Pamela Geller had a good take about Obama at West Point. She wrote on her website Atlas Shrugged:
“In a stunning rebuke to America’s greatest leaders, our illustrious history and the very founding premise of this great nation, Barack Hussein Obama went to West Point last week and gave a speech that was the equivalent of trying to sell Harlem on the Confederacy.
And his formula – the mega-watt smile, his calypso walk and his air of condescension – had few, if any, takers. These were real men and women, real patriots, and they weren’t having it.
In the speech, Obama lauded his surrender to the Taliban – congratulating himself on ending the war. Anyone can end a war by surrender. Winning a war, now that’s a whole other thing.
He congratulated himself on “decimating” al-Qaida, when they are stronger than ever and waging jihad across Africa and the Middle East.”
American President Barack Hussein Obama read a long list of America’s alleged sins to the graduating class at West Point and received only well-mannered applause. American Military would never be intentionally rude to the Commander In Chief even when as here President Obama was clearly outraged at America’s past actions and wanted to bring America down to size.
President Obama accused America of flouting “International Norms and the Rule of Law”.
He also said America has not been forthcoming with information and that gave the Terrorists propaganda assistance. the President said: “when we cannot explain our efforts clearly and publicly, we face terrorist propaganda and international suspicion; we erode legitimacy with out partners and our people; and we reduce accountability in our own government>”
He gave no examples of how or when America had flouted International Norms. Flout means “to treat with distain”. When did America treat International Norms with anything but respect?
What kind of mind accuses the most moral country in history with flouting the norms of the International Community?
What caused President Obama to believe so wrongly and so strongly about America? Did he learn such things from his time in public school in Indonesia? Did he acquire those attitudes in Reverend Wright’s church? From His Father or Mother? At Harvard or Columbia where he obtained advanced degrees that are denied to so many people more qualified then himself?
All together it would be hard to find a man less deserving of American citizenship, let alone less deserving of office of the President. The graduating Cadets were over-polite to the President who likes non-Americans over Americans.
What is wrong with him? Why does he so distain America? Why isn’t he proud of the one country that has given him so much and gotten so little in return?
Here’s the end of a speech given 40 years ago to the graduates of West Point.
“In conclusion, allow me to speak in personal terms. This evening means a great deal to me. I feel deeply honored by the opportunity to address you. I can say — not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political and esthetic roots — that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world. There is a kind of quiet radiance associated in my mind with the name West Point — because you have preserved the spirit of those original founding principles and you are their symbol. There were contradictions and omissions in those principles, and there may be in yours — but I am speaking of the essentials. There may be individuals in your history who did not live up to your highest standards — as there are in every institution — since no institutions and no social system can guarantee the automatic perfection of all its members; this depends on an individual’s free will. I am speaking of your standards. You have preserved three qualities of character which were typical at the time of America’s birth, but are virtually nonexistent today: earnestness — dedication — a sense of honor. Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.
You have chosen to risk your lives for the defense of this country. I will not insult you by saying that you are dedicated to selfless service — it is not a virtue in my morality. In my morality, the defense of one’s country means that a man is personally unwilling to live as the conquered slave of any enemy, foreign or domestic. This is an enormous virtue. Some of you may not be consciously aware of it. I want to help you to realize it.
The army of a free country has a great responsibility: the right to use force, but not as an instrument of compulsion and brute conquest — as the armies of other countries have done in their histories — only as an instrument of a free nation’s self-defense, which means: the defense of a man’s individual rights. The principle of using force only in retaliation against those who initiate its use, is the principle of subordinating might to right. The highest integrity and sense of honor are required for such a task. No other army in the world has achieved it. You have.
West Point has given America a long line of heroes, known and unknown. You, this year’s graduates, have a glorious tradition to carry on — which I admire profoundly, not because it is a tradition, but because it is glorious.
Since I came from a country guilty of the worst tyranny on earth, I am particularly able to appreciate the meaning, the greatness and the supreme value of that which you are defending. So, in my own name and in the name of many people who think as I do, I want to say, to all the men of West Point, past, present and future: Thank you.”
That was from Ayn Rands Address which was added to the West Point curriculum. It’s an address of power, strength and moral certitude, so different than the confused speech by President Obama who seeks to change America from a Capitalist culture to a Socialist one because it’s easy to govern Socialists.