Bret Stephens ponders whether Obama believes in human rights. He goes down the list: silence on China, new "incentives" for Sudan, more silence on Iran and defunding of the Human Rights Documentation Center, and possible engagement with Burma. It is, if nothing else, consistent. Stephens concludes:
Leave aside the nausea factor of dealing with the authors of that policy. The real question is what good purpose can possibly be served in negotiations that the junta will pursue only (and exactly) to the extent it believes will strengthen its grip on power. It takes a remarkable presumption of good faith, or perhaps stupidity, to imagine that the Burmas or Sudans of the world would reciprocate Mr. Obama's engagement except to seek their own advantage.