Report Flag Bearers in Beijing 2008 Summer Games Posted August 7, 2008 As an American, I don't have a problem with Lopez Lomong carrying the flag for my country at the Olympics. Sure, I'd like it to have been Brian McBride, only because I'm a soccer/football fan in America (there's not that many of us) and I thought that his 10+ years on the US National team, including playing in 3 World Cups and being the only American to score in two (1998 & 2002) would make him worthy of the honor, especially since he's captaining the US team this time. I know the soccer preliminaries have already started and for all I know the soccer team won't even be in Beijing tomorrow, but all that aside I thought he should have been flag bearer. However, the issue I do have though is that by having a guy who is walking representation of the genocide in Darfur carry the US flag, it's basically a political statement. We all know the Chinese support the Sudanese military and their actions against the people in Darfur, and we also know that the Olympics aren't supposed to be politicized or anything like that, and yet by having this guy carry the flag makes is entirely political. Without digging a hole I can't get out of here with this, I just feel that in order to avoid any political controversy or any of that stuff that shouldn't be at the Olympics to begin with, somebody else should have been given the honor of carrying the flag. On the surface I do think that Lomong is living proof of the "American Dream" and everything and because of that it definitely makes him deserving and all, but the political statement the US is making here will no doubt overshadow that and turn it into something it shouldn't be.