Rich Galen
If you think the Administration of Barak Obama has its arms around foreign policy read this from the Associated Press yesterday:

"Ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the United States Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and took down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a movie attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad."

Did President Obama demand that the Egyptian government provide assurances that our embassy would be protected?


In fact, Obama's crack foreign service issued an … apology.

He apologized for the presumed existence of a movie that no one on this planet (to my knowledge) has seen in its entirety.

Even if such a movie does exist, it's pretty certain U.S. Government had nothing to do with the mystery film, and thus had nothing to apologize for.

Finally, U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked, stormed, and the U.S. flag was torn down by a bunch of crazy Egyptians emboldened by the Arab Spring.

Yet Barack Obama felt he needed to issue an apology.

For our Embassy having been attacked.

And our flag having been torn down, and torn apart.

On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Even during the most heated days of the anti-war demonstrations of the 1960s I never got into a projectile sweat about someone setting an American flag afire on a street in Cleveland or Chicago.

The flag is a symbol of America. It is not a holy relic. The republic could and, and did, survive those silly protests.

But no one apologized to the flag burners for having caused them such angst that they felt it necessary to use up precious lighter fluid to set a flag on fire.

Yet, Obama apologized to the Egyptian rioters.

A link to the trailer for this movie is on the Secret Decoder Ring page.

It has all the production values of a Captain Video episode from 1954.

Nevertheless, Obama apologized.

According to CNN, Obama's Administration issued a statement saying that it;

"condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

America is apologizing for those who would "hurt the religious feelings of Muslims?"

Did Buddhists kill 3,000 Americans on September 11? How about Hindus? Or, Zoroastrians? Or any of the other 21 major faiths that exist on the Earth?

No. But Obama felt the need to apologize to the one religion against which we are waging war.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at