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by CTuttle

Carter: ‘Oppose Unnecessary Wars, Preemptive Strikes, And, Embargoes’ And, Obama Imposes Another Round of Sanctions on Syria/Iran

9:15 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

Yesterday, former President and Nobel Peace Laureate, Jimmy Carter, had delivered the keynote address to the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago…

Former President Carter tells Nobel gathering to oppose unnecessary wars, preemptive strikes

…“For the last 60 years, our country has been almost constantly at war. Now we are contemplating going to war again, perhaps in Iran,” said Carter, one of 21 Nobel Peace Prize laureates and organizations participating in a three-day international conference in Chicago. “I’m not against all wars… but any war should begin only as a last resort and after every possible means of resolution has been exhausted.

Carter, who won the prize in 2002, said that as a laureate, it is not legitimate to only criticize what others are doing , he must also take a frank look at his own country, not with condemnation but constructively… {snip}

…But in some cases, he said, the U.S. has engaged in wars that were “completely unnecessary.”

Carter also said the U.S. needs to take a closer look at its policy of economic sanctions, including those against countries such as North Korea.

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by CTuttle

A Mixed Bag on the Obama Doctrine

5:48 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle


You can read a copy of the speech here…

Even the Dalai Lama chimed in on Obama’s Nobel speech and award yesterday. Having accepting the same award some twenty years earlier, I thought he’d be the perfect one to start with…

Being the Dalai Lama one would expect him to be optimistic…

Despite the world’s problems he says he never gets depressed… …"No, depressed is no use…

…Better to remain optimistic and make effort, effort, then no regret…

…If you are depressed and lost hope then, I think, at the end of our life we may develop regret…

…If I do something, maybe some positive things might happen but if I miss that, then you feel much regret…

…So it’s better to remain optimistic and make effort. Effort, determination then you feel no regret…

…We try our best but then reality is impossible to materialise, OK, then no problem…

..If you see in reality there is possibility, making some change but due to lack of enthusiasm, lack of vision, then that will be a disaster."

Sage advice indeed…!

I think his philosophy slipped a disc…

"I think if you are realistic, it may have been a little early but it doesn’t matter, I know Obama is a very able person…

…Sometimes these individual persons rely on different advice from different people so like former President Bush junior, as a human being I really love him, really wonderful person, very honest, very truthful

…But I think due to his advisers’ views, some of his policies have been a disaster…

The spiritual leader described Mr Obama as "young and energetic".

"I think the Nobel Peace Prize gives him more encouragement and also gives him more moral personal responsibility,"

I’m very concerned about too many of the ‘advisors’ currently surrounding Obama, across the political spectrum, but, I digress…

When you have the Righties like RS’s Erick Erickson crowing…

I was surprised by Obama’s speech. Parts sounded like full throated support for the Bush doctrine.

It truly gives one reason to pause and reflect on what was actually said…

Sadly, too many progressive voices agree with Erick…!

Juan Cole starts off today…

…If it is true that the Nobel committee awarded President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for not being George W. Bush, they must have been dismayed to discover that Bush’s war on terror remained the framework for Obama’s acceptance speech.

It was a great speech, with its references to Gandhi and King and its emphasis on human rights and economic justice. It was not a speech Bush could or would have given.

…But Obama ultimately failed to escape the pull of the GWOT…

Spencer Ackerman headlines…

The Obama He Said He Was, Not The Obama You Thought He Would Be

A sad tale indeed…

Greg Sargent asks some poignant questions…

Realistic idealism? …Idealistic realism?

There’s enough here to rankle left and right alike. The left may object to the hint that in certain cases it’s acceptable to impose American values by force, for the good of other nations. The right may point out that carries accents of the Bushian moralizing about American values that so often infuriated liberals and America’s allies abroad. (Though Bush eschewed the international system and diplomacy in a way directly at odds with Obama’s overall approach.)

Either way, Obama seems to be trying to recast idealism in foreign policy as of a piece with realism, in the sense that a realistic and self-interested view of the world should hold that American ideals are more likely to foster peace and stability…

Join the chorus…!

What are your thoughts…???

cross posted at Relaxed Politics…