Irony occurred in Oslo, when on the day Obama receives the Peace Prize Russia decides to do a missile test almost directly overhead. Makes you wonder. Missile test failed, appropriately.
President Obama accepted the Peace Prize in Oslo today, giving a conflicting speech. Here are the good parts as it applies to our military.
"But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down. The other is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by 43 other countries — including Norway — in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks."
"But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaidas leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason."
"Most dangerously, we see it in the way that religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam, and who attacked my country from Afghanistan. These extremists are not the first to kill in the name of God; "
These are the good parts. Of course, Obama had to weave some sort of apologetics to appease the Nobel panel. We don't think he had to do that. The United States does things for us, and for the betterment of the world. Period. Nuff said.
Read the full text of Obama's Peace Prize speech here.
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