Apparently any criticism of the Obamessiah, President Barack Obama, brings his adoring fans out of the woodwork to counter any blasphemy leveled at him.
Earlier this morning, I posted an article regarding Fox News’ interview of President Obama by Major Garret. Garret asked the president why, in his speech in Russia yesterday, he couldn’t bring himself to acknowledge that the United States won the Cold War:
Garret: In your speech this morning you said, “The Cold War reached its conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years.” Mr. President, are the Russian sensitivities so fragile that you can’t say that the Cold War was won? The West won it? And it was led by a combination of Democratic and Republican American Presidents?
Obama: There are a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe with enormous courage and I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. We don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.
Some of Obama’s worshippers are bellyaching because the “full quote” was not provided here–the “full quote” providing a shallow and grudging acknowledgement of America’s leadership in “lift[ing] the Iron Curtain.” One mustn’t criticise The One in his disdain for our country.
But America didn’t merely have a “tradition” to “lift the Iron Curtain;” we defeated Soviet communism. (Although being the Marxist he is, it is probably very difficult for Obama to acknowledge openly that his ideology was defeated anywhere in the world)
The omission of Obama’s “Well, okay” admission changes nothing. Providing the text of Obama’s speech–where he totally brushed over America’s decisive role in defeating the Soviet Union–also changes nothing. Again, it was more failure to acknowledge the achievements of his own country.
This is the section of Obama’s speech in Russia yesterday referenced by Garret:
Like President Medvedev and myself, you’re not old enough to have witnessed the darkest hours of the Cold War, when hydrogen bombs were tested in the atmosphere, and children drilled in fallout shelters, and we reached the brink of nuclear catastrophe. But you are the last generation born when the world was divided. At that time, the American and Soviet armies were still massed in Europe, trained and ready to fight. The ideological trenches of the last century were roughly in place. Competition in everything from astrophysics to athletics was treated as a zero-sum game. If one person won, then the other person had to lose.
And then, within a few short years, the world as it was ceased to be. Now, make no mistake: This change did not come from any one nation. The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful.
The people of Russia and Easter Europe would not have been able to stand up if the United States had not broken the economic and military back of the Soviet Union first. For decades, any time anyone in Russia or Eastern Europe stood up against communist oppression, they were shot, sent to the gulags, or ground under the treads of invading Soviet tanks.
I was there in Europe when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet empire was crumbling. I experienced first hand the gratitude of the European people for America’s presence and strength in Europe, for our strong stand against the Soviets, for our determination to stop communist oppression. It is something every American should rightfully be proud of.
Is it too much to ask of an American president to be proud of his country without being dragged kicking and screaming to the slightest grudging acknowledgement of American achievement? Was it too much to ask that Obama state in his speech in Russia that he was proud of America’s leadership in bringing freedom to Russia and Eastern Europe?
Is it too much to ask that an American president–the chief representative of his country and his people–to not run around all over the world apologizing for his country at every turn and bowing to foreign despots and humiliating his own people?
For instance, back in April, Obama went overseas to chide his own people and elevate the cowardice and inaction of European do-nothings:
“In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world”
What leading role?
Was it when Europe took the lead in enforcing the 17 UN resolutions Saddam Hussein defied after the Persian Gulf War? Wait, that was America that did that.
Was that when Europe took the lead in decisive action against the genocide in the Balkans? Wait, that was America that did that.
Was it when Europe countered the invasion of Kuwait on their front doorstep by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein? Wait, that was America that did that.
Was it the efforts of Europe to keep the world’s sea lanes open and safe from pirates and international despots? Wait, that’s America doing that.
Was it the efforts of Europe to stop the Soviets from rolling over their countries and forcing communism on them? Wait, it was America that did that.
Was it the strong force with which Europe met the threat of Adolf Hitler? Wait, it was America that did that…after most of Europe fell and England was teetering on the brink.
Our president goes on Islamic television and apologizes for America.
Our president also blames the United States for anthropogenic global warming…when many other countries are worse polluters (don’t forget the ecological ruin that went on behind the Iron Curtain, either)…blaming us for a problem that doesn’t even exist.
If there was just a little bit of free acknowledgement of the great qualities of America from this president, it might mitigate some of the offense when he makes insulting omissions and statements like this.
Under President Obama’s leadership, our country is rushing headlong away from its founding and Constitutional principles toward the abyss of defeatism and destruction.
Those who supported Obama for president should all be ashamed of themselves. Unfortunately, most of them lack the understanding of the American form of government, the U.S. Constitution, and a functioning moral compass necessary to realize the appropriateness of that shame.
May God have mercy on the United States; we’re going to need every bit we can get.