Obama the Neocon

Ich habe eben diesen interessanten Text von Michael Ledeen entdeckt:

It’s “only a speech,” to be sure. And there are things I wish he hadn’t said, or said differently. But it’s a very different sort of speech, and it contained many words that are downright neoconnish:

“America will always be a voice for those aspirations that are universal. We will bear witness to the quiet dignity of reformers like Aung Sang Suu Kyi; to the bravery of Zimbabweans who cast their ballots in the face of beatings; to the hundreds of thousands who have marched silently through the streets of Iran. It is telling that the leaders of these governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation. And it is the responsibility of all free people and free nations to make clear that these movements — these movements of hope and history — they have us on their side.

It sure sounds like President Obama just endorsed the Green Movement in Iran. And I’m told that U.N. Ambassador Rice had some very strong criticism of the Iranian regime today. I’m still trying to find it . . .

So maybe Obama’s getting to the point where he understands that the evil regime in Tehran can’t be talked out of its war against its own people, and against us. We shall see; words aren’t nearly enough. But they are essential.

UPDATE: From CNN:

The president, in a departure from his prepared remarks, said, “These movements of hope and history, they have us on their side.” He used the word “us,” while the text of his speech said, “hope and history are on their side.”

In der Tat – und Ledeen ist nicht der Erste, der diese Parallelen in der Rede zur Entgegennahme des Friedensnobelpreises feststellt – fühlt man sich deutlich an die zweite Inaugurational Adress von George W. Bush erinnert, zB wenn man sich diese Passagen in Erinnerung ruft:

“It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world….When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you. Democratic reformers facing repression, prison or exile can know: America sees you for who you are — the future leaders of your free country…”.

Vizepräsident Joe Biden hat zur Zeit der Vorwahlen mit Zielrichtung auf Obamas Eignung für dieses Amt gesagt, die Präsidentschaft eigne sich nicht für “on the job training”. Zumindest geben diese Äußerungen vorsichtigen Anlaß zur Hoffnung, daß Obama langsam begreift, wie falsch er bisher in fast allen außenpolitischen Positionen lag.

© Joachim Nikolaus Steinhöfel 2009

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  1. In ähnliche Richtung gehen auch die Artikel von Abe Greenwald und Robert Kagan:

    Robert Kagan: Armed for reality

    Abe Greenwald: Going Neocon. Is Obama getting mugged by reality?

    Kristol treibt es gar auf die Spitze und spekuliert, ob Obama eventuell doch zu militärischer Gewalt in Bezug auf Iran bereit ist: A Nobel War Speach

    Ich denke aber auch, dass man sollte auf dem Teppich bleiben sollte. Es war eine (erste) akzeptable Rede Obamas. Nicht mehr, aber auch nicht weniger.