As President Obama heads to the Middle East there is perhaps reason for greater concern about another imminent Presidential destination: Dresden and Buchenwald. Having displayed appalling judgment, as I mentioned today, by apologizing to everyone, everywhere, every time he has gone abroad, John Hinderaker comments on some Obama observations last night by Charles Krauthammer:
Krauthammer thought the [trip to both Dresden and Buchenwald] showed unspeakably bad judgment, as everyone in Germany, and most in Europe, will see an implication of parity between the concentration camp and the city that was fire-bombed by the Allies. He said this would occur even if Obama doesn't mention the fire-bombing when he speaks in Dresden.
Similar comments have been offered up by Ted Bromund:
President Obama will be visiting two places in Germany on June 5: the concentration camp at Buchenwald and Dresden. It is hard for me to convey how tactless, bad, and wrong I think this juxtaposition is.
The fact that Obama accepted the Dresden location gives me the horrible feeling that he recognizes its symbolism and intends to do in Germany what he has already done in Strasbourg: apologize for the U.S. Except in this case, he will be apologizing for the Allied conduct of World War II. I hope I am wrong about this.
The Obama administration has exhibited a stunning degree of tone deafness in much of its domestic policy by manhandling large corporations in the private sector, profligate spending that is an order of magnitude worse than previous administrations and flip flopping on myriad campaign promises. These are issues well debated and handled within our own political economy. However, blundering about on foreign soil demeaning the sacrifice of our country on the anniversary of D Day would be another reminder to the world (and our enemies) that we are not to be taken seriously on national security matters. As one of our commenters (JLawson) said today, "(We live) in a perilous time - and Obama sees weakness as a negotiating point."