Don’t worry Iowa voters, many, many people should be making the same apology in newspapers throughout the country. Here’s hoping they apologize at the voting booth in November.
A full-page Mitt Romney campaign ad in today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette takes the form of an open letter from 13 Iowans who say they voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but regret their choice and won’t do so again in 2012.
The letter is phrased as an apology, and lays out a case for why Romney, the Republican nominee is a better choice this time around.
“Mitt Romney will deliver the real recovery that President Obama has failed to bring, he’ll get Americans working again, and he’ll turn our economy around,” the letter says.
Here is a copy of the letter:
The same Egyptian protesters that President Obama was more than willing to support during the so-called Arab Spring, mounted an unprecedented attack on an American Embassy in Cairo yesterday.
Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down its American flags, replacing them with black flags with Islamic emblems.
The incident prompted U.S. security guards to fire off a volley of warning shots as a large crowd gathered outside, apparently upset about the production of a Dutch film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene.
An embassy operator told CNN that the facility had been cleared of diplomatic personnel earlier Tuesday, ahead of the apparent threat, while Egyptian riot police were called to help secure the embassy walls.
An embassy in Libya was also attacked.
Protesters angry over an amateurish American-made video denouncing Islam attacked the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, killing a State Department officer, while Egyptian demonstrators stormed over the fortified walls of the United States Embassy here.
On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the assaults were a violent reminder that the changes sweeping the region have hardly dispelled the rage against the United States that still smolders in pockets around the Arab world.
The results? Multiple Americans were shot, while others were the victims of a rocket attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.
Gunmen had attacked and burned the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, a center of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, late on Tuesday evening, killing one U.S. consular official. The building was evacuated.
The Libyan official said the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was being driven from the consulate building to a safer location when gunmen opened fire.
Believe it or not, the response coming from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo included an apology to the extremists who had carried out the attack.
I’m going to say that again.
The Obama administration apologized to terrorists who had burned down sovereign American buildings and killed an American citizen.
The statement from the Embassy in Cairo actually apologized for “religious incitement” and for “hurting the religious feelings of Muslims”.
I wish I was making that up. Here is the statement:
Have you ever in your life thought, after two U.S. embassies were attacked and seized by radical Islamists, in which multiple Americans were shot – one fatally – and an embassy was nearly burned to the ground, exactly 11 years to the day after the worst terrorist attack in American history perpetrated by similar radical Islamists, that you would ever see an administration actually issue an apology for ‘hurting the religious feelings of Muslims’?
Oh I know they’re trying to walk it back now, but weakness has already been shown. This will go down as the single most cowardly and disgraceful response to an attack on the fundamental American right of free speech in modern history.
Worse, it crossed the bounds of a mere protest when an American was shot and killed. It is a terrorist attack. And we apologized.
President ‘Gutsy Call’ is now officially operating under a foreign policy platform in which we as a nation are subservient to terrorism and slaves to appeasement.
Indeed, the administration is working fervently to backpedal on the apology, 17 hours after the fact. But the damage is done.
The Obama administration is disavowing a statement from its own Cairo embassy that seemed to apologize for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.
“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” an administration official told POLITICO.
The embassy came under widespread criticism for failing to defend free speech in the face of threats of violence. Egyptian protesters rioted anyway, breaching the embassy walls and tearing down the American flag.
The criticism has been warranted. This may go down as one of the most embarrassing days in foreign policy history, and proves that having ‘we killed Osama bin laden’ as your biggest foreign policy platform isn’t enough. Amateur hour in the White House needs to end in November.
We mentioned recently how the President had shamed himself yet again by offering apologies on behalf of the United States for the military rightfully burning desecrated Korans, but refused to demand an apology for the murder of our men and women over the same incident.
Now, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has put together a video presentation of the Apologizer-in-Chief in action. It’s worth taking a look to see that the President apologizes only when it suits him politically.
Here’s the video description:
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) spoke on the House floor about the numerous frivolous and harmful apologies President Obama has made on behalf of the United States, while disregarding or even refusing to acknowledge some of the most important current events.
