What is it about traveling abroad that seems to encourage President Obama to unload all manner of grievances on the United States? For whatever reason, traveling abroad appears to help crystallize everything wrong he sees in America. During his recent trip to Cuba and Argentina, for example, we counted 18 separate times he talked down his employer, the United States of America.
His just-concluded trip to Asia was no different.
Here are 18 separate attacks he unloaded while in China and Laos:
- There are still too many poor children in the United States
- Too many children in America are not getting enough to eat
- Despite America’s wealth, we’re not providing sufficient educational resources in poor communities
- America lacks the “political will” to help poor inner cities that have suffered discrimination.
- Americans are “lazy” in thinking we don’t need to learn about foreign nations.
- Colin Kapernack is justified protesting the National Anthem, as the NFL star is raising “real, legitimate issues” about things America needs to be talked about.
- America suffers from racism, conflicts between ethnic groups, and discrimination against immigrants.
- Criticisms of America being imperfect and having problems with racism discrimination are accurate.
- America still has “situations where women are not treated equally.”
- America “didn’t think through” our policy in Vietnam War, as dropping cluster bombs proved counterproductive to “winning hearts and minds.”
- America’s treatment of Native Americans was “tragic.”
- America “struggled to stay true” to our founding ideal that all men are created equal.
- When the environment is destroyed in America, it’s because the private sector is being “lazy.”
- The United States is still to this day learning how to develop industry without destroying the environment.
- Due to industrialization, America “used to have terrible pollution … everywhere.”
- America’s role in the Vietnam war led to mass displacement of people from their homes.
- America dropped more bombs on Laos than on Germany and Japan during World War II … more than 2 million bombs … “the bombs fell like rain.” More bombs, he said on several occasions, were dropped on Laos per capita than anywhere else in the world.
- We bombed the “simple homes” of civilians in Laos. “Villages and entire allies were obliterated.” The ancient Plain of Jars “was devastated.” Countless civilians were killed.
Here’s the full video transcript:
“There are still too many children in poverty in the United States …. who still aren’t getting enough to eat. That is also connected to education. And we still have a lot of children in a country so wealthy that on a day-to-day basis are not getting the kinds of educational opportunities that they deserve … And we have enough wealth to do it. The question is whether we have the political will to make the investments in these communities, many of which are in inner cities. Oftentimes they are poor African American or Latino who are still held back historically by discrimination …
But because we’re such a big country, we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world … If you you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people …
I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about …
We’ve had to deal with racism or conflict between races, ethnic groups, new immigrants … And also, America is not perfect. Look, it still has racial discrimination. It still has its own problems. It should worry about its own problems. And I agree with that in the sense that we definitely do still have problems we have to work on. We still have discrimination, we still have situations where women are not treated equally …
We didn’t think through all the implications of what we did … and when you see the dropping of cluster bombs … trying to figure out how that was going to be effective, particularly since part of the job was to win over hearts and minds … With the benefit of hindsight, we have to say that a lot of these consequences were not the ones that served our interests.
The way that Native Americans were treated was tragic … We are a nation that was founded on the belief of dignity of evert human being. Sometimes we’ve struggled to stay true to that belief …
If you see the environment destroyed, it’s not because that’s necessary for development. It’s usually because we’re being lazy … Look, the United States is still learning how to do this, and we’ve been at it a long time. But we used to have terrible pollution everywhere…
Given our history, I believe that United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heel … For nine years, there was a secret war in which the United States was dropping bombs on this country … As a result of that conflict and its aftermath, many people fled or were driven from their homes …
The United States dropped more bombs on Laos than Germany and Japan during the WWII … The United States dropped more than two million tons of bombs here in Laos … You can see some of these displays showing everything that landed on relatively simple homes like this …
As one Laotian said, the ‘bombs fell like rain.’Villages and entire valleys were obliterated. The ancient Plain of Jars was devastated. Countless civilians were killed …By some estimates more bombs per capita were dropped on Laos than any other country in the world.”