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Apologizing for America
Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Mona Charen

Posted on 04/07/2009 5:02:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

One of President Obama's first official acts was to grant an interview to Al Arabiya, the Arabic language network that broadcasts worldwide. It signified, aides explained, the new page that Obama meant to turn in relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Just as he did last week in Europe, Obama began the conversation by criticizing America. Asked about relations between Israel and the Palestinians and the appointment of George Mitchell as special envoy, President Obama said " ... what I told (Mitchell) is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating -- in the past on some of these issues -- and we don't always know all the factors that are involved. So let's listen." Throughout the rest of the interview, Obama returned again and again to the word "respect," stressing that his administration -- unlike previous American presidents -- would base relations with the Muslim world on "mutual respect."

In Europe, the president returned to this leitmotif, telling his audience that "there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe. He went on to note that Europeans had responded with an anti-Americanism that "is at once casual but can also be insidious." That sounds awfully high-mindedly evenhanded -- except that in Obama's telling, America's arrogance comes first. If that were truly the case, who could blame the Europeans for feeling resentful?

Don't hold your breath waiting for any European to acknowledge that they have been guilty of arrogance. And before giving Obama too much credit for humility, consider that the planted axiom of these declarations is that he is different. It was that ham-handed predecessor of his who blundered through the world, disrespecting allies, needlessly insulting enemies, and crashing through drawing rooms like the proverbial bull, or perhaps like a Texas steer. But as former Ambassador John Bolton reminds us, during the glory days of the Clinton administration, French President Francois Mitterrand said this: "We are at war with America-- a permanent war ... a war without death. They are very hard, the Americans. They are voracious. They want undivided power over the world." Compared with that, the most stinging rebuke to come out of the Bush administration -- Rumsfeld's swipe about "old Europe" -- seems downright polite.

There's nothing wrong with pleasant atmospherics, of course. And if Barack and Michelle Obama wowed the crowds in London and Prague, that's nice. But what you might have missed in all the hyperventilating in the media about the new incarnation of Jack and Jackie was that President Obama was rebuffed by Europe. He had asked them to pass stimulus bills like the one the Democrats passed in the U.S. Germany's Angela Merkel and the others turned that down flat. European nations have even graver problems with promised social safety net programs than we do, and they sensibly decided that further indebting themselves would aggravate rather than alleviate their troubles.

President Obama further requested that more troops be sent to Afghanistan. He wasn't subtle about it either. "Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone," he said. "This is a joint problem and it requires a joint effort." Adoring crowds notwithstanding, they refused that request as well. Oh, wait. That's not quite true. According to Fox News, "Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12."

Back to relations with the Muslim world. Lest this slander pass into conventional wisdom, it must be protested. George W. Bush was never disrespectful to the Muslim world. He was extraordinarily careful to telegraph his respect for the Muslim faith -- some thought to a fault. ("Why is it," asked one wag, "that the only people who say Islam is religion of peace are Christians?") Bush made the Feast of Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, an annual White House celebration with prominent Muslim guests. He arguably saved more Muslim lives through the African AIDS initiative than any other world leader could claim. Mrs. Bush made improving the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan her special project. In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, when this was not an obvious move, he visited the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., to telegraph to the nation that anger toward American Muslims would be a misplaced response to the atrocity.

This caricature of Bush as a heedless militarist and xenophobe -- which no one is doing more to promote than the current president -- is a libel.

There is one other troubling aspect to President Obama's diplomatic debut. Being eager to ingratiate oneself with Europeans is an understandable liberal impulse. The left wing of the Democratic Party reveres European welfare states. But President Obama also bowed low (literally) before the king of Saudi Arabia. That was more than courtesy; it was abasement.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; apology; bhovisit; monacharen; obama

1 posted on 04/07/2009 5:02:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The apologizer-in-chief needs to resign and leave the USA. We don’t want or need a President who is ashamed of this country. A man who bows before a Saudi king? What a disgrace.


2 posted on 04/07/2009 5:10:18 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: CASchack

There is no shame in acknowledging that we’ve made mistakes in the past. You can be very proud of your country and still be humble. What’s worse. Bowing before the king or holding their hands?


