Dead Silence from Mitt Romney on Chen Guangcheng’s Arrival in U.S.

It’s been a couple of days now since blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived at Newark on a flight from Beijing. Mitt Romney must have heard about it, but he’s said nary a word about it. I wonder why?

He had plenty to say back on May 3, in the midst of the crisis that took place during Secretary Clinton’s trip to China. Chen had managed to escape from house arrest and make it to the U.S. Embassy to ask for assistance. As State Department and U.S. Embassy staff struggled to negotiate an exit strategy for Chen, Romney, the all-but-official Republican nominee:

condemned the Obama administration’s handling of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, calling the episode “a dark day for freedom” and “a day of shame” for President Obama if, he couched, reports are true that American officials communicated threats to Chen’s family….

Several times on Thursday, Romney couched his comments with disclaimers like “if the reports are true,” but the takeaway was clearly intended that the incident is a black eye for President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Despite Romney’s impulsive catastrophizing, Secretary of State Clinton calmly continued her efforts to help Chen and his family get to the U.S. in a way that would also save face for Chinese officials. Chen was offered a law fellowship at New York University and a deal was struck: Chen could leave China on a student visa, and his departure wouldn’t be characterized as seeking asylum.

On May 9 in New Delhi, Clinton told an interviewer:

that the work she and others have done to establish multiple channels for dialogue over the last 3 1/2 years “created a level of personal relationships and understandings between individuals and our government institutions that is absolutely critical.”

Clinton suggested that China’s willingness to agree to a U.S. proposal to assist a prominent critic of the government’s one-child policy is an indication that taking a broader view of the relationship pays dividends in a moment of crisis.

“I’ve invested a lot and argued strongly” for keeping regular channels of communication open so that no one issue “predominates or undermines the potential for reaching agreement on other equally important issues,” the top U.S. diplomat told Bloomberg Radio.

This was a triumph for negotiation as opposed to the kinds of macho chest-pounding that Romney has been preaching so far.

Declining to comment on how the U.S. managed to craft a deal this time in a sensitive case involving a Chinese activist, Clinton said that “every high-level Chinese official that I met” last week “repeated back to me” words from a speech she delivered in Washington reflecting on Sino-U.S. relations in the 40 years since President Richard Nixon’s historic outreach to communist China.

Chinese officials, she said, echoed her view that “what we are trying to do — the U.S. and China — is unprecedented in world history. We’re trying to find a way for an established power and a rising power to coexist.”

Last night, Cheryl Isaac wrote at Forbes:

Chen posed a great challenge for Hillary Clinton because of two competing issues: the economic dialogue in Beijing had been her priority for a couple of years, her pledge to protect human rights—women’s rights nonetheless—another priority.

The confusion of the negotiation process did not help either. After escaping house arrest and seeking refuge at the American Embassy, Chen first decided to stay in China. Then later, he pleaded to be taken to America—putting Clinton in the difficult place of having to renegotiate an agreement that had been reached 24 hours prior; reports the Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz.

People around the world stated their displeasure. In the U.S., she had Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) stating that Clinton did not keep Chen safe within the U.S. Embassy. In this video interview, Smith even admits to telling Chen—in a phone conversation—that the fact that officials were working day and night on his paperwork, was not a good sign…”

But Hillary pushed onward, made the right decisions, and was successful in her goal of helping Chen and his family.

Bravo, Madam Secretary! Where are macho Mitt’s congratulations? Has he apologized yet? I’ve googled, but can’t find any evidence that he has owned up to his bungling or even acknowledged this diplomatic achievement. Why am I not surprised?


31 Comments on “Dead Silence from Mitt Romney on Chen Guangcheng’s Arrival in U.S.”

  1. northwestrain says:

    Just more proof that Mittens is a CMCP. (Certified Male Chauvinist Personality).

  2. Mother Jones has a very interesting article about breasted cancer– probably caused by contaminated drinking water. The victims are male BC survivors. Generally BC occurs in males one per 100 females.

    I remember that one of the Seattle area TV personalities had BC years ago and the TV station did some good public service work to get the message out that BC doesn’t happen to women only.

    Also there have been other hot spots of BC — but this is perhaps the first time the US Marines have been in a hot spot of BC.

    So where is that “pink” charity?? Crickets!

    Safe drinking water — thickset is a life and death issue.

    BC & scrappy Marines article is in Mother Jones Mag.

