Barack Obama: The Anti-Reagan

Despite his
boldness, Barack 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.

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


By 1920, 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
are now free of that inordinate fear of communism which
once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in
that fear."

So, we undermined Nicaragua`s

Anastasio Somoza
and the

, and got the

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

, "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 Obama unaware


run prisons that make

look like
The Breakers at
Palm Beach?

How many
Guantanamo inmates plead to be sent home to Muslim


, 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.
Obama protested that he could not be held responsible
for something that happened the year he was born.

Why could not he
say to 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

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

Answer: 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.

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

Thus, as Nile
Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation has

, Obama has apologized to Europe for our
"shown arrogance
and been dismissive, even derisive."
apologized to Latin America for our having been

"disengaged and
at times … sought to dictate."


told the Turks
that we are
"working through
our own darker periods in our history. … Our nation
still struggles with the legacy of

, the past treatment of

Native Americans

Obama, however,
did not ask the Turks to confess to their own
"darker periods,"






Obama is the
anti-Reagan. Where Reagan ever spoke of the greatness
and glory of America, her history and heroes, her
capacity to make the world all over again, Obama is like

dismal parson
, forever reminding us—and everyone
within earshot—of our own and our fathers` sins.

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 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?

performance in the Cold War was hardly flawless. But
does anyone deny that we were on the right side, that

Soviet Empire

Mao`s China

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

You don`t hang
the family`s dirty linen on the communal clothesline.

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?



Patrick J. Buchanan


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