3 posted on 04/07/2009 5:18:58 AM PDT by joesbucks (Sarah Palin: "I believe John McCain is the best leader that we have in the nation right now,)
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To: Kaslin

Any one who is surprised by these actions needs to raise their hand. Hussien Obama we knew to be an America hating Marixst who would do all he can to destroy this country in any way possible. And we knew his fellow sleeze in the media would cover for him, assist him by making excuses and doing what they can to make him a water walker. And now we see it didnt take long for all this to come to pass.


4 posted on 04/07/2009 5:21:37 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: joesbucks
How very innocent is this Obama tool. He is a useful idiot with a silver split tongue. There is no equivalence tween Bush and Bama. Wobble on.
5 posted on 04/07/2009 5:24:32 AM PDT by Broker ( Pakikisama)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is apologizing for America because he is ashamed of America, because, like many liberals, he hates this country and what it stands for. Because America hasn’t always lived up to its ideals, he thinks that not only is the country flawed but its ideals are flawed. Deep down he thinks he’s better than we are and that it is only the “enlightened” leadership of elitists like himself, which will redeem the U.S. from its many sins, real and imagined. Like many liberals, he is a utopian who believes that society can be perfected as long as the right people are in charge, which, in this case, would be himself and others like him. He is a statist who has a religious faith in the power of the state to cure society of all its ills but the state won’t be able to solve all of this country’s problems until it can free itself from the restrictions that the Constitution places upon it.

This, then, is why he was willing to grovel before the Saudi king and why he was willing to blame the U.S. yesterday for offending the supposedly peaceful Muslims. This is why he is willing to turn a blind eye to the very real threat posed by radical Islam and to complain instead about the supposed injustices that the U.S. has committed.


6 posted on 04/07/2009 5:25:50 AM PDT by steadfastconservative
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To: joesbucks

No American President has ever bowed before a King. The 0 is a disgrace and is not even worth being dogcatcher


7 posted on 04/07/2009 5:26:35 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Bad Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

This would have sunk any other president, even a Dem like Carter. Not BO though. The “news” media will always cover for him.

Have any of the late night comedians joked about his bow to a king? I suspect not.


8 posted on 04/07/2009 5:28:05 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Kaslin
"No American President has ever bowed before a King. The 0 is a disgrace and is not even worth being dogcatcher"

Gee, I wonder how the terrorist scum viewed that debacle.

Bin Laden said they viewed the Toon as weak.

With his bowing before the king, his run to the UN response to Lil Kim's rocket, and his naive plan to have a nuke free world, they must view Bambi as the Toon's 4 year old pig-tailed little sister.

9 posted on 04/07/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT by libs_kma (F.U.B.O.)
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To: steadfastconservative
Excellent summation of Obama’s character. In what way do you think Obama sees America's ideals as flawed? Would he agree with America's ideals and which in particular?
10 posted on 04/07/2009 5:44:25 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: joesbucks
From the NYT May 1, 2005

In fact, if a man chooses not to touch another in a greeting, it can be interpreted as a sign of distance or disdain. Kissing cheeks, long handshakes and clutching hands are meant to reflect amity, devotion and most important, equality in status, noted Fuad Ishak Khuri, a social anthropologist, in his book, "The Body in Islamic Culture" (2001).

According to Miss Manners "Americans do not bow to royalty."

That should explain the difference.

The king did not return the bow.

11 posted on 04/07/2009 5:49:30 AM PDT by Kay Syrah
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To: Kaslin

If America is half of what I grew up believing it to be this poseur, sham, fraud POS will be cast out of office along with all the garbage he brought with him.


12 posted on 04/07/2009 6:15:15 AM PDT by Leg Olam (my gurlfrnd syas my tyipgns as goood as my sex)
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To: Blind Eye Jones
I'm apalled that possibly the most arrogant personality to ever appear on the American political scene would feel the need to apologize for American arrogance. This is the same person who dismissed Congressional Republicans with a curt "We won." By rights, we should take that same attitude with europe where, "we won...twice."
13 posted on 04/07/2009 6:18:34 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Obamachev bashes W every chance he gets.

