Dear President Obama,
You should return the Nobel Peace Prize. I now believe that novel “1984” is true. “War is Peace” – that was your message. You must have a hard time sleeping Mr Bush. Woops I get confused. Who is in the white house.
You spoke of “the world as it is” and threw a cloak of justification over the grisly escalation in Afghanistan by insisting that “war is sometimes necessary” – but generalities do nothing to mitigate the horrors of war being endured by others.
You gave the world a pro-war speech. The context instantly turned the speech’s insights into flackery for more war.
Your general who is running the US war effort in Afghanistan spoke to a Congressional committee in Washington about your recent pledge to begin withdrawal of US troops in July 2011. “I don’t believe that is a deadline at all,” Stanley McChrystal said.
Actual policy always, in the real world, profoundly trumps even the best rhetoric.
War is not peace. It never has been. It never will be.
You had the chance to be great. But your are not. You are the Washington consesus in person. A company flack.
Return the Nobel. Let them give it to someone who deserves it.