Romney: everything Obama did is bad, unless it’s good…then I thought of it


Chen Guangcheng looks to be headed to US University to study:

The US and China have agreed to resolve the Chen Guangcheng crisis by sending him to the US on a student visa with his family.

Chen: Saved By College – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

Contrast that with Romney’s commentary:

Campaigning in Virginia, Romney was quoted as saying that if news reports that Chen was pressured to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing are true, it would represent a “dark day for freedom” and a “day of shame for the Obama administration.”


Romney, according to the Los Angeles Times, cited news reports that he said suggested the administration may have “willingly or unwittingly, communicated to Chen an implicit threat, to his family,” and might have “sped up” the process of his exiting the embassy to clear the agenda for broader talks on the U.S-Chinese relationship that started Thursday.

“It’s also apparent, according to these reports if they’re accurate, that our embassy failed to put in place the kind of verifiable measures that would assure the safety of Mr. Chen and his family,” Romney said. “If these reports are true, this is a dark day for freedom and it’s a day of shame for the Obama administration. We are a place of freedom, here and around the world, and we should stand up and defend freedom wherever it is under attack.”

A lot of diplomacy probably begins with unverifiable measures and ends with concrete advancements. It’s kind of nutty to criticize a diplomatic situation before it’s resolved.