‘We have rebuilt our relationships. We have rejected false overtures from enemies…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Former President Barack Obama’s worldwide apologize-for-America tour has ended with the Trump administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a speech today in Cairo, Egypt, stated “the age of self-inflicted American shame is over.”
Ten years ago in Cairo, Obama declared “Islam is a part of America,” before he proceeded to place blame on the United States for much of the Middle East’s turmoil.
“9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country,” Obama said, according to a Fox News transcript. “The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals.”
Pompeo affirmed that the U.S. does not bear responsibility for all of the region’s problems.
“…it was here, in this city, another American stood before you,” and “and told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology,” Pompeo said, referring to Obama.
Pompeo said during the Obama administration the U.S. was “timid” in the region, leading America to abandon its allies and “grossly” underestimate “the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism.”
“He [Obama] told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed ‘a new beginning,’” Pompeo said. “The results of these misjudgments have been dire.”
The new beginning for Obama meant a world characterized by mutual understanding, tolerance, and trust between people of all religions—Christians, Muslims, and Jews in particular.
“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition,” Obama said. “Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
“The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real ‘new beginning,’” he said. “We have rediscovered our voice. We have rebuilt our relationships. We have rejected false overtures from enemies. And look at what we have accomplished together.”
Watch Pompeo’s full speech below: