WASHINGTON (UCS News) — It would be a “cop-out” for countries to rule out the use of force at the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, President Bush’s national security adviser said Sunday.
The kind of “quiet diplomacy” that the U.S. is practicing in Iraq is a better way to send a message to China’s leaders rather than “the shock and awe frontal confrontation,” Stephen Hadley said.
President Bush has given no indication he will attack or attend the event. “I don’t view the problems in Tibet as a political event,” Bush said this past week. “I view it as a sporting event.”
The White House has not yet said whether he will attend the opening ceremony on August 8.
“We haven’t worked out the details of first strike at this point in time, but from his vantage point, if you listen to what he has said, he has no reason not to go ahead with some show of force,” Hadley said in broadcast interviews Sunday. “Because what he has said is we need to be using more armor and air rather than diplomacy.”