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So the British Press is sharper than ours? Part three

posted at 8:43 am on June 2, 2009 by

I simply can’t help but to ask the question. Wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air to read the following analysis from an American newspaper? Thoughtful, provocative, articulate, with a twinge of historical relevance…

It is time for President Obama to recognise that his strategy is weakening his country and making the United States more vulnerable to attack, says Nile Gardiner

No leader in American history has gone to greater lengths than Barack Obama to make amends for his own country. From condemnation of American “arrogance” in a speech in Strasbourg to acknowledging U.S. “mistakes” before millions of Muslims on Arab television, Obama has rarely missed an opportunity to apologise for the actions of the American people.

President Obama has elevated the art of national self-loathing to new heights, and seems to delight in prostrating the most powerful nation on the face of the earth before its critics and rivals, especially on foreign soil. The Obama worldview revolves around the central premise that the United States must be humble and “engage” and work with its enemies through the application of “smart power”. There is nothing smart, however, in appeasing rogue states such as North Korea or Iran.

The Obama doctrine is now lying in tatters after North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Il and Iranian demagogue Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met Obama’s recent overtures with missile tests and even a nuclear blast from Pyongyang. The president’s video message in March offering “a new beginning” to “the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” was followed by the launch of a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,200 miles capable of reaching southern Europe. Incredibly, the U.S. response has been to slash defense spending, with a dramatic scaling down of plans for a global missile defence shield.

The world today is considerably more dangerous than it was in the days of the Bush Administration, and the Obama White House has nothing to show for its weak-kneed efforts. The brutal truth is that the United States is increasingly viewed as a soft touch by its enemies, increasingly jeered rather than feared.

Obama’s supine approach has become a humiliating spectacle for a country that, together with Great Britain, has done more to advance the cause of liberty and freedom across the world than any nation in the world. Every groveling apology by the president undermines America’s confidence, standing and power, and strengthens the hand of those who seek her destruction.

It is time for President Obama to recognise that his new strategy is weakening his country and making the United States more vulnerable to attack. The dream of America haters who revel in the vision of the humbling of a superpower, is being realised by an administration that has so far fundamentally rejected the idea of American exceptionalism.

The world needs a president who aggressively projects American power on the world stage, rather than seeks the adoration of traditionally hostile foreign audiences. In Egypt, Obama should not be afraid to offend the sensibilities of Muslim leaders, by calling for religious tolerance, freedom of speech, worship and association, and a rejection of Islamist extremism.

No one expects Barack Obama to adopt the swagger of a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood when he travels to the Middle East and Western Europe. But he should adopt a more forceful and confident approach to international affairs that marks him as a force to be reckoned with rather than a Jimmy Carter-like pushover. It is not too late for the president to acknowledge that the time for apologies is over, that the world needs robust American leadership that projects strength and power rather than timidity and weakness.

Read the entire article, it’s refreshing… If only in America!

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If only the MSM in America were not just a bunch of boot lickers.

kirkill on June 2, 2009 at 9:09 AM

We really should stop commenting on NY Times piffle and spend more time reading UK stuff. The Times’ columnists have no understanding of the real world. The UK papers, in contrast, generally carry on a lively debate, and writers acknowledge the good and bads parts of their positions.

hawksruleva on June 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM

You really should promote these to the main page.

Daggett on June 2, 2009 at 1:22 PM

From Wesley Pruden at the Washington Times

“The president’s speech at Cairo University will be dissected throughout the Islamic world, carefully measured to see whether he “walks the walk and not just the talk,” in the words of Marina Mahathir, a “community organizer” in Malaysia, where her father was once the prime minister. The president could actually do several things to make the Muslims like us. In addition to converting to Islam, the Americans could get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, ease sanctions on Iran, abandon Israel, and prevent the imposition of Western values – e.g., democracy, freedom of speech and worship – and knock off embarrassing Western demands that Muslims quit beating up women. A tall order, but not so tall for a messiah.”

How’s that pay-grade thing workin’ Mr. Obama?

Rovin on June 2, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Last winter I started reading the UK press — doing the job that the US press refuses to do.

Blake on June 2, 2009 at 10:30 PM

I agree w/ Daggett. Front Page Story!

bridgetown on June 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM