Sunday, December 29, 2013

Olympic Truce

I've made no secret of the fact that I support using sports diplomacy to promote democracy and other political principles. So is it hypocritical of me to disapprove of the President and Vice President's decision not to attend the Olympics in Russia? I don't see it as a snub to Putin and Russia's policies against gays. Rather, I see it as a snub to the American athletes who trained hard to get there and deserve to see an American leader cheering them on.

Let's not politicize the Olympics.


Mick Harris said...


I’m interesting in joining the foreign service and working abroad in the future. I’m currently in Portland, OR with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and I’m considering some various grad school options. My uncle is a retired Foreign Service Officer and suggested I go to the AFSA website. I found your blog listed there and was hoping you might be available to answer some questions for me. I would have sent you an email, but I couldn’t track one down. I would be grateful for some first hand knowledge and insight. If there’s any chance you could respond to this and/or email me, my email is I appreciate your consideration and hope to hear back.

Many thanks,

Mick Harris

Lee said...

I am more worried about snow boycotting Sochi.

Shikha Merigi said...

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