Cynics are never satisfied complaining about the incompetence of American foreign policy which they believe has been a non-stop accumulation of mistakes and incorrect wars. However, every so often the American government actually does the right thing and succeeds in furthering the cause of democracy. After over two decades of brutal rule by the Burmese military there is no question that democracy is taking firm root in that nation.
In a few weeks, President Obama will become the first American president to set foot in this nation. The government of President Thein Sein has once again opened the doors of its prisons and allowed jailed dissidents to leave in peace. Hundreds were freed leaving a few still in jail and the doors of democracy wide open. Yes, the United States IS capable of doing something right in foreign policy.