From Obama’s victory oration in Chicago last night:
“And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.”
In other words: Don’t worry, world. The bad old days of George Bush are over.
“To those — to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you.”
In other words: Under my administration we Americans will continue to simplistically conceptualize the existence of an enemy that is pure evil and wants to destroy the world, and imagine we can “defeat” it through the War on Terror.
“To those who seek peace and security: We support you.”
In other words: You Georgians facing Russia. You Afghans facing Pakistan-based attacks. You Israelis facing what you imagine to be the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. You can trust an Obama administration to behave just like other recent U.S. administrations have behaved: with threats and sanctions, illegal cross-border raids and more war. Have no fear. As the world’s greatest imperialist country, with bases in over half the countries on the planet, we can seek peace and security and support whoever we want. Yes we can!
“And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.”
In other words: For those of you who, after the U.S. invasion of Iraq based on lies, and the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and secret prisons around the world wonder if America’s beacon still burns bright, my election shows our greatness doesn’t come from our military and money but from…my ability to get enough money to get elected during an unpopular war!