Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi may have rambled in near-incoherent fashion for more than 1½ hours when he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, but on one point he was crystal clear and also enthusiastically applauded: President Barack Obama is “our Obama.”
That endorsement came in a spleen-splitting speech that also included such gems as Gadhafi’s belief that evil drug companies created the swine flu to make more money, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Israelis who feared he would stop their nuclear program and today’s piracy off the African coast is caused by Western imperialism.
If Gadhafi’s recommendations sound a bit daft, just think of who he was addressing. For several decades, the U.N. has happily hosted and thereby lent a farcical air of legitimacy to an endless parade of tinhorn dictators, genocidal killers, corrupt self-dealers and even an armed terrorist, all masquerading as respected heads of state. And for just as many decades, a succession of American presidents and congresses have played along with the illusion of civility while paying the freight to keep this diplomatic freak show on the East River afloat.
It’s easy to dismiss praise from Gadhafi as mere babbling, but in fact others playing leading roles on the same loony stage have also claimed to be Obama admirers, most recently Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez and aging Cuban tyrant Fidel Castro. One need only read the speech Obama delivered immediately before Gadhafi to understand their enthusiasm. In a continuation of his world apology tour, he obliquely endorsed some of their more direct and crudely expressed condemnations of the U.S. as the chief villain on the international stage.
For example, Obama told the delegates — many of whom have endlessly condemned “American imperialism” — that “democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people, and — in the past — America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy.”
In fact, America has imposed its core political values on at least two countries, Germany and Japan, that had only recently allied themselves in a worldwide war of extermination against democracy. And let it never be forgotten that at the end of that same war, America alone had the atom bomb and the means to deliver it wherever we chose.
The world was literally ours for the taking. Instead, we mercifully bound our former enemies’ wounds, liberally shared our wealth with them and patiently showed them the path back to civilization. Why did Obama not mention this fact?