Axelrod said Cheney was unstatesman-like criticizing Obamachev for making America less safe.

These people are real beauts.


14 posted on 04/07/2009 6:23:08 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Kaslin
Being eager to ingratiate oneself with Europeans is an understandable liberal impulse. The left wing of the Democratic Party reveres European welfare states.

God knows why - Europe has given us two monstrously bloody wars, genocide, and murderous communism, all within the last one hundred and twenty years.

But President Obama also bowed low (literally) before the king of Saudi Arabia. That was more than courtesy; it was abasement.

Absolutley appalling that a President of the United States of America would bow before that camel-f***ing whoremaster!

15 posted on 04/07/2009 6:33:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Obama seems to fluctuate between extremes, either haughty disdain (for America) or servility (the bow). Come to think of it, the Democrats are extremists too: Bush was vilified as pure evil and Obama deified as the savior, the messiah. No middle ground, no moderation in feelings.
16 posted on 04/07/2009 6:35:24 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Kaslin
This caricature of Bush as a heedless militarist and xenophobe -- which no one is doing more to promote than the current president -- is a libel.

Contrast Hussein Obama with President Bush. Who gave a visiting head of government a DVD collection as a gift? A foreign sovereign an IPod - which could be purchased at any of hundreds of electronics stores withing walking distance of Buckingham Palace? Of course this one was preloaded with Hussein's speeches! Who said the language of Austria is ... Austrian!? Who has taken every opportunity to kowtow and grovel before every foreign leader the past several months? And finally, who, like any precocious sixth-grader, wants a world without nuclear weapons? How do we get rid of this embarassment - ASAP?

17 posted on 04/07/2009 6:40:28 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
But President Obama also bowed low (literally) before the king of Saudi Arabia. That was more than courtesy; it was abasement.

A hyperlink to the video would have been very helpful right there.

18 posted on 04/07/2009 8:35:01 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s just Christians that he doesn’t respect?


19 posted on 04/07/2009 10:04:48 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Kaslin

I apologize for STUPID AMERICANS for electing this Muslim non-citizen Pro-Death CHILD!


20 posted on 04/07/2009 11:10:54 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Blind Eye Jones

I think that he rejects many of the ideals that this country was founded upon, that he rejects the concept of limited government as well as the capitalist system. I’m sure he agrees with the idea that “all men are created equal” and with the idea that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (Of course, he doesn’t believe that everyone has the right to life.) But I don’t know if he believes that these rights come from God or if he thinks that they come from the state and, somehow, I suspect it’s the latter.

I think that Obama thinks that American values and institutions are fundamentally flawed because they haven’t solved all of society’s problems or created a perfect society. He thinks that the state can solve all of society’s problems and create a perfect society as long as it is given enough power and is run by the right people. To him the fact that America isn’t perfect yet and hasn’t solved all of its problems is proof that there is something wrong with it when, in reality, the state will never be able to create a perfect society or alleviate human suffering regardless of how big it gets or who’s running it. The problem with liberal fascists like Obama is that their policies will definitely make the federal government bigger and definitely erode our liberties but they won’t be able to solve everybody’s problems or to protect people from the consequences of their actions.

I really don’t know how else to explain the fact that Obama feels so obligated to apologize for the U.S. except that deep down inside, he doesn’t like this country. How else can one explain his willingness to overlook Islam’s bloody, violent history while blaming the U.S. for its lack of sensitivity to Muslims?


21 posted on 04/08/2009 5:14:14 PM PDT by steadfastconservative
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To: steadfastconservative
Thank for your response. It seems ironic that Obama doesn't care for the country and yet he has devoted such a huge effort to become its president. Maybe the office of president is more of a personal ambition that an effort to promote the well being of a country. I don't think you can divorce personal ambition from his actions. For the ambitious well being follows once they attain office for they are then the direct cause of well being — so they think. And then there are accounts that he is not his own man, that there is a Soros or some influential backer group pulling his strings. How he parcels what to whom will say a lot... if not about him then his backers.
22 posted on 04/08/2009 9:10:04 PM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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