Editorial: Obama's diplomacy and force honored
President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday with "deep gratitude and great humility." In addition, he defended his use of military force as a security tool for the United States and the word.
While some consider this honor premature for president in office for less than a year, Obama's honor reflects his change in America's tone and approach with this world.
The Nobel panel said Obama was cited for his call for a world free of nuclear arms, for his support of the United Nations and multilateral diplomacy, a more engaging U.S. role in dealing with global warming, for capturing the world's attention and for giving people of the world hope.
Certainly, Obama has changed the world's view of America. That alone is an accomplishment after the tenure of Bush-Cheney turned much of world opinion against America.
Obama's Nobel speech was once again a change from the traditional themes.
"Evil does exist in the world," said Obama.
Military force is necessary to fight those evils as Obama said. The need for peace is not always enough to achieve said peace.
The U.S. has defended and underwritten the security of numerous nations around the world since World War II. The world leadership role will not likely go away in the near future.
Obama does understand that the instruments of war have a role in preserving the peace of the world.
Another important reality is that Obama also understands that military force is not the only means to maintaining the peace of this world.