Once again, President Obama has demonstrated just how far he is from candidate Obama. Yesterday, he gave a speech accepting a Nobel Peace Prize. I still don't think anyone at war should be able to win a Peace Prize, but that (alas) is neither here nor there. The really troubling thing was how easy it was for me to imagine Shrub giving that exact same speech. Sure, it wouldn't have been as well delivered, but the ideas (and the slightly disturbing sense of American Triumphalism) were straight out of 2005.
It takes some gall to accept a Peace Prize with a speech justifying military action because we are the moral compass of the World. He even directly went against some of his campaign rhetoric by saying "make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world." Candidate Obama cautioned us against such a black and white view. President Obama embraces it.
He sought to outline incidences where the use of force was justified: self defense, aiding invaded nations, or humanitarian grounds. So, where is Iraq in that matrix? It meets none of those criteria. He cited governments slaughtering their own citizens as a rationale for war – so why haven't we invaded Sudan?
I think this speech was the straw for me. I do not know how anyone can reconcile the dichotomy between candidate Obama and President Obama. It was a final dagger into the heart of our campaign system. Apparently, Obama would say anything to get elected (say what you want about Shrub, but he did everything he said he would – unfortunately..) How am I supposed to believe anything Obama says? I simply can't. He is now on my no vote list, joining Dianne Feinstein as the only Democrats on it.
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