John Fanning: Obama’s insults
April 26, 2009
Whoever would have imagined that in the year 2009, the president of the United States and the protestors who sought to disrupt the G-20 Summit would actually be in agreement. Both agreed that capitalism is immoral and America is to blame for all the ills of the world. Phrases supporting this alliance between the president and the protestors were scrawled on many of the banners carried outside the summit meeting.
In one speech, the president insulted every American who was frozen in the Battle of the Bulge, dismantled on a Normandy Beach, died in Iraq and Afghanistan ” which incidentally he described as mere distractions ” and those who assisted de- facto in eliminating the Cold War. In another, he indicted all of us for being arrogant, dismissive and derisive. He accused us of torture, genocide and racism, and chided us for Hiroshima and Guantanamo. He never missed an opportunity to bash and berate his predecessor. Our “campaigner in chief” did it over and over again. This obsessive, compulsive need to continually denigrate his predecessor is gratuitous and tacky, to say the least.
The mainstream media continue to slobber over his so-called accomplishments, and of course, Michelle (Jackie O). But what did he accomplish? He went there to get more troops for Afghanistan and failed to do so. He went there to get more stimulus money pumped into the European economy and was told NO. He tried to dump off prisoners from Guantanamo to each one of the countries and was rebuffed. Austria said no thanks, and in fact, the Interior Minister of Austria said: “Mr Obama, if they’re not dangerous, why not just keep them in America?” He capped off the trip with a deep bow to the Muslim King.
Next stop ” the Summit of the Americas. Here our president listened reverently while Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s leader, gave a 50-minute speech denouncing the United States and its people; at a news conference stood with Bolivian President Evo Morales who alleged the U.S. was complicit in attempts to overthrow him; grovelled while Hugo Chavez made him look weak by presenting him an anti-American book titled “Open Veins of Latin America” which chronicles U.S. imperialism in the region, and at the same time extended an olive branch to Cuban brothers Fidel and Raul Castro. At no time did our president defend his people or his country, and at no time did he extol the virtues of his people or his country.
So, he insulted all of us; he denigrated our country, and was subservient to our enemies. He committed us to a world without nuclear weapons at the same time North Korea was launching a missile capable of a nuclear strike and Iran was continuing its goal of having one very soon. He abrogated a portion of our sovereignty by agreeing to create an International board with authority to intervene in U.S. Corporations by dictating executive compensation and approving or disapproving business management decisions. I always had the sense that President Bush wanted all of us to get richer. I have the sense that President Obama wants all of us to be poorer.
After spending much of the month steeped in international summitry, first in Europe then in Trinidad and Tobago, President Obama returned home in time to release interrogation memos to assist our enemies, and to prosecute those who worked hard to keep us safe for the past eight years.
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When one desires to win friends at any cost, and in this case, by insulting America, the American people, and his predecessor, it may be satisfying to him and his followers, but it may actually produce more enemies in the long run, and as we have seen first hand, it does not necessarily influence people.
Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post writers group wrote recently, “It is strange for a world leader to celebrate his own country’s decline. A few more such overseas tours and Obama will have a lot more decline to celebrate.”
John Fanning lives in Dillon.