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Jewish World Review Nov. 24, 1999 /15 Kislev, 5760

David Limbaugh

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Say you're sorry,
Mr. President -- THIS PAST WEEKEND in Bulgaria, President Clinton said, "I am very proud to be the first president to visit Bulgaria, a free Bulgaria." He should have added, "thanks to our great president, Ronald Reagan."

I dare say that if Clinton had been our Commander in Chief during the Decade of Greed, or even earlier, today's president wouldn't be addressing a free Bulgaria. Clinton would have been busy unilaterally disarming the United States and apologizing for America's anti-Communist imperialism.

Just look at what he said in Greece last Saturday. He told business leaders in Athens that the U.S. was wrong to back the military junta that took control in Greece in 1967. He said the U.S. should not have allowed its Cold War strategy to outweigh concern for Greece's democratic government. "Democracy ... was, after all, the cause for which we fought the Cold War."

This wasn't the first time Clinton criticized this country's Cold War policies. In Uganda, last year, he condemned America for supporting "dictatorships which lined up with the U.S. against the Soviet Union in the Cold War, rather than considering how they stood in the struggle for their own people's aspirations."

Only someone who fails to appreciate the depth of evil embodied in the Soviet Communist system could make such pronouncements.

It is such statements that cause people to believe that Clinton has never really forsaken his anti-American proclivities while protesting against this nation on foreign soil during the Vietnam War. His first instinct has always been to indict America.

He often mocks all that was great about this nation and its founding principles (such as the rule of law). He even tried to tarnish the image of our founding fathers by dragging them down to his sexual level.

No, it's not just Clinton's antipathy toward business and entrepreneurship or his affinity for big government that leads many of us to believe that he's not a great believer in the American experiment.

As president, Clinton has been the Apologizer in Chief -- and I'm not referring to Monicagate -- I'm talking about apologizing for the alleged wrongs committed by this country. It seems that every other time he sets foot on foreign soil he is overcome with an irresistible impulse to bash this nation.

When I read about Clinton's apology to Greece and recalled his remarks in Uganda, I decided to do a quick Net search to refresh my memory as to some of his past confessions of America's sins. My preliminary findings were quite revealing:

  • On Nov. 23, 1993, Clinton signed a resolution acknowledging, and apologizing for, the U.S. role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893.
  • On March 25, 1998, he apologized to Rwanda for our failure to intervene to prevent the genocide that occurred there.
  • On May 10, 1999, he apologized to Red China for our accidental bombing of their embassy in Belgrade, despite their failure to apologize for, much less acknowledge, their theft of our nuclear secrets.
  • On March 10, 1999, he apologized for U.S. involvement in the civil war in Guatemala. "United States ... support for military forces or intelligence units which engaged in violent and widespread repression ... was wrong."

Why do you suppose Clinton is so quick to apologize for America's past actions and so unwilling to apologize for his own indiscretions? For those of you who still labor under the mis-apprehension that he was repentant for his oval office escapades, please review the transcript of his recent interview with Carole Simpson. Enough said.

The obvious reason Clinton so readily apologizes for the U.S. is that he dissociates himself from America's founding and anti-Communist traditions.

But while in contrition-mode, Clinton ought to apologize for aiding and abetting the Communist cause during the seventies. He ought to apologize to the Cambodian people for sympathizing with forces that committed unspeakable genocide in that country. He ought to apologize to the Nicaragua Contras for his party's congressional betrayal of anti-Communist forces in our own Western Hemisphere. And he ought to apologize to the Russian people for still advocating policies that would have prolonged the empowerment of the most murderous regime in human history, the USSR.

Now say you're sorry, Mr. President.

JWR contributor David Limbaugh is an attorney practicing in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and a political analyst and commentator. Send your comments to him by clicking here.


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