Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.
As long as Myanmar has a constitution that is directly or indirectly controlled by the military, or by any elite pact, the country will remain in the category of a "defective" or "incomplete" democracy.
The growing discontent with the NLD has been obvious inside Burma for most of the past decade. It came to light internationally when, during the November elections, desperate discussions were held about the official boycott.
The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.