The Purpose of all wars is peace – Saint Augustine
Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction – Barack Obama
As we recall Obama’s many outstanding achievements over his eight years as president, it is hard to identify the greatest glory of them all.
Some say it was winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Awarded after a full eight and a half months of “extraordinary efforts” since becoming president, few neutral observers would quibble with the Nobel Panel’s decision.
Others will say that Obama’s greatest moment was delivering the global economy from near-certain oblivion in the financial crisis. Few can forget how he held the world spell-bound with a series of powerfully moving and Churchillian speeches, or his astute appointments of key Goldman Sachs individuals to shore up our finances.
This author believes, however, that the area where he has had the most lasting impact is in bringing peace through war to so many troubled areas in the world. In his actions, Obama became the living embodiment of George Orwell’s belief that “war is peace”.
Although he needs to check his Christian privilege, Saint Augustine anticipated the coming of Obama when he noted that war’s purpose was to bring peace. Whilst he has just one day to bring peace to a Russian people cowering under the cruel dictator, Vladimir Putin, Obama has liberated most of the Middle East through war. He can count Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan as places where he has made a true difference.
When we review Obama’s investment in peace-making initiatives, he has outspent all previous presidents before him. Holding our collective noses as we quote from a conservative leaning site, Global Research writes that:
“Obama has increased U.S. military spending beyond the post-World War II record set by President George W. Bush. Now that Obama has signed the military budget for FY2017, the final record is that Obama has spent an average of $653.6 billion per year, outstripping Bush by an average of $18.7 billion per year (in 2016 dollars)…In historical terms, after adjusting for inflation, Obama’s military spending has been 56 percent higher than Clinton’s, 16 percent higher than Reagan’s, and 42 percent more than the U.S. Cold War average, when it was justified by a military competition with a real peer competitor in the Soviet Union. By contrast, Russia now spends one-tenth of what we are pouring into military forces, weapon-building and war.”
If we are being 100% honest, it has not all been good news. Some of Obama’s peaceful weaponry ended up neutralising the wrong targets. We need to be clear that this was through no fault of Obama; whilst some innocent people are now life force-challenged, they were neutralised as ISIS/Al Queda terrorists. The real blame for this lies firmly at the feet of our enemies; in a ruse to deceive our brave drone operators, the terrorists forced innocent individuals to wear similar ‘foreign’ clothing, dark hair, beards etc.
Notwithstanding the occasional glitch, Obama has every right to be pleased with his pursuit of peace. We owe him not only our thanks, but also our lives, our dignity, an indeed all that we are.