March 6, 2010

THANKS, W:

US plan to train Indonesia's special forces sets off alarm: The Obama administration wants to strengthen ties with Indonesia, including training for its special forces. But Indonesia’s elite military unit has been investigated for beatings, disappearances, and assassinations. (Howard LaFranchi, March 5, 2010, CS Monitor)

President Obama wants to signal a continued strengthening in US-Indonesia ties when he travels to the world’s largest Muslim country later this month. [...]

Mr. Obama is keen to showcase Indonesia as a stable, democratic partner, a regional counterweight to China that is working shoulder-to-shoulder with the US to fight Islamic extremism. Extremists have struck Indonesia with bombings since the 9/11 attacks.


Even foreign policy pundits and Democrats have been forced to realize the revolution that George W. Bush wrought in our relationship with India, but bringing Indonesia into the Axis of Good has been less noticed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2010 11:31 AM
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