“I'm sorry. No offense.”
“Do me a favor, quit apologizing,” Mulroney retorts, “If you look at this as a business transaction, maybe you won't feel compelled to keep saying sorry.”
Messing: “I'm sorry.”
Mulroney: “It's aIso really annoying.”
Messing: “Sorry. Sorry!”
You get the picture.
You know what they say about someone who apologizes too much. They’re a pushover; they’re weak—they’re easily taken advantage of. Just like piranhas can smell blood in the water, bullies love a weakling.
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In the off-chance you’ve missed it (or live under a rock), the Philippine president called Barack Obama—the sitting president of the United States—the son of a whore.
This comes on the heels of a major snub by China (wherein Chinese officials didn’t have a staircase ready for President Obama to disembark Air Force One, among other protocol mishaps), and Iranian aggression (again) in the Persian gulf.
Then again, let me remind my fellow countrymen and women that our president has spent the last eight years on a global apology tour.
Let me remind everyone that Barack Obama apologized for America’s “arrogance;” for “dictating our terms;” for “going off course;” for “sacrificing our values;” for our “darker periods in history;” for our policies towards the Americas; for the “mistakes” of the CIA; for incarcerating terrorists in Guantanamo Bay; for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
...to name a few.
That may be how you write stellar papers at Ivy League schools, but it’s not how you navigate diplomacy in the real world.
And no, we’re not perfect. It would be unproductive to operate under the assumption that we were or are. But name me another nation that has done more good for more people worldwide in the face of evil—over and over again.
And even if we hadn’t, it’s not the president’s job (nor is it prudent) to run around the world apologizing for our existence. It doesn’t encourage our allies; it doesn’t deter our enemies.
The world doesn’t hear apologies—the world hears weakness. The world hears political correctness. The world hears a leader who doesn’t respect the dignity and goodness of his own nation.
Like blood to piranhas, the stench of weakness reeks for miles.
After all, in what other universe do nations so openly snub us with full confidence that they’ll get away with it? Yes, President Duterte eventually apologized. But the fact that any world leader—particularly their country’s closest ally—would dare do so in the first place speaks volumes about the damage that our leader has done to our presence in the world.
Here’s the thing: given Barack Obama’s view of our history, I happen to believe he doesn’t mind if our country comes down a few notches, and if it takes a snub or two (or a 1.7 billion dollar ransom payment to a terrorist state) to do it, so be it.
So, there’s no real serious, substantial reaction to China’s flagrant aggressions, or Iran’s, or Russia’s—or darn near anyone else’s, for that matter. He doesn’t react when it’s the country that’s being slammed, or when our sovereignty and security is at play.
He reacted when it got personal. When it was his honor at stake, he reacted. Tells you a little something about his priorities, does it not?
So, my liberal friends—you shouldn’t be surprised (or even offended) when a world leader so openly slams Barack Obama.
After all, this is precisely the world he built.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator ofwww.afuturefree.com (a political commentary blog), and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show (TheBlaze Radio Network, Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. ET). She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree
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