Ok, let's get this straight:
Last week Congress voted to condemn the Armenian genocide and Turkey, where it is illegal to call the genocide a genocide, withdrew its ambassador and moved troops to the Kurdish border. Congress voted to give the Dalai Lama a medal and China withdrew from a meeting on sanctions against Iran. I'm all for condemning genocide and religious intolerance (though the case of the Dalai Lama is a bit more difficult, since the Dalai Lama is not just a spiritual leader but the ruler of a theocracy in exile, and theocracies are something that don't sit well with me), but is congress by making symbolic gestures hampering our foreign policy? Honestly: we cannot afford to lose Turkey while we have. troops in Iraq and while the Kurds are our one success over there. Nor can we lose China in dealing with Iran.