Next Year in Rangoon

People have been perplexed why Obama hasn’t gone to Israel.

Well, now that the election is over…

Fresh from his election win, Barack Obama will become the first US president to visit Burma this month, the White House says.

He will meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein.

It is part of a three-leg tour from 17 to 20 November that will also take in Thailand and Cambodia.

Wait, what?

Burma? Cambodia?

The government of Burma has begun implementing economic, political and other reforms, a process the Obama administration sought to encourage.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was previously the most senior US official to go to Burma when she visited in December 2011.

The Burma stop is part of a trip built around the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia.

I can’t really quibble. Burma has eased up on the fascistic tendencies, and the more allies we have surrounding China the better.

But go to Israel, Mr. President. Show our solidarity to the only democracy—and our only true ally—in the region.

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