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“Every president has the right to portray himself as ushering in a new era,” said Charles Krauthammer, but President Obama has no right to apologize to the Muslim world on behalf of America. Last week, on Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV, Obama pledged to restore the “respect and partnership” we had with Islam “as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.” What kind of groveling is this? Over the past 20 years, “the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Muslim world,” America fought to liberate Muslims from oppression in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Yet during that same period, Iranian radicals held more than 50 Americans hostage for 444 days, Islamic militants blew up innumerable U.S. targets, and al Qaida unleashed the slaughter of Sept. 11. Even then, President Bush repeatedly stated that Islam was not America’s enemy, and our country acted accordingly. For Obama to suggest that until he got to Washington, the U.S. treated Muslims with disdain or indifference is not just historically inaccurate but a slap at “the country he is now privileged to lead.”
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