Obama departs for Asia, to make historic stop in Myanmar

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ChangeWhat wrote:

Back to business as usual, 4 more years of foreign policy and no American policy. Unbelievable.

Nov 17, 2012 8:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
Hairry wrote:

This guy is unbelievable. Flying here and there for photo opps… reading speaches prepared by others from a teleprompter… and not doing anything. I suppose it’s not a bad strategy, you’ve got to do something to make a mistake.

Nov 17, 2012 10:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bedar wrote:

Myanmar government is killing thousands of Muslims in that country everyday just because the government is Buddhist and those civilian citizens are Muslims.
Now what progress this country took towards democracy?? It is unbelievable that no media is talking about this.
If one terrorist alleged to be Muslim then all the world will talk about his if he killed one man but a government like Myanmar is killing thousands of Muslims but no one even mentions it.

Nov 17, 2012 11:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Changewhat, so would you rather the President ignore the job titlw of Commander in Chief? You know damn well you and your ilk would then give him hell for that. You, and those like you, are what is unbelievable.

Nov 17, 2012 11:28am EST  --  Report as abuse

When President Obama travels to Asia, he will see firsthand how Asia is growing. He won’t be in Azerbaijan, but it should be noted that the Azerbaijan financial sector is strong. At the top is the International Bank of Azerbaijan, run by Chairman Jahangir Hajiyev (IBA). Wall Street supports the International Bank of Azerbaijan for its commitment to investment and reforms.

Nov 17, 2012 12:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Old_timer wrote:

How many votes will he get on this trip.
Is he taking Moochelle and the girls along too.

Nov 17, 2012 12:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

The majority voted for him, now live with it. God help the rest of us.

Nov 17, 2012 1:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KaosHiker wrote:

Bedar You are obviously muslim so You will try to spintalk everyone into believing that the extremely violent Buddhist are indiscriminately killing off all the peaceful Islamic Jihadist.
Maybe the Buddhist dont want their country converted to an Islamic Caliphate. Maybe they are trying to protect their way of life.
You believe There are only two lands The land of Islam,and The land of War. all Muslims believe this. its in Your book.
That is why I feel a clash of civilizations is regretably unavoidable
I will fight to the death before I will ever surrender My land or submit to Islam.

Nov 17, 2012 1:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

ChangeWhat & Hairry: USA Pragmatist is right. Obama is doing what all Commander In Chiefs have to do. This meeting Obama is attending will be attended by other heads of state, including China, Japan and Russia. Obama would be remiss if he didn’t attend this meeting. It’s critical that we maintain our influence in the region. I realize many on the right don’t understand what the word diplomacy means, but that’s your problem. The rest of us have to get on with what needs to be done, including our President, despite the ignorance of people like yourselves who prefer to just sit back and be negative without offering any constructive ideas. Do you think it would be a better idea for the heads of the 10 most powerful nations in the region to make strategic decisions without input from the US? That doesn’t sound very smart to me.

You demonstrate perfectly why the Republicans lost the election and why they shouldn’t be allowed to govern. It’s scary stupid that so many on the right are willing to spend over a trillion dollars in tax payers’ money and are happy to sacrifice the lives of 4,500 US soldiers “spreadin’ democracy” in Iraq, yet you criticize Obama for simply making a one day visit to Myanmar to help shore up their shaky fledgling democracy, costing us very little. That’s really not very smart on your part and if your way of thinking is allowed to prevail, then this country will diminish like we did under Bush and the Republicans. The Republican way of doing things, mostly ignorant and political, had serious ramification for our country both on the international stage and domestically. It’s a tribute to the Republican propaganda machine, and a sad commentary on the gullibility of the rightwing constituents, that the Republicans can get any votes at all any more. They just can’t seem to get anything right, except getting people like you to believe whatever they tell you.

I know a lot of the animosity toward our President is a result of the copious bigotry that still exists in our country, and mostly with so-called conservatives. This President has don’t nothing to deserve the gross, shameful treatment he’s received from the right. You dinosaurs are just going to have to suck it up and get used to the idea that the rest of us want to come together and make the great American experiment work, with or without you hateful, paranoid, xenophobic white men. You lost a fair and democratic election, now get over it.

Nov 17, 2012 3:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Janeallen wrote:

Do not forget to press Aung San Suu Kyi on the escalating persecution of minorities that started AFTER she assumed political office.

The British treated her as a fellow Oxford alum and looked the other way– absolutely without compassion for those displaced refugees who are not given fair rights as Burmese in Myanmar.

Remember how Pakistan became a problem when India gained independence;

Remember that more reporters have been killed in the Philippines than in any other countries, by Muslim separatists.

If you do no only look the other way as they are slaughtered,
but keep piling on praise to this so called Nobel Peace Prize winner whose assumption of political office, has somehow created ethnic pride that leads to crimes against humanity, then long term undesirable effects are likely to result in that region. If you push people to the limits, undesirable things happen.

I see ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why the west should allow Aung San Suu Kyi to grin from ear to ear as ethnic violence resulted in her rousing up of national pride in Myanmar. And your visit sends the WRONG MESSAGE: it says, ” If you speak English with a perfect accent, and acts with charm that fits exactly the stereotype of Asian woman, then we will keep rewarding you even though you are causing horrific sufferings of an entire minority ethnic group, and entirely helpless one.

