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Posted on Mar 31, 2008
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Nancy Pelosi in recent weeks has been living up to her reputation as a critic of China. In an interview airing Tuesday, the House speaker tells “Good Morning America” that President Bush should consider skipping the opening ceremonies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already said “nein” to the affair.

ABC News:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not want the U.S. to boycott the Beijing Olympics, but she says that President George W. Bush should consider skipping the opening ceremony.

“I think boycotting the opening ceremony, which really gives respect to the Chinese government, is something that should be kept on the table,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview airing Tuesday. “I think the president might want to rethink this later, depending on what other heads of state do.”

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By SpookyX, April 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t think we are in a position to act like our **** don’t stink.  The message might be good but some of the methods used in the protests, as often is the case, is wrong.  Yes, it may seem like a good stage to highlight global issues but the Olympics should not be degraded by actions like trying to put out the torch.  Its unfair to its history, the competitors and the spectators.  Now the banner on the Golden Gate Bridge… that was classy.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 4, 2008 at 2:48 am Link to this comment

By Sang Ze, April 1: “When it comes to Tibet, Pelosi is just another self-serving political fool who thinks Brad Pitt’s version of that land is the real thing…”

Thanks, Sang Ze. One of the things that has to be accepted by Westerners is that countries in Asia are progressing at different rates and towards slightly different goals.

It is ironic that the independence movement in Taiwan, the real renegade province, has now effectively failed and without any action on China’s part. The majority there have just voted last month for a government which intends closer ties and co-operation with BeiJing.

Taiwan’s previous president used the old bogey-man tactic with manipulating voters through promoting fear of mainland China. That eventually backfired badly once it was seen as a ploy to conceal his own government’s failings in handling the domestic economy.

China’s PRC “held out an olive branch” to Taiwan last year and it was seen as a positive gesture although refused by the previous president. That could also happen with Tibet. It only takes a change of attitude on both sides. Remember that the KMT now recently elected in Taiwan was once the nationalist deadly nemesis of Mao and the CCP.

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By Nancy, April 3, 2008 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, I heard China turned out hundreds of their poor from their homes getting ready for their ‘gladiator’ sports events for the elite’s olympic pleasure….

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By Purple Girl, April 2, 2008 at 7:04 am Link to this comment

What a Humility group of woman we have representing US in Gov’t. Nan, Hill, Diane, Barb, Deb S. Jen G….50’s Housewives. Yet the ‘Feminist’ don’t seem to care- they got vagina’s. Libbers on the Other hand are Outraged! Stupid B*tches - You were supposed to change the GAME- not agree to Play by their Rules. You ladies have picked up some Crappy habits since you’ve been there. We SEE the ‘expereince’ you have accumulated- the same crap we’ve been trying to get Rid Of for DECADES!
Pelosi is jus tblowing smoke Up Our collective asses again. Seh says one thing ust for the media clip then placates the Agenda.The Corps LOVE China. Unfortunately they’ve made US debtors to them Too. They will attend and Bow to the Creditors.

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By KL, April 2, 2008 at 3:50 am Link to this comment
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Don’t fight, you Westerners!
Your politicians are controlled by mongers [aka Money Men] & mongers kowtow to Communists for China’s huge market & super cheap labour & products nowaday.  Besides, you people need China’s cheap goods in order to have your good life going.

Now, I dare you to upset the Communists & lose those goodies!!  Besides, Tibet is neither Kuwait [Oil anywhere?] nor Israel [Lobbyists with CASH?].  So, be quiet & let the Games begin!  Viva Communists!!

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By cyrena, April 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

Fadel writes; (and I love it wink

“...Perhaps Nancy Pelosi should be forced to quit as the Speaker of the House…”

Yep, you’re right Fadel. More than ‘perhaps’ she should have been forced out from the very moment that she ‘took impeachment off the table’.

It’s her job, and probably the most important task of her job, considering the disaster that is this administration, and is killing all of us.

It’s her job, and she’s failed miserably, and more importantly..WILLFULLY…

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps Nancy Pelosi should be forced to quit as the Speaker of the House, for she had miserably failed to do the business of the people she is supposed to be speaking for. Her first big failure came early in her testing period when she said Bush’s impeachment is off the table!

Well Ms. Pelosi, you’re off line with the people who put you there! And you are not much better than Bush and gang. But what can one expect when all what’s left from democracy is a shadow of a distant past!

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By kate, April 1, 2008 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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This woman needs to see a shrink, that’s all.  Or is it that her parents never taught her how to be an honest person, that you should be fair even if you don’t like certain people. The Chinese people are not asking you to like them, because they don’t like silly people like you either, but should’nt you find out the facts before you open your big mouth?

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By purplewolf, April 1, 2008 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Nancy, since when did G.W. ever listen to anyone else’s opinion about what to do and not do? BTW, doesn’t it look like G.W. is a little overly juiced in this picture, he looks like he is ready for a fall at any second.