The actions taken by this President regarding the Koran burning incident – a procedure which is perfectly legal in Islamic law for handling Korans that have been desecrated with extremist messages, and I might add, the same exact manner in which the U.S. military destroyed Bibles that were being used by terrorists to convey extremist messages – is nothing short of disgraceful. Instead of investigating the procedures in-house, the President made a public spectacle of the incident, issuing a groveling apology to Afghan President, Hamid Karzai.
What did the President get for his apology? Over a dozen deaths at the hands of rioters.
Worse, the President is unwilling to demand an apology from the same President Karzai for the deaths of multiple American soldiers.
From Beltway Confidential:
President Obama’s spokesman yesterday praised Afghan President Karzai for his response to the ongoing protests, which have resulted in the deaths of multiple American soldiers, but would not say if Obama believes Karzai should apologize for the soldiers’ deaths…
(Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh) Earnest had been asked if “the President [is] seeking an apology from President Karzai for the fact that U.S. service personnel were killed” during protests over the inadvertent burning of Korans at Bagram Air Force Base. Two soldiers were killed at Bagram by a person in an Afghan military uniform. Two other American officers were killed in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “Local media reports said the gunman was an Afghan policeman but this has not been confirmed,” the BBC reports…
“There is no doubt that we’re working through a difficult situation there,” Earnest added in answering the question about asking for an apology from Karzai. “But we are going to stay on track of accomplishing our goal and continuing to make the significant progress that we have made in ensuring that Afghanistan cannot be a safe haven for al Qaeda or other violent extremists.”
Two opportunities to demand an apology fall by the wayside. But it doesn’t stop there. Earnest informs everybody that President Obama is actually happy with Karzai’s efforts:
“The President is certainly gratified that President Karzai has appealed for calm in Afghanistan, as we work through what is a very challenging situation.”
Gratified? When American men and women are dying in spite of, and maybe actually having been encouraged by, Obama’s apology?
This is nothing short of disgraceful. Expected, yet disgraceful.
President Obama is the man under which the phrase “courageous restraint” was ushered in. Courageous restraint as you may recall is a medal which is awarded to U.S. troops for not firing on their battlefield enemies. It is the model under which Obama’s foreign policy operates – courageous restraint.
Is it not time our country had a President whose platform is one of ‘courageous aggression’, holding accountable those who encourage the killing of our troops through silence, and punishing those who would harbor such terrorists? Our men and women need to know their President will stand up and demand action against those who seek to kill them at the hands of a false Koran-burning rage.
We need a Commander-in-Chief, not an Apologizer-in-Chief.
We need a courageous President, not a restrained one.
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It may be obvious to some, but needs to be pointed out occasionally. Rick Santorum early this morning stated the fundamental problem in the way Obama has been governing our country – that he views the very country he leads to be a mistake.
From The Other McCain:
President Obama sees America’s transformational role in world history as a “mistake,” Rick Santorum said this morning at a gathering of Christian conservative activists.
The founding principles of limited government permit people ”to pursue their dreams, to provide for themselves and build strong families and communities and build a great country, as [Alexis] de Tocqueville wrote about in the early days of America, from the bottom up,” Santorum said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Prayer Breakfast here.
“We’re the wealthiest country in the world and the world is wealthier because they have become more like us. We’ve transformed humankind. And we have a president who sees all of that as a mistake.”
He told the French that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe.
He told Al Arabiya that America “sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”
In the Prague, he stated that America has “a moral responsibility to act” on arms control because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.”
He apologized at the Summit of the Americas, saying “I know that promises of partnership have gone unfulfilled in the past, and that trust has to be earned over time.”
He touted himself as the savior while apologizing for his predecessors at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: “I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world.”
How arrogant is that last statement?
On the contrary, America’s standing in the world has taken a significant blow because other nations no longer take the Office of the Presidency seriously. Nor did the voters in 2008. A rock star was anointed President, and America has been paying dearly since.
Will Santorum or one of the other GOP candidates restore that standing?