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Obama Bows Again: The president snubs the Dalai Lama to appease China
The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2009 | Editorial

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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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arrogant; bho44; bhochina; china; dalailama; obama; redchina; snub; third100days; tibet; weak; weakling

1 posted on 10/05/2009 9:14:41 PM PDT by Abakumov
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To: Abakumov

He’s just gone from Socialist/Marxist jerk to ABSOLUTELY OUT OF HIS MIND.


2 posted on 10/05/2009 9:16:46 PM PDT by NordP (Democrats: Break the Law (like Bill) ... Not The Rules (like Joe) !!!)
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To: Abakumov

More apologetic behavior......

There’s a winning strategy!!


3 posted on 10/05/2009 9:17:04 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: Abakumov

More like Kow-Towe.


4 posted on 10/05/2009 9:18:21 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

He kowtows to muslim countries and ignores all else. Gives one room to ponder.


5 posted on 10/05/2009 9:21:30 PM PDT by doc1019 (The CIA waterboards, Obama wordboards.)
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To: Abakumov

Is appeasement something new to Emperor Obama? Not at all. Russia, Iran, China all are beneficiaries of his weaknesses. Disgusting.


6 posted on 10/05/2009 9:21:45 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: NordP
China owns almost $1 trillion of our debt. China is the biggest creditor nation and we are the world's biggest debtor nation. When China talks, we listen. If they stop buying our debt or start cashing in their T-bills, they could cause economic chaos in this country.

We had better get used to it. We are kowtowing with our begging bowl. Tibet is no longer an issue.

7 posted on 10/05/2009 9:25:12 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Abakumov
Obama Bows Again: The president snubs the Dalai Lama to appease China

Obama bows kowtows to China.

8 posted on 10/05/2009 9:28:19 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: kabar
Tibet is no longer an issue.

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.

9 posted on 10/05/2009 9:29:21 PM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Give 'em hell, Sarah!)
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To: Abakumov
Obama can't even stand by a smiling, new-agey, kum-bay-yah, beloved by lefties, peace&luvnik like the Dalai Lama.

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.

10 posted on 10/05/2009 9:29:45 PM PDT by Stultis (Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia; Democrats always opposed waterboarding as torture)
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To: Abakumov

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!”


11 posted on 10/05/2009 9:30:40 PM PDT by RatsDawg (At least we don't have to worry about riding in Ted Kennedy's car anymore...)
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To: kabar

So sad. No wonder they don’t want to trust us with the world’s currency standard. Blast those that did this to us.


12 posted on 10/05/2009 9:34:13 PM PDT by NordP (Democrats: Break the Law (like Bill) ... Not The Rules (like Joe) !!!)
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To: snarks_when_bored

Obama bows...and stays there.


13 posted on 10/05/2009 9:34:55 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Abakumov
If the president will not support the Tibetan cause when it is easy to do, he cannot be counted on to make difficult choices when times are tough.
So far, every time Mr. Obama has a chance to stand for something on the world stage, he bows instead.

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?

14 posted on 10/05/2009 9:40:21 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Abakumov

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 I’m not an Obama fan.’

The teacher said, ‘Why aren’t you an Obama fan?’

Johnny said, ‘Because I’m a Republican.’

The teacher asked why he’s a Republican. Little Johnny answered, ‘Well, My Mom’s a Republican and my Dad’s a Republican, so I’m 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.’


15 posted on 10/05/2009 9:44:03 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: blueplum

He is only concerned about making America a socialist country. All of this other “stuff” is a distraction.


16 posted on 10/05/2009 9:45:45 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Candor7

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.


17 posted on 10/05/2009 9:50:18 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: kabar

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.


18 posted on 10/05/2009 9:50:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: NordP
Yep, the sorry state that this nation is in is due to a failure of political leadership. It is much easier for the political class to say yes to things we can't afford. And the public is also at fault for not being informed and penalizing politicians who tell the truth.

