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January 21, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Seeing red over China


Limbaugh, Ingraham and Savage unite in their disgust at President Obama’s conduct of diplomacy with Hu Jintao

Limbaugh was particularly concerned that we don’t appear to be spending too lavishly on the state visit, as we are already so indebted to China (listen to clip and read transcript).

“This dinner tonight better not be too opulent. They better not go too overboard on this because Hu Jintao’s paying for this. And if the regime goes overboard here with all kinds of opulence and expense, you know, Hu Jintao’s gonna say, ‘This is not why we gave you the money. I can get this at home.'”

Limbaugh’s concerns were somewhat valid considering that China has more than doubled its holding of US treasury debt to almost $900bn since their last state visit in 2006. Still, it seems like a good idea to make Mr Hu feel welcome if we want to improve our relations with the world’s fastest-growing economy. Much of the focus of the visit, however, has been on China’s human right’s abuses and Limbaugh doesn’t think much of Premier Hu’s stance on this issue.

You have to learn how to listen to the “ChiComs”. When you hear Hu Jintao talk about “mutual respect”, what that means is … It does not mean, “We will bury you. We will conquer you.” I’m sure they already think that. “Mutual respect” means, “Shut the hell up about our human rights abuses! Don’t talk to me about the Falun Gong. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear about Tibet. Don’t even bring up the Dalai Lama. We liked the fact you made him go out the back door next to the trash.”

It’s interesting that Limbaugh, who famously dismissed the abuses at Abu Ghraib as fraternity boys merely letting off steam, is suddenly concerned about human rights. But he was not impressed by Hu Jintao’s tepid response to a reporter’s question on this issue that China had much work to do in this area but it was their business how they moved forward.

He told us to go to hell. He told the media to go to hell. He told Obama to go to hell. “We have a different version of human rights than you do. What are you gonna do about it? You got your own problems.”

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