Unfortunately, he probably does believe what he says. Don't be dismayed. Oppose!Nobel acceptance speech
My most favorite talkshow host, Ray Taliaferro
, blasted Obama on his Nobel speech. I certainly had problems with the speech, but Ray took the disdain to another level. What got Ray was the last paragraph:
Let us live by their example. We can acknowledge that oppression will always be with us, and still strive for justice. We can admit the intractability of depravation, and still strive for dignity. We can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace. We can do that - for that is the story of human progress; that is the hope of all the world; and at this moment of challenge, that must be our work here on Earth.
Ray talked about what would amount to human futility (my words) in fighting against something that "will always be with us". He talked about how false that logic is and how some forms of oppression have been chipped away by constant pressure by the people, like the great Reverend King, and positive laws. These people prove that oppression can be beaten down, little by little, so that someday it will not be with us.
It is ironic that Obama invoked King in his Nobel speech. King was against the Vietnam war, and most likely would have been against the Afghanistan build-up. And King probably would have taken issue with Obama's quoting of him in the speech.
"I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him."
Especially, if is used in the pretext to going to battle in Afghanistan.