurns Dalai Lama For China

Does Richard Gere disapprove? Will liberal-lefties remove their Free Tibet bumper stickers from their Volvos? Or did they fail to reapply those bumper stickers when they traded up to Toyota Priuses? Barack kowtows. Kinda sad. The US President didn't use to be so weak he had to kowtow. I'm feeling nostalgic.

President Barack Obama has refused to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington this week in a move to curry favour with the Chinese.

I would say it is all about the Benjamins. But it is more like it is all about the Maos. The renminbi currency has pictures of Chairman Mao on it.

The Empire State Building is joining in the spirit. Will the Dalai Lama be barred from entering the Empire State Building? How soon till he's barred from entering the US?

Tonight the Empire State Building will be awash in red and yellow. But instead of honoring a singer intrinsically linked to the city, holidays , or something crassly commercial, the Empire State Building, as reported by the Agence France Presse, will "honor the 60th Anniversary of communist China."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 October 06 12:07 AM  China

Mthson said at October 6, 2009 4:55 AM:

Maybe Obama has a rationalist streak afterall? We have nothing to gain by currying favor with the Dalai Lama, as he doesn't represent any real power in the world.

Thras said at October 6, 2009 8:32 AM:

The Dalai Lama pisses off China -- that's power right there.

I wonder if Obama isn't sweating over the Chinese continuing to buy our debt.

not anon or anonymous said at October 6, 2009 9:07 AM:

So whats next, Obama refuses to meet the Dalai Lama just in case it upsets the PRC, I bet that reassures the people of Taiwan - or should that be Chinese Taipei?

History has shown if you show weakness dictators will take advantage of it.

pam said at October 8, 2009 12:20 AM:

"For no gallant son of freedom
To a tyrant's yoke should bend,
And a noble heart must answer
To the sacred call of Friend."

Mthson said at October 8, 2009 12:54 AM:

"I bet that reassures the people of Taiwan"

Who cares? If they want something from us either (1) it has to be in our best self-interest or (2) they have to compensate us in some other way.

If they can't do that, then they have to do what everybody everywhere has to do, which is adapt to reality.

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