It would be worth linking to Dennis Prager’s article for the clever headline alone. But Prager’s piece, published today, is well worth reading in full too.
* Obama’s speech was a paean to the West and especially to Germany in fighting for freedom during the Cold War. Throughout his speech he equated the German contribution to defeating Communism with that of America.
* It is understandable and even expected that an American speaking in Germany will praise Germans. But even so, it is quite an exaggeration to state that the “only reason” he and they are standing in a free Berlin is because men and women from both countries sacrificed for that better life. Americans sacrificed far more than Germans. The sad truth is that, with some heroic exceptions, Germans on the right supported Hitler, and during the Cold War, Germans on the left fought the Unites States more than they fought the Soviet Union. When Ronald Reagan came to Berlin, tens of thousands of Germans – many of them, one would surmise, of a similar mindset to those who came to hear Barack Obama – protested his visit.
* Obama: “The size of our forces was no match for the much larger Soviet Army. And yet retreat would have allowed Communism to march across Europe.”
Isn’t this exactly where we are regarding the retreat from Iraq that Obama and the Democrats have advocated? Wouldn’t retreat from Iraq allow militant Islam to march across the Middle East and beyond?
* Obama: “People of the world – look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.”
The wall came down because America stood strong, not because the world stood as one. What he said here is John Lennon-like fantasy, the opposite of reality, and as such, coming from the man who may well be the next president of the United States, a bit frightening.