Embarrassed To Be American

Embarrassed To Be American



For the first time in my life, I’m embarrassed to be an

Last weekend, as tens of thousands of Japanese were fighting for their
lives after an 8.9 earthquake devastated their nation, our President, after
giving a generic “We’re with you” statement, remained noticeably
Not really absent — Obama could be found
on the golf course
Saturday afternoon.
As a Japanese nuclear
reactor melted down
and threatened a catastrophe of biblical proportions,
Obama was otherwise engaged Saturday night, having a rollicking good time at
Washington D.C.’s annual Gridiron
. Joking with journalists.
There is something quite shameful about watching our President attending a
dress-up dinner, trolling for laughs, as one of America’s allies struggles for
life. I’m embarrassed for America, and I send my personal apologies to the
Japanese people for the insensitivity of our President.
As the turmoil in Libya continues
to escalate
, threatening severe geopolitical consequences, it is France
(France?) that has filled the global leadership void by proposing
a no-fly zone
over Libya. What is the President of the free world doing?
During his Saturday afternoon radio address to the nation, Obama was busy
lecturing Americans about the role of
. And writing
an op-ed
about the virtues of gun control.
Obama did take the time to give his blessing to a call by the Arab League
for a UN no-fly zone over Libya. Obama called it an “important step.” This, as
government tanks continued to pound Libyan protesters. I’m embarrassed that,
under Obama, America is becoming comfortable following world events instead of
shaping them.

Obama has clearly signaled that he is content to leave
America’s fate in the hands of the United Nations. He seems to believe that a
global consensus should trump American sovereignty. For Obama, this relieves him
of the need to make the tough decisions usually required by American presidents.
For the rest of the world, Obama’s actions and lack of actions signal weakness.
And Obama has never learned the basic lesson that weakness does not appease, it

I’m embarrassed that America’s president has chosen to punt on every recent
issue of importance — from Libya to Egypt to the economy. As Obama sits firmly
on the fence, refusing to make any decision that might impact him unfavorably,
3rd world countries, Islamic fanatics and France scramble to fill the world
leadership vacuum. America is AWOL — seemingly more concerned with fat poor
people than with events that threaten to permanently undermine US influence
around the globe.
The ramifications of U.S. abdication of leadership on the world stage will
have severe consequences. These consequences will apply to conservatives and
leftists alike as, more and more, America’s autonomy will be held hostage to
terrorist nations that supply us oil, and to China, who now holds about 30%
of our debt

Obama’s policy of dissing our allies and kowtowing to
our enemies is not leadership. It is folly. A folly that has the implicit
endorsement of the American people, who willingly elected Obama as their

I’m embarrassed that America, under Obama, has chosen to bury our head in
the sand. I’m mortified that the priorities of our president are so puerile. And
I’m ashamed that America, under Obama, is acting more like a global lap-dog than
as one of the world’s remaining superpowers.
is a columnist and news editor for
conservative news site
lives in South Carolina