Some Brilliant Foreign Policy from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi … boycott the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics


Nancy Pelosi has just figured out that there are no human rights in China.

In typical non-committal fashion Democratic House Speaker wants the United States to boycott the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but not the actual Olympic Games. That will show them Nancy. There is some sound foreign policy to stand up to the lack of any rights of the Chinese people. Did you suddenly have an epiphany that the Chinese government provide no human rights and crack down with great force against protesters?

“I think boycotting the opening ceremony, which really gives respect to the Chinese government, is something that should be kept on the table,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview airing Tuesday. “I think the president might want to rethink this later, depending on what other heads of state do.”

This is the best that the Democratic party can think of to deal with human rights violations in China, a boycott of the Opening Ceremonies? Hey, why not do as ex-President Democrat Jimmy Carter did and boycott the Olympics altogether. That worked so well. Talk about putting a band-aid on a broken leg. Gee Nancy, where have you been the other 364 days of the year when China has been doing the same thing to their people? Could you provide less of a solution to such a serious problem.

It is unreal how our elected leaders like Nancy Pelosi come up with some of the most pathetic and ridiculous solutions to such real issues. 

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    20 Responses to “Some Brilliant Foreign Policy from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi … boycott the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics”

    1. Richard on April 1st, 2008 12:06 pm

      Actually, she’s not coming up with any plan. Just saying, “Hey, Mr. President, here’s an idea.”

      There used to be at least the semblance of rational political discussion. Now what seems to take place is nothing but denouncing the president for every ill in the world.

      Maybe she can get her friends in the media to do a split screen … while the Olympic Games are being broadcast, we can be treated to a view of Nancy Pelosi bloviating about her opinions.

      And of course … how come there’s never any talk in Washington about a boycott of a nation that is covering up a crime against an American citizen?

      Now, where in the world would that be ….

      (By the way, folks, I don’t want to elaborate … but there’s news today that suggests that our planned protest against Aruba in Washington, DC, this June has prospects of being the most dramatic ever. If there’s any way, any way at all, that you can take part, or support those who do, please contact

    2. mallyhow on April 1st, 2008 12:39 pm

      I am somewhat confused here.
      What in your opinion should she be saying, I mean he is the only western leader going (or not).
      So Bush is right to go to the opening ceremony ?
      Are you saying she should be saying “do not go but nuke em instead” ?
      Or are you saying that Bush knows what he is doing, he should go because when he is there he can for sure convince them that they are being naughty in Tibet and if they do not stop it, “we are gonna , er gonna, er well as soon as we have completed all the multi million $ contracts we are gonna . . . . .”.
      What would be the right thing for her to be saying ?
      My guess is your answer is “nothing”, but OK suppose she is going to say something, what should it be ?

    3. LilPuma on April 1st, 2008 1:52 pm

      I don’t disagree with the opinions in this article at all, but I also wonder what the Republicans have done that’s helped. It’s like immigration: I don’t agree with the Dems on the topic, but the Republicans sure haven’t solved the problem.

      Meanwhile, they don’t have to worry about Social Security or retirement funds, or health care costs because that’s something they’ve all (D & R) taken care of for themselves.

      Let’s drill in the Arctic refuge. Yea, that’s the ticket. That will solve our oil and economic problems so we can concentrate on threatening Iran. :::shrug::: I wish there was a politician who would get something worthwhile done. If someone has and I missed it or forgot about it, please advise.

    4. Wang cares on April 1st, 2008 2:01 pm

      Pelosi is not the only one who came up with this idea…Sarkozy for one has said the same some time ago….oh and so has Pöttering, the chairman of the European Parliament…oh and Merkel (German Chancellor, the Polish Prime Minister, the President of the Chech Republic, etc, etc, etc…..

      Maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all?!

    5. walrus on April 1st, 2008 3:16 pm

      One thing is for sure: There will be a lot of turmoil and protesting before and during the games. The next 5 months will be very interesting. The Chinese may ultimately find that hosting the Olympics brought some unexpected consequences. Time will tell!

    6. dennisintn on April 1st, 2008 3:53 pm

      letting pelosi, obama, or hillary anywhere near foreign affairs for this country would be as stupid as aruba appointing jvds as chief instructor at the e.m.t. school.

    7. mrs. red on April 1st, 2008 8:31 pm

      Just like how we boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics? We showed them then.

      This is NOT the arean in which to make change IMO… tried it before and it didn’t work.

