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  • Obama at Normandy: Mistakes Were Made

    US President Barack Obama attends the 65th D-Day anniversary at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France on June 6 2009.

    Not even D-Day, June 6th, went by without an international apology from President Obama, despite it being one of the most heroic days in American history and ultimately one of the most successful. If Mr. Obama cannot celebrate the sacrifices of American G.I. in the hellish environment of the Normandy Invasion 65 years without diminishing it, there is little hope he will ever find anything American to be 100 percent in favor of. After visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp and Dresden (presumably for a so-called balanced perspective), Mr. Obama arrived to pay tribute to the heroes of D-Day.

    Without being specific, Mr. Obama did not fail to mention that mistakes were made. Nor did he fail to make sure that all faiths and gods were included in his tribute. These are by now signature statements inserted in just about every speech the president makes beyond American shores.

    “The nations that joined together to defeat Hitler’s Reich were not perfect,” he said. “They had made their share of mistakes, had not always agreed with one another on every issue.  But whatever God we prayed to, whatever our differences, we knew that the evil we faced had to be stopped.  Citizens of all faiths and of no faith came to believe that we could not remain as bystanders to the savage perpetration of death and destruction.  And so we joined and sent our sons to fight and often die so that men and women they never met might know what it is to be free.”

    The president’s penchant for apologizing for his country in speeches to a global audience has by now become almost commonplace, as if to wash his hands of the mistakes of his predecessors – or what he considers to be mistakes. On some level, the White House clearly considers this presidential approach to be the essence of U.S. public diplomacy in the Obama era, and it is compounded by the apologies issues by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well.

    At this rate, we’ll need to update our “Barack Obama’s Top 10 Apologies” list soon.

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    12 Responses to Obama at Normandy: Mistakes Were Made

    1. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Helle's quote from the Normandy speech is Obama's attempt at presenting an American human face to the rest of the world. What he doesn't seem to understand is that other nations are not stupid. They fully understand that men and their governments are flawed. It's such admitted weakness that adversaries prey on. This is why apologies are unnecessary and inappropriate. As a lawyer, he either forgot this basic lesson or fell asleep during class. Although he's well intentioned, his actions are seriously compromising U.S. integrity in dangerously unfriendly waters.

    2. rick, NJ says:

      Man-I am so tired of "although well-intentioned". Obama, and the Left in general, is rarely if ever well-intentioned. This disclaimer is not deserved, and provides a moral "cover" for their nefarious deeds. For the most part, it reflects the fact that even many conservatives have been partially brainwashed by the Democrats decades long, entirely absurd but largely unopposed, claim of the moral high ground.

    3. W Jones, Austin, TX says:

      Profoundly disgraceful…

      I don't think Obama will ever be proud of his country (as his wife once said). As such, he will never defend his country (only himself) until we are a crippled communist state.

    4. Barb -mn says:

      J.C. with all due respect, the primary duty of the government is to protect us from foreign and domestic enemies.

      If anyone should know why apologies are dangerous, the government should.

      The president's apologies are intentional for the effect of encouraging a weak and vulnerable American people. Even before he was elected he was calling America racist? Racist = ignorance. If America was racist, it wouldn't have all human races of the world here.

    5. D.L. Coleman, Wiscon says:

      I can't believe that the president is that naive. Perhaps he really believes that America, in spite of electing him as POTUS (the one truly good act committed in the last twenty years), really needs to be culpable for all of its "sins." He's only perpetuating the populist/leftist rhetoric to a Europe that is gradually moving to the right. However, I think J.C. Hughes is right–our enemies are always looking to exploit any weakness we have.

    6. John Ford says:

      Mr. Hughes,

      Your message couldn't have been made more clear. However, my sense is that our president neither "forgot this basic lesson" nor "fell asleep during class."

      Statements in Obama's speeches may not edify, but they're always calculated.


    7. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      What President Obama neglected to mention was the only "mistakes" made by the Allies was in not stopping Adolf Hitler in the late 1930's. Instead, the Powers then, thought that "talking" to the dictator would secure a "peace". That "peace" turned into full scale war which proved back then that you cannot talk or deal with dictators or terrorists. President Obama and Capital Hill should take a lesson of the "mistakes" of the past before looking to the future!

      Iran needs to be watched closely. North Korea needs to be stopped NOW! Al-Qaeda needs to be obliterated!

    8. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      The comments are appreciated. Obama is well intentioned as is possible by a narcissist. Ozzy6900's comment reinforced well George Santayana's statement about folks ignorant of history are "… condemned to repeat it." Obama is clearly out of his league as president.

    9. Binden Shovel says:

      I have recently published a book on Amazon.com called Churchill's Secret Skills. I read Churchill's WW2 memoirs twice as part of the research all 8000 pages. It is interesting to look back at a raid like Dresden from a modern perspective, it is understandably why German's would see it as a war crime and equally understandable why the former Allies would have seen it as a necessary part of War.

      Churchill always promised that the Nazi regime would be paid back for the indiscriminate bombing of London and there cities in the early part of the war. In addition you have to remember that at the time Britain was suffering indiscriminate bombing from the V1 rocket.

      Churchill didn't want any more Dresden type raids because he said there would be nothing left to liberate if the Allies continued with such attacks.

      It wasn't the people of Germany or Dresden that brought on the raid it was the Nazi regime, the same regime that murdered millions of Jews and who had no concern for the ordinary German people.

      The people of Dresden were victims of the Nazi's in the same way as the millions of people across Europe who died at their evil hand. It was the Nazi's who by their actions lead the allies to undertake the raid.

      it is just completely wrong to try and blame the Allies for prosecuting the war to the best of their advantage when they had the chance. If Hitler had been in the same position he would acted far worse.

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    11. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Obama is neither naive nor ignorant of the facts. He firmly believes that the US is fundamentally flawed and that he is there to re-make America. He is the most anti-American president ever.

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