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Please Mr. President, Stop Apologizing!

April 23, 2009 by  

“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?

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • JAY FROM COLO

    THE U.S. HAS NOTHING TO APOLOGIZE FOR TO THESE LOW LIFE COMUNISTS SCUM BAGS.
    THEY SHOULD ALL THANK US FOR THE AMERICAN INGINUITY
    THAT WITH OUT IT THEY WOULD ALL STILL BE STARVING AND
    WITH OUT OIL, JOBS OR FOOD.
    I NEVER HEARD W/ EXCEPTION OF CARTER, ANY OF OUR PAST LEADERS FROM IKE, TO THE PRESENT APOLOGIZE. AND IF WE’RE SO BAD WHY DO THEY ALL WANT WHAT WE HAVE.
    THESE LEFTIST THAT ARE RUNNING THE U.S. NOW ARE ALL A BUNCH OF SPOILED ROTTEN CRY BABIES THAT IF THEY DON’T GET THEIR WAY SQUAL LIKE A SMASHED CAT. THEY LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ARE ALL WRONG CAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE BALLS TO SAY LIKEWISE. ACTUALLY THEY MAKE ME SICK, AND POTUS AND HIS CRONIES MAKE ME ASHAMED THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENTING ME, BUT THEY ARN’T.

  • Adam C. Sieracki

    As a Canadian, I can say that I can’t think of a better country to have as a neighbour. Only a handful of bordering countries in the world (e.g., Switzerland and Lichtenstein) have as good relations with each other. And don’t forget the underrated U.S. President Gerald Ford–responsible for Canada’s inclusion in what is now the G-8. Your current President should consider matchmaking his lovely daughter, Malia with our PM’s handsome son, Ben (it’s never too soon).

    However, two of your most lionised Presidents were truly terrible: JFK and Ronald Reagan. Kennedy started the cycle of porkbarrel defense spending that dragged your country into a multitrillion dollar, Chinese-owned deficit. The Bay of Pigs and Vietnam messes were also largely on his Administration. Ronald Reagan continued the gross, pointless defense overspending, balloned the PRC’s T-Bill holdings and helped create the political infrastructure (Mujaheddin-cum-Taliban) that lead to 9/11. Really, though, the only people Americans should apologise to is themselves.

  • http://www.personalliberty.com/chip-wood/airline-insecurity/ Arthur

    It’s funny that some Americans still consider people from other countries “low life communist scumbags”. Also sad to think that there are people so ignorant of how the world works and where resources are located that they not only claim that these resources, such as the food production or the oil deposits of other countries, belong to the USA but also that these other countries should be beholden to us for giving it (back) to them!

    If there is a positive response in the international community to remarks by the President to make amends for past wrong-doing that should only be looked upon as effective diplomacy. Obviously it has resonance with them: we are mending old wounds and it’s not costing us anything in return.

    And if people here get upset by Ortega or Chavez lecturing on the evils of the American empire, take it with a grain of salt: their own populace certainly does. (“So much empty rhetoric” is the common viewpoint among the citizens toward any of their politicians’ postulating.)

  • s c

    Obummer, in his world-class arrogance, will learn the hard way about going to bed with dogs. An old saying says ‘those who go to bed with dogs will get fleas.’ At this rate, Obummer will itching and scratching the rest of his miserable, anti-American, brown-nosing, alinsky-adoring life.

  • misguided

    The truth hurts doesn’t it. You have to have lived long enough to unerstand what American government has done to people around the world. Seize and control. If they let them.

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