Blaming America

The Wall Street Journal:

In his appearance before employees of the CIA Monday — part inspirational, part pep rally — Mr. Obama held forth on the need to improve our image in the world, and on how in adhering to this great nation’s principles of justice and right we could only be made safer. He was here to assure the employees of the CIA of his support, to explain, again, the release of those memos. And to describe, as he did, with some eloquence, how great and exceptional a democracy we were.

That no such estimation of the United States managed to infiltrate the content or tone of the president’s remarks during his European tour — nary a hint — we know, and it is not surprising. He had gone to Europe not as the voice of his nation, but as a missionary with a message of atonement for its errors. Which were, as he perceived them — arrogance, dismissiveness, Guantanamo, deficiencies in its attitudes toward the Muslim world, and the presidency of Harry Truman and his decision to drop the atomic bomb, which ended World War II.

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. He was mediator, an agent of change, a judge, apportioning blame — and he was above the battle.

Please do read the whole thing. I haven’t enough time this morning to comment much on this piece, but I thought it was important to point out.

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3 Responses to Blaming America

  1. Brian R. Higgins says:

    Mr. Obama will leverage his political credit too far.

  2. Thomas Jackson says:

    Obama is like no other president. He hates the culture, foundations and institutions of the USA. Does anyone believe that any leader who attacks his own nation is held in esteem by any other nation?

    Obama lives up to certain stereotypes of Americans as bumbling fools. Obama is certainly forging new ground in demonstrating how inept and clueless he is.

  3. martian says:

    “Does anyone believe that any leader who attacks his own nation is held in esteem by any other nation?”

    He may not be held in esteem by other nations as a whole or at least by those national leaders. We’ve already heard that Pres. Sarkozy of France considers him naive and inexperienced (and I’m being charitable, Sarkozy’s remarks were mouch more pointed) but he is loved by all those people around the world who look at the USA with hatred and jealousy in their hearts. What they seee is the leader of the free world agreeing with THEM. They hear him saying the same things they’ve been saying for years and they cannot help but feel vindicated.

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