I am shocked to come to the realization that, amongst the wishy-washy normality of the President’s speech in Oslo, Mr. Obama stated the truth. Furthermore, it seems as though the President is becoming a new-age George W. Bush if he keeps saying things like this:
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 non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.
Right on! I can’t believe it. Imagine President Obama stating this as Nominee Obama. It wouldn’t have happened. Can you imagine Senator Obama saying that you can’t solve everything though negotiations?
[T]he 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.
Holy crap, the President even defended the United States of America! Now, if only he could do this on American soil, we’d be getting somewhere.
Good work, Mr. President. Keep this up and you may gain respect with the American people!
Cross-linked at Jumping in Pools