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Obama's Apologizing.....what it means for our Country
The Role of a President.....
It seems to me as if one of the jobs of the president of the United States is to proudly represent us the rest of the world. Repeatedly so, this has been accomplished by many Presidents, including Regan, Bush, Clinton, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower and Truman, just to name a few.
When these leaders went abroad to discuss the affairs of the United Sates, they tended to speak of our accomplishment(s) to the world; such would be expected of our commander-in-chief who, when speaking internationally, should also be our advocate-in-chief.
Since Obama has come into office, however, things have changed. Radically.
It seems as if one of the defining hallmarks of Obama's presidency has been to go around apologizing for past American "inequities."
This all started in 2009 with Obama's trip to Cairo to apologize for our treatment of Muslims after 9/11 (how horribly were they treated in Gitmo! 3 meals a day, clean facilities, being permitted to pray whenever they wanted - just like our POWs were treated in Iraq and Afghanistan.....right?) and has stopped in various other places culminating in his most recent trip to Hiroshima.
The President spoke in Europe, arguing that “there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive: adding that “We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms."
That's right Mr. President - we have been "disengaged" - so badly that we came to Europe's aid during WWI, WWII, and during the "Cold War."
In fact - after liberating France, we were so "disengaged" that we even let the French leadership march back into Paris in celebration to officially take back their own country - because, you know, we're so "disengaged."
In Cairo, Mr. Obama apologized for our actions.Taken directly from his speech, "The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust. So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end."
So.....right here, he is blaming us for hatred. He places no blame on the Muslim extremists - he blames the United States (really, American citizens who are conservative) and it's being full of hatred. He does not blame the extremists for perpetuating hatred - he blames the United States, almost as if we're guilty of hating Muslim extremists for attacking us and disliking the failure of many Muslims to speak out against Muslim terrorists.
He goes on; "I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
So wait - we get attacked, and he goes there to seek togetherness? Why didn't he ask them to come to us to seek togetherness? He goes there not to demand that the Arab world step up and root out extremism - but that the United States should basically be more open-minded and open to building a relationship? Where's their apology? Shouldn't our president be our advocate in chief and demand an apology from the Arab world?
Let's put this into a more personal perspective. If someone attacked your home - and you knew who it was - would you go over to their home and ask how you can be a better, more accepting and open-minded neighbor? Would you go over there and apologize? Of course you wouldn't!
Likely, you'd go over there to kick their ass so badly that they'd think twice about attacking your home again - or at least you would go to demand some sort of an apology.
In so many ways though, Obama has done exactly the opposite.
I will be the first to admit - and Liberals please read this carefullly - that we have done things that were absolutely horriffic. Now - I know you Liberals will conveniently forget that I have put this in the article, but I've nonetheless done so because I believe that such is the truth. I'm not going to list America's sins because - frankly, they can be found easily on the internet and most know what they are.
My point here is to demonstrate how the actions of our President have been an embarrassment to those of us who believe that our President should advocate for us internationally and not go to other countries and trash us - us, of course, meaning American citizens and again, mostly, us conservatives.
Weakness.....Fueled by Appeasement
Weakening of the US.....
Obama's apology tours have done a disservice to our Veterans and to our image.
In fact, Obama has apologized to about 3 billion people. Think of that.....3 billion people....across several continents....
While in Strausbourg France, Obama issued this apology:
"So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we've allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there's something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."
We routinely spend millions giving Military support to our European allies, Mr. President. We routinely provide equipment, funding, and training to European Militaries alongside with whom we have "recently" fought the war on Terrorism. Is that being dismissive and derisive?
Many of our NYSE companies ROUTINELY invest in European companies.....is that what you meant by us being dismissive and derisive? Have we recently invaded any European countries? Have we constantly deposed European political leadership and installed leaders that we wanted?
The answer, of course, is no.
By the way, since we're on the subject of apologies, when are we going to demand that Europe apologize to us?
When we liberated France, did we send them the bill? No. Did they offer to pay us? No. How about when we set up missile shields during the cold war to protect our European Allies from - gee IDK - Soviet threats - did they pay us for that?
Again the answer would be.....um.....no.
So, Mr. President, why don't we go ahead and demand an apology from them for letting us defend them whilst they gave us little in return? Isn't that something that would warrant an apology?
Obama, of course, continued this apology tour with a stop in Hiroshima, the first ever sitting United States president to visit Hiroshima since the end of WWII.
