11 December 2009

Obama's Nobel Speech

In its entirety...

I will say it again: Mr. Obama is not a dove. He never has been and he didn't campaign as one. Those doves on the left who find themselves disappointed in the President's new policy for Afghanistan were not listening during last year's presidential run. Obama isn't against all wars. Rather, he thought it foolish to fight dumb wars. Thus, his decision to slowly draw down in Iraq.

Afghanistan, however, was always thought of as a just war, and during 2008 he promised to refocus the war effort there. There will - and should - be debate over whether it remains a just war eight years after its start. But to act shocked and dismayed at his decision to add 30,000 troops to the Afghan effort is a bit perplexing.