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Barack Obama’s Massive Middle East Mea Culpa
Posted By Nile Gardiner On June 4, 2009 @ 2:51 pm In American Leadership,Ongoing Priorities | 8 Comments
Dr. Nile Gardiner is the Director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. Today he commented on President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt for the Daily Telegraph . Below is his commentary in its entirety :
It’s never easy delivering a landmark speech before a foreign audience, and a potentially hostile one at that. Barack Obama gave a 56-minute address before a Muslim audience in Cairo that was well received and drew a standing ovation. He made some good points about the need for greater religious tolerance on the part of governments in the Middle East, and more respect for women’s rights, points that President Bush made numerous times when he was president.
The speech was however highly problematic in many ways, and a continuation of the theme of atoning for America’s past. Here are some of the key negative points in his speech that will backfire on both the President and the United States.
President Obama’s feel-good Cairo speech will do little to strengthen America’s position in the Middle East. It is a speech that projects weakness and contrition rather than American leadership – at times the president seemed embarrassed about America’s global power and achievements. Many of Obama’s statements were apologetic in tone, and the speech failed to recognize the huge role the United States has played in freeing tens of millions of Muslims from the Baathists and the Taliban. In fact no country in history has done more to defend Muslims from oppression than America, from Afghanistan to Kosovo to Iraq. The president’s address will only deepen the impression among both America’s enemies and allies that Barack Obama does not have the stomach for a long war against Islamist terrorism, nor the will to stand up to the Iranian nuclear threat. The world needs stronger leadership than this.
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