Please Mr. President, Stop Apologizing!
April 23, 2009 by Chip Wood
“We spit in their eyes and they call it dew.”
Remember when Nikita Khrushchev used this crude boast to describe how much he enjoyed his verbal bullying of then-American President John F. Kennedy?
JFK was a heavyweight champ compared to the current occupant of the White House. Barack Obama seems intent on setting a new record of apologizing for his country to every Marxist murderer and tinhorn dictator around the world.
At the recent meeting of American heads of state in Trinidad, our President sat silent while Daniel Ortega, the leftwing revolutionary who rules Nicaragua (again), delivered a diatribe blaming the United States for a century of aggression in Central America. Asked afterward what he thought of the speech, Obama replied, “I thought it was 50 minutes long.”
That’s telling them, Mr. President.
Later on, another bully boy of the left, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, handed our President an anti-American screed. The polemic was titled, “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of the Continent.” Guess who it blames for 500 years of raping and robbing our southern neighbors?
After accepting the “gift,” Obama was photographed laughing and joking with Senor Chavez, who once called Obama an “ignoramus,” but now says he wants to be the President’s “friend.”
What’s going on here? Pat Buchanan put it very well when he said, “Thus the nation that won the Cold War, contained the cancer of Castroism in Cuba, liberated Grenada, blocked communist takeovers of Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, and poured billions in aid into this region was left undefended by its own leaders at the Summit of the Americas.”
Just a couple of weeks earlier, Obama was in Europe, where he apologized for this country’s past arrogance to our allies there. A few days later, he was in the Middle East, where he apologized to the Muslim world for our past actions and attitudes. He was even photographed bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia.
As Dorothy Rabinowitz put it in her Wall Street Journal column, “No sitting American president had ever delivered indictments of this kind while abroad, or for that matter at home, or been so ostentatiously modest about the character and accomplishment of the nation he led.”
The President, she said, had gone to Europe “not as the voice of his nation, but as a missionary with a message of atonement for its errors.” And how was this mea culpa received? Ms. Rabinowitz notes, “Mr. Obama dazzled ecstatic Europeans with citations of the offenses against international goodwill and humanity committed by the nation he leads.”
What about the noble and self-sacrificing parts of our history? What about the millions of lives and billions of dollars we spent defeating Nazism and Communism? Surely there is much in our history of which we can be proud — and for which Europeans and others should be grateful. But no, not a word was said.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is matching her leader, apology for apology, as she travels around the world. As the headline in last Saturday’s New York Times put it, “Clinton Scores Points by Admitting Past U.S. Errors.”
The Times reporter described Hillary’s “contrition tour” this way: “It has become a recurring theme of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s early travels as the chief diplomat of the United States: She says that American policy on a given issue has failed, and her foreign listeners fall all over themselves in gratitude.”
It isn’t just a bunch of leftwing foreigners who delight in seeing American leaders apologize for their country. There are many here at home who also applaud every denigrating remark. To quote Ms. Rabinowitz one more time:
“Five decades of teaching in colleges and universities across the land, portraying the U.S. as a power mainly responsible for injustice and evil, whose military might was ever a danger to the world — a nation built on the fruits of greed, rapacity, and racism — have had their effect.”
Indeed they have. Clearly, there are many people, here and abroad, who want to see the United States chastised and humbled. Many of them work in the mainstream media. Even more teach at our colleges and universities. And at least one of them sits in the Oval Office at the White House.
I miss the days when Ronald Reagan spoke so proudly about our country. Don’t you?