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By Sang Ze, April 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you, Mr. Chalmers, for your reasoned response to western ignorance and hypocrisy. When it comes to Tibet, Pelosi is just another self-serving political fool who thinks Brad Pitt’s version of that land is the real thing. Those seriously interested in the matter of Tibet and the West should read Orville Schell’s fine study: “Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood.” Maybe a few will wake up.

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By PatrickHenry, April 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

As a matter of fact I hope all encumbents get the axe.  I plan to vote against Steny Hoyer this time around and Barbara Mulkasi for their blind obedience to AIPAC (The lobby that spys on America).

Pelosi’s decision not to allow impeachment to proceed sunk her im my eyes.

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By ZenaV, April 1, 2008 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Nancy. Oppression should be resisted no matter where it is. And the Chinese are trying to poison us. Oppression is just one more ‘pill’ of poison that affect us all. It’s obviously time to become civil and respectful while steadfastly resist oppression in all it’s forms. Including those persons who make money off exploiting the poor. And those writing propaganda for corporations who are some of the worst victimizers. The wheel is turning….

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By DennisD, April 1, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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One fraud’s opinion about something of little to no interest to the average American citizen equals guaranteed TV face time.

I’d say we have more than enough problems of our own to work on but why bother with those, they require action instead of rhetoric.

America, the world’s problem solver that can’t/won’t solve it’s own. What a farce.

With clowns like Pelosi, every day is April Fools Day in D.C.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 1, 2008 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

Quote ABC: In a recent trip to Dharmasala, India, home of the Dalai Lama’s displaced Tibetan government, Pelosi said, “If freedom-loving people don’t speak out against China’s oppression of people in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak out against any oppressed people.”

Cutely re-interpreting a government-in-exile as “a displaced government” is one thing but where does the USA go for “moral authority” these days after Palestine, Burma, Somalia and its atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan? 

The USA doesn’t want to admit being an “oppressor” while painting its main creditor in overseas trade as the bad guy. Yet in another feel-good statement, Pelosis also said “It was our karma because we are here to help the people of Tibet…”

Does she even know what she is talking about? Westerners may be instigating the Tibetans to go on and on, intentionally or otherwise, as there is a steady flow of people from Europe, America, Australia whose presence encourages Tibetans in India and Nepal to agitate.

They tend to naively support independence without considering the full implications and would have said as much to the Tibetan refugees living there when they visit. Thus the Tibetans have landed themselves into this messy ideological situation…...

And most of the pictures being shown by Western media were, and still are, of Tibetans being bashed by security forces in NEPAL.  As long as they are Asians in uniform, it is still being juxtaposed as having happened in Tibet.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have today asked NEPAL’s government to stop abusing and threatening Tibetan exiles protesting China’s recent crackdown or demanding independence. Nepal now has a 20,000+ Tibetan community.

Many of the pictures and video clips are also being mis-reported even though the images show something different. Pictures of fresh-faced young Chinese security forces in Tibet armed only with side-arms (pistols in holsters) were nonsensically said to be “troops with heavy machine guns” in one Western news report.

And then there is the inane gushing on pro-Tibet forums in the West. Whatever they do is right, whatever the Chinese do is wrong. These people can’t see the big picture and the dangers of the kind of disintegration Kosovo went through but they are almost as emotionally involved as the Tibetans themselves.

Some of the reasons for that are their own guilt and shame over their own country’s oppression of indigenous peoples and cultures (Australia, Canada, USA) and their own inaction regarding the illusory war on terror and their complicity in it.

They don’t realise that they are essentially promoting anti-Asian sentiments generally in their communities in attacking Chinese and that it could lead to a repeat of the kind of race riots that have occurred in Western countries in the last few years. As it is, some Chinese shops are already experiencing the effects of a “don’t buy Chinese” campaign in some Western countries.

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By theDrip, April 1, 2008 at 6:13 am Link to this comment
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Having W do anything in my name is an embarrassment. He should just sit with his head hung down. His false patriotism has cost this nation’s legitimate standing in a free world. America is now a fascist state. I have no plans to watch NBC’s big show from their fat cat friends in Beijing. Plus, I will actively avoid any advertisers products. Resistance to all things Republican and rejection to all things Communist Chinese is my credo. Until both regimes recognize the rights of their citizens,all citizens of the world should stand and point out the crimes of W and Hu both. The olympic flame dimmed many decades ago and these criminals have no moral authority to relight that flame.

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By dsmith, April 1, 2008 at 4:50 am Link to this comment
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Mr. “We invaded Iraq to spread democracy” Bush should look at this as an opportunity to strike a blow for democracy. But, unfortuntely, the chincs are funding the Iraq war by purchasing our treasury…sorry…democracy will have to be put on the back burner. You understand.

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By weather, April 1, 2008 at 2:12 am Link to this comment
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soap opera actress, who like a dazzed deer caught in the headlights ignored 9/11’s fraud/Gitmo/Big Oil’s sodomizing America/waterboarding and cdrom list of crimes commited in broad daylight.

Behold America’s leadership, a bad pedicure.

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By P. T., March 31, 2008 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

Nancy Pelosi is sooo phony.

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