Op-Ed: Whopper-in-Chief Obama and his “Apology Tour”
In the final Romney-Obama foreign policy debate, Obama claimed the Romney allegation of the “Apology Tour” never happened, which is clearly a whopper-in-chief.
Here are President Obama’s verbatim excerpts, taken from Obama’s speeches in Ankara, Turkey April 2009 and Cairo, Egypt June 2009, where President Obama directly apologized for the US Guantanamo Base jails for Islamic terrorist murderers, and for waterboarding Islamic terrorist murderers who had vital information - so as to avoid ticking time bomb terrorists blowing other Americans up.
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In Ankara, on April 6, 2009, President Obama stated to the Turkish Parliament:
"I say this as the President of a country that not very long ago made it hard for somebody who looks like me to vote, much less be President of the United States. But it is precisely that capacity to change that enriches our countries. Every challenge that we face is more easily met if we tend to our own democratic foundation. This work is never over. That's why, in the United States, we recently ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. That's why we prohibited -- without exception or equivocation -- the use of torture. All of us have to change. And sometimes change is hard."
In Cairo, on June 5, 2009, President Obama stated:
"Let me also address the issue of Iraq. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. (Applause.) Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: 'I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.'
"Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future -- and to leave Iraq to Iraqis. And I have made it clear to the Iraqi people -- (applause) -- I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq's sovereignty is its own. And that's why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August. That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq's democratically elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all of our troops from Iraq by 2012. (Applause.) We will help Iraq train its security forces and develop its economy. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron.
"And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter or forget our principles. Nine-eleven was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year." (Applause.)
Both speeches by President Obama included unequivocal apologies. One doesn't have to say the words "I apologize" to give an apology.They expose Candidate Obama’s whopper in telling Romney - in front of the American voter - that he didn’t go on an apology tour for the real whopper that it is.