You scoffed at the idea of American exceptionalism. You want to increase our deference to international bodies that obviously don't have our best interests at heart, and many of whose members reject our values. You have strongly criticized America's record on civil and human rights to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
You said at the G-20 meeting in London that you believed your election would lead to a restoration of America's positive image in the world, thereby implying it had a richly deserved negative image. You said America needs to account for "inadequacies" in its "regulatory system," and you accepted blame and responsibility for the economic crisis having begun in the United States -- "even if" you weren't "president at the time."
You told the Al-Arabiya television network that America "dictates" without knowing "all the factors involved."
At the Summit of the Americas, you sat through Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's 50-minute harangue against the United States without registering a word of protest and then thanked him for not blaming you "for things that happened when" you were "3 months old." You told the French that America failed to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world and that we've been "arrogant," "dismissive" and "derisive."
In Trinidad, you said we'd been "disengaged" and "dictatorial." In Prague, you said America has a moral responsibility to act on arms control because we are the only nation to have used a nuclear weapon. You tried to visit Japan to personally apologize for our bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and when the Japanese rejected your offer as "a non-starter," you sent Ambassador John Roos to do the job the following year.
You apologized to the Communist Chinese for Arizona's immigration law, a law that Mexican President Felipe Calderon condemned in the Rose Garden while you remained silent. In Mumbai, you told Indians that Americans think of India as but a land of call centers that cost Americans jobs.
You told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that Mexicans were here "long before America was even an idea," apparently unaware that Mexico declared its independence in 1810.
But do you ever talk about America's benevolence and philanthropy in the world? Do you ever praise America for liberating other nations and preventing the enslavement of the Western world by communism?
Love and praise for America don't roll off your lips. Censure and disparagement do. If "apology" doesn't fit, please tell us what does.
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