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Richard Nixon shakes hands with Mao Tse Tung, responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of his own people.
George W. Bush holds hands with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a nation that calls for the destruction of Israel, where women can’t drive cars and where even the slightest expression of dissent is met with prison and perhaps execution. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11 came from Saudi Arabia.
Donald Rumsfeld, special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, shakes hands with Saddam Hussein shortly after the gassing of thousands of Kurds at Hussein’s orders.
President Gerald Ford yuks it up with Leonid Brezhnev, the hard-liner leader of the Soviet Union, one of the most repressive regimes in human history.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has said many very bad things about the United States.
So explain to me again: What’s the problem here?