Bush-era State Department bureaucrat Stewart Patrick proclaimed President Obama’s Orwellian address to the United Nations General Assembly “one of the most impressive speeches of his presidency” on the Council on Foreign Relations website.
“Unlike many of Obama’s speeches, which have a professorial tendency to pull their punches, today’s address showed steely determination and a refreshing willingness to offend in delivering uncomfortable truths,” Patrick wrote in a post titled “President Obama’s UN Speech: Defending World Order.” Patrick claimed, “For a president who prides himself on ‘hitting singles,’ it looks like he got a runner home today.”
But anyone who actually read the text of Obama’s September 24 United Nations address would be left wondering what Patrick was talking about, as the speech seemed to be channeling the spirit of George Orwell’s “Big Brother” character in the dystopian novel1984: it contained multiple flat-out contradictions that brought to memory Big Brother’s dictum “War is Peace.”
Toward the beginning of his speech, Obama proclaimed, “The very existence of this institution [the United Nations] is a unique achievement — the people of the world committing to resolve their differences peacefully, and to solve their problems together.” But just a few sentences later, he insisted: “First, all of us — big nations and small — must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.” And by “enforce international norms,” Obama meant, “First, the terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded and ultimately destroyed.”
So much for peace from the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has unleashed bombing campaigns against seven different countries, by the count of investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald. When Obama said, “We will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build — not those who destroy,” he meant that ISIL must be destroyed: “We will use our military might in a campaign of airstrikes to roll back ISIL. We will train and equip forces fighting against these terrorists on the ground,” Obama told the UN delegates. “There can be no reasoning — no negotiation — with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”