Tom Tancredo and Taiwan:

My latest media column for the Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post criticizes Colorado media for failing to cover Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo's exemplary work in support of a strong U.S. policy in defense of Taiwan's democracy and independence.

Your column mentions Tancredo's "staunch support" for freedom of speech. Maybe, but his filing a brief in Rahmani doesn't prove it - it's much more likely that like many anti-Iran hawks he happens to like and support the so-called "terror" group in question, the MEK. Staunch support for free speech is proven supporting speech you *don't* agree with.
12.16.2006 3:37pm
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
how would you call your debate? just watched it, Grossman , I thought, leaned too far to the emotional.
12.16.2006 3:49pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
Notice that Tom Tancredo is one of the few members of Congress that actually asserts the sovereignty of the United States. Other members seem comfortable with countries like China and Mexico determining our foreign policy and immigration policy. For example New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson say we should not build the border fence because it "gets in the way" of our relations with Mexico. So what's Mexico going to do about it? Who does Richardson represent anyway, Americans or Mexicans?
12.16.2006 5:10pm
Zarkov, not sure whether you were being sarcastic or not.

If you weren't, you're making a pretty big leap in your language. Adopting a policy that doesn't piss off other countries doesn't mean that we're letting other countries determine our foreign policy. It's possible to have policies that other countries like and that advance our interest.

Or is there no value in international goodwill?
12.16.2006 5:34pm
A. Zarkov (mail):

I'm not saying there is no value in good will either in business or international relations. I'm saying that when there is a conflict between the interests of the US and the interests of another country, our leaders should put American interests first. Moreover good will is a two-way street. When foreign countries like Mexico side with Cuba or Venezuela and its leaders make disparaging remarks about the US that should count for something. Many Republican members of Congress seem to regard the US as more of a trading zone than a sovereign nation. Many Democrats seem to think that other nations are morally superior. Sometimes you have to piss off other countries. If we weren't willing to piss off Columbia there would be no Panama Canal.
12.16.2006 5:49pm
Tek Jansen:
What a silly column. It could have been a good column, too, discussing Tancredo's point of view on Taiwan/China. Instead, for some reason you choose to frame that issue as a criticism of the press.

As a comparison to see whether your criticism of the press is warranted, it's interesting to look at Tom Tancredo's website to see what he thinks is important. On the front page, just immigration stuff. Only 1 of his 25 latest press releases mention Taiwan, while a good chunk of them discuss immigration. Under his "Issues" that he discusses on the website, there's a passing mention of China regarding human rights (but not related to Taiwan), while a large section is dedicated to immigration.

So why does the press focus on immigration when Tancredo comes up? Perhaps because that's what Tancredo himself focuses on, at least in his public relations. Nice hack job.
12.16.2006 6:59pm
Cornellian (mail):
Well, in defense of the media, a lone congressman trying his hand at foreign policy hardly qualifies as news.
12.16.2006 8:02pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
What a silly column. It could have been a good column, too, discussing Tancredo's point of view on Taiwan/China. Instead, for some reason you choose to frame that issue as a criticism of the press.
Er, perhaps because it's a media column and not a foreign policy column?
12.16.2006 11:00pm
Tek Jansen:

Er, perhaps because it's a media column and not a foreign policy column?

Then it was stupid.
12.16.2006 11:07pm
If the purpose of the column was to highlight all the diplomatic things that could be done to support Taiwan in hopes of forstalling a Chicom attack on Taiwan to forcibly bring it under Chicom control, the column is a success.
12.16.2006 11:45pm
Charlie (Colorado) (mail):
Dave, after enough stupid things are said (Bush conspiring to end the sovereignty os the United States, Miami like a third-world country) it gets difficult to take someone seriously. Tom Tancredo has passed that threshold. And I'm someone who wrote a resolution against recognizing the PRC vs the ROC at the 1976 Colorado Republican Convention.
12.17.2006 12:36pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
Charie (Colorado):

"Miami like a third-world country) it gets difficult to take some seriously."

It's actually an apt description. Immigration from Cuba and other third-world countries accounts for all of Miami's population growth since 2000. It has lost a net 20,000 residents to out migration. Miami has a high crime rate, rampant corruption, and a 45% school graduation rate. Where else in America will merchants and taxi drivers admonish you to "speak Spanish?" Where else in America do you see cars driving on the sidewalks (like another lane)? Municipal buses don't keep to schedules, and even big-box chain stores like Staples will just arbitrarily close before the posted time.

Many residents don't think of themselves as American. The head of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University described Miami as a place where "there is no pressure to be an American." Like Latin America, people of wealth in Miami can lead the good life in gated communities and send their children to private schools. But the middle class has no option but to vote with its feet. And it does just that.
12.17.2006 1:04pm
Charlie (Colorado) (mail):
Actualloy, Zharkov, I've been both in Miami and in third-world countries; I don't have any trouble telling the difference. Nor do I find the possibility that Miami might have different customs than other parts of the US --- I moved from the Colorado mountains to New York City. So the "third world country" thing doesn't worry me in any case.

But the real case for Tancredo being a moron is that Cubans in South Florida is a very significantly Republican population, so whatever Tancredo might think, popping up with that sound bite was supremely dumb for someone who has national political ambitions.
12.18.2006 12:12am
Michael Turton (mail) (www):
Speaking as a longterm expat here in Taiwan, I think it is great that Tancredo is out there at bat for us here on the Beautiful Isle (and me a lifelong Dem too). More power to him.

12.18.2006 9:52am