Monday, January 21, 2013

Obama Promises "Peace in Our Time" In Inauguration Speech

If you did not already know that the President has no grasp of history, no knowledge of what he is saying, this should help confirm it.

According to the transcript released by the White House, President Obama channeled Neville Chamberlain, using the phrase "peace in our time" to tout his reelection.

The President explained (emphasis mine, quote starting from 13:04 in the video):
We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice. Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes.
As you certainly remember, the short-sighted Prime Minister of Great Britain, Neville Chamberlain promised the very same thing, just a single year before the most destructive war in history ripped Europe to sunders.

Prime Minister Chamberlain explained, after giving much of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany (emphasis mine):
My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is "peace for our time."
The parallels are plain for anyone to see. The President's often weak stance on Iran. The rise of Islamic-Fascism during the Arab Spring, which Mr. Obama has supported. His distancing from Israel.
But what will come of Mr. Obama's short-sightedness? Only time will tell.

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  1. The President didn't promise "peace in our time." He was simply saying that peace in our time would require a constant advance of certain principles. No offense but this nitpicky, out-of-context semantics is a ridiculous way to criticize Obama - he's done enough as President to warrant serious and legitimate criticism; you should be discussing those in a rational manner. The irony, of course, is that even the cause you advance is just as destructive of those same principles Obama endorses. Moreover, the principles he alludes to, and those you'd probably advance yourself, are imperfect and require some serious recalibration - but this is probably lost amongst partisan hackery, such as that which you posted today.

  2. But the result may be the same........

    1. Exactly! The most naive President to date, and with a disastrous foreign policy.

  3. ... mere charity ...???

  4. The point, Mr. 10:46 a.m. Anonymous, is that Obama spoke approvingly of "peace in our time" and did so while talking about the U.S. role in the world. I'm not sure it represents his ignorance of history, though; it sounds more like a signal that he contemplates a very limited global role for the United States. Especially when read together with his strawman crack about avoiding "perpetual war."