When President Obama went to Cairo a few months after arriving at the White House in 2009, you would have thought America had been engaged in a 200-year Crusade against Islam.
In the eyes of the world, it was a self-flagellating Uncle Sam, standing before a large audience at historic Cairo University (that included members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood) publicly blaming his own country for “colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”
|Obama delivers his apology speech in Cairo Egypt|
The CIA in 1953 saved Iran from Soviet dominance, but as Obama described it, “in the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government.”
You would never think from that first stop in Obama’s infamous “apology tour” that this was the same U.S. superpower whose president in 1981, in Ronald Reagan’s first year of office, risked losing Jewish support at home and was subjected to the full ire of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for selling high-tech AWACS reconnaissance planes and advanced F-15 tactical fighters to a powerful Islamic power in the Middle East – the biggest international arms sale in history up to that point.
|Some of our fallen returning home|
You would never think we had sacrificed over 6,000 American lives, and trillions of dollars, spending years and years trying to liberate the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The “New Beginning” Obama proposed — which clearly had a role in launching the so-called Arab Spring of Mideast destabilization — was really a New Beginning with violent, radical Islam.Read the rest of Thomas McArdle's op-ed HERE.
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