Skip to comments.Obama Bows Again: The president snubs the Dalai Lama to appease China
Posted on 10/05/2009 9:14:40 PM PDT by Abakumov
The last time the Dalai Lama visited Washington, President George W. Bush presented the exiled Tibetan leader with the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Now the Dalai Lama cannot even get a private meeting with President Obama. The only winner in this rebuff is communist China.
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He’s just gone from Socialist/Marxist jerk to ABSOLUTELY OUT OF HIS MIND.
More apologetic behavior......
There’s a winning strategy!!
More like Kow-Towe.
He kowtows to muslim countries and ignores all else. Gives one room to ponder.
Is appeasement something new to Emperor Obama? Not at all. Russia, Iran, China all are beneficiaries of his weaknesses. Disgusting.
We had better get used to it. We are kowtowing with our begging bowl. Tibet is no longer an issue.
bows kowtows to China.
And the only positive thing about it is the fun to be had watching the Left attempt to turn and twist this snub into a POSITIVE for dear leader.
I mean, seriously... There are thousands upon thousands of lefties out there for whom acknowledging and adamantly rejecting the rape of Tibet is the ONLY exception they make to appeasing leftist thugs and tyrants. Yet now we find that Obama can't manage even that ONE exceptionally exceptional, all but universally accepted, exception to universal appeasement.
This is the diplomatic equivalent to drop kicking a puppy. It's as close as you could possibly get to a conclusive test case indicating that there is NO global “bad actor” Obama will not appease.
I remember going to DC in 8th grade, and some nut was out front the white house criticizing Clinton for meeting with the Dalai Lama. He wore a sign that said the Dalai Lama was responsible for thousands of murders, and that he ate out of kids skulls and other off the wall stuff. He kept flailing his arms and chanting “HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!”
So sad. No wonder they don’t want to trust us with the world’s currency standard. Blast those that did this to us.
Obama bows...and stays there.
You know, I think the American people are starting to recognize this behavior for what it is - fundamental weakness of character and a serious lack of spine. You'd think with the latest plot uncovered to blow up NYC again, that Zero would get a clue that repeated choruses of Kum-bay-ya do not appease. Can we assume that his behavior is a reflection of the (serious lack of)educational legacy provided by Harvard and Columbia?
A teacher in New York asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans.
Not really knowing what an Obama fan was, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny.
The teacher asked Little Johnny why he decided to be Different... again.
Little Johnny said, Because Im not an Obama fan.
The teacher said, Why arent you an Obama fan?
Johnny said, Because Im a Republican.
The teacher asked why hes a Republican. Little Johnny answered, Well, My Moms a Republican and my Dads a Republican, so Im a Republican.
The teacher asks, If your Mom was a moron and your Dad was an idiot, what would that make you?
With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, That Would make me an Obama fan.
He is only concerned about making America a socialist country. All of this other “stuff” is a distraction.
Little Johnny is a young man that got his ass whooped on the playground and his butt beat by his parents but by God he’s right.
Last I checked China was still busy cranking out cheap junk to sell to us, albeit at a slower rate than during most of the Bush years. China would not want that to stop either. As a result, I would say that we and China will be locked in this crazy dance well into the foreseeable future.
We are the losers in this "crazy dance," because our wealth is flowing into the Chinese coffers. Pretty soon our consumers will not have the money to buy their goods. This country is headed for a huge fiscal train wreck within a decade. Our entitlement systems are bankrupting us. We are living way beyond our means.
What disgusts me is that we have exported considerable brownness to China. Mines are a particularly bad problem as their effluent poisons the water supplies of poor villages. Where are the kids who in the 60s and 70s sang all kinds of songs about cleaning up the environment? I guess it only counts on this side of the pond?
The demise of the dollar
In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading
By Robert Fisk
In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning along with China, Russia, Japan and France to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.
Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.
The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years.
The Americans, who are aware the meetings have taken place although they have not discovered the details are sure to fight this international cabal which will include hitherto loyal allies Japan and the Gulf Arabs. Against the background to these currency meetings, Sun Bigan, China’s former special envoy to the Middle East, has warned there is a risk of deepening divisions between China and the US over influence and oil in the Middle East. “Bilateral quarrels and clashes are unavoidable,” he told the Asia and Africa Review. “We cannot lower vigilance against hostility in the Middle East over energy interests and security.”
This sounds like a dangerous prediction of a future economic war between the US and China over Middle East oil yet again turning the region’s conflicts into a battle for great power supremacy. China uses more oil incrementally than the US because its growth is less energy efficient. The transitional currency in the move away from dollars, according to Chinese banking sources, may well be gold. An indication of the huge amounts involved can be gained from the wealth of Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar who together hold an estimated $2.1 trillion in dollar reserves.
The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. “One of the legacies of this crisis may be a recognition of changed economic power relations,” he said in Istanbul ahead of meetings this week of the IMF and World Bank. But it is China’s extraordinary new financial power along with past anger among oil-producing and oil-consuming nations at America’s power to interfere in the international financial system which has prompted the latest discussions involving the Gulf states.
