Alex Massie Alex Massie

How much does Barack Obama hate America?

It’s actually quite hard to know where to begin when it comes to criticising Pete Wehner’s stunningly bone-headed, paranoid critique of President Obama’s alleged disdain for the United States of America. This part was especially illuminating, however:

What leaves me with a queasy feeling, though, is the growing sense that Obama is willing to denigrate America in order to boost his own personal popularity in other countries. As President, Obama has a responsibility to explain and interpret America to the rest of the world — in a way that is truthful and corresponds to reality for sure, but in a way that explains his country and its history and actions. So it would have been nice for him to point out just once that (as Charles Krauthammer has reminded us) during the last two decades Americans have shed their blood and spent their treasure in order to defend innocent Muslims in Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

That “for sure” is both grudging and revealing since it suggests that even Wehner might appreciate that there could be the occasional legitimate grounds for querying American actions. The priceless part, however, is this notion of spending blood and treasure “in order to defend innocent Muslims in Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq”. Does anyone who possesses even a scrap of common sense think the First Gulf War was waged to “defend” muslims? And how have the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, launched as the administration insisted (not without some reason in at least one of those cases) as campaigns of self-defence become wars to defend “innocent muslims”? Many of those muslims, of course are now, rather unfortunately, dead. But happy dead, for sure.

This is nonsense and anyone with any knowledge of these things must know that this is self-serving, delusional bullshit.

Wehner then writes:

In thinking about Obama’s trip, I was reminded of the words of another Democrat, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S.

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