Back when I was in grade school, I used to really hate teachers who would purposely humiliate the entire class for some reason. You know, those teachers who would become frustrated for their own shortcomings and turn to the class and say something like: "Not a single one of you is smart enough to learn this lesson!"
I also hated it when I was in the Marine Corps and some senior Staff NCO would yell out some idiotic insult to an entire platoon or company, an insult which served no purpose except to devalue the leadership skills of that Staff NCO.
Thus, I was doubly disappointed when Barack Obama insulted and humiliated America twice (so far) on his European trip.
First, he showed inferiority and submissiveness to an anti-Semitic ruler whose government helps to fund terrorism in the world. He did something that no American President should ever do: bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia:
Obama Shows Weakness And Submissiveness To The Saudis
April 2, 2009
A little side story here. When the photos of this event emerged, the libs became unhinged about it and began to float stories that the photos had been altered in some way. Well, the above video proves that it really did happen and Obama humiliated America in the process.
But, that wasn't enough for the president who can't talk straight without a teleprompter in front of him. He had to go even further and insult all of America while he was visiting France. He made comments that were supposed to placate the Europeans and make them feel justified in their irrational hatred of America.
Here is Obama's quote from a column by Mark Whittington of the Associated Content:
|"In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead 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"|
How can anyone possibly respect a leader who turns around and insults his own countrymen like that? I can't. I can't respect Obama anymore than I could respect an incompetent school teacher or a Staff NCO who knows nothing about good leadership.
The problems in this world did not start with America. We ended up getting involved with them because our national safety depended on it.
|President Obama seems so very anxious to "mend fences" with the Europeans that he seems to be in need of a history lesson, as indeed does his student audience.|
One should remind Mr. Obama and the Europeans how American has "shown arrogance" by saving Europe from itself innumerable times in the 20th Century. World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the wars in the Balkans were largely resolved by American blood, treasure, and leadership. One can be "dismissive, even derisive" toward Europeans because they pretty much caused those conflicts and then dithered, for the most part, until those arrogant Americans had to step in to clean up their mess.
Much of the problems of the Third World, including the rise of Islamo Fascism, can be laid at the doorstep of European colonial practices, including the chaotic and often bloody process of decolonialization that took place starting with the end of World War II. Africa is a butcher shop and the Middle East is a cockpit of terror and war, not because of American "arrogance", but European stupidity when it ran those two places.
Mr. Obama should go back to school and learn the lessons of history. We are not an arrogant people. We just don't like it when outsiders try to tell us that we cannot defend ourselves or do what is necessary to keep our people safe.
The arrogance is on the part of those who try to tell us that we should stop doing so.
You can access the complete column on-line here:
Barack Obama And American "Arrogance"
April 5, 2009