Berlin Wall: Obama Excludes Reagan, Inserts Himself

President Obama couldn’t make time for a trip to Berlin on the 20th anniversary of the day when the wall was torn down.  But he did send the lucky Germans a three minute video of his sententious thoughts, including this:

This anniversary is a reminder that human destiny will be what we make of it…Even in the face of tyranny people insisted that the world could change.

One is reminded of the summer of ’08, during the Presidential campaign, when Obama traveled to Berlin to deliver a speech referencing the wall.  Back then, as now, he dismissed the efforts of President Ronald Reagan, giving the credit to unnamed “people.”  In that speech he said:

Look at Berlin, where the bullet holes in the buildings and the somber stones and pillars near the Brandenburg Gate insist that we never forget our common humanity. People of the world — look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.

Anyone who lived through those years knows Obama’s memory of the world standing as one is a preposterous fantasy.  Indeed the Soviet Union that had built the wall was part of the world, was it not?  The Soviets backed up their power to maintain the wall by installing medium range nuclear missiles aimed at Western Europe.

President Reagan and German Chancellor Kohl persuaded the NATO allies to position American nuclear missiles in Europe that could counter-attack if the Soviets fired theirs.  In Western Europe there were massive street demonstrations demonizing Reagan and protesting the placement of the missiles.  The notion that “the world stood as one” is simply delusional.

The Berlin Wall finally fell because the Soviet Union was imploding and could no longer enforce an ownership claim over Eastern Europe.  Several factors led to the demise of the Soviet Union but Ronald Reagan’s efforts were most significant.

Ronald Reagan prevailed over the virulent objections of many in Europe and America who demanded accommodation with the Soviets that would have allowed the wall to remain, kept Europe divided, and left Soviet missiles in place without challenge.

Obama demonstrates malign contempt and disrespect by presuming to celebrate the destruction of the Berlin Wall without acknowledging President Reagan.

Obama did however find a way to insert himself into the celebration as a retroactive symbol of the victory of twenty years ago. He referenced President Kennedy’s famous 1961 speech in Berlin and then asked:

Who would have foreseen on that day that that a united German would be led by a woman from Brandenburg, or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent?

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