The President Whiffs on the Olympics, but Our Athletes Come Through

| August 6, 2008 | 1 Reply

There’s some so-so news and some very good news coming out of America’s preparation for the coming Olympic Games in China later this week.

On one hand, the President looks to be headed to China to pay respects to the tyrants of Beijing with little but some tut-tutting and “deep concerns” . That adds up to just as much as “deep conserns” do on the diplomatic stage – nothing at all. More boldness, and even a boycott of the Opening Ceremonies would not be out of order, not for a President who has for almost eight years been the most tireless champion for human rights of any national leader in the world.

On the other hand, our athletes have made an emphatic statement by naming Lopez Lomong our flag-carrier in the opening procession. Lomong fled the Sudan as the genocide was beginning, before the Arab brutes could make him one of the hundreds of thousands of victims they’ve racked up over the past six years. Lomong became a US citizen in 2007. His selection is a thumb in the eyes of the ChiComs, whose stubborn and generally uncritical support of the evil regime in the Sudan has allowed it to escape all but the lightest substantive punishment. Good on them for having more courage than the advertisers and world leaders who are doing little to nothing to bring the ChiCom’s brutality to our attention.

I am still hoping very much that this Olympic Games turns out to be an unmitigated disaster for the Chinese government and the IOC.

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