Really, Joe?

What is it with the Obama administration and Azerbaijan? First David Plouffe cozied up to a regime mouthpiece. Now this:
Azerbaijan, he said, can serve "as a model for stability and tolerance, combining tradition, history, openness, and the universal values of the modern world."
The Aliyev regime has a long history of persecution of religion and free speech, and of blatantly violating basic election procedures. That doesn't quite suggest a "model for... the universal values of the modern world" to me.

But hey, maybe that's why I'm not Vice President.