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Reporter's Note: Each day I write a letter to President Obama. Sometimes he responds. No, just kidding. He never does.
Dear Mr. President,
Glad you made it home safely from your big trip overseas. Did you pick up any souvenirs? My guess is no, since you seemed fairly busy and it’s not like you were in the Kabul airport killing time in the gift shop.
I imagine now you are involved in talks about what to do…or not do…about this Chinese dissident who wants to come to the United States. Tough call, I suppose. We certainly have a long history of harboring those who suffer abuses and injustice at the hands of their own governments, however, we also have some pretty important common interests with the Chinese which could most certainly be affected if we handle this situation badly.
Note that I am not saying what we should or should not do; merely that it is a delicate situation.
Part of the issue is, in a way, the very thing you addressed in Afghanistan. Even when other governments around the globe ask for our help, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want us calling the shots. They may want our military might, or our economic clout, or our powers of diplomatic persuasion, but they rarely want us to flat out tell them what to do. And those are our friends!
So I would not be surprised if China chafes a bit over this whole matter. Again, depending on how it is handled.
Anyway, good luck with that. Otherwise, what’s new? Seems like we never talk.
What everyone’s talking about:
In an unnanounced visit, President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. The President gave the first TV address to the nation from a war zone on foreign soil, according to the White House. The president announced that he signed an agreement with Afghan president Hamid Karzai outlining cooperation between the two countries once U.S. troops withdraw at the end of 2014. Peter Bergen called the agreement an “important milestone.” CNN’s Fran Townsend and retired Maj. Gen. James Spider Marks weighed in on the conversation and discussed the ability to trust Afghan security forces: “We have no other choice, we need to have confidence in what they can achieve,” said Maj. Gen. Marks. Obama’s trip was his third to Afghanistan since taking office. Shortly after he left the country, a car bomb in Kabul killed at least seven people and wounded 17 others.
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