May 3, 2012
The Ruthlessness of Barack Obama
Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest
Can anyone doubt that the blind lawyer and dissident Chen Guangcheng, who says that he feels a little lied to by American embassy officials in Beijing, was, more or less, hustled out and dumped into a hospital before he could further disrupt Chinese-American relations, especially with high-level meetings coming up between Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner and their Chinese counterparts? If any episode crystallizes the ruthlessness of President Obama, it should be this one. Even as the GOP tries to depict him as an impotent president, he is acting more ruthlessly and decisively than almost any American president in recent memory, including George W. Bush.
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