CNN:Obama betrayed a Chinese hero

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  1. Did Obama betray a Chinese hero?
    By Frida Ghitis, Special to CNN
    May 3, 2012 -- Updated 0940 GMT (1740 HKT)

    (CNN) -- When the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng staged his astonishing escape from house arrest, he sought American protection at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Six days later, when Chen left the embassy for a local hospital, it looked as if U.S. officials had found a solution that, as the State Department put it, "reflected his choices and our values."

    But the picture is starting to change, with signs emerging that the Obama administration failed to effectively protect Chen.

    Did the United States betray the Chinese human rights lawyer?

    The United States said a deal with China would set Chen free and allow him to relocate within the country along with his family and attend a university. But Chen has told CNN that the U.S. government let him down.

    More troubling, he claims that U.S. officials, instead of extending their protection, pressured him to leave the safety of the embassy.

    If this is true, it is a dark mark of shame for the United States.

    Until now, President Obama had a mixed record on human rights.

    This was an important test for an administration that has favored pragmatism over emotionally satisfying displays.

    The Chen case, however, could become iconic. If the Obama administration cannot explain what went wrong, it will have opened itself to criticism from human rights advocates and from Republican rivals, that he badly fumbled.

    This is not just about Chen. It is about universal principles of human rights, really, and about America's willingness to defend them on the global stage. The whole world is watching.
  2. IF.....IF this is true, then Obama has no claim to anything greater than when 1000 Jews sought refuge here and were turned back.