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    Obama praises Yingluck's inspirational win

    Obama hails Thai PM's 'inspirational' election win
    (AFP) 10 hours ago NUSA DUA, Indonesia

    US President Barack Obama on Saturday warmly praised Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra's victory at the ballot box as "inspirational", in a boost to her young leadership.
    Thailand, a longstanding US ally, has been riven by political divisions that culminated in protests in Bangkok last year, during which more than 90 people died in clashes between the army and supporters of Yingluck's brother Thaksin.

    Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup but Yingluck, who Thaksin once described as his "clone", was named Thailand's first female prime minister after her Puea Thai party won a general election in July.

    At a meeting on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, Obama said he wanted to "extend congratulations to the prime minister" for an "inspirational election".

    The symbolism of Yingluck's appearance alongside Obama is unlikely to be missed in Thailand, and his choice of words -- which went well beyond standard diplomatic niceties -- sends an unmistakable signal of support.


    Parties led by or linked to Thaksin have won the last five general elections thanks to his huge support among the rural poor.

    But the Bangkok elites, who have power bases in the judiciary, bureaucracy and military in a country that has seen 18 actual or attempted coups since 1932, despise him as authoritarian and a threat to the monarchy.

    As well as Thaksin's own military ouster, two of his allies have been removed from the premiership by the courts -- one of them for being paid to host a cooking show on television -- and two of the parties dissolved.

    Days after this year's poll, the defeated Democrat party launched a legal bid to have Puea Thai disbanded on the grounds that banned politicians such as Thaksin were involved in its campaign.

    Since coming to power Yingluck has been sorely tested by Thailand's worst flooding in decades, which has left almost 600 people dead and outer parts of the capital Bangkok inundated.

    She has been heavily criticised over her government's handling of the crisis, and the confusing information it has provided, with the army in contrast winning praise for its response.

    "We will extend any assistance we can," said Obama. "The US and Thailand are two of the oldest allies, with great friendship. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the flood.

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    Yingluck thanked Obama for his co-operation.Obama's warm words come after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Bangkok this week, where she said she was reassured of Yingluck's commitment to democracy in comments also seen as supportive of the government.

    A US warship is in port in Thailand to help recovery efforts and Washington has pledged more than $10 million in flood aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    Obama is unlikely to be missed in Thailand, and his choice of words -- which went well beyond standard diplomatic
    How so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    "The US and Thailand are two of the oldest allies, with great friendship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pants View Post
    "The US and Thailand are two of the oldest allies, with great friendship.
    Were it not for this Pattaya would not exist.

    How can one imagine Thailand without Pattaya?

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    Thailand without Pattaya...better for everyone in the long run.

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    Wow... this is what Diplomacy is all about. You deal with scumbags and call them "nice" in front of the world. Just like the game Civilization. Then you stab em in the back later on (or take over their resources/cities)...
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    ^ clear synopsis. Consider running a campaign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theanimaster View Post
    You deal with scumbags and call them "nice" in front of the world.
    Just the normal scumbag-to-scumbag communication ethos, wouldn't you say? At least ol' Yinglak didn't try to hide who she was fronting for during her election campaign... but then Thais are not Americans, so no surprise there.
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    ...^it's not like she could have run for office on her experience, political skills, and concern for the public welfare...so there was really no other choice but to stand in for a persistent brother and his thick-faced cronies...
    ...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...

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    ^How clever of you to notice! Did you come up with that on your own or has more effluent come down the cultural sewer that you dwell in? It must be nice to get the inside "shit" as it were.

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    Ewww bitchy MR... her utter incompetence must really be start to embarrass...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    US President Barack Obama on Saturday warmly praised Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra's victory at the ballot box as "inspirational", in a boost to her young leadership.Thailand,
    More evidence that I was fooled by Obama when he ran in '08.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedict XVI
    More evidence that I was fooled by Obama when he ran in '08.
    Explain how this is evidence of Obama "fooling" you.
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    Don't get him nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markle View Post
    Ewww bitchy MR...
    ......such an excitable Canadian...
    Last edited by tomcat; 20th November 2011 at 16:14.

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