Sunday, November 08, 2009
Shame on President Obama
There are some criticisms of Barack Obama that go too far. For example, I did not share the outrage about his belated reference to the Fort Hood shootings. Yes, it was tone deaf, but that's about it. But his decision not to travel to Berlin for the twentieth anniversay of the fall of the Berlin Wall is more than tone deaf. This was one of the most significant and improbable events of the past fifty years; brought about, in large part, by constancy in American policy. To stay away is to send a message and it is the wrong message. Whether he seeks to placate the Russians, repudiate American exceptionalism or refuse to acknowledge a Republican accomplishment, rejecting what brought about one of the most remarkable and peaceful victories over tyranny is shameful. For the winner of a faux peace prize to ignore one of history's singular triumphs for peace is an embarassment.