National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley stated today that President Bush should attend the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies, rather than "cop-out" in protest China's brutal suppression of the people of Tibet and their actions in Darfur.
Hadley believes in "quiet diplomacy" rather than "frontal confrontation", once again using a tried-and-true Republican tactic of coming up with an extreme example as the alternative choice to their preferred course of action. I guess a simple protest like skipping the opening ceremonies while allowing our athletes to compete is something Bush considers too "frontal".
Gee, if only the President had considered a similar tactic back in late 2002, when the international community and U.N. inspectors were pleading with Bush to hold off on the bombing and full-frontal invasion of Iraq until they were certain that the WMDs actually existed.
Funny how "frontal confrontation" varies according to each nation, depending on Bush's whims.
The fact that Bush is still considering attending the opening ceremonies is a clear signal to Beijing that the United States has no problem whatsoever with China's fascist oppression of the Tibetan people. It's a known fact that the host country for the Olympics will use the opening ceremonies as a propaganda extravaganza; there are plenty of examples of this happening.
Gee, I wonder what Hadley would had advised if he had been part of FDR's administration? Would he have encouraged the President to hop aboard a steamer for Berlin to show America's support for the powerful industrial nation of Germany? Boy, Germany in the 1930's sure was a government who LOVED "quiet diplomacy"!
I'm not saying we should bomb China (again, I'm parroting the extreme examples of the Republican mind), but we should send them non-violent messages like skipping the opening ceremonies in protest. Hadley is just another example of the Bush administration's mealy-mouthed "support" for concepts like freedom and democracy. I guess they only support freedom in nations that we can invade and occupy, thereby making uncounted billions for huge corporations.
Tibet don't have no oil.