Much Shorter Obama: “I don’t deserve this, but I’ll accept it anyway. Besides, we’ve at least thrown up attempts at regulating war, which we promptly ignore. As for people elsewhere that point out how much criticism w/r/t lack of restraint applies to the imploding hegemony I currently hold the keys to: y’all some ungrateful mufuckas, y’know?”
In case anyone doesn’t believe my interpretation of that last part, here’s what he actually said that prompted it:
[…] In many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter the cause. At times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower.
Yet the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions – not just treaties and declarations – that brought stability to a post-World War II world. Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: the United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest – because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if other peoples’ children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.
Get that? The U.S. dominates the world because “we” (since much of the action that is taken in our names we don’t even find out about until later) love it, & think shaping it in our image helps. If you question this, you’re a cynical sunuvabeotch and objectively pro-Nazi. Honestly, a Republican could’ve easily wrote this speech.
As for “Just War”, the concept makes about as much sense as an abstinent whore. The reasoning behind it attempts to apply individual self-defense principle to that of nation-states, despite the ease with which the differences are illuminated. Try looking at it the other direction: you know what they call a “pre-emptive strike” when you’re an individual and not a state? Assault, that’s what.
In practice, the attempts to regulate state violence have been worse than failures, they’ve been used as a tool to justify later violations. Calling it putting lipstick on a pig would be an insult to pigs. Perhaps if someone out there who realizes that war itself is a failure of “the rules” knows of a way to make the “rules” of war stick — which would actually discourage war for once — then they should get that prize.