OPEN LETTER TO BARACK OBAMA ON HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY “A PROMISED LAND” Part 94 APOLOGY TOUR: Mike Gonzales rightly noted: Yes, President Obama again found a way to blame the United States for another country’s problems, while visiting that country. He started taking “apology tours” early on in his administration

February 24, 2021

Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
P.O. Box 91000
Washington, DC 20066

Dear President Obama,

I wrote you over 700 letters while you were President and I mailed them to the White House and also published them on my blog http://www.thedailyhatch.org .I received several letters back from your staff and I wanted to thank you for those letters. 

I have been reading your autobiography A PROMISED LAND and I have been enjoying it. 

Let me make a few comments on it, and here is the first quote of yours I want to comment on:

But with that came a corollary lesson: an awareness of what we risked when our actions failed to live up to our image and our ideals, the anger and resentment this could breed, the damage that was done. When I heard Indonesians talk about the hundreds of thousands slaughtered in a coup—widely believed to have CIA backing—that had brought a military dictatorship to power in 1967, or listened to Latin American environmental activists detailing how U.S. companies were befouling their countryside, or commiserated with Indian American or Pakistani American friends as they chronicled the countless times that they’d been pulled aside for “random” searches at airports since 9/11, I felt America’s defenses weakening, saw chinks in the armor that I was sure over time made our country less safe.
     That dual vision, as much as my skin color, distinguished me from previous presidents. For my supporters, it was a defining foreign policy strength, enabling me to amplify America’s influence around the world and anticipate problems that might arise from ill-considered policies. For my detractors, it was evidence of weakness, raising the possibility that I might hesitate to advance American interests because of a lack of conviction, or even divided loyalties. For some of my fellow citizens, it was far worse than that. Having the son of a black African with a Muslim name and socialist ideas ensconced in the White House with the full force of the U.S. government under his command was precisely the thing they wanted to be defended against.

Mike Gonzales rightly noted:

“Democracies,” he piously averred, “have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don’t live up to the ideals that we stand for; when we’ve been slow to speak out for human rights. And that was the case here.”

Yes, President Obama again found a way to blame the United States for another country’s problems, while visiting that country. He started taking “apology tours” early on in his administration, and he apparently means to keep the tradition going till the end.

It seems that you don’t take up for the USA like Reagan used to do!!!

Obama’s Apology Tour And Latin American Dictators

Mike GonzalezContributorOpinionThis article is more than 4 years old.

At first it seemed a strange two-stop visit: Cuba and Argentina, two countries with marginal cultural commonality and poles apart economically or politically. However, President Obama’s visit to Havana cannot now be understood without his sojourn in Buenos Aires.

Here’s why: His words in Argentina cast his speech in Cuba in sharp relief.  In Havana, the President offered but timid support for human rights in Cuba, devoid of any denunciation of flagrant abuses that continued to rage on the island even during his visit (and even swept up people he was supposed to meet). Yet in Buenos Aires, he strongly denounced an Argentine military dictatorship that dissolved more than three decades ago. The denunciation came, of course, with the requisite expressions of contrition over any possible U.S. involvement.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro at an exposition baseball game in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President[+]

“There’s been controversy about the policies of the United States early in those dark days, and the United States, when it reflects on what happened here, has to examine its own policies as well, and its own past,” said President Obama speaking at Buenos Aires’  Parque de la Memoria, during a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought the military to power.https://5ef6ae1fe849363880f4deeb03dd8dad.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

“Democracies,” he piously averred, “have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don’t live up to the ideals that we stand for; when we’ve been slow to speak out for human rights. And that was the case here.”

Yes, President Obama again found a way to blame the United States for another country’s problems, while visiting that country. He started taking “apology tours” early on in his administration, and he apparently means to keep the tradition going till the end.

It began on April 3, 2009, a scant two months after taking office. President Obama rushed to France and spoke words that ring preposterous today:

In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.

Liberals go berserk at suggestions that Obama goes on apology tours. CNNPolitiFactFactCheck and other liberal journalists writing under cover of “just the facts, ma’am” have all put these charges through their “rigorous” system and have concluded that President Obama does not apologize for America abroad.

You be the judge.

But worse—much worse—is that, in Cuba, Obama asked Cubans to forget not just what’s happened in the past, but what it is happening right now. In Argentina, however, he wants to remember. As former State Department official Jose Cardenas put it in a tweet,

In #Cuba he says “bury” the Cold War; in #Argentina he’s wallowing in it… https://t.co/slpLaKURmN

— Jose Cardenas (@JoseCardenasUSA) March 24, 2016




In fact, on Cuba, the President seemed to be under the illusion that “reconciliation” is underway. He mentioned the word five times in his speech to the Cuban people.

In the first mention the President said, “I’m hopeful for the future because of the reconciliation that’s taking place among the Cuban people.” But as the son of a cultural anthropologist, Mr. Obama must have recognized he was speaking during Holy Week to a nation that though officially atheist has been reared on the traditions of Roman Catholicism, one of whose seven sacraments is that of reconciliation—which involves both confession and penance.

Neither, of course, is practiced by Cuba’s leaders. The government continues to deny the most fundamental human rights to the 11 million who have not been able to escape the island. Indeed, dissidents described to me how they were arrested, hit and threatened while Mr. Obama was in on his visit to Cuba.

Antonio Rodiles, one of the dissidents who met with Mr. Obama for almost two-hours, was beaten and arrested while Obama was in Cuba. Rodiles told me that the presidential visit had occasioned “a festival of repression.”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri throw a bouquet of white flowers into the River Plate in Buenos Aires on March 24. (AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Argentinian[+]

The Argentine military dictatorship lasted seven years, from 1976 to 1983. During that time 9,000 people disappeared, according to the National Commission on the Disappeared, in a country that is today 41.4 million. The Commission further estimated the “real numbers to range between 10,000 and 30,000.”  The dictatorship rose as a response to the Cuban-backed Montonero guerrilla movement in the 1970s and ended while Ronald Reagan was president. Since then, Argentina has had democratically elected governments.

Cuba’s military dictatorship has been in place since 1959 and has been run by only by two men, first Fidel Castro and now his brother Raul. They have taken a rich country and turned it into a pauperized command economy. The Cuba Archive Project, which meticulously records deaths and disappearances on the island, puts the number of dead so far at over 7,000, in a population that is now down to 11 million.

Maria Werlau, who runs the project, wrote in an email,

We only have numbers of cases we have documented. However, we estimated many more deaths especially at sea attempting to escape (some would have been murdered by Cuban Boarder Guard), and many unreported deaths of prisoners serving not strictly for political causes, a number we believe is quite high. Thus, there could be tens of thousands more such cases. Then, you’d have to add thousands of deaths caused by Cuba’s military interventions and sponsorship of subversion and terrorism worldwide. As a result, we´re talking hundreds of thousands.

As the Cuban American activist Mauricio Claver-Carone put it in a blog post Friday referring to one of the past Argentine dictators:

Would Obama have promoted U.S. hotel deals with Argentina’s military monopolies and General Videla’s family, in the same way as he’s doing today with Cuba’s military monopolies and General Castro’s family?

Of course not.

I am advising Sen. Ted Cruz, but the opinions in this post are mine, and do not necessarily correspond to those of Sen. Cruz.Get the best of Forbes to your inbox with the latest insights from experts across the globe.Mike GonzalezI am a senior fellow at the Center for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation. 


Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733 everettehatcher@gmail.com

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