Rebukes the Antiwar Protestors of Two Generations
By Michael P. Tremoglie
Tremoglie's Tea Time Blog
There has been no call by the leftists of the world protesting his war. No Code Pink, International ANSWER, Not In Our Name or other similarly reprehensible group calling President Obama a "chickenhawk," "war criminal," or "murderer," as they did President Bush.
No, on the contrary, President Obama received a prize for peace. Indeed he received the most famous such distinction - the Nobel Prize.
For his part, President Obama refuted the antiwar mob. Whether he did so knowingly or not, he provided those who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan - and those who ordered those wars - the intellectual and moral ammunition against those who opposed the war by engaging in the most outrageous and despicable conduct.
Their gratuitous slurs of President Bush, Colin Powell, John McCain and all those who served in the Bush administration, and who favored the war in Iraq, will always be remembered by Americans. This is particularly true of the members of the media who did so - especially those who characterized combat soldiers as cretins or failures.
President Obama refuted the anti-war crowd, the mean-spirited, hate-filled leftwing, during his acceptance speech in Oslo. He told the truth about war and presented a sophisticated rejoinder to those gullible, artless people who populate the left, those hypocrites.
First, Mr. Obama expressed the feeling of grave responsibility he feels,"I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed." Bush did too, the only difference is the absence of the liberal/leftist mainstream media vitriolic criticism.
He continued by recognizing the pragmatism of armed conflict, "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 nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaidas leaders to lay down their arms."
He acknowledged America's role in preserving peace in the world despite the invective of his leftist/liberal brethren both here and abroad:
"I raise this point because in many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter the cause. At times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower. 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.”
He then rebuked the antiwar protestors of two generations. He said, “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. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest — because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if other people's children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity."
Then Mr. Obama provided the most memorable quote of his speech. The one that should be enshrined in bumper stickers to counter those fatuous “War is not the answer" bumper stickers and peace signs one sees driving along any thoroughfare in the United States.
President Barack Obama, the antiwar candidate, said during his acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Peace, "War is sometimes necessary."
Nobody likes this idea. Nobody wants it to happen. Americans would prefer it were not the case. However, the average American knows it to be true.
Only the callow and sciolistic, only the supercilious and sanctimonious among us believe that war is not the answer.
Just as the anticommunist Nixon validated the existence of Communist China, the antiwar Obama has validated the righteousness of America’s wars.