What is the seat-of-the-pants response to Obama's snub of the Dalai Lama? Busy? He dislikes Buddhists? Does not what to offend the Chinese?
The sad fact is: China owns America. It's China's world; we just live in it. Granted we need one another but the upper hand is moving east.
The Obama administration serves China by not meeting with the Dalai Lama. Small potatoes really. But it is interesting he has met with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Vladimir Putin. It's clear that Obama's definition of "engagement" leaves plenty of room to meet with dictators, but less for those who challenge them.
What's even more interesting is that he has imposed a tariff on tires imported from China. This is significant. It will not sit well with the Chinese but it will sit well with Obama labor union supporters.
Where are Obama's loyalties? Certainly with his local cronies and not with those he does not understand (but should).