Attacking the administration's refusal to meet with the Dalai Lama and explaining what this means to the Tibetans and the world, Professor Stephen Diamond observes how leading human rights advocates on campus turn a blind eye when it is politically convenient for Obama:
Is not Barack Obama sacrificing the potential moral authority of the global movement for peace, democracy and human rights by siding with the Chinese regime as opposed to the people of Tibet, of Burma, of Vietnam?
What makes this situation more galling is the apparent support for, or at least acquiescence in, the policy of Obama coming from some of our most prominent legal advocates of human rights. Harold Koh of Yale Law School, Sarah Cleveland of Columbia Law School, Michael Posner of Human Rights First, Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University, and Samantha Power of Harvard University all hold senior positions inside the Obama/Clinton State Department or White House. Together these individuals represent decades of advocacy for human rights yet they now appear to be providing a thin form of political cover for the Obama Administration's cynical real politik.
This [a]s a State Department that has itself concluded that the human rights situation inside China has worsened recently.