Charles Krauthammer on Obama’s just completed Debase and Abuse America World Tour®: “When Austria is mocking you, you’re having a bad week“.
Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas. With varying degrees of directness or obliqueness, Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.
And what did he get for this obsessive denigration of his own country? He wanted more NATO combat troops in Afghanistan to match the surge of 17,000 Americans. He was rudely rebuffed.
He wanted more stimulus spending from Europe. He got nothing.
From Russia, he got no help on Iran. From China, he got the blocking of any action on North Korea.
And what did he get for Guantanamo? France, pop. 64 million, will take one prisoner. One! (Sadly, he’ll have to leave his bridge partner behind.) The Austrians said they would take none. As Interior Minister Maria Fekter explained with impeccable Germanic logic, if they’re not dangerous, why not just keep them in America?
That’s the real story here. Obama took every opportunity to take shots at America and America, no doubt endearing himself to America haters here and abroad. But all those mea culpas produced nothing. Not one of Obama’s desired outcomes came from all that abasement.
UPDATE: Commenter Terrence pointed this one out: President Pantywaist.
Yep, Europe is all kinds of impressed with Obama’s Magical Misery Tour.
He showed Europe he’s not a strong leader. We can walk over him.
Great job, Barry.