President Obama in Asia

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

President Obama was in India yesterday, he's in Indonesia today on his way to South Korea for the G-20 meeting, and then he'll head to Japan before he returns to the U.S. Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society, discusses the politics of the President's trip to Asia.


Vishakha N. Desai

Comments [10]

gary from queens

Dear Mike from Mike,

Republicans object to the extravagance of the trip. 40 airliners carrying 3-4,000 of his friends and supporters, all expenses paid----by us poor commoners (taxpayers).

And at a time of economic crisis? Obama claims we're in a debt crisis. "Worst since the Great depression", he keeps touting---in order to lower our expectations and thereby mitigate the politcal fallout when voters look to blame someone. To think they may actually blame the president! The person who is discouraging the wealth creating class in the US, and who just devalued the dollar (and thereby our wealth as Americans).

Want a simple explanation why obama's stimulus spending if folly, read:

Blinded By Natural Science
By Stephen Mauzy
November 06, 2010

Nov. 09 2010 12:38 PM
Mike from Mike

The president of the third most populace country in the world makes a state visit to the second most populace country which is also one of our largest trading partners, and the Republicans complain? And they're supposed to be the one's with all the business sense. What a world.

Nov. 09 2010 11:28 AM
gary from queens


She said Indonesia. Not India. But the point remains.

Nov. 09 2010 11:20 AM
John from Brooklyn

President Obama is building a relationship with the Indonesian military at the expense of justice and human rights. The U.S. should not be training Indonesia's Kopassus special forces - which remain unaccountable for past crimes and continues to violate human rights.Other security forces continue to violate human rights, especially in Papua - where many feel special autonomy has failed. The U.S. should not offer security assistance until there is real justice.

Nov. 09 2010 11:18 AM
Ryan from Brooklyn

Please correct your population statistics, Brian! All of the numbers you mentioned are too high.
Here are the current estimates.

Nov. 09 2010 11:18 AM
gary from queens


Your guest had just admitted that she believes that the mideast dispute is all about religion----that is, a conflict between Jews and Muslims----rather than the widely accepted PRETEXT that it's a dispute over land and borders.

She said that as the largest Muslim nation in the far east, India has an interest in seeing this dispute resolved.

As a Muslim nation, she said. Not as a nation which desires peace, and an end to bloodshed, for example.

She let the cat out of the bag!

Nov. 09 2010 11:18 AM

Only 25% of Muslim Indonesians "have confidence in Osama bin Laden" -- whew!

Nov. 09 2010 11:13 AM
salvatore principato from manahattan


the President didn't criticize the state of Israel

he criticized a decision made by some
in the Israel government
that harm the peace process
& undermines U.S. interests

big difference.....

Nov. 09 2010 11:12 AM

Hm. I assumed Israeli hard liners w/in the coalition had timed their announcement to build new housing in order to create a talking point for the president while in Indonesia. If you are seeking to create conflict and "decision points" this is a good opportunity.

Nov. 09 2010 11:11 AM
The Truth from Becky

Well that may be so Brian, but we all know what embellishers and liars are on the right...FYI...the trip was planned BEFORE the midterm was also postponed twice before now...and where would you people suggest he stay in a hut??? Did any President prior to him live/travel in squalor?

Nov. 09 2010 11:10 AM

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