    • RalphB says:

      Is this the problem at Camp LeJuene? That’s a known cancer hot spot due to contaminated well water. Various kinds of cancer not just male BC though.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      It isn’t just water we need to worry about. I’ll post this again – http://www.npr.org/2012/05/16/152818798/breasts-bigger-and-more-vulnerable-to-toxins It’s an interview with the author, Florence Williams, of Breasts – A Natural & Unnatural History.

      • RalphB says:

        It’s certainly not just water, though that’s a good start. All the synthetic growth hormones in US meat has to be playing hell with us.

      • NW Luna says:

        From Breast Cancer Action, a group which does not accept funding from any company which profits from breast cancer. Excellent resource for information.

        Estrogen is a hormone closely linked with the development of breast cancer. Numerous synthetic chemicals, called “xenoestrogens,” act like estrogen in our bodies, including common weed killers and pesticides, plastic additives or by-products, ingredients in spray paints and paint removers, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used extensively in the manufacture of food packaging, medical products, appliances, cars, toys, credit cards, and rainwear.

        In April 2010 the President’s Cancer Panel declared: “The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated [and] … the American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.”

        They urged the President ”to use the power of [his] office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.”

  3. Kindle fire changes spelling —
    what I wrote is — safe drinking water is a life and death issue.

    I’m wondering about the long term effects of poisoned drinking water — agriculture poisons getting into drinking water, tracking injection of who knows what?

    Pittsfield, MA –Silver Lake which never froze during the coldest winters. Industrial waste was dumped into the tiny lake/pond on GE owned property. Is this another hot spot?

  4. RalphB says:

    OMG! This post and the original TBogg post at FDL may be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. One thing is certain, George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina is gonna be sorry he was a total prick to Sandra Fluke. He want FDL to remove him from teh Google 😉

    Balloon Juice: The George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina Kerfuffle: For Teh Google, Sandra Fluke, and Glory!

    TBogg has a post up over at Firedoglake that is balls-to-the-wall hilarious. You see, George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina doesn’t quite understand how teh Google works, and has threatened to sue TBogg over a post that Teh Boggs wrote about how George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina is a colossal douchebag.

    In short, George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina likes to tweet about how Sandra Fluke is a slut and a cunt and all of the stuff that assholes like George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina routinely call women like Fluke who dare speak out for themselves.

    • NW Luna says:

      Bwahahahahaha! Looks like George Tierney is now enshrined in countless posts, screen shots and links all across the intertubes.

      • dakinikat says:

        I wonder if he uses those terms of endearment on his daughter?

      • RalphB says:

        I don’t think he has any daughters and, if prospective mates use google, he’s not likely to have much luck in that regard for some time. Bwahahahahaaha

        And I thought the wingnuts were winning the twitter wars.

  5. Yes this the Mother Jones article is about Camp LeJuene. The focus is on the rare BC in males and the work these guys are doing to highlight what happened to them. They’ve done a Calendar spread — topless. It was the BC survivors who realized that no one was tracking or publishing the link. These guys are putting their faces & chests on the line.

    My guess is that the female cases of BC must also be high. I remember a case in NY state where a group of women also found a disturbing cluster of BC — and they also suspected drinking water.

    The Internet is very useful in this sort of connecting the dots.

    • RalphB says:

      I saw a story a while back about it. One of the retired marines who had contracted BC had a daughter die of an unusual cancer. He and his retired CO, who also contracted BC were pushing this in DC somehow.

  6. Mary Wilson says:

    USA should help its own citizen illegally blocked in China for 4 years come home!!!
    https://www.change.org/petitions/help-my-father-dr-zhicheng-hu-come-home

  7. Seriously says:

    His statement was so ridiculously inflammatory–“if reports are true that American officials communicated threats to Chen’s family”? WTF? Perhaps a source that’s a bit more reputable than the Department of Hypothetical BS would be useful when making insanely irresponsible statements about an ongoing foreign policy matter.

  8. @ Ralph
    Oh I know that is a great response from TBogg….I bookmarked it to share too.

  9. So glad you brought this up BB.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks, JJ. I thought a post with Hillary besting Mitt would get a strong reaction. But not so much. You never know. I think she handled the situation impressively and at the same time made Romney look like a fool.

      • NW Luna says:

        She’s so good at handling difficult situations. I shudder to think about how Mitt — or his appointee — would.

  10. RalphB says:

    LGF: Breitbart Blogger Dan Riehl on the Trail of a Bombshell Obama Photoshop Phraud

    Hahaha. The Breitbrats are pushing for a scandal about whether the White House doctored a photo of Obama throwing a football. Some vetting 🙂