Ed Morrissey blogs Hot Air and (as the cliché goes) leans to the right, while Michael Crowley writes for the left-leaning The New Republic, but the two appear to be on the same page when it comes to the Obama administration's snubbing of the Dalai Lama
. It's not inexcusable, they both say, to give the Tibetan leader the cold shoulder for once in exchange for cooperation from China. Morrissey even broke ranks with fellow conservatives
, arguing that the move did not, in fact, constitute "appeasement."
- Crowley: "Rather than risk alienating China before a summit with Hu Jintao next month, Obama won't meet with the Dalai Lama when the Tibetan visits Washington this week. I can understand if Obama has judged that Chinese cooperation on Iran, the economy and global warming are more important than the Tibetan cause."
- Morrissey: "[It] certainly seems like the Obama administration made a good-faith effort to balance human rights with our need to gain cooperation with China on Iranian nukes. I don't think that snubbing the Dalai Lama will gain us that cooperation, of course, but avoiding a deliberate diplomatic provocation hardly counts as appeasement. In this case, I'd say that the Obama administration got it right, and that American interests trump a photo op with the Dalai Lama."
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