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Geithner Must Go To Save Obama “Face,” Regain Congressional, Voter Confidence

March 20, 2009

Thanks to AIG, Congress and the administration, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may find his next round of necessary bailouts greeted by a revolt of left and right.

That according to Michael Gerson in Friday’s Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-d
yn/content/article/2009/03/19/AR2
009031903039.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

What Gerson is saying is that from now on, anything touched by Geithner is toxic.

So he has to go.

Add to that a loss of public confidence that is evident everywhere.

Just last Saturday President Obama said that investors can have “absolute confidence” in the U.S. economy.  But Geithner detracts from that confidence,obviously.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/ne
ws/2009/mar/14/obama-have-abso
lute-confidence-us-economy/

Add to that the fact that even left wing Obama supporters are now saying Geithner must go.

Why?  Some certainly fear that Obama himself could be tarnished by this scandel; so why not throw out the skinny Treasury Secretary while there is still time?

My Asian-American relatives remind me that this is now a matter of “face.”  To save his own “face” and preserve his wonderful image and poll numbers, Obama must now sacrifice Geithner or lose face himself.  And the president should never lose face because of someone he himself appointed.

When Senator Grassley said that some corporate executives should “follow the Japanese example” and either “resign or go commit suicide” he was just a little off the mark.

Losing face and the fear of that fate is still a real option for anybody.  And saving face by firing a turkey has been done several million times before this….

Eugene Robinson in today’s Washington Post:

Does he understand the profound sense of betrayal that so many Americans feel as we learn that the supposed wizards of finance, the Masters of the Universe who shower themselves with unimaginable wealth, were safeguarding our economic well-being with the diligence and sobriety of a drunken high roller at a craps table in Vegas at 4 a.m.? Does he understand that the crisis is not just an economic watershed but a cultural one as well, and that what once was deemed perfectly acceptable behavior on Wall Street is now seen as reprehensible? Does he understand that outside of Lower Manhattan, the definition of a “retention bonus” is being spared from the latest round of layoffs?

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
/content/article/2009/03/19/AR200
9031903040.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits ... 
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.  Obama has to get his face out of the same photo with Geithner’s face….

Related:
Geithner, Obama Under Fire From Dem Maxine Waters

Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”

Did Obama White House Fuel AIG Bonus Mess To Enact Tougher Rules With Public Support, “Outrage”?
(You bet they did)

Obama: Fire Geithner

 Obama: Here’s Why Geithner Has To Go: Credibility, Confidence, Competance

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/20
/gibbs-on-geithner-uhhhhuhhhhuhhh/

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Asian Human Trafficking, Torture and Sex Trade

January 3, 2009

Western men who visit red-light districts in poor countries often find themselves surrounded by coquettish teenage girls laughingly tugging them toward the brothels. The men assume that the girls are there voluntarily, and in some cases they are right.

But anyone inclined to take the girls’ smiles at face value should talk to Sina Vann, who was once one of those smiling girls.

By Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times

Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times

Above: Sina Vann

Sina is Vietnamese but was kidnapped at the age of 13 and taken to Cambodia, where she was drugged. She said she woke up naked and bloody on a bed with a white man — she doesn’t know his nationality — who had purchased her virginity.

After that, she was locked on the upper floors of a nice hotel and offered to Western men and wealthy Cambodians. She said she was beaten ferociously to force her to smile and act seductive.

“My first phrase in Khmer,” the Cambodian language, “was, ‘I want to sleep with you,’ ” she said. “My first phrase in English was” — well, it’s unprintable.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/01/opinion
/01kristof.html?scp=1&sq=Cambodia%20,%20
sex%20trafficking&st=cse