Obama meme: Blame Americans first

 

When the president of the United States says something that is manifestly untrue, we Americans call that a lie. Think “Mission Accomplished.” And when Obama and his political appointees insisted that the attacks in Libya and Egypt on 9/11/12 that resulted in the death of our ambassador and three other Americans was a “mindless” act caused by a spontaneous mob angry about “an offensive video” – but knew instead that the attacks were premeditated by terrorists, that is also a lie. Worse still, it is a lie that fits the pattern of the Obama administration and Obama himself: Excuse the extremists and find an American to blame. Yes, an idiot American, but one exercising his constitutionally mandated right to be an idiot.

Ever since his maiden foreign policy outing in Cairo, Barack Obama and administration officials have too often insisted that America is the root cause of its own troubles in the world. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the evidence.

1.  “9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course.”
2.  “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfectBut if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”
3.  “All of us must now renew the common stake that we have in one another. I know that promises of partnership have gone unfulfilled in the past, and that trust has to be earned over time. While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”
4.  “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes. That’s how we learn. But the fact that we are willing to acknowledge them and then move forward, that is precisely why I am proud to be President of the United States, and that’s why you should be proud to be members of the CIA.”
5.  “So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we’ve allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there’s something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the worldInstead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”
6.  “I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for collective inaction.”
7.  “In every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask themselves how much they’re willing to tolerate freedom for others. And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.”

Yes, Mr. Obama, we are not perfect. But not every wrong in this world is rooted in an American misdeed. And the fact that you are so committed to believing in American guilt that you would lie about a terrorist attack against us is not a sign of humility, it is a mark of shame.

 

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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