In another brilliant international policy move, Obama has decided to not meet with the universal symbol of peace, the Dalai Lama.
The Buddhist monk arrived in Washington on Monday for a week of meetings with Congressional leaders, celebrity supporters and interest groups, but the president will not see him until after he has made his first visit to China next month.
This means that Obama will become the first president not to welcome the Nobel peace prize winner to the White House since the Dalai Lama began visiting Washington in 1991.
Clearly Obama is trying to be nice to the Chinese Communist Party in the hope that the Chinese will also be nice. Of course this idea that if you are nice to the Chinese Communist up front, they will be nice to you later is wrong on a multitude of levels. If you lower the bar on human rights the Chinese will just move it lower.
Not only is this another brilliant move by Obama, it's also another monumental flip-flop.
In April 2008, Obama was joined by Hillary Clinton, then his rival for the Democratic nomination and now his Secretary of State, in calling on George W Bush to boycott the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in protest at the bloody repression of a popular uprising in Tibet.
At that time, Obama said: "If the Chinese do not take steps to help stop the genocide in Darfur and to respect the dignity, security, and human rights of the Tibetan people, then the President should boycott the opening ceremonies,"
I'm sure that right now thousands of Liberals are scrapping those "FREE TIBET" stickers from the bumpers of their Prius.