“But the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions — not just treaties and declarations — that brought stability to a post-World War II world. Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest — because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if others’ children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.”
Barak Obama accepting the nobel peace prize
Dear god was this speech a total disappointment. Kind of like his entire presidency, this speech was riddled with contradiction and ideas that sounded great, if only he would follow through on them. I went to the inauguration in Washington DC. I wanted to believe that change for our nation was possible and his speech that day was inspiring. I left with the sense that he was going to turn everything around and stop Bush’s decent into torture, lies and war profiteering. Then came this speech. You can argue the validity of his points all you want, but who the hell gets up in front of that crowd and starts advocating for military might making right and “just war”. Ugh. The problem with Obama is that he is Bush Light when it comes to war and the CIA. During the whole Wikileaks thing he pulled a Bush/Nixon and went the executive privilege route to try to suppress the reality of our current wars (google The Pentagon Papers, Nixon did the same thing). Instead of working with Wikileaks to ensure no names could be released to protect our soldiers, they tried to suppress and cover up what is actually happening over there. Which are thousands of war crimes perpetrated by our “contractors” (mercenaries) who operate outside of the laws of war that he proclaimed America adhered to on the day he accepted this prize.
“Furthermore, America — in fact, no nation — can insist that others follow the rules of the road if we refuse to follow them ourselves. For when we don’t, our actions appear arbitrary and undercut the legitimacy of future interventions, no matter how justified”
I totally agree. That is why he needs to come out and wash his hands of the torture and killing that have been the calling card of our “War on Terror”. We have totally lost the moral high ground in the world. We are now the ones that torture. We are now the ones that start wars with countries that don’t attack us and then try to justify our actions afterwards. Our military has become so powerful that it has overwhelmed our system of checks and balances with an infusion of cash and flag waving false patriotism.
“Where force is necessary, we have a moral and strategic interest in binding ourselves to certain rules of conduct. And even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes us different from those whom we fight. That is a source of our strength. That is why I prohibited torture. That is why I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. And that is why I have reaffirmed America’s commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions. We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. (Applause.) And we honor — we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.”
He says this yet he continues to cover up the CIA’s secret prisons and torture on a world wide scale in spite of numerous requests by our closest allies to release this information. In order for us to start to reclaim the moral high ground that America once proudly claimed, we must come clean to the world with what we have done and take steps to ensure it will never happen again. Our current Jack Bower mentality is turning our country into what we hate the most, a murderous state that condones and covers up torture and other human rights violations. What happened on 9/11 was a true human tragedy. We were so blinded by rage and emotion that we allowed ourselves to lose our way in the name of safety. The problem with Obama is that he has the opportunity to turn the page on this dark chapter in our history, now he just needs the courage to do so. I have attached links to stories about Obama’s torture cover up. To all my liberal friends, it is time we took off the rose colored glasses and looked at this guy for what he has become. For all the conservatives reading this blog, Bush started this whole thing so don’t get too excited.