Patrick Buchanan: Politicians just won’t say no

19 posted on 10/05/2009 10:03:03 PM PDT by kabar
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Cheap junk? I have been to China. Most of the world's major corporations have huge operations there because of the cheap labor and lack of regulations on such things as the environment.

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.

20 posted on 10/05/2009 10:07:18 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

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?


21 posted on 10/05/2009 10:10:39 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


22 posted on 10/05/2009 10:13:03 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Abakumov

that’s all right. the dali lama probably has all the DVD’s he wants.


23 posted on 10/05/2009 10:18:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: Abakumov
Ol' Linguini Spine did it again. Right on cue.

Nam Vet

24 posted on 10/05/2009 10:18:45 PM PDT by Nam Vet ("Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, Wherever you are ! ")
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To: Abakumov

He’s embarrassing.


25 posted on 10/05/2009 10:19:04 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: kabar

that was getting rotation a coupla years ago.


26 posted on 10/05/2009 10:19:20 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: Abakumov

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.


27 posted on 10/05/2009 10:22:12 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Abakumov

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.


28 posted on 10/05/2009 10:23:45 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: blueplum

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.


29 posted on 10/05/2009 10:24:14 PM PDT by kabar
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To: the invisib1e hand

Rotation?


30 posted on 10/05/2009 10:25:41 PM PDT by kabar
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To: RatsDawg

Are you sure that wasn’t Reverend Wright?


31 posted on 10/05/2009 10:46:59 PM PDT by rom (Israel got Saul before they got David. Where's our David?)
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To: DannyTN

<I can’t 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.


32 posted on 10/05/2009 10:50:02 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: Abakumov
Of course the B0Z0 hates the Dalai Lama.......
The Dalai Lama believes people have a right to bear arms.....

See picture on my profile page.

33 posted on 10/05/2009 11:08:14 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: kabar
China owns almost $1 trillion of our debt. China is the biggest creditor nation and we are the world's biggest debtor nation. When China talks, we listen. If they stop buying our debt or start cashing in their T-bills, they could cause economic chaos in this country

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

34 posted on 10/06/2009 12:36:12 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: kabar
China owns almost $1 trillion of our debt. China is the biggest creditor nation and we are the world's biggest debtor nation.

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.

35 posted on 10/06/2009 1:12:28 AM PDT by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: SandRat
More like Kow-Towe.

If the Dalai Lama would change his title to the "Poofti Mufti", Obama would kiss his *ss in Macy's storefront window.

36 posted on 10/06/2009 1:29:27 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Abakumov

Totally expected from a commie.


37 posted on 10/06/2009 1:35:53 AM PDT by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: kabar
[Your quoted article]

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?

38 posted on 10/06/2009 1:38:37 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: NordP

What a useless president. He’ll kiss Chavez’s a$$ but not meet with the Dailai Lama?


39 posted on 10/06/2009 3:21:11 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Not a Slave!)
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To: radiohead

Not being critical, but to set the record straight .. he is not buddhist ... he is llamist


40 posted on 10/06/2009 3:33:33 AM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: radiohead
"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."

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.

41 posted on 10/06/2009 6:36:01 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: brwnsuga

Take a look at what kabar reminded us all of in #19....sad state of affairs...the US President in this position. Awful.


42 posted on 10/06/2009 6:56:15 AM PDT by NordP (Democrats: Break the Law (like Bill) ... Not The Rules (like Joe) !!!)
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To: brwnsuga

Whoops, it was post 7.


43 posted on 10/06/2009 6:57:10 AM PDT by NordP (Democrats: Break the Law (like Bill) ... Not The Rules (like Joe) !!!)
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To: Abakumov

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.


44 posted on 10/06/2009 7:32:50 AM PDT by bergmeid
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To: NordP

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.


45 posted on 10/06/2009 1:08:00 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: DannyTN

Oh, good grief. dumbest post yet


46 posted on 10/06/2009 10:13:32 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: radiohead

Amen


47 posted on 10/06/2009 10:14:32 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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