... For Obama, America is but one nation among many, no different -- or more exceptional -- than any other. Its record is one that, increasingly, he has felt compelled not to extol but to apologize for.
And, for this president, ideologies bent on America's destruction must be met not with resistance but with rhetoric, outreach and "understanding."
The Cold War, in this view, is an irrelevant historical relic -- an example of American paranoia and fear-mongering prolonging a conflict that could have been resolved with warm-and-fuzzy speechmaking and the soft-pedaling of political differences.
Gone, it seems, are the days when America championed freedom, led by presidents whose oratory was matched by commitment and determined action.
It's not only shameful -- but dangerous.