War Is Peace

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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.

Obama gives a moving address at the opening of COP21. One of thousands of moving speeches he made as president.

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.

Sierra
Sierra

There! My pussyhat is ready!

MillionDollarBonus

Trump is going regret the day he decided to run for president once this inauguration begins. He is going to witness the most discontent, angry and passionate progressive protesters he has ever seen!

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

When I die, I want to be remembered as “life force-challenged”!
You got a deadly turn of phase, Pbier!

MillionDollarBonus

Excellent article as usual Pbier. Sorry hope you don’t mind me changing the picture, as the other one was too small to fit the site format. Feel free to change it to something else. However, I think Obama and Hillary’s success in Libya demonstrates exactly how war can bring lasting peace to a nation. Rights for womyn, minorities and the LGBTQ+ community in Libya have soared since the overthrow of Gaddafi’s tyranical regime. Obama should be awarded a second Nobel Peace Prize for this alone!

Make my vote count
Make my vote count

I think one of Trumps first official acts should be to award President Obama a medal of freedom. Based on the recent recipients it is truly an honor that is at least on par with a Nobel. Surprise him with it, like he did Joe.

Make my vote count
Make my vote count

Wonderful article. I wish you had also mentioned his effective use of drones in his battle to bring us peace. There were some occasional collateral bystanders who contributed to this march toward peace and democracy.
A perfect example of his love of peace is how he took out Osama Bin Laden but rather than upset others by showing images of the body he had the man respectfully buried at sea. Thus sparing us to from having to witness the evidence of the horrors Osama had bestowed.

MillionDollarBonus

I suspect you might be the individual I keep banning, but I’ll watch you closely for now and leave you be. I agree that dumping Bin Laden in the ocean was the smartest thing to do at the time, denying him the honor of a proper burial. Obama also made the wise decision to prevent any pictures of Osama’s body from leaking to the press, as this would have made a martyr out of him. His situation was dealt with stealthily and professionally, leaving no trace of the event behind.

AccreditedThinker

The disposal of Osama’s body at sea was just another example of Obama’s extraordinary insight into other peoples’ feelings. To choose this desert religion’s most traditional of ceremonies was a masterstroke of cultural sensitivity!

Black Lives Matter

So St. Augustine PROVES Obama IS the Messiah. Jesus has returned! His name is Barack!

AccreditedThinker

PBier, I have to say: this is a magnificent article, hammering home one progressive truth after another. I found this paragraph particularly pleasing:

“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.”

After a quick show of hands, our department collectively agreed we don’t know how the world economy could have survived without all the Goldman Sachs alumni rescuing it from the destruction wrought by decades of laissez-faire policies.

We also agreed we don’t know how much these bankers are being paid for their work, but it can’t be enough.

George
George

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

When MDB changed the photo, he should have changed the article title from “War is Peace” to “War and Peace”. We should take a break with Tolstoi’s epic and recharge batteries after shock of Trump inauguration.

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Much better photo! Sets you right up for 1200 pages of Tostoi!

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