Let’s say you’re the president of the United States and you’ve agreed to attend the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer despite China’s horrible record on human rights — a record that your own State Department has ranked among the world’s 10 worst for the past two years. What do you do?
Well, if you’re George W. Bush, the solution is easy: Just have the State Department cut China’s name from the worst-offenders’ list.
Of course, the State Dept. rankings came out before China’s military police went on a murderous rampage against Tibetan monks in Lhasa last week. But no worries. The administration on Tuesday sent its warning to Beijing: "The world is watching," cautioned Thomas Christensen, deputy assistant secretary of state, according to reports. Trouble is, the world isn’t watching because China’s leaders have blacked out some of the country’s most popular media outlets, including GoogleNews and YouTube.
No wonder GOP congressman Frank Wolf is calling for Bush to boycott the show. Or was that over reports of the smog potentially damaging the athletes?
This week, it’s tough to say.