For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally.
“It’s a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government’s gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation’s archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.
“We remain profoundly disappointed that he has, once again, retreated from his own promises and fallen short of the principled stand taken by previous presidents,” Hamparian said.
This was Obama’s promise, made on the campaign trail in 2008. It displays his characteristic self-regard:
I also share with Armenian Americans – so many of whom are descended from genocide survivors – a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide. That starts with acknowledging the tragic instances of genocide in world history. …
America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that President.
In 2008 Samantha Power, now U.N. Ambassador, assured Armenian-Americans that as president, Obama would acknowledge the Armenian genocide, because he is a man of such unparalleled integrity:
If Ms. Power is disappointed in her boss, she has never let on.
Yesterday, for the sixth time, Obama weaseled out on his commitment to Armenian-Americans.
What does this have to do with Kim Kardashian? Well, Miss Kardashian may have her faults, but she is a proud and loyal Armenian-American. Yesterday she posted this graphic on Instagram:
She accompanied it with these comments:
Many have described President Obama as representing the inverse of Theodore Roosevelt’s “big stick” adage. That’s fair enough. I would also apply General Sherman’s description to our president:
He belonged to that army known as invincible in peace, invisible in war.
No one is braver or bolder than Barack Obama when he is reading from a teleprompter, but don’t look for him when the chips are down.