That’s not what the Nobel Peace Prize is for— so that you and she can snuggle up in the limelight, bask in glory while ethnic minorities whose leaders had not been born of royalty blood(Aung’s father was top military leader who negotiated independence of Burma from Britain, her mother an ambassador, and her husband an Oxford professor).

Every human being deserves basic human rights, and should not be made to suffer more just because a Nobel Prize Winner has been released. It shouldn’t work that way. When you turn a blind eye to the most voiceless, and snuggle up with the most high profile celebrity-royalty leader, you are not promoting world peace, I’m sorry.

All Aung San wanted was trade, fine give it to her, but don’t let her off the hook on the ongoing sufferings of minorities who do not belong to her ethnic group!!

Nov 17, 2012 4:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Janeallen wrote:


Historically, many Buddhists have killed and slaughtered even though their religion does not technically support their choice of behavior.

Just like many self-proclaimed Christians have committed horrific war crimes, even though the teaching of Christ forbade it. And I’m Christian.

Do not lump all Muslims in the same boat, nor Christians. Otherwise, that’s itself a subtle form of religious bigotry also. And before long, many will claim they are Buddhists to hide their crimes long enough to take unfair advantage. Judge every act and every human being by their actions, their integrity without blanket judgement based on nationality, race, ethnic origin, religion— that’s what being American should be all about, shouldn’t it?

Nov 17, 2012 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USA4 wrote:

Myanmar? that’s his big priority?? what a joke. how about he digs into something substantive? nah, on second thought, that would be too hard (and he would mess it up anyway). so sad that this guy gets another four years to strut around talking and doing nothing.

Nov 17, 2012 6:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
blackout wrote:

Bedar, Perhaps the Myanmar learns a good lesson from southern Thailand where the muslim’s rampage is on going. more then 6000 Thais were killed in 4-5 years.
or may be East Timor? the Muslim Indonesia innate and brutally occupied the country for more than 3 decades, and Muslim world say a word.

being a neighbor of that two countries where they can see Muslim do so much damage, Myanmar might get a little too paranoia when they see the muslim flush into their country!

Nov 17, 2012 7:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MKM23 wrote:

@USA4, what to you is substantive? Obama is ameliorating relations with Burma to allow foreign investment and trade, something that this country needs. I am guessing you were not able to think that far ahead as to what he was doing.

Nov 17, 2012 7:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
michiganbob wrote:

I am at a loss to understand why people voted for him .. with his track record over last 4 years… state of economy under him … many important national issues that he needs to address. But no.. he is off on a trip to Asia.

(4) more years of democrats … the democrats are destroying the nation.

Nov 17, 2012 7:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
unclepie wrote:

America speeds towards the fiscal cliff, the middle east erupts into war, Mr. Obama goes to that part of the planet which is the furthest away.

Nov 17, 2012 7:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:


You mean that track record of fixing the US economy after Republicans destroyed it and put millions out of work? Yeah… why would anyone vote for that? Republican recessions are so much better!

The visible fact that Republicans are reduced to whining about Obama going on a trip to promote US leadership in Asia shows just how desperate and irrelevant the GOP has become.

Nov 17, 2012 9:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

Mid-November 2012

Re-elected President Obama heads to Myan-Mar!

I know it’s the wrong Myans but hey pretty spookie anyways.

Next up a 7.9 in Olympia!

Nov 17, 2012 9:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

Ethnic minorities and tribal groups have always been Burma’s headache. British did not attempt to integrate them in the colonial years, for it would be far more convenient to rule a nation divided, so was the attitude of military junta in the past half a century. Even Suu Kyi hinted it could not be easy to calm the inter-ethnic violence that flared up most recently.

Doubtlessly, it would be wise for US president to invite the minority groups for discussion during his visit. However, it is equally wise not to deter the wish of Burmese president at this early stage of tender bilateral relationship. (btt1943, vzc1943)

Nov 17, 2012 10:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Once again..Obama takes off to foreign lands to escape the heat of the Bengazi inquiry, the war in Israel, the Fiscal Cliff etc. etc.

What a great leader we have…Mr. Cut And Run !!

Nov 17, 2012 10:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
milestristero wrote:

You people that are complaining about Obama’s focus on foreign rather than domestic policy are missing the point. Myanmar is resource rich.
There are minerals, natural gas, and crude oil buried in their forests
and hills. They will need equipment to extract it because they are using out-dated
machinery from the 1950′s. Who do you think the Burmese will be
buying heavy machinery from? Russia? China? Japan? No, the US.
This will likely mean more factory jobs in the future.

Nov 17, 2012 11:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Hey Buckeyegal, thanks for Ohio. FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

Nov 17, 2012 11:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse


You may have a point there…Hopefully, our Pres. will make some inroads on these resources that are an asset to the U.S…I say, go for it!

Nov 17, 2012 11:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ShiHeZiU wrote:

God bless him,and China.

Nov 17, 2012 11:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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