It’s another one of those Obama flubs that the press will ignore or minimize, but if Bush has said it, well, look out!
Speaking at Tuesday’s White House Medal of Freedom ceremony, President Obama honored Polish World War II hero Jan Karski with the following praise:
Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself.
Except, there were no Polish death camps.
According to Politico, one of the few leading mainstream outlets that does feature the story prominently on its website, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement that Obama “misspoke” by saying “Polish death camp” and was actually referring to “Nazi death camps” inside Poland.
Poland is demanding an apology. The error is made even more disturbing because unlike many other ethnicities within Europe, the Poles refused to man or help run the German concentration camps that had been established within their borders.
Whats more, the Poles were the victims of their own largely unheralded genocide, with some 2 million Polish civilians sent to their deaths and countless others suffering unspeakable torture and abuse.
The is an stirring display of incompetence which even surpasses the State Department’s mistranslation of the word “reset” into Russian. Poland should immediately receive its apology.