His visit was part of a proclaimed push to reduce worldwide nuclear weapons (notice he is pushing that WE give them up instead of rogue nations like Iran or North Korea.....).
His speech began with this: "Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."
"Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner."
What about the tens of thousands of US servicemen that died at the hands of the Japanese? What about the thousands murdered during Japanese bombings and military actions against the Chinese in the 1930s? Do they matter as well?
He goes on to speak of the post-bombing alliance between American and Japan: "And since that fateful day, we have made choices that give us hope. The United States and Japan have forged not only an alliance but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war. The nations of Europe built a union that replaced battlefields with bonds of commerce and democracy. Oppressed people and nations won liberation. An international community established institutions and treaties that work to avoid war and aspire to restrict and roll back and ultimately eliminate the existence of nuclear weapons."
President Obama (and many Americans, unfortunately) seem not to understand one fundamental principle; when you kick the crap out of an aggressor, they learn to respect you and they no longer mess with you. Period. Often, in fact, they want to become your friend because they see your strength as an asset - and they want to be a part of it.
Americans seem to forget history. We seem to forget just how ruthless and aggressive Japan was during the years leading up to WWII. We seem to forget about the rape of Nanking.
As a refresher, here's a bit of a reminder; In 1933, Japanese armed forces invaded the resource - rich Northern China. China had done nothing to provoke them. In 1937, Japanese forces pushed further into China and launched an all-out war, capturing Peking (the capitol) and capturing Shanghai that same year.
When Nanking was captured that same year, thousands of Chinese troops - who, by the way, had SURRENDERED to the Japanese, were executed. Yup. Executed.
Note: we NEVER did that to captured Japanese soldiers.
After the Japanese ransacked Nanking, they proceed to Kill - indiscriminately - by the thousands - some 300,000 civilians and disarmed combatants. Included in those numbers were the brutal rape of some 20,000 women.
I'm sorry, Mr. Obama - when was the last time we did something like that? Go ahead.....I'm listening.....
In fact, from 1937 until the end of WWII, the Japanese murdered nearly 6,000,000 Chinese, Indonesians, Filipinos, Koreans, and Indochinese
About 672,000 Japanese died during that WWII, that including from the American bombings.
Now; all war is terrible and basically a complete waste - but lets look at those numbers - 672,000 Japanese Killed by us vs. nearly 6,000,0000 killed by the Japanese - and who's the worse aggressor here? Why, Mr. Obama, are you apologizing for us kicking the crap out of a bully?
While on the subject of Japanese brutality - Mr. Obama, have you no mind towards history and the utter inhumane and brutal treatment of our POWs - especially Bataan? As we think about the Japanese military campaigns, does there need to be mention made of the hundreds of thousands of forced laborers that endured brutal treatment at the hands of the Japanese during those wars who were forced to build railways and other infrastructure for the Japanese? Many of those captured and forced into slavery were civilians.
Obama's apologies makes us look weak because they are ignorant of context and almost completely forgetful of history. But what else should we expect of a dedicated Liberal?
His apologies being ignorant of history are akin to Liberals wanting to ban "assault rifles" such as the "AR-15" which is not even close to BEING an assault rifle. Mr. Obama continues to ignore the context of our actions when they took place and the state of affairs when those actions took place. It's almost as if he holds our enemies in higher regard than he does the country for which he is supposed to represent and advocate as its leader.....
Let me put it this way; if you decided to elect someone to represent you to others, would you want Obama doing that job, going around and informing (and reminding) others of your supposed "transgressions" and only your transgressions?'
What happens when people who are supposed to represent you positively to others (family, friends) go around telling people about how bad a person you are and apologizing for your actions all the time? Doesn't that make you look weak? Doesn't that lessen the respect that others have for you?
Instead, wouldn't you rather have those who represent you to others place your actions in the proper context and, even if they acknowledge your supposed transgressions, to promote your strengths and the good things you have done as well? If you would expect the same of friends and family, why not expect the same of your elected leader(s)?
Apology Tour! Where will it stop next?
Impact on America
The impact of Obama's apology tours on America has been enormous. By doing these tours, Obama has brought upon our country great damage.
John Bolton, former presidential advisor to the UN, had this to day about our Prez's recent trip to Hiroshima: "Mr. High-Minded Obama doesn't say what he would have done differently than what Harry Truman did," Bolton said on the show. "This is typical of Obama. He lives in an ideological world that has little or nothing to do with American reality."
