At his chummy meeting with Vietnamese Communist leader Truong Tan Sang, Obama said, “we agreed that one of the great sources of strength between our two countries is the Vietnamese American population that is here but obviously has continued strong ties to Vietnam.”
That’s like saying that the Cuban-American community is a great source of strength between America and Castro’s Cuba.
While Obama delivered this howler with a straight face, outside Vietnamese-Americans, many of whom had come as refugees to the United States, protested the shameful betrayal.
“I am here in solidarity with democracy activists who are imprisoned right now in Vietnam,” said protester Hoang Tu Duy. “Six years ago, I was here, at the protest against then-Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet. We in the Vietnamese community here in the States, and elsewhere, we do not accept the Vietnamese Communist regime, and anywhere there is a Vietnamese communist leader, we will be present to protest.”
“Human rights [are] a human basic need,” said Pham van Dam of Boston. “We Vietnamese are human beings, and demand that human rights be respected. [Our Vietnam today, especially] the communist leaders in Vietnam do not respect freedom and democratic rights of the people, that is why we are here to protest by joining the gathering today, to voice our concerns. We are standing in front of the White House right now, with about a thousand of our compatriots from everywhere. We come here not to have fun, but to voice our unity. We are all looking in the same direction.”
In addition to the petition, there were letters from the families of prisoners of conscience inside Vietnam — including bloggers, lawyers and Catholic activists — urging an end to human rights violations there.
What do they think Vietnam is, Burma? If Muslims aren’t claiming to be the victims, then Barack Hussein Obama flat out doesn’t care.