In a exposure of Obama's willingness to tell people what they want to hear, he does his first interview of his new presidency with an Arab news network. And in this interview he says that we need to "restore" the "same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago".
This shows one of two things, Obama's utter lack of recent history or his dependence on the public's lack of it. In Charles Krouthammer's piece, "Obama Just Flatters Himself" ,Charles takes issue with Obama's view on the last 20 to 30 years and points out that we, the United States of America "has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on earth. Why are we apologizing?" Charles again is spot on with this assessment, and I have some of the numbers for you. How can a president apologize to the Muslim world when we have sacrificed our blood, arms, legs, eyes and lives to set Muslims free of tyranny, or tried to help feed and save the lives of people we do not know and have no national interest, except in spreading freedom for all of God's children.
'82 - '84 ...the Beirut deployment... 266 killed (many in the Marine barrack bombing) and 196 wounded. Total casualties = 435
'82 - '88...Persian Gulf Escorts...39 killed, 31 wounded keeping Kuwaiti tankers safe from our friends in Iran. Total Casualties = 70
'90 - 91...Gulf War...KIA 151, total killed - 299, 467 wounded freeing a whole Muslim country from the hands of Saddam and his two thug sons. Total casualties = 766
'92 - '93...Sumalia...Killed 43, wounded 153 trying to bring food to starving Muslims in a country that we truly had no national interest in, but it's what we do. Total casualties = 196
'95 - still...Bosnia...Killed 12, wounded 6 trying to protect Muslims and Christians from killing each other. Both Muslims and Christians tried to cleanse the other out. Total casualties = 18
'99 -still...Kosovo...Killed 20, wounded 2 again protecting Muslims. Total casualties = 22
2001 -still...Afghanistan... Killed 629, wounded 2379. 25 million people given a chance at freedom that would never have come if it were not of the US. Total casualties = 3008, so far.
2003 - still...Iraq...Killed 4221, wounded 43993. Another 25 million people given a chance, and taking advantage of it. Elections over the weekend with 51% of the population participating.
'82 till now...Total Killed 5529, total wounded 47700. 52, 729 soldiers laying down their lives or limbs to help and protect Muslim peoples all around the world from mainly fellow Muslims. And what does Pres. Obama say to the Muslim world? That "we" the US and western world, "cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faiths name." We have not done that, if anything we have done the reverse. Pres. Bush going to the Islamic Center in Washington, as Krauthammer points out, as ground zero was still smoldering, making sure that we did not take out our frustrations on our fellow Muslim-Americans and guests and declaring "Islam is Peace".
As we have done in the past, after we saved Europe and defeated the Nazis, and in Japan, and in Korea, the US military sacrifices it bravest and best, helping those who can't help themselves from those that care less for their own people than we do, and all we have asked in the past is enough room to bury our fallen. Now, we bring them home to lay in the bosom of our earth. And the wounded, we give them the best care we can, honoring them every chance we can with a simple "thank you for your service". We give our blood for others, why? Because this country stands against those that take the blood of others, and we always will.
Pres. Obama, instead of telling the Muslim world what our relationship will be like in the future, why not just point out what we have done for them in the past and ask, would you like us to continue trying to help or not. One more black eye from the Muslim extremists and attitudes may change.