Romney's Apology Tour
Mitt Romney's recent triumphal tour of Britain, Israel, and Poland struck me as a much-needed and most welcome apology tour for Barack Obama's abject abandonment and humiliation of our most loyal and trusted allies. Finally, here is an apology tour that Americans can get behind. It was a triumph. The enemedia says otherwise, of course.
Mitt Romney began the long overdue, overwhelming task of beginning to rebuild allied relationships with longtime friends who were abandoned and betrayed by a reckless, feckless, subversive president.
Romney kicked off his apology tour with a much-needed repair mission to our closest European ally, Great Britain. Obama seems to have taken a certain malevolent pleasure in insulting the Brits. As soon as he took office, Obama returned a cherished bust of Winston Churchill that had sat in the Oval Office. He was recently called out on it, and his deceit was amusing, but the Brits are not amused. The insulting gifts to the queen and other ugly, thoughtless acts demonstrated Obama's contempt for the British and for our historic alliance with them.
Almost immediately upon taking office, you may recall, Obama went on the original apology tour of the Muslim world, inviting the then-banned and outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to his submission speech in Cairo on June 4, 2009. He then set out to dismantle the "special bond" the United States and Israel have shared since the re-establishment of the modern State of Israel. Obama was warmly received in Israel -- it was as if a collective exhale could be heard at the Wailing Wall -- but his actions almost immediately dashed Israeli hopes that he would not endanger the U.S.-Israeli alliance. His contemptuous treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a stark contrast to his warmth toward Palestinian jihad President Mahmoud Abbas, was only the most visible symbol of what has now become a three-and-a-half-year campaign to undermine Israel and promote the Palestinian jihad.
Obama's betrayals didn't end with Israel. He also abandoned Eastern Europe when he scrapped our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia started war-gaming, and in response, Obama brought the missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe to an end. He deserted our Eastern European allies in an "appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency." He left our best friends defenseless in the face of an increasingly aggressive Vladimir Putin. And what did Obama get for this? The egg on his face was, as always, carefully scrubbed clean by an agenda-driven enemedia. Poland asked, "Did America betray us? Or was it just Obama?" Romney answered that question decisively by making sure to include a stop in Poland on the last leg of his apology tour, making up for Obama's numerous insults.
Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, our greatest Eastern European ally, refused to take a meeting with Obama last year. He criticized Obama's receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, pointing out correctly: "Well, there's hasn't been any contribution to peace yet. He's proposing things, he's initiating things, but he is yet to deliver." But the Polish hero of freedom met with Romney and enthusiastically endorsed him, saying that Romney is "very observant, he gets it fast and draws conclusions. ... He really intends to put the U.S. in the leadership position, he's into problem-solving, so I have great hopes that his ideas; his experiences and his intentions will allow us to live in a safer, more prosperous world."
Walesa said of Obama: "He simply doesn't suit me." And in fact, he doesn't suit any freedom-loving American. Obama's failures mounted, one after another. His apologizing for America was a presidential platform in Dresden. He even apologized to President Karzai of Afghanistan for an incident in which American troops burned copies of the Qur'an that jihad terrorists were using to pass messages to each other. The text of his apology was apparently so abject that it has never been made public.
Then there were his judenrein demands of Israel, and his abandonment of democracy in Honduras and Iran, Egypt, et al. But the average American voter knows virtually nothing of this, since the media has all but covered up Obama's catastrophic failures. That's why it is a masterstroke on Romney's part to campaign on Obama's failures and visit key locations of those failures, such as Israel and Poland.
Romney's apology tour should be keystone of his campaign. It's time that America apologize for abdicating, on Barack Obama's watch, its leading role in defending freedom, and work to recover that role.
Pamela Geller is the publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and the author of the WND Books title Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.
(See also: "Romney's Jerusalem Doctrine")