The Huffington Post reports:
President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners Thursday with humble words, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award to “reach for the world that ought to be.”
The transcript of the speech is available here. One of the best excerpts:
[Afghanistan] is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by forty-three other countries — including Norway — in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.
Right, because we didn’t choose to go into Afghanistan at all. He continues:
Still, we are at war, and I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the cost of armed conflict — filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other.
This is meant to come off as thoughtful. Introspective. A careful consideration of the irony at hand which nonetheless demonstrates the morality of the speaker and his plans for the future. However, a true consideration of war and peace would lead to very different conclusions than what Mr. Obama reaches. Maybe something more like this.Published in