Bush's Speeches of Candor

George W. Bush is not one of my favorite American presidents, but I do applaud him for giving two speeches concerning China that are indeed candid, balanced and courteous, and which are grounded in a profound belief in universal values (liberty and human rights) – speeches that say a lot about the level of self-confidence of the nation that the speaker leads. Compared with the Chinese government’s hackneyed and obtuse rebuff line (to the Thailand speech) that regards any criticism of its human rights record as unwelcome interference in China’s internal affairs, Bush’s speeches appear far more intelligible and appealing to a reasonable man.

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