President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize by laying out a detailed case for war, making the argument that the Afghanistan conflict is necessary to keep America and other nations safe.
“We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth,” Obama said, repeatedly evoking the notion of a “just war.” “We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.”Wayward you where right, war is peace.Yet the bulk of his address was essentially a meditation on the nature of war. Obama addressed the seeming contradiction of a wartime president receiving a prize for peace, and said that “the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace.”
“I understand why war is not popular. But I also know this: the belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it,” he said. “Peace requires responsibility. Peace entails sacrifice.”
Obama was put in a difficult political position, honestly thought he would announce Afpac strategies until after today. Seemed to handle as well as could be expected. And he can now focus on the reasons stated he won the award in fighting global warming, nuclear non-profileation and disarmament. Actually only the first as every President has been non-nuclear profileation and since the Cold War been involved with Russia in reducing nukes. We should just start referring to the Nobel Peace Prize as the the Nobel Global Warming Prize.