Professor Ajami's Point Was Journeying Abroad To Apologize For His Country
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Submitted by Belladonna Rogers (United States), Dec 28, 2010 19:34
In all due respect to this website, one of my two favorites, and its Editor, Professor Ajami's point was not so much that President Kennedy never apologized but it was, rather, that JFK "never journeyed abroad to apologize for his country" (emphasis added.) Fouad Ajami was appalled, and has written this before today's fine piece, that an American elected official, would in any way cast aspersions on his or her own country when abroad.
This unwritten prohibition, which President Obama has violated both as a Senator and as President, was succinctly expressed by Sir Winston Churchill, who said, "One should never criticize one's own government when abroad or cease to do so when at home."
This was Professor Ajami's main point.
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