Charles Krauthammer examined it and concluded - - -
[When] Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims with "to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect," his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.
Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years -- the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world -- America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them.
It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved -- and resulted in -- the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. ...
In these 20 years, this nation has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on earth. Why are we apologizing? (all emphasis added)
And what of that happy U.S.-Muslim relationship that Obama imagines existed "as recently as 20 or 30 years ago" that he has now come to restore?
Thirty years ago, 1979, saw the greatest U.S.-Muslim rupture in our 233-year history: Iran's radical Islamic revolution, the seizure of the U.S. embassy, the 14 months of America held hostage. …
This is to say nothing of the Marine barracks massacre of 1983, and the innumerable attacks on U.S. embassies and installations around the world during what Obama now characterizes as the halcyon days of U.S.-Islamic relations.
Look. If Barack Obama wants to say, as he said to al-Arabiya, I have Muslim roots, Muslim family members, have lived in a Muslim country -- implying a special affinity that uniquely positions him to establish good relations -- that's fine.
But it is both false and deeply injurious to this country to draw a historical line dividing America under Obama from a benighted past when Islam was supposedly disrespected and demonized…
[When Obama’s] self-inflation as redeemer of U.S.-Muslim relations leads him to suggest that pre-Obama America was disrespectful or insensitive or uncaring of Muslims, he is engaging not just in fiction but in gratuitous disparagement of the country he is now privileged to lead.
Krauthammer’s entire column’s here.
Krauthammer’s history-based, factually argued, clearly written column is pundrity at its best.
But most Dems won’t agree with what Krauthammer says.
They agree with Sen. Ted Kennedy who declared in a Senate speech at the time of Abu Ghraib:
"Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management."Remember?
And then there was Dem Sen. Dick Durbin comparing our miliatary’s treatment of prisoners at Gitmo to the treatment received by prisoners of the Nazis, Stalin and Pol Pol.
Durbin and most Dems didn’t see any difference.
No wonder President Obama, a political bedfellow of Kennedy and Durbin, decided one of his first acts as President would be to apologize for the U. S.
But how sad for him and us.
I hope President Obama's apology won't hearten the terrorists, but I'm afraid it will.