[U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs John Gastright speaks about the Bush Administration's strong support of the military government of Bangladesh at the Heritage Foundation on September 28, 2007. He took questions after his speech. The last question is from me. The full video of all the speakers is available here. ]
Yesterday I attended an event entitled "Bangladesh: Democracy at a Crossroads" at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. The speakers at the event were Congressman Joseph Crowley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs John Gastright, and three Bangladeshi speakers (Wali-ur Rahman, Major General Muniruzzaman, and Dr. Ali Riaz).
I will update this post with my impressions of the event a little bit later. In the meantime, please view the videos above of John Gastright’s speech and question and answer session. Gastright’s discussion of the situation in Bangladesh was the most extensive public presentation of the Bush Administration’s position on the military takeover in Bangladesh to date. It is now clear that the Bush administration strongly backs the military regime in Bangladesh.