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Stephen Kruiser

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February 20, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Laser-like focus.

President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday in a show of concern about China’s human rights practices.

Obama’s midmorning session with the Dalai Lama may well draw a reprimand from China, which views him as a violent separatist because he seeks more autonomy for Tibet.

In what appeared to be a small concession to the Chinese, Obama will see the Dalai Lama in the White House Map Room, a historically important room but of less significance than the Oval Office, the president’s inner sanctum.

But the fact the meeting is taking place at all reflects U.S. concerns about a wide range of Chinese activities from human rights practices to territorial tensions in the East China Sea. Obama’s U.S. strategic pivot, or rebalancing, toward Asia is seen as a reaction to the growing clout of China.

This may be nitpicky but I’m sort of here for that. As the modern media wonks like to put it, the optics aren’t the greatest here. China’s human rights abuses have been a problem seemingly forever. Yes, it’s good that he’s getting around to at least some weak theater regarding them.

Sure, there were some comments and I get that the president has a schedule that is set way in advance but, for Heaven’s sake, the response to the Ukrainian and Venezuelan uprisings has been so tepid overall that Bob Menendez actually had to be the voice of reason.

An occasional adult presence would be nice.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Sure, there were some comments and I get that the president has a schedule that is set way in advance but, for Heaven’s sake, the response to the Ukrainian and Venezuelan uprisings has been so tepid overall that Bob Menendez actually had to be the voice of reason.

The president's schedule may be set way in advance but any reasonable person understands that schedules sometimes have to change due to unanticipated crises. I'm sure the Dalai Llama could have been rescheduled or accomodated via a conference call or any number of other alternatives without completely turning away from the problems in Venezuela and Ukraine.

I think Obama is turning away from those - and fobbing them off on Joe Biden is functionally the same as turning away - because he supports Putin and Russia despite whatever weak lip service he gives to freedom and democracy. I think it's the same with Venezuela: Obama doesn't want to undermine the Marxist leadership by making any strong demands (let alone threats) that support the protesters.
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