Tarry for the Nonce

April 23, 2009

Execute a Dissenter, Share a Laugh with POTUS

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 12:07 am

I will, in the words of Shumley Boteach, criticize Obama for hob-nobbing with bad men:

And if Obama feels that he has to be the one to greet a man like Chavez, must it be with the kind of ear-to-ear grin that one might show girl scouts selling cookies? It must surely be disheartening for those who suffer oppression in countries like Venezuela, Cuba and Saudi Arabia to see the American president backslapping their oppressors . . .

ALL THIS LEADS to one important question. Suppose Obama succeeds in building friendships with Chavez, Castro, Ahmadinejad and the Taliban. What then? Does America still get to feel that it stands for something? Will we still be the beacon of liberty and freedom to the rest of the world, or will we have sold out in the name of political expediency? And do any of us seriously believe that presidential friendship is going to get a megalomaniac like Hugo Chavez to ease up on the levers of power, or are we just feeding his ego by showing him he can be a tyrant and still have a beer with the president of the United States?

The evidence suggests that he can and, moreover, that the malicious dictators are disinclined to acquiesce to our requests.



  1. Are you equating “Friendship” with “Diplomatic Communication”? We have diplomatic relations with Russia, China, Vietnam and Libya. Does that make them our “Friends”?

    Comment by Chris — April 23, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  2. For the political victims and their families? I sure do. I think there is a distinct difference between diplomatic relations with their oppressors (i.e., sitting down to talk) and the back-slapping, broad-smiling, and intimate conversations our President is having with men whose violent methods he purports to condemn.

    Comment by lmwalker — April 23, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  3. I would think you’d need to be fairly good terms with someone if you wanted to ask them to change their basic ways of thinking.

    Comment by Howard — April 25, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

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