One speech doth not a turn around make, particularly from this President. That said, few articles hit the nail on the head as well as this one.
Obama can blame Bush for today’s troubles all he wants. During the Oslo Speech, Obama channeled Bush so effectively that you could barely tell the speeches apart. The icing on the cake is that he delivered these words to a the Peace Prize audience. I posted an excerpt from the end of the linked piece. The irony is delicious.
At the end of the speech the president went even farther in claiming grounds for military intervention, adding that “a just peace includes not only civil and political rights—it must encompass economic security and opportunity” as well as “swift and forceful action” against climate change. He ominously asserted that economic development “rarely takes root without security” and that “military leaders in my own country” believe that “our common security hangs in the balance” so long as climate change is not swiftly and forcefully addressed.
In a crowning irony, Obama attacked the believers of absolute, universal truth for “the murder of innocents.” No “Holy War”, he said, “can ever be a just war.” For “if you truly believe that you are carrying out divine will, then there is no need for restraint—no need to spare the pregnant mother, or the medic, or the Red Cross worker, or even a person of one’s own faith.” Such total adherence to belief is “incompatible with the concept of peace.”
Given Obama’s orders as commander-in-chief, their deadly consequences for civilians and U.S. soldiers, and his justifications for them, one might say, indeed.
Whether you disagree with Mr. Thaddeus Russell or not, he basically nails it. America has been engaged in a ‘Holy War’ promoting its values since its inception. Whether it’s Communism, Islam, or something else in the future, you will either accept our “universal truths” or end up in a fight with the most dangerous nation.