Thursday, May 21, 2009


In a blunt and forceful review of the previous administration's war on terror policies, President Obama outlined the vision and policy approach that his administration would follow. He did so against the backdrop of the National Archives Building in Washington, which houses the U.S. Constitution.

I watched the first part of it on television while the kids were eating breakfast and have to say it was a triumph of American values and moral inspiration. President Obama recognizes that America is more than a nation-state with weapons and a powerful military. We are also a nation of ideas that inspires in others what previous empires, civilizations, and dynasties could not.

What I particularly enjoyed was when he said that our policies should not be driven by fear ... In a few words, he gets it.

- Mark

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