Let us not forget what the Japanese did to our veterans. Let us not forget how, on South Pacific battlefields, they booby trapped men women and children and sent them to mingle with our troops, only to be blown up. Let us not forget how, as our troops landed on Japanese held islands in the pacific (by the way, Islands that had been taken by force by the Japanese and upon which their natives were forced into slavery) the Japanese booby trapped their own dead as well as OUR dead. Let us not forget how, upon landing, Marines had to tread upon dead Marines to reach their objective(s).
During his apology visit to Japan, did the president mention anything about how, upon their island hopping domination campaigns, the Japanese sold women into slavery? No. Did he mention anything about how they would round up the men and boys and use them as forced labor to build military encampments? No. Did he mention how the Japanese civilians on Saipan and Okinowa, ashamed of their country, decided to commit suicide? No. Did he ask the Japanese to apologize for attacking the United States at Pearl Harbor? No. How about Bataan......did he mention that? No.
Obama makes the US look weak; period. He makes us look like pansies and wimps. When others attack us, he tries to apologize for their attacks because, after all, somehow we must have pissed them off in order for them to want to attack us. Never mind the fact that our enemies are radical and decide to attack civilians as well as Military personnel - no - Mr. Obama doesn't see that.
Likewise - in Cairo, did the President ask the Arab world to apologize for the treatment of Amerian POWs? No. Has he since? No. Has he held the Arab world to account for the beheading of American Journalists? No. Has he held to account the Arab world for the numerous attacks on American civilians, including on our own soil? No. Has he asked for an apology for the treatment of American Military POWs? No.
It seems as if our president advocates more for the rest of the world than he does for the United States.
What do you think of Obama's apology tours?
What we have done right
It's been a while since we've had a President that has spoken positively about America (i.e. Americans). Despite all of his inequities and mistakes, at least G.W. Bush spoke proudly of America when he visited other nations; the same could be said for President Clinton as well (incidentally, both former Presidents served in the Military, an honor towards which Mr. Obama cannot subscribe).
So, in light of Mr. Obama's purposeful image ruining of our country (which, in reality, reveals his hatred for the Veteran, the Constitution, and the average American), Let me list a few things that our country has done that has helped the world.
1) The industrial revolution.
Before the industrial revolution, our economy was based largely on agriculture. The industrial revolution introduced a wave of innovation, including railroads, advancement in marine technology, and manufacturing as well as the various towns and cities that sprang up around those industries (many of whom are still in existence today).
Entry of the United States into World War I, politics and banking influences aside, helped the Europeans drive out Germany and her Allies. Germany learned a valuable lesson; become an agressor, and they will be defeated.
Both Germany and Japan became agressor nations. Before the United States' entry into the war, Europe was straining to hold on against Germany and countries in the South Pacific were basically no match against the Japanese Military forces. After the United States' entry into the war and their subsequent defeat(s), neither nation has again become an agressor and sought world domination. Neither nation could have been defeated without our entering into armed conflict.
4. Cold War
It could be legitimately argued that our failure to pursue Russia at the close of WWII ended up in a long and drawn-out cold war. I would be the first to agree with that. Nevertheless, our stationing of defensive forces along the borders of Soviet and European nations helped to deter the USSR from invading parts of Europe. Our policies helped to contain an agressor.
The war in Afghanastan, pursued by both President Bush AND Obama, has been a central component in our war against terrorism and, at least when it started, was a showcase for American agression towards terrorism. Keep in mind that, after 9/11, there were NO terrorist attacks against the United States from 2001 to 2009. During that time in Afghanistan, our fight against terrorist organizations showed strength, and in large part, they dared not mess with us.
Strength = Peace
What we need....
We need a leader, a president, who is willing to promote our strengths. We need an advocate - in chief, someone who goes domestically and abroad and talks not only about our accomplishments to the world but is willing to discuss a bright future with plans of how the United States will contribute peacefully and productively yet be willing to stand up to our enemies when attacked.
We need a president who will build up our armed forces and help to develop policies that will make sure that if someone messes with us, they rue the day they will attack us again.
We need to give our military the policies and procedures they need in order to do their job, not develop a bunch of feel-good policies meant to make "friends" while are hands are tied when facing our enemies.
Personally, I believe that, when pushed and with our backs against a wall, Americans are a hearty people who stand up for ourselves and for our friends. We have the unique ability to band together across ethnic, sex, and racial boundaries to stand together for each other and to fight for principles of freedom, be they threatened from abroad of from within.
What will the future hold for us? Will we have a leader that will fight for us, both domestically and internationally?
Only time will tell, and I am excited to be along for this ride.