Passionate Obama supporter Meteor Blades titled his Daily Kos essay on today's colossal failure of a speech, "By This Foreign Policy Speech Will Future Ones Be Measured." Fair enough - that's why they make paint in different colors. In spite of mine and Mr. Blades's disagreement on the speech's merits, I still found this passage noteworthy:
I have in the past four decades often found myself at odds with American foreign policy, so much so that I went to prison to oppose it. And knowing history, including the history of my own Indian people, I have reasons enough to be jaded about much that the U.S. has done in the world in the far and near past and recently. I am not very forgiving of those who shaped many of those policies, vicious and hypocritical and resting as they did on a rubric of pernicious American exceptionalism.
Not, of course, that everything the U.S. has done on the world stage has been evil.
I think we've finally found the audience for whom this speech was intended!