I'm OK, You're OK
For somebody who's supposed to be so smart, King Hussein Obama the First obviously didn't expect that his apology to Europe during his speech overseas on April 3rd at Strasbourg Town Hall would generate such outrage and condemnation here at home. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-President-Obama-at-Strasbourg-Town-Hall/ Any sportswriter can tell you that you don't make many friends slamming the home team. Of course, since the home team for King Obama is Kenya, I can understand his mistake.
Our King tends to be a long winded cuss and loves to hear himself read from a Tele-Prompt-Ter so you have to scroll down to the 18th paragraph to find the words which have so offended the American public:
Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
Immediately after this bombshell, the King surprising takes a shot at our European allies and for a guy that loves all things international, the following quote is pretty tough stuff:
But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that American so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad.
So what's up with that? Well, tortuous though it may be, if you continue reading further, you'll find the King wants Europe's help in solving the world's problem, one of which is Afghanistan.
So I've made a commitment to Afghanistan, and I've asked our NATO partners for more civilian and military support and assistance.
Basically, the King's diplomacy is similar to a make-up scene on your average daytime soap opera: i.e. I've made mistakes, you've made mistakes, so let's forget about it and make out. Now this approach may work when you're trying to score drugs on the streets of Honolulu or talk some college hottie out of her pants but I seriously doubt the King's groveling before our Europeans allies will have much effect. But why guess? Let's take a look at their reaction. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0405/p06s15-woeu.html
So according to the Christian Science Monitor, the King's diplomacy yielded 3,000 troops, mostly of who will not fight in combat, and $600 million dollars, which as the King has already shown, he can spend in a day. A slighter higher figure of 5,000 troops is reported by the British newspaper, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/04/europe-troops-afghanistan-nato-obama Note that his speech moved the French in particular. They are sending 150 military police. These ridiculously low numbers pale in contrast to the 21,000 troops the King has committed and as the story notes, an additional 10,000 addition American reinforcements which could be deployed later this year. Some partnership huh? And was it really worth humiliating ourselves for this sad, half-hearted response?
The King's major error was in assuming that the Europeans actually want to do anything to solve the world's problem, particularly when the solution might involve war:
They fail to acknowledge the fundamental truth that American cannot confront the challenges of this century alone, but that Europe cannot confront them without America.
Unfortunately Charles Krauthammer's brilliant refutation of this assertion on the April 3rd edition of Foxx's Special Report with Brit Hume has been removed from YouTube, supposedly for a term of use violation but most likely for his statement that "Europe's been sucking on our tit for 60 years." As inelegant as this statement may be, it's true. Krauthammer pointed out that in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the Europeans stuck their collective heads in the sand and waited for the U.S. to take the lead. This lack of will was wholly consistent with their attitude since World War II which was to let America confront the Soviets while they hide behind our missile shield.
I've argued many times on this blog that the King's Achilles heel is his poor judgment of character. Once again, by misreading our wimpy European friends, King Hussein Obama the First has accomplished nothing at the cost of making America look weak. I can't wait to see what his reaction to North Korea's missile launch will be. No doubt he's directed Hillary Clinton to write a sharply worded letter to North Korean dictator Kim Jong II. Given the massive shortages in that country, he can probably use the letter as fuel for his fireplace.