VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Laos, opening a three-day visit meant to rebuild trust and close a dark chapter in the shared history between the two countries. During the Vietnam war about 80 million cluster bombs did not explode, leaving tennis ball-sized “bombies” littering the impoverished countryside to wound and kill unsuspecting people.
In Laos, the one-party communist state tightly controls public expression but is using its moment in the spotlight as host of the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to open up to outsiders.
But the blowback is not coming from Laos, but from the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, that on Monday lashed out at Barack Obama as the “son of a whore” in response to Obama’s plan to question Duterte about his country’s savage drug war that has claimed more than 2,400 lives.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum.”
After that outburst, Obama refused to say if he still wished to meet with Duterte in Laos as he had previously stated.
As on cue, after only one day of vacillation after these insults Obama retreated and called off the meeting he had previously requested.
Obama is chicken Vientiane.
Duterte insults, ’cause he can.
“You’re the son of a whore”
“you can’t push us no more.”
Another appeasement began.