Carter speech haunts Obama appearance at university.
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And Obama, before a joint session of Congress, saying the same of America today and blaming Bush:
To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend — because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists — because living our values doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger.
Carter sought to appease the rise of anti-Americanism abroad that surfaced as a result of a U.S. challenge to an enemy. In the case of Carter, the idea was to soothe ruffled European allies and others over U.S. Vietnam policy and opposition to Communism. For Obama, the point is to soothe European allies and their opposition to the Bush War on Terror against Islamic fascism.
Carter at Notre Dame:
The Vietnamese war produced a profound moral crisis, sapping worldwide faith in our own policy and our system of life, a crisis of confidence made even more grave by the covert pessimism of some of our leaders.
Obama at Camp Lejeune:
And we have learned the importance of working closely with friends and allies, which is why we are launching a new era of engagement in the world.
Or, again, it can be the idea of offering an olive branch to an enemy, telling the world Americans have nothing to fear from that potential enemy, and that potential enemy has nothing to fear from America.
Carter at Notre Dame:
We are now free of that inordinate fear of Communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in our fear.
Obama in Inaugural Address:
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
Obama has even gone out of his way to make this point to today’s most prominent American enemy, signaling his intentions to Islamic radicals sworn to destroy not only America but Western civilization. Instead of a speech, Obama exercised a technical option not available to Carter in 1977: taping a video message for the Iranian mullahs proclaiming America’s peaceful intentions for distribution on You Tube. Speaking in the Carteresque language of moral equivalence Carter had used to appeal to the Soviet Communists, President Obama looked into the camera lens to assert “the United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations.” This is the Obama version of Carter’s assurance to the Soviets as expressed at Notre Dame: “Our goal is to be fair to both sides, to produce reciprocal stability, parity, and security.” In other words, there’s really no big deal about the differences between the United States and the Soviet Union (Carter’s view) or between the United States and Iran (Obama’s view). Carter, unlike Reagan, saw no “evil empire.” His objective was not to win the Cold War but to get along. Obama never blinks at the reality of Iran, whether it is its lust for nuclear weapons or internal policies where women are stoned for adultery and gays executed simply for the “crime” of being gay.
Obama specifically made it clear in his video that his administration was not threatening the Iranians nor would he seek a change in their government over their efforts to build a nuclear weapon that presumably would be used to destroy Israel. Said former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin S. Indyk (author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Diplomacy in the Middle East) of this approach: “That wording is designed to demonstrate acceptance of the government of Iran….The message is dripping with sincerity and directly addresses one of the things they [the Iranian government] are most concerned about.” Which is to say, the Iranians want the ability to be left alone to build their bomb when they aren’t stoning women or executing gays, all of which the President of the United States telegraphs he is willing to ignore in the name of bringing Iran into “its rightful place in the community of nations.” As Carter wanted to get along with the Soviet Union, Obama seeks to get along with the Islamic extremists. Victory is never the goal.
In the last few days, Obama has revealed his new strategy for the U.S. to the world. In a bow to political correctness and in a nod to Carter’s philosophy as expressed at Notre Dame, the Obama administration announced it will no longer use the term “terrorism.” Instead, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the government will be changing it instead to “man-caused disasters.” Nor will the term “enemy combatants” be used, because, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, the term is not compatible with American “values.” Next the Obama team had the Pentagon issue an internal memorandum saying “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT]. Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’”
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H/T to National Review Online