Thoughts on Obama’s Oslo Speech

December 15, 2009


Tip of the Hat for the Transcript: Scott Wilder

Haven’t done one of these parsing an Obama speech transcript things in a while. Let’s take a look at him accepting his gold star from some Scandanavians.

Obama self-reference count (The use of the words “I” and “me” when he is not quoting someone): 46 (assuming I did not lose count).

Ah, that feeling of ire. I missed it so. Starting at the top of this dung heap and digging down to look for the pony:

“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 forty three other countries – including Norway – in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.”

Really? You really think your doodad is more controversial because you are in charge of two wars than the fact that you have done nothing of substance to deserve it? One of which you have already essentially surrendered to the blood-thirsty Mohammadeans that want nothing more than to feast on your entrails? Well, at least you admitted you are less deserving of it than some past winners. That’s something, I guess.

“I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of war.  What I do know is that meeting these challenges will require the same vision, hard work, and persistence of those men and women who acted so boldly decades ago. And it will require us to think in new ways about the notions of just war and the imperatives of a just peace.”

Trying to save something for the sequel, eh? Once we have re-defined the terms (Just peace=ponies for everyone!), then we can have your wisdom on how to stop war, huh?

“Yet 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.”

Here, let me edit that for you. How about: Yet the world must remember that 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. Or is that too pro-America for you?

“So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another – that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy. The soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause and to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.

So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly irreconcilable truths – that war is sometimes necessary, and war is at some level an expression of human feelings. Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago. ‘Let us focus,’ he said, ‘on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions.'”

Hey, look; he threw us another bone! Wrapped in feces and one non sequitur (human tragedy=an expression of human feelings?)

Let’s just summerize Obama’s plan:

  1. Try our hands behind out backs via U.N. fiat and act like it hurts our opponents who refuse to do so.
  2. Empower the “international community” to override national sovereignty using non-physical methods.
  3. America give up her nukes
  4. Negotiate with rouge nations  (since apparently the carrot-and-stick method works for irrational players!)
  5. Redistribute wealth to corrupt nations
  6. have faith and worship Obama

It’s like Chamberlain all over again.

Just a couple of more exerpts here:

“We will bear witness […] to the hundreds of thousands who have marched silently through the streets of Iran.”

You really want to bring that up? How you stood idly by while Iran slaughtered thousands of protesters who were speaking up against a sham election?

“Ronald Reagan’s efforts on arms control and embrace of perestroika not only improved relations with the Soviet Union, but empowered dissidents throughout Eastern Europe.”

You mean SDI, right? A plan you cut the funding for so you can say how fiscally responsible you are. Or his general increase in war spending? Stick with idolizing Alinski. Acknowledging the accomplishments of your betters does not suit you.

“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; the cruelties of the Crusades are amply recorded. But they remind us that no Holy War can ever be a just war.”

I’ve probably already noted how all that is bunk and anti-Western civilization, but the “moderate Mohammadeans” are the ones that support the jihad in ways that their hands don’t have to get bloody. And their atrocities were worse than the most blasphemous the Christians pulled.

“But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected.  We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place.  The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached – their faith in human progress – must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.

For if we lose that faith – if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace – then we lose what is best about humanity.  We lose our sense of possibility.  We lose our moral compass.”

Apparently, Obama’s moral compass is pie-in-the-sky Socialist utopianism. I guess the people who were claiming him to be Christian or Mohammadean were both wrong.

And that is what is so wrong about Obama winning that doodad. True peace comes from Jesus, not in a belief that man on his own can achieve perfection. The best Obama’s methodology can do is appease the tyrant until he is satisfied.

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