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So, President Barack Obama is set to meet with the Prime Minister of Myanmar, a country ruled by a brutal military dictatorship. . .

Obama To Meet With Prime Minister Of Myanmar. “President Obama plans to meet with the prime minister of Myanmar along with other Southeast Asian leaders next Sunday, in a high-level affirmation of the new policy by Washington of engaging the military-ruled country despite its dismal human rights record.”  (“Obama To Meet With Prime Minister Of Myanmar,” The Associated Press, 11/8/09)

“The Last U.S. President To Meet With A Myanmar Head Of State Was Lyndon B. Johnson.”  (“Obama To Meet With Prime Minister Of Myanmar,” The Associated Press, 11/8/09)

• “He talked with Ne Win, who was then the prime minister, in September 1966 in Washington, according to Richard Mei, the U.S. Embassy spokesman in Myanmar. The country was then called Burma.”  (“Obama To Meet With Prime Minister Of Myanmar,” The Associated Press, 11/8/09)

“Under Mr. Obama, Washington Has Reversed The Policy Of The Administration Of President George W. Bush Of Shunning Myanmar In Favor Of Direct Talks With The Country, Which Has Been Under Military Rule Since 1962.”  (“Obama To Meet With Prime Minister Of Myanmar,” The Associated Press, 11/8/09)

. . . but President Obama postponed a meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to appease China. . .

President Obama Has Decided Against Meeting “With The Dalai Lama During His Five-Day Trip To The U.S. Capital Beginning On Monday.”  (David Alexander, “Obama Breaks Precedent By Not Meeting Dalai Lama,” Reuters, 10/5/09)

Obama’s Snub Of Dalai Lama Is “In An Attempt To Gain Favor With China.”  (John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

• “. . . the United States pressured Tibetan representatives to postpone a meeting between the Dalai Lama and President. . .”  ((John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

“Obama Administration Officials Have Termed The New Policy ‘Strategic Reassurance,’ Which Entails The U.S. Government Taking Steps To Convince China That It Is Not Out To Contain The Emerging Asian Power.”  (John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

• “The U.S. decision to postpone the meeting appears to be part of a strategy to improve ties with China that also includes soft-pedaling criticism of China's human rights and financial policies as well as backing efforts to elevate China's position in international institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund.”  (John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

“For The First Time Since 1991, The Tibetan Spiritual Leader Will Visit Washington This Week And Not Meet With The President.”  ((John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

“Since 1991, He Has Been Here 10 Times.”  (John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

In 2007, President Bush Was The First President To Meet Publicly With Dalai Lama. “The last time he was here, in 2007, however, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to meet with him publicly, at a ceremony at the Capitol in which he awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian award.”  (John Pomfret, “Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is Delayed,” The Washington Post, 10/5/09)

. . . and this all comes after a major review of the “United States’ Sudan Policy. . . the only country in the world led by a president indicted for war crimes.”

What is it with the Obama Administration and cozying up to brutal dictators and military regimes in the name of engagement and abandoning our friends and allies?

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