Romney Foreign Policy Aid Takes Aim at ‘Hong Sun’July 29, 2012
What have we learnt about Willard Mitt Romney’s potential future foreign policy towards Cambodia? Well up until recently, not a lot. But that all quite possibly changed last week during a televised debate between Obama’s and Romney’s leading foreign policy advisors.
During the debate, Rich Williamson – Senior Adviser for Foreign and Defense Policy for Romney for President, Inc. – had this to say according to the official transcript, ”You talk about it. You know, I’ve, for better or worse, whether it’s Hong Sun or Robert Mugabe or al-Bashir, I’ve dealt with some less-than-pleasant guys, and saying you are not doing good things never surprises them. They know they’re not.”
So who is ”Hong Sun”? We’re pretty sure Williamson wasn’t referring to Hong Sun Huot, Chair of Cambodia’s National Aids Authority, but might this be a clumsy heat-of-the-moment mispronunciation of Cambodia’s prime minister’s name? Because, we’re having difficulties in figuring out which other controversial world leader Williamson could possibly have been referring to.
Linking Cambodia’s leader with bloodstained international pariahs such as Mugabe and al-Bashir is strong posturing indeed and could be a clue that Romney may be preparing to ignore all that Chinese largesse and take a far more robust line on alleged human rights abuses in Cambodia than the current administration.
This would undoubtedly have profound ramifications for Cambodia’s relationship with the USA should Romney’s campaign prevail later in the year. As a result, 2013 could be an interesting year for US/Khmer diplomacy.
Watch the video here and click on ‘full event’. Forward to 34.30.
Download the transcript here.