(Image Source: France 24)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

During a three day journey to Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to make some groundbreaking visits. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains.

“No sitting U.S. President has ever visited the nation of Cambodia before.” (flash) “No sitting U.S. President has ever visited Burma either, but President Obama is about to go there too.”

ABC News explains President Obama’s trip to Burma, now known to many as Myanmar, is of particular importance as the country implements democratic reforms after emerging from five decades of military rule.

But the Wall Street Journal reports many critics believe the President’s trip to Myanmar may be premature.

“Some human-rights groups say the government … should have to do more to prove itself before being granted a presidential visit. They cite the ethnic violence raging against minority Muslims, the continued imprisonment of political opponents and a constitution that reserves 25% of parliamentary seats for members of the military.” 

President Obama defended the decision at a press conference in Thailand Sunday — stating his historic trip to Myanmar is not an “endorsement” of the country’s reformist government, but rather an acknowledgment that …

“There is a process underway inside that country that even a year and a half, two years ago, nobody foresaw.”  

A blogger for the Global Post explains Burmese officials hope the governmental reforms and President Obama’s landmark visit will open the door for U.S. aid to the country.

“They want to believe the changes, particularly the democratic reform and the investment dollars it may bring, is all real. But they’ve also been burned too many times. A businessman I've know for nearly a decade says he’s still ’50-50’ on whether this all is real and will work.” 

Obama will make the historic trip Monday, where he will deliver a speech to the nation as well as meet with the new opposition party leader. 

Obama To Make Historic Visits to Myanmar, Cambodia

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Nov 18, 2012

Obama To Make Historic Visits to Myanmar, Cambodia

(Image Source: France 24)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

During a three day journey to Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to make some groundbreaking visits. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains.

“No sitting U.S. President has ever visited the nation of Cambodia before.” (flash) “No sitting U.S. President has ever visited Burma either, but President Obama is about to go there too.”

ABC News explains President Obama’s trip to Burma, now known to many as Myanmar, is of particular importance as the country implements democratic reforms after emerging from five decades of military rule.

But the Wall Street Journal reports many critics believe the President’s trip to Myanmar may be premature.

“Some human-rights groups say the government … should have to do more to prove itself before being granted a presidential visit. They cite the ethnic violence raging against minority Muslims, the continued imprisonment of political opponents and a constitution that reserves 25% of parliamentary seats for members of the military.” 

President Obama defended the decision at a press conference in Thailand Sunday — stating his historic trip to Myanmar is not an “endorsement” of the country’s reformist government, but rather an acknowledgment that …

“There is a process underway inside that country that even a year and a half, two years ago, nobody foresaw.”  

A blogger for the Global Post explains Burmese officials hope the governmental reforms and President Obama’s landmark visit will open the door for U.S. aid to the country.

“They want to believe the changes, particularly the democratic reform and the investment dollars it may bring, is all real. But they’ve also been burned too many times. A businessman I've know for nearly a decade says he’s still ’50-50’ on whether this all is real and will work.” 

Obama will make the historic trip Monday, where he will deliver a speech to the nation as well as meet with the new opposition party leader. 

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