Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday Sniffle: New York Times Blows Its Nose

And out came Myanmar mucus:

"Myanmar president congratulates Suu Kyi; Hopes are raised for a peaceful transfer of power" by Thomas Fuller New York Times  November 12, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military establishment Wednesday acknowledged the victory of the country’s democracy movement led by the Nobel Peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, raising hopes for a peaceful transfer of power after five decades of military domination.

New York Times narrative keeps switching nostrils.

President Thein Sein sent his congratulations to Suu Kyi and her party for “gathering the support of the people.” The statement, delivered in a Facebook post, appeared to be an official concession of defeat by the president, a former general who has led the military-backed government for the past five years.

“The government will respect and follow the people’s choice and decision, and work on transferring power peacefully according to the timetable,” the Facebook message said.

Both sides also agreed to hold negotiations after the election commission announces the final results of the vote, expected later this month.

In a letter released by her party on Wednesday, Suu Kyi asked to meet with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander in chief of the military. “It is crucial for the dignity of the nation that the people’s will, which was shown in the election of Nov. 8, be truly implemented in a peaceful and stable manner,” she wrote in the letter, which was dated Tuesday.

She sent similar letters to the president and the speaker of the lower house of Parliament.

The office of General Min Aung Hlaing responded on Wednesday night that the military “congratulates the National League for Democracy in getting a majority of seats” in the official results released so far.

Winning a majority in both houses of Parliament, which political analysts say they believe the party achieved in Sunday’s election, would give her party control over both the legislative and executive branches of government — a breathtaking sweep of power for the democracy movement, but the police, army, and large parts of the bureaucracy will stay under the military’s direct control. Analysts say the key to a functioning government will be cooperation between Suu Kyi and the military.


“The president will be told exactly what he can do,” she told a television interviewer Tuesday, but she also sent signals that she was not out for revenge. She told another interviewer: “We are not going in for vengeance, and we are not going in for a series of Nurembergs.”

The NYT put that back in, and isn't that over-the-top hyperbole? 

She is spending too much time consulting her CIA masters; throwing the Nazis around has really gotten old and been soooooooo played.

She added that she would “uphold the parts of the constitution that are good.”

And the parts that are bad? 

It's a LAWLESS REGIME and DICTATORSHIP right from the get-go! 

But a female is in charge, and that's progress!

The constitution was written by the generals who have ruled Myanmar in one form or another since 1962 and was devised for them to retain significant power even in the case of electoral defeat.

Suu Kyi [was] reelected to her seat, which was expected given the almost divine reverence that she commands across the country....

Now she's a God!


Also see: Weeping Wednesday: The Queen of Myanmar 

And follow your nose.

UPDATE: Myanmar leader vows smooth transfer of power

It's AP blow if you want a peek.