    8. Paulus IS DAURY on April 1st, 2008 9:08 pm

      pelosi is an idiot

    9. Paulus IS DAURY on April 1st, 2008 9:11 pm

      i say we go and win and spread the news about freedom while we are there.. but thats just my opinion :)

    10. Paulus IS DAURY on April 1st, 2008 9:33 pm



    11. LilPuma on April 1st, 2008 10:53 pm

      I don’t think the Olympic games or the Opening Ceremonies should be boycotted, but my goodness, the country not only fails the human rights test, they have poisoned our children and pets. It seems we should be doing something. Obviously they have a tight grip on us because so much of our manufacturing is in China, but we should do something and boycotting the Olympics will not have the impact needed.

      (they also eat dogs and sell dog and cat fur as “fake fur” – so personally, I’d like to nuke them)

    12. walrus on April 2nd, 2008 4:12 am

      #11 Excuse me, Lilpuma, but I lived in China for over a year and learned a lot of the language and I can personally attest that they do NOT eat dogs. However, you are absolutely correct about the fake fur.

    13. Richard on April 2nd, 2008 9:07 am

      It’s known that dogs are eaten in Korea … but since this is part of the culture there, it doesn’t seem offensive to me.

      A Hindu would no doubt look askance at our eating cows here, but it’s not an issue in our culture.

    14. Richard on April 2nd, 2008 9:10 am

      I wouldn’t want to eat dog myself, but I don’t see anything inherently wrong with doing that.

      Or to put it another way … if you maintain that it’s all right to consume and eat animals (confirmed vegetarians might raise objections), what makes one animal acceptable, and another not?

    15. txchic on April 2nd, 2008 10:05 am

      as a person sitting at my computer, fighting off some respiratory illness contracted in china, i’d advise everyone to think 2 about going to that place.

      between the hundreds of mysterious respiratory infections & the air pollution, a person really risks their health traveling to china.

      it’s bad enough that the chinese government has to subject their own people to this crap. they also feel the need to export it abroad. any citizens who point out the lack of proper environmental quality seem to disappear…

      pelosi is merely jumping on the popular band wagon as usual due to the tibetan sympathy. does this woman ever have an original thought?

    16. LilPuma on April 2nd, 2008 1:42 pm

      I don’t eat cows or fish or chickens or dogs.

      As for the Chinese, I googled and copied one of many:
      By Joseph Chaney

      GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – If you’re a dog in China then you’d better hope to be of the cute and furry variety sold in pet shops rather than a homely-looking mutt sold at a live animal market as the main ingredient in dog meat stew.

      “We still eat dog, but not this kind of dog,” Liu Ming, a pet shop salesman said, pointing to a toffee-coloured puppy with floppy ears on sale for about 500 yuan or 35 pounds. “We eat much bigger dogs”.

      Keeping pets is becoming all the rage among the affluent in China, even though some Chinese still consume dog and cat meat.

      Combined spending on pet food and pet care in China will be worth an estimated $870 million in 2008, according to Euromonitor International. That’s up roughly 15 percent from the $757 million (373 million pounds) spent in 2007.

      “In China, more and more people are raising pets. It’s not as difficult as before,” Liu said, as curious onlookers crowded his stall in a dusty street of the southern boomtown of Guangzhou.

      One thing is certain: the old belief that pets are a bourgeois indulgence held during the rule of Mao Zedong no longer has currency in the booming economy of the world’s most populous country.

      In the marquee cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, a growing nouveau-riche class even sees pets — particularly dogs — as fashion items, outfitting them in designer clothing, paying for spa treatments and dyeing their fur unnatural colours.

      That trend, experts say, is a stark contrast to the tradition of eating

    17. walrus on April 3rd, 2008 4:56 am

      #15 Quite right, there are many illnesses to be contracted there. Nevertheless, I had a GREAT time living there, and I miss the fun and hijinx. I can’t wait to go back. There’s nothing quite like being a young American man in China!

      #16 My bad, LilPuma. I stand corrected.

    18. juan on April 3rd, 2008 1:09 pm

      Pelosi, please don’t cross the International Date Line to attend the Olympics.

    19. Katherine on April 5th, 2008 4:00 am

      Nancy Pelosi only makes public statements like this because it is a chance to slam Bush and divert attention away from the fact that her Democratic house are unable to accomplish a darn thing and this takes the focus off of that fact. Her latest contribution is to send a letter to the superdelegates telling them that they need to endorse their candidates so the dems can wrap up and name a candidate. In other words, quick, wrap things up so that there won’t be a chance of Hillary eventually getting the nomination. Nancy Pelosi certainly shouldn’t be circumventing Bush on foreign policy and she shouldn’t be trying to influence an election. She obviously didn’t get the memo on Speaker of the House job description.

    20. Jo Burgess on April 6th, 2008 10:38 am

      at the very least, Pelosi’s call to boycott the opening ceremony puts her ahead of almost all U.S. politicians (plus the IOC) in addressing human rights violations in China. However minimal, her actions at least raise the issue of human rights under oppressive regimes for public discussion and further action.

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