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August 15, 2009

More Personal Diplomacy…Sen. James Webb Visits Burma* And Brings Home American Captive.

No word on whether of not Webb had to turn the Burmese dictator upside and put his penis in his mouth.

Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia was also granted an unprecedented meeting with the junta chief, and was allowed to hold talks with Suu Kyi, the first foreign official permitted to see the Nobel laureate since she was sentenced to 18 more months of house arrest on Tuesday.

American John Yettaw, who was sentenced to seven years of hard labor for swimming uninvited to Suu Kyi's lakeside house in Yangon, will be deported on Sunday, Webb said in a statement from his Washington office.

The impending deportation indicates "good relations between the two countries and hope [that] these will grow," Yettaw's lawyer Khin Maoung Oo said. Webb echoed the sentiment.

Obviously this is good for Yettaw, though I’m not sure one should expect rescue for having done something so stupid. You decide to enter crazy, dictatorial countries swim in a restricted lake to 'visit' a political dissident illegally at your own risk but good for Webb. Hopefully it leads to something better for the Burmese people as well, though that seems doubtful.

There’s no truth to the rumor that Bill Clinton released a statement saying, “I would have gone but then I found out the American wasn’t a hot chick. What’s the point of that?”


*Yes, yes, I know. I simply don’t care what brutal dictators want to be called.


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