How do you grade the speech?
And on this we must agree: There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There’s no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There’s no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.
In this modern world with modern technologies, for us to respond in that way to hateful speech empowers any individual who engages in such speech to create chaos around the world. We empower the worst of us if that’s how we respond.
Andrew Sullivan sees this as a perfect example of President Obama’s suitability for office–for his focus and use of American ideals, not just military might.
John Avalon at Daily Beast also praised the speech for its effective rhetoric and emphatic defense of American idealism.
Others, at TNR saw it has “humble bