Stop Apologizing

Nial Gardiner in The Telegraph:

No leader in American history has gone to greater lengths than Barack Obama to make amends for his own country. From condemnation of American “arrogance” in a speech in Strasbourg to acknowledging U.S. “mistakes” before millions of Muslims on Arab television, Obama has rarely missed an opportunity to apologise for the actions of the American people.

President Obama has elevated the art of national self-loathing to new heights, and seems to delight in prostrating the most powerful nation on the face of the earth before its critics and rivals, especially on foreign soil. The Obama worldview revolves around the central premise that the United States must be humble and “engage” and work with its enemies through the application of “smart power”. There is nothing smart, however, in appeasing rogue states such as North Korea or Iran.

Barack Obama is about to travel to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Germany. One simply cannot wait to hear what Obama will apologize for this time. John Hinderaker over at Powerline notes the insanely clumsy German itinerary: Buchenwald and Dresden.  

Yes, we here in America have much to be sorry for at this point:

 Aisne-Marne, France

Ardennes, Belgium

Brittany, France

Brookwood, England

Cambridge, England

Epinal, France

Flanders Field, Belgium

Florence, Italy

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Lorraine, France

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Meuse-Argonne, France

Netherlands, Netherlands

Normandy, France

North Africa, Tunisia

Oise-Aisne, France

Rhone, France

Sicily-Rome, Italy

Somme, France

St. Mihiel, France

Suresnes, France

At this point, I’m sorry that so very, very many Americans gave their lives to twice free a continent from German aggression. There are more than 100,000 Americans officially buried in Europe and North Africa  - Lord knows how many more are there in unmarked graves. For those sacrifices, we are given disdain, contempt and abuse by far too many in Europe.

Perhaps it is time – past time, really – for us to bring them home. All of them. Both our war dead and the living American troops that have secured Europe for 65 years now.

(This post is in no way meant to be disrespectful toward the American Battle Monuments Commission which has done fantastic work in keeping these monuments to our fallen heroes in the fine condition they are. If you get to Europe, try to make it a point to visit one of the many cemeteries. As this article points out, a tour can be a highlight of a trip.)

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4 Responses to Stop Apologizing

  1. Gaius, those links all seem to return “page not found” errors.

  2. Gaius says:

    Thank you, my friend. I think they all work now.

  3. LYNNDH says:

    Two yrs ago my wife and I visited France. We visited the cemetary near Nice, and I particapated in a wreath laying with the gentleman that manages that cemetary. I cried (having just lost my father 2 months previsiously I was very emotionaly). We also visited the cemetary in Normandy, and the beaches. No words that I command can describe my feelings. Yes, do go before it is too late.

  4. Andy T says:

    We were joking that to really make amends with the Muslims, Obama was going to apologize for America putting an end to the Holocaust.

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