I'm assuming there's sarcasm in your last sentence, but I will answer in as straight a way as possible.
Well, I think we are in a much weaker position vis a vis China. We are in debt to China, and the Soviets needed us, for our grain, etc.
But once this man was in, I think it gave us a little more leverage, which I concede is very weak.
But this is a pattern I've seen in the last 3 years. Whether it is the people in the streets of Tehran, or the unwillingness to stand up to Russia about Syria, it shows a tendency of this admin to ignore human rights. And I do believe this is because Obama does see a moral equivalency between the US, and the oppressive regimes around the world.
Support for dissidents doesn't just mean guns either. Radio, internet help, samzidat-underground efforts are all vital. If we're doing it-we certainly don't know about it. Not details, mind you, just the general info. Ronald Reagan, GWB,heck even Clinton, would not have allowed this to happen.
And if this doesn't bring home the necessity of getting our financial house in order-China "owning us", nothing will.
This post was edited on 5/2 at 12:10 pm