Monday, April 14, 2008
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Through the prism of history, it's the "quiet diplomacy" of the Bush administration that will stand out
I see that NSC advisor Stephen Hadley doesn't think much of a boycott of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics:
It would be a "cop-out" for countries to skip the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics as a way of protesting China's crackdown in Tibet, President Bush's national security adviser said Sunday.Hadley goes even further in the New York Times' version of the story: "[Hadley] suggested that the recent public protests, particularly in the chaotic Olympic torch processions, would only backfire."
Three thoughts on this:
1) Is Hadley seriously suggesting that the Tibet issue was going to crop up in "quiet diplomacy" in the absence of public protests? I suspect that, absent the news coverage, the only way it would have surfaced would have been in a completely pro forma way, with the inevitable "go away sonny, you're bothering me" reply from Beijing.posted by Dan on 04.14.08 at 08:37 AM
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