There’s no shortage of think tank reax of President Obama’s second inaugural address Monday, but Center for a New American Security (CNAS) senior fellow Tom Ricks, who often calls himself an “Obama fan,” gave the president a C- for his “second rate Kennedyisms.”
But also for Obama’s apparent appeasement reference? Ricks took exception to Obama’s
… use of the phrase “peace in our time.” This came during his discussion of foreign policy, and in such circles, that phrase is a synonym for appeasement, especially of Hitler by Neville Chamberlain in September 1938. What signal does his using it send to Iran? I hope he was just using it to jerk Netanyahu’s chain.
I also simply didn’t understand what he meant by “a world without boundaries.” But my immediate thought was, No, right now we need boundaries — like those meant to keep Iran out of Syria and Pakistan out of Afghanistan.
“And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice — not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice,” Obama said.