putting the world on notice that the American ruling elite intends to push ahead with its drive for global domination.
ominously referred to Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Darfur in Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe and Burma, any or all of which may become targets for future American military intervention.
He presented war as a legitimate means of pursuing national interests.
“the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace,”
“all responsible nations must embrace the role that militaries with a clear mandate can play to keep the peace,”
imperialist troops should be honored “not as makers of war, but as wagers of peace.”
The US president communicated the “hard truth” to his audience that “we will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes.”
“find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified,”
squeamish populations would have to get over their
“deep ambivalence about military action”
and “reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower.”
Obama arrogantly spelled out Washington’s belief that it can intervene in defense of US interests when and where it likes, no matter what the human cost.
answering questions from Norwegian journalists prior to the ceremony
“The goal is not to win a popularity contest or to get an award, even one as prestigious as the Nobel peace prize. The goal has been to advance America’s interests.”
the post-war period
“America led the world in constructing an architecture to keep the peace … 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. … We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will.”
“America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens.”
that list presently includes brutal and corrupt regimes in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Uzbekistan
(along with the puppet governments in Iraq and Afghanistan), among others, all of which practice torture and widespread repression.
the US invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 was based on that principle,
He spoke in favor of military action whose purpose “extends beyond self-defense or the defense of one nation against an aggressor.” “Humanitarian grounds,” determined of course by Washington, were sufficient to justify “force,”
Obama defended a version of the Bush doctrine of preemptive war, with a more multilateral coloration
“America cannot act alone,” said the US president.
The Nobel speech is a further stage in the political unmasking of Obama. The candidate of “change” is revealing himself not only as the continuator, in every important aspect, of the Bush-Cheney policies, but as a deeply reactionary
foul figure in his own right.