By Seth Richardson
If anyone had any doubts about President Obama’s abysmal lack of skill as a diplomat, his recent debacles in Europe should dispel them. As if it weren’t bad enough that he arrogantly returned a bust of Winston Churchill loaned to the United States after the September 11 attacks, and sent Prime Minister Gordon Brown a batch of cheesy DVDs in exchange for a priceless bit of nautical history, a pen holder carved from the timbers of the HMS Gannet, sister ship to the HMS Resolute, from which Obama’s Oval Office desk is carved, he compounded his diplomatic ignorance when he gave the Queen of England an iPod. Worst of all, he did spineless obeisance to a Saudi potentate, bowing before him like some servile vassal.
Mr. President, you are the Command in Chief and President of the United States of America, and as our representative to the world, you bow down to no one. You meet them as equals, with your head held proudly high or you do not meet them at all.
But those are just social faux pas, though egregious ones. What you said in Europe last week was far worse and far more alarming. President Obama, you have a duty to represent our nation with pride and strength, and to present the American people as they truly are; a strong, vibrant, peace-loving and fair-minded people who wish harm to none and prosperity to all, but who take abuse from no one and will never seek to curry favor of anyone. If a nation or leader will not treat with us as equals in dignity and respect, then you must refuse to acknowledge them. And you have no authority whatsoever to so much as suggest that the United States will ever subjugate its sovereignty to any nation or league of nations.
In a recent speech in France, you said, “In America, there’s 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.”
You do not speak for me, Mr. President. Nor do I believe that you speak for the majority of Americans. Europe has a position in the world only because the United States prevented the Soviet Union from absorbing it. It is Europe that owes a long-unpaid debt of gratitude to us, not vice versa. How dare you suggest that we have not sought or appreciated partnership with Europe? This sort of rank revisionism is intolerable coming from anyone, much less the President.
Later, you said, “It is true that we have to change our behavior in showing the Muslim world greater respect, and changing our language and changing our tone.” Again, you do not speak for me, Mr. President, and I strenuously object to your obsequiousness towards Islam.
The United States has shown the Muslim world all the respect that it is due, and more besides. However peaceable the majority of Muslims are, rare is the Muslim voice raised against Islamo-fascism and radical Islamic terrorism. If we need to change our tone, we need to demand that “moderate” Islam decisively and without equivocation repudiate Islamic extremism and those tenets of Islam that call for Jihad against non-believers.
Unless and until the so-called “peaceable” Islamic majority not only volubly speaks out against Islamic terrorism, but actually stands-to and takes up arms against the radical elements of their ideology, the United States should not take a conciliatory tone towards Islam. Appeasement is not an option for you, Mr. President. We will not tolerate such behavior from our elected representatives.
Then you said, “And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure. When we saw what happened in Abu Ghraib, that wasn’t good for our security — that was a recruitment tool for terrorism. Humiliating people is never a good strategy to battle terrorism.”
Mr. President, you slander the United States and its people, and you tarnish the reputation of the Presidency by your implication that the People of the United States were in any way responsible for or approving of the criminal acts of a few poorly-commanded soldiers in an isolated incident during a war. Wrongs were done, and those truly responsible, those in command, escaped punishment, but you have no business impugning the honor of the United States in this manner because it diminishes us in the eyes of the world and it encourages our enemies far more than the actual events did. It disgusts me that you have done so merely to curry favor with our European “allies.”
I use that word advisedly because most of our so-called “allies” in NATO have been avoiding and evading their responsibilities under the treaties for years. Some, like France and Germany, are actively working against NATO and American interests by continuing to trade with enemy nations like Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
We undertook the liberation of Iraq with minimal show-piece participation from our “allies” in NATO. Many nations who sent “troops” to Iraq would not allow them into combat for fear of angering the Muslim sphere. These are not the actions of allies and friends of America.
France has repeatedly maligned the United States and refused to honor its commitments to NATO. They have no honor, and are due but small regard and disdain until they choose to honor their commitments instead of demonstrating cowardice.
After more than sixty years of economic and social advancement under the wing of the American eagle, which protected them against Soviet domination and which cost the American people trillions of dollars, the French in particular are thankless ingrates and are owed nothing. Your Chamberlainesque approach to the Europeans and their one-world-government pretensions toys with treason.
Your duty as President is to stand for the United States of America and ONLY for the United States of America. Not the UN, not the European Union, not any transnational ideology or scheme. Your duty is to us, Mr. President, and no one else. Look first and always to the well-being and security of the People of the United States, and place their rights and interests supreme above all else, and keep them foremost in your mind.
You took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States to the best of your ability. We expect you to do so or we expect you to resign your office. No, we demand that you do so, as is our right. You, sir, are President, but you remain a servant of the People, not our sovereign, and certainly not a lackey of the European Union.
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