Rich Galen

Sometimes even the best intentioned deals turn out badly.

The continuing saga of Chen Guangcheng appears it might be one of them.

For those who have been busy getting the kids to do their homework, Chen Guangcheng is a blind Chinese activist who was under house arrest for about 18 months until he escaped a couple of weeks ago.

Chen protested how the Chinese were enforcing the one-couple-one-child policy: Forced abortions.

It doesn't matter whether you're pro-choice or pro-life. Abortion forced upon a woman by the state is abhorrent.

About 10 days ago, Chen scaled a high wall surrounding his home and high-tailed it to the U.S. embassy in Beijing about 400 miles away.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was coming, along with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, to China for extremely high-level meetings with the Chinese government which, in spite of the fact that they have purchased about a ga-jillion dollars of our sovereign debt, still Communist.

And. They make all of our iPads and iPhones about which I am extremely conflicted as I write this.

In advance of Hillary and Timmy arriving in Beijing, a deal was negotiated for Chen to leave the U.S. embassy and be taken to a hospital where he could be treated for an injury to his foot suffered when he escaped from his house.

He, according to some reports, was told that either he get to the hospital (and away from the protection of the U.S. embassy) or his wife would be beaten to death.

That is open to question, but this is not. When Chen got to the hospital he expected to be in the company of U.S. embassy personnel. Instead he found himself in the company of Chinese security personnel.

The Washington Post then reported:

Chen clarified that he left the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday of his own free will, but he charged that the Chinese government is reneging on promises to U.S. officials to fully restore his freedom.

None of that is going to happen. America owes China too much money.

So, this blind activist for the rights of women has now traded house arrest for his being under close detention in a hospital.

As if you needed more proof that the 21st century is not your father's centennial, Chen used his cell phone to call into a … CONGRESSIONAL HEARING yesterday.

The hearing, chaired by NJ Republican Chris Smith whom the LA Times described as "a prominent champion of human rights" told Chen: "Your case is the test of the Chinese commitment to protect you….but also a test to the United States of whether or not human rights really matter."

The LA Times also reported:

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at