Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Sean Hannity just posted this at the Fox News site:

Obama Should Hit the History Books

The president is in Russia and he sat down for an interview with our own Major Garrett. You won't believe his answer to Major's very first question:


In your speech this morning you said the Cold War reached its conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years.

Mr. President, are the Russian sensitivities so fragile that you can't say the Cold War was won? The West won it and it was led by a combination of Democratic and Republican American presidents?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage and I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom.

We don't have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.


Now that's interesting because Lech Walesa, the leader of the Polish Solidarity Movement, said this about the end of the Cold War: "We in Poland took him [Ronald Reagan], so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can't be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century."

Mr. President, if I were you, you may want to consider hitting the history books before your next foreign trip.

Let's ignore for the moment the fact that Hannity and Garrett think the diplomatic thing for Obama to do in Russia was to rub the Russians' faces in the end of rthe Cold War and say, "Nyah-nyah! We won! You lost!" Apparently, according to Hannity, it's ignorant to acknowledge that people other than Americans were responsible for the Cold War's end. Obama, because he also gives credit to the actual Eastern Europeans who were on the front lines, flunks history, according to Professor Hannity.

OK, fine -- by that standard, Lech Walesa flunks history, too.

Yes, Walesa said what Hannity quotes him as saying -- in this Wall Street Journal op-ed from 2004. But he also said this, in the same op-ed:

The 1980s were a curious time--a time of realization that a new age was upon us. Communism was coming to an end. It had used up its means and possibilities. The ground was set for change. But this change needed the cooperation, or unspoken understanding, of different political players. Now, from the perspective of our time, it is obvious that like the pieces of a global chain of events, Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher and even Mikhail Gorbachev helped bring about this new age in Europe. We at Solidarity like to claim more than a little credit, too, for bringing about the end of the Cold War.

How dare Lech Walesa credit other people than Americans for the outcome of the Cold War! Is he completely ignorant of history?


UPDATE: I see that can't even approach the most rancid toxic-waste leak from Fox today.

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