Steven Hurst, in an analysis at the AP, writes that Barack Obama’s world apology tour is somewhat similar to Mikhail Gorbachev’s efforts to “shed the ideological entanglements that were leading the communist empire toward ruin.” It’s a shocking comparison, one that is imperfect of course, but it’s a frightening thing to consider, nonetheless. According to Hurst, Obama has outdone Gorbachev in his efforts:
–Admitted to Europeans that America deserves at least part of the blame for the world’s financial crisis because it did not regulate high-flying and greedy Wall Street gamblers.
–Told the Russians he wants to reset relations that fell to Cold War-style levels under his predecessor, George W. Bush.
–Asked NATO for more help in the fight in Afghanistan, and, not getting much, did not castigate alliance partners.
–Lifted some restrictions on Cuban Americans’ travel to their communist homeland and eased rules on sending wages back to families there.
–Shook hands with, more than once, and accepted a book from Hugo Chavez, the virulently anti-American leader of oil-rich Venezuela.
–Said America’s appetite for illegal drugs and its lax control of the flow of guns and cash to Mexico were partly to blame for the drug-lord-inspired violence that is rattling the southern U.S. neighbor.
Obama’s efforts to take the United States down a notch or two in the world is going to do harm to us. He’s supposed to be the President of the United States and is, therefore, supposed to do what is in our country’s and our citizens’ best interest, but how is declaring America is just another country among other countries in our best interests?
At a news conference ending the three-day Summit of the Americas on Sunday, Obama was asked to explain what a reporter called this emerging “Obama Doctrine.”
He said that first, he remains intent on telling the world that the United States is a powerful and wealthy nation that realizes it is just one country among many. Obama said he believes that other countries have “good ideas” and interests that cannot be ignored.
In other words, Barack Obama does not believe in American exceptionalism even though he says he does:
I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
What Obama is saying here is that our belief in American is exceptionalism is not any different from any other country’s belief in its own exceptionalism. However, saying every country is exceptional is just another way of saying no country is.