Be­liev­ing mainly in his own moral su­pe­ri­or­ity

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Pat Buchanan

De­spite his bold­ness, Pres­i­dent Obama seems as fated to fail as were Woodrow Wil­son and Jimmy Carter. And for the same rea­son: a be­lief in his own right­eous­ness and moral su­pe­ri­or­ity, and a be­lief that his ideals and his per­sona count might­ily in the mod­ern world.

Mr. Wil­son de­claimed about Amer­ica’s fight to “make the world safe for democ­racy” when in harness with the Bri­tish, French, Rus­sian, Ja­panese and Ital­ian em­pires, all slaver­ing to feast on the car­casses of the Ho­hen­zollern, Hab­s­burg and Ot­toman em­pires.

By 1920, Mr. Wil­son was a tragic fail­ure, mocked by ex-al­lies and re­viled by for­mer en­e­mies for hav­ing dis­hon­ored his own 14 Points.

Jimmy Carter de­clared in 1977 that “we have got­ten over our in­or­di­nate fear of com­mu­nism that caused us to em­brace any dic­ta­tor who shared in that fear.” So, we un­der­mined Nicaragua’s Anas­ta­sio So­moza and the Shah, and got the San­din­istas and the Ay­a­tol­lah Khome­ini.

As for Barack, he be­haves on the world stage like some Ivy League kid ashamed of the peo­ple he came from, let­ting one and all on cam­pus know that he is noth­ing like his be­nighted fam­ily with its sor­did his­tory.

In Cairo, he con­fessed that Amer­ica had a hand in dump­ing over the regime in Iran in 1953. He did not men­tion that the United States forced the re­treat of Joseph Stalin’s army from Iran in 1946.

For the 100th time, he de­clared, “I have unequiv­o­cally pro­hib­ited the use of tor­ture by the United States, and I have or­dered the prison at Guan­tanamo Bay closed by early next year.”

Is Mr. Obama un­aware that Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Ara­bia run pris­ons that make Guan­tanamo look like The Break­ers at Palm Beach?

How many Guan­tanamo in­mates plead to be sent home to Mus­lim coun­tries?

In Trinidad, Mr. Obama sat for 55 min­utes en­dur­ing Daniel Ortega’s di­a­tribe against the United States for mis­treat­ment of Cas­tro’s Cuba and for the Bay of Pigs. Mr. Obama protested that he could not be held re­spon­si­ble for some­thing that hap­pened the year he was born.

Why could not he say to Mr. Ortega: “We also in­ter­vened in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic in 1965 to block a com­mu­nist takeover, and in Gre­nada in 1983. The only prob­lem with the Bay of Pigs is that we should have done it right and re­moved the odi­ous Cuban dic­ta­tor­ship, and put Fidel, Raul and Che up against that same wall where so many pa­tri­ots per­ished and spared the Cuban peo­ple 50 years of tyranny and the pros­ti­tu­tion of their is­land into a base camp for the great­est despo­tism of the 20th cen­tury.”

What is the mat­ter with Mr. Obama that he can­not de­fend our Cold War con­duct and Cold War pres­i­dents like Ike and JFK?

An­swer: Mr. Obama can­not, be­cause at heart he buys into the anti-Amer­i­can nar­ra­tive that ours is a de­plorable his­tory — of geno­cide against the In­di­ans, of slav­ery and seg­re­ga­tion, of rob­bing Mex­i­cans of their land and of dis­re­spect­ing our Latin neigh­bors.

Mr. Obama is de­ter­mined to make the req­ui­site apolo­gies to show the world he does not con­done the sins our fathers com­mit­ted.

Thus, as Nile Gar­diner of the Her­itage Foun­da­tion has cat­a­loged, Mr. Obama has apolo- gized to Europe for our hav­ing “shown ar­ro­gance and been dis­mis­sive, even de­ri­sive.” He apol­o­gized to Latin Amer­ica for our hav­ing been “dis­en­gaged and at times […] sought to dic­tate.”

He told the Turks that we are “work­ing through our own darker pe­ri­ods in our his­tory. […] Our na­tion still strug­gles with the legacy of slav­ery and seg­re­ga­tion, the past treat­ment of Na­tive Amer­i­cans.”

Mr. Obama, how­ever, did not ask the Turks to con­fess to their own “darker pe­ri­ods,” which might have taken some time.

Mr. Obama is the anti-Rea­gan. Where Ron­ald Rea­gan ever spoke of the great­ness and glory of Amer­ica, her his­tory and he­roes, her ca­pac­ity to make the world all over again, Mr. Obama is like a dis­mal par­son, for­ever re­mind­ing us — and every­one within earshot — of our own and our fathers’ sins.

Mr. Obama is not only de­mor­al­iz­ing Mid­dle Amer­ica, he is driv­ing away the God-and-coun­try pa­tri­ots who are sick of hear­ing this rot from pro­fes­sors and jour­nal­ists, and pre­fer not to hear it from their pres­i­dent. He is ced­ing moral high ground to regimes and na­tions that do not de­serve it.

If Mr. Obama be­lieves he can build him­self up by tear­ing Amer­ica down, he is mis­taken. Cyn­i­cal for­eign­ers will view it with snick­er­ing con­tempt, pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans with dis­gust. What kind of leader is it who talks down his own coun­try on for­eign soil?

Amer­ica’s per­for­mance in the Cold War was hardly flaw­less. But does any­one deny that we were on the right side, that the Soviet Em­pire and Mao’s China and com­mu­nist Viet­nam and Cas­tro’s Cuba were on the side of tyranny — and that the neu­trals were by and large ir­rel­e­vant or worse in that great cause?

A na­tion is an ex­tended fam­ily. While fam­i­lies fight and quar­rel, of­ten bit­terly, you do not take the fam­ily quar­rel out­side the fam­ily.

You don’t hang the fam­ily’s dirty linen on the com­mu­nal clothes­line.

Mr. Obama, how­ever — like some Hol­ly­wood ac­tress seek­ing sym­pa­thy and pub­lic ap­pro­ba­tion with her tell-all bi­og­ra­phy de­tail­ing how she was abused by her fa­ther — trolls for pop­u­lar­ity with Amer­ica’s ad­ver­saries by recit­ing for the ben­e­fit of the world all the sins his coun­try has al­legedly com­mit­ted.

When did this be­come the duty of the pres­i­dent of the United States?

Pat Buchanan is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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