Samantha Powers, the president's nominee to be United Nations ambassador, has demonstrated her ability to fit right in with our new government's "mea culpa" policy.
Here's what Powers wrote: "U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking, but overhauling. We need a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored or permitted by the United States. This would entail restoring its pre-Bush stature, opening the files, and acknowledging the force of a mantra we have spent the last decade promoting, etc. A country has to look back before it can move forward. Instituting a doctrine of mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors. When Willie Brandt went down on one knee in the Warsaw ghetto, his gesture was gratifying to World War II survivors, but it was also ennobling and cathartic for Germany. Would such an approach be futile for the United States?"
Please think about her words. Willie Brandt made a noble gesture with his apology for the crimes of Nazi Germany, but to equate those crimes with the deeds and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States is at best repugnant. The history of U.S. intervention doesn't warrant the need for any type of apology.
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