Let it never be said that I refuse to offer this president and/or his teleprompter a compliment when one is due.

President Obama, in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, may have suprised some people when he spoke for about 40 minutes, and a good majority of that was about the necessity of war.

The speech (transcript here) contained bits such as this:

But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitlers armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaidas leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

That must have chapped some of the blue-helmeted career appeasers at the U.N. Maybe they’re thinking “What happened? This guy was supposed to deliver a recycled version of Jimmy Carter’s acceptance speech.”

Obama said a lot of things I agree with and believe — until he got a little wishy-washy toward the end (essentially apologizing for Iraq and then throwing in a bit about climate change to reel back in any potentially offended peacenik bureaucrats) — but what really matters is if Obama believes what he said.

Was this speech from the heart, or just another one from the teleprompter?

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