November 2, 2006
Peace and freedom (blogspot)
President Nguyen of Vietnam and President Bush from the United States will meet for the fist time when President Bush travels to Hai Noi for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference Nov. 17-19.
But there is one major "fly" remaining in the ointment: American citizen Mrs. Thuong Nguyen "Cuc" Foshee remains in prison in Vietnam despite diplomatic efforts to secure her release on both sides.
We urge the two presidents to start the new relationship between the United States and Vietnam by quickly securing the release of Mrs. Foshee.
We first suggested that President Bush travel to Vietnam on America's Independence Day, July 4, 2006, in a Washington Times commentary titled "Vietnam's Newfound Hopes.""It is not beyond the realm of possibility that the President of the United States could visit Vietnam. The president's position world-wide is clear: the U.S. stands for democracy and the dignity of human rights. The U.S. does not want a recalcitrant Vietnam isolated in any way from the world. It may be time to embrace the progress and fully heal the wounds."We also suggested that President Bush might host the new government of Vietnam to honorable diplomatic talks and ceremonies here in the United States.
In June, 2005, President Bush hosted then-Prime Minister Phan Van Khai of Vietnam for a meeting in the Oval Office.
So we suggested on the Fourth of July that the new government of Vietnam may benefit from a similar honor."The new, potentially much more democratically-leaning leadership in Vietnam would be more worthy and deserving of the prestige and dignity that comes from a White House visit (or even a trip to the Texas ranch)."
We have similarly urged a new union and a new relationship between the United States and Vietnam in Washington Times commentary essays on September 24, 2006 and on October 27, 2006 (in an essay entitled "Vietnam Miracle").
And tremendous strides of progress have brought these two great nations closer together.
But one major problem remains: Cuc Foshee remains, against her will, in Vietnam, and not at home in the United States.
It is time for these two great nations to unite in the effort to return Cuc Foshee home to America.