It was one of the strangest set of circumstances we’ve ever seen.
First, President Obama announces he’s sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, escalating a war begun by George W. Bush. Then, just one week later, he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.
After that, you almost expected him and the First Lady to walk home – across the Atlantic!
But nobody saw the irony of a commander-in-chief in the middle of two wars being awarded a medal of peace better than the president himself. And he addressed it directly in his acceptance speech.
Obama didn’t make any apology for either the war in Iraq or the war in Afghanistan. While we all strive for peace, he noted, sometimes we “will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.”
Evil does exist in the world, said President Obama. And sometimes we must, albeit reluctantly, resort to military action. “A non-violent movement,” he reminded his audience in Oslo, “could not have halted Hitler’s armies.”
It was a bold speech, and it was a beautiful speech – that reflected both the ideals and the global responsibilities of this great country.
President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Americans – and he made us all proud.
That’s my parting shot for today.