President Obama, the so-called fact-checkers’ indignant denials notwithstanding, did apologize for the United States. The Washington Free Beacon reminds us that he told a French audience that, instead of “celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times when America has shown arrogance, and been dismissive, even derisive.” In Turkey, he said that America was still “working through” some of the darker periods in our past.
At the Summit of the Americas, Mr. Obama confessed that “while the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have . . . at times . . . sought to dictate our terms.”
Speaking at the National Archives, the president offered, “Unfortunately . . . all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; . . . all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. In other words, we went off course.”
Faced with an anti-American tirade from the little Marxist of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, Obama defended himself, not his country, by saying, “I’m very grateful that President Ortega didn’t blame me for things that happened when I was three months old.”
The world has looked to the United States in vain for leadership on Iran’s nuclear program. It has found a feckless and incompetent leader, whose delayed sanctions have had zero impact on the regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.