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Presidential Groveling


President Obama's recent whirlwind overseas tour did little to restore respect for America among friends or foes, despite adoring crowds who treated him like a rock star wherever he went. For a man who hasn't an ounce of personal humility, the president makes up for it by being downright obsequious when it comes to recounting his country's supposed transgressions. In his globetrotting speeches, Obama reviled the United States' history of slavery, the mistreatment of Indians and alleged torture of terrorists. He hinted that his predecessor had engaged in a war with Islam, but promised that he — Barack Hussein Obama, as he was introduced to Muslim audiences everywhere — would never let that happen again.

Instead of insisting that our NATO allies carry their share of the burden in Afghanistan, he practically begged them to please send more combat troops to add to the 21,000 additional American troops. And in arguing for a nuclear-free world, he even suggested that maybe the United States should put aside its nukes, as if the United States were the problem when it comes to nuclear proliferation.

So how did the world respond? Our European friends turned a polite but deaf ear to Obama's entreaties: No more combat troops for Afghanistan, no more stimulus dollars to help rescue the worldwide economy. Our erstwhile Pakistani partners in the war on terror — oops, the "overseas contingency operations" in Obamaspeak — told us they aren't making any promises to use $7.5 billion in U.S. aid to actually fight the Taliban and al-Qaida in the tribal regions along the Afghan-Pakistan border. And those were the friendlier reactions.

Across the globe, the North Koreans chose to use the occasion of the president's overseas travels to launch a missile demonstrating their ability to deliver nuclear weapons as far away as the U.S. West Coast. Meanwhile, the Chinese, Russians, and others as yet unidentified, have hacked into the U.S.

power grid recently in the most serious cyber attack on the country ever. National security officials confirmed to The Wall Street Journal this week that cyber-spies have not only infiltrated our electric grid but have left behind software aimed at disrupting our electrical delivery system during a crisis or war.

And then there are the Iranians. Remember President Obama's olive branches to this crew? First, he promised in the campaign that he would sit down with the Iranians with no pre-conditions. And in February he sent a secret letter to Russian President Medvedev promising to renege on the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in Eastern Europe if the Russians could persuade the Iranians to forego their nuclear weapons program.

When that gambit flopped, this week the State Department announced that indeed the U.S. would sit down in direct talks with the Iranians along with the Germans and representatives of the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. And how did the Iranians respond to our friendly overtures? By charging an American-born journalist with spying and holding a secret trial whose results could be catastrophic for the young woman.

Pardon me if I'm unimpressed by the president's international prowess so far. When will the left learn that self-flagellation and blame-America-first rhetoric isn't enough to buy the love of our enemies? And even our friends can turn quisling when we show no spine.

If President Obama wants to restore America's reputation, he can start by showing strength, not weakness. He's made the right decision by increasing our commitment to fight terrorists in Afghanistan. Now he has to make it clear to the Pakistanis that if they want our aid, it comes with strings — namely, taking on the terrorists in their tribal regions.

President Obama needs to learn that being loved by the world is not nearly as important as earning respect — and that comes by honoring our commitments to our allies and punishing those who threaten our peace and security.

Linda Chavez is the author of "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal." To find out more about Linda Chavez, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at



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Ma'am;...Our rich and their endless quest for profits squeezed out of the body politic has put our president in the position of kissing the world's butt in the hopes that the rest of them will come to the aid of capitalism, and bail them out...His humiliation is your own...His humiliation is the fault of your class...You want to blame him for not striding up to every petty potentate and sticking them up with a gun...You have sold this place to them to have their oil, and now you want our leaders to act proud... We have no more right to our dignity than any other slaves... We will bow and hold hands with those people and welcome the chance to do so because capitalism would fall tomorrow without them.. We need them...We do not need them; but world capitalism needs them, and our capitalist class needs them... The rich have ruined this place, and destroyed our democracy to corner this nation we call home... But they bit off more than they could chew...They leveraged this place with more debt than they could support, so the whole market crashed... People think the depression is over...The depression has not even begun, and the butt smooching has not even begun... But if we don't want to be kissing the world's behind we better find a way of tossing our rich overboard, and living with in our means...My question to you is: can you swim??? You want to hang with the rich...You want to see this people humiliated so you can run down our president for bowing to reality... He is trying to teach us how to bow, because the rich have made us slaves...If we will not be slaves, we must mutiny, and when the happens the rich and all our other traitors are going to sink or swim...Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:41 PM
Let me guess you're one of the Ultra-Conservatives like Ann Coulter who is filled with venom for Obama and everything he is trying to do to bring America together. Your words are filled with barely half-truths called lies about what Obama is trying to do.
Your true colors are shining through. President Bush left us in this mess and Obama has a difficult job to get us to be respected
again as The United States of America-a nation to be respected and praised for its actions rather than be despised for being led by someone with an overloaded mouth.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Daniel Rosenthal
Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:37 PM
Unfortunately for this great country, your commentary is right on the mark. In my opinion, the worldwind tour was a national embarassment. and quite frankly an insult to the brave young men and women that have put their lives on the line for this country and the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans. His strategy of appeasement will only serve to embolden the enemies of the United States and many Americans fear that could lead to another catistrophic attack on American soil. Why in the world would anyone embrace the failed socialist ideologies of the former Soviet Union and other Communist countries and socialist governments; ideologies that people have risked their lives and in many cases died trying to escape their rule? This guy is a character right out of George Orwell's "Animal Farm"...a master of Orwellian doublespeak. His real agenda is to repay George Soros and the unions for putting him in power and is doing so at the expense of hardworking Americans and future generations. While he is busy pushing his radical socialist agenda, the apocalytic suicidal death cult in Iran will be aggressively pushing its radical nuclear agenda to achieve its ultimate goal: destruction the United States. I don't believe he gets it...or maybe he does.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Paul
Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:51 AM
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