This is not the first time Mrs. Bush has spoken out on events in Myanmar. She had something to say when the military went after the monks, recently too. I find it hard to believe that this is a First Lady making policy of her own, without approval from, say, the president. Obviously the state department has nothing to do with it – (not a negative) — since their goal is, as we know, preserving stability no matter what the status quo. Among other things, first ladies – and second ladies — have frequently been sent to disaster scenes to offer sympathy and make the official presentation of a relief check.
And another thing – this is a far more substantive and politically brave action that Mrs. Bush is taking than flying into Tuzla under fire – even if that had happened. Maybe I’m just soft on Mrs. Bush because she is so likeable, and the 20-odd year junta which has kept the country closed and impovershed is not. But my reaction is a hearty “You go, girl!”