Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cameron Sinclair Twitters Palin's Speech Before the CLSA (Update)

The short story

His Twitter

I am going to give this guy the benefit of the doubt because twitter is a hard format to get your point across.

But most of his twitter was mundane.

In reading his comments, it seems there was a commonsense approach in Palin's speech.

It seems from the twitter, that most of the speech was not earth shattering.

But if she did say we needed to be cooperative with China when it came to the economic scuffle on the tires, it would be interesting to see what the full comments were.

On the topic of China, from what I read so far, she was critical of China..

But there is always that nagging problem of how to handle China with their human rights abuse and their lack of Democracy.

On the issue on China, it will be interesting to see the complete sentiment in her speech; given the fact that China is selling gas to Iran.


The Asian Sentinel has their take.

What they got was 90 minutes of boredom which had half the audience fiddling endlessly with their Blackberries. Ninety percent of her speech could have been – and probably was – written for a domestic US audience receptive to her "mom and pop" populism. Indeed the only newsworthy aspect of the speech was why her remarks had to be kept private despite their predictability.

You will see where I pointed to the softening stance by the CLSA on who requested it be closed in the A.P. story.

And I found the comments on boredom funny when you consider Sinclair's frantic twittering (probably on a Blackberry).

And last, this:

All in all this was standard conservative Republican stuff but it bored than surprised a naturally conservative audience waiting for something that might be quote worthy if not memorable.

The only slightly interesting bit was when she got to discussing China. It had indeed had "miraculous" economic growth and she hoped its rise would remain peaceful. However she warned that the US and the rest of Asia had to be prepared in case things China "went in a different direction." She criticized its missile threat to Taiwan, lack of pressure on North Korea on the nuclear issue, its dealings with regimes in Iran, Burma and Zimbabwe. She noted that political freedoms had not followed economic reform and contrasted it with democratic progress in India, Indonesia etc. She criticized suppression of domestic critics and also mentioned those two words Chinese leaders least like to hear: Uighurs and Tibet.

Palin was clear that the strong US defense posture had enabled Asia to prosper and continued military strength and the alliances with Japan, South Korea and Australia had been and remained crucial its peace and success as China was rapidly building up its military even though, she claimed, it faced to major threat.

The CLSA is not a naturally conservative audience. It is made up of people who support the Clinton Global Intitiative.

CLSA is actively engaged in the global dialogue on climate change, carbon trading and the issues that matter to investors, companies and consumers.

CLSA Chairman Rob Morrison is a founding member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, which was established to promote the need for a new global treaty on the environment and to present new ideas, solutions and recommendations at the 2009 UN Climate Conference.

CLSA supports the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through sponsorship of its annual meetings. Launched by former US President Bill Clinton in 2005, the CGI brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, which naturally include the environment. In 2007, CGI members committed 276 projects to support energy & climate change. In December 2008, CLSA executives took part in the CGI's annual meeting in Hong Kong, the first to be held outside the US.

Participation in the annual Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) provides an opportunity for CLSA to present its views on how the public and private sectors can work together to manage the environmental impact of Asia’s rapid economic growth. At the April 2008 conference, chairman Rob Morrison participated in a panel discussion entitled "Green energy: Public-private partnership".

And last but not least, Olbermann gets egg on his face again...


Josh Painter said...

"Half the audience fiddling endlessly with their Blackberries" were people live-Twittering her speech.

- JP

susan banks said...

I totally agree with the true fact that these bailouts did nothing good for anyone. They just helped the rich get their “Bonuses” and in stack of million dollars at a time. That’s where the money went. It didn’t help the “little people” the citizens of the US keep afloat.

chris brown said...

She should shut her mouth already and just get on In life...