Brazil has shown interest in collaborating in non-dollar oil payments, along with India. Indeed, China appears to be the most enthusiastic of all the financial powers involved, not least because of its enormous trade with the Middle East.
China imports 60 per cent of its oil, much of it from the Middle East and Russia. The Chinese have oil production concessions in Iraq blocked by the US until this year and since 2008 have held an $8bn agreement with Iran to develop refining capacity and gas resources. China has oil deals in Sudan (where it has substituted for US interests) and has been negotiating for oil concessions with Libya, where all such contracts are joint ventures.
Furthermore, Chinese exports to the region now account for no fewer than 10 per cent of the imports of every country in the Middle East, including a huge range of products from cars to weapon systems, food, clothes, even dolls. In a clear sign of China’s growing financial muscle, the president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, yesterday pleaded with Beijing to let the yuan appreciate against a sliding dollar and, by extension, loosen China’s reliance on US monetary policy, to help rebalance the world economy and ease upward pressure on the euro.
Ever since the Bretton Woods agreements the accords after the Second World War which bequeathed the architecture for the modern international financial system America’s trading partners have been left to cope with the impact of Washington’s control and, in more recent years, the hegemony of the dollar as the dominant global reserve currency.
The Chinese believe, for example, that the Americans persuaded Britain to stay out of the euro in order to prevent an earlier move away from the dollar. But Chinese banking sources say their discussions have gone too far to be blocked now. “The Russians will eventually bring in the rouble to the basket of currencies,” a prominent Hong Kong broker told The Independent. “The Brits are stuck in the middle and will come into the euro. They have no choice because they won’t be able to use the US dollar.”
Chinese financial sources believe President Barack Obama is too busy fixing the US economy to concentrate on the extraordinary implications of the transition from the dollar in nine years’ time. The current deadline for the currency transition is 2018.
The US discussed the trend briefly at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh; the Chinese Central Bank governor and other officials have been worrying aloud about the dollar for years. Their problem is that much of their national wealth is tied up in dollar assets.
“These plans will change the face of international financial transactions,” one Chinese banker said. “America and Britain must be very worried. You will know how worried by the thunder of denials this news will generate.”
Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq.
that’s all right. the dali lama probably has all the DVD’s he wants.
that was getting rotation a coupla years ago.
I can’t really get upset about Obama snubbing the leader of a false religion.
The only reason I would want Omama to meet with the Lama is to give China the finger.
This does not appease China. My company has been making inroads to China for years. Obama could care less. The Dalai Lama is not a threat to China. It’s contrived.
It is a reflection of the fact that China has the US by the gonads. They hold almost a $1 trillion of our national debt. He who pays the piper calls the tune. I suspect that Bush would probably cave under similar circumstances. This country is in the dumper. We are broke.
Are you sure that wasn’t Reverend Wright?
<I cant really get upset about Obama snubbing the leader of a false religion.
So many reasons why I’m glad I’m not a Christian. That’s a real sense of history, human rights, and tolerance of others beliefs that you’ve got there.
I’m not a Buddhist, but I’ve known many of them over the years and I’d rather be around a bunch of Buddhists than some of you FR Christians any day.
See picture on my profile page.
Didn't stop George Bush from being friendly and accommodating to the Dalai Lama
The good part is Obama is shown to a rat to his supporters. Many of whom like the Dalai Lama
Maybe Richard Gere wants to take back his Obama vote
Japan is still the world's largest creditor nation. Its net international investment position, while slipping 9% from last year, is still about double Red China's. See table 5, page 9, of the Bank of Japan's most recent version of its annual IIP report Japan's International Investment Position at Year-End 2008 for a list of countries and their net international investment positions.
If the Dalai Lama would change his title to the "Poofti Mufti", Obama would kiss his *ss in Macy's storefront window.
Totally expected from a commie.
The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. “One of the legacies of this crisis may be a recognition of changed economic power relations,” ....
Good one, Bob. Where were you when Greenspan was coddling Wall Street with his famous "Greenspan put," beating up gold investors through his secret gold-dumping bankers' schemes, and pumping up the world's supply of phunny dollars like an old inner tube?
What a useless president. He’ll kiss Chavez’s a$$ but not meet with the Dailai Lama?
Not being critical, but to set the record straight .. he is not buddhist ... he is llamist
What? Obama didn't deny the Lama the right to believe what he wants or insult him. He just didn't honor the guy by visiting him.
I'm tolerant in that people have the God given right to choose what they want to believe. I'm not tolerant in that I don't accept all religions as being right.
Either Christianity is right and you can't earn your way to Heaven unless you are perfect, and none of us are perfect. Or the rest of the world's religions are right and you can earn your way to heaven. They are not both right.
Take a look at what kabar reminded us all of in #19....sad state of affairs...the US President in this position. Awful.
Whoops, it was post 7.
Zero doesn’t want to offend China but he does start a tradewar with ‘em over tires. I suppose the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing in the White House.
Yep. I suppose he thinks that he will share power with the Chinese. Reminds me of Jews who happily turned in their fellow Jews and then got gassed in their turn.
Oh, good grief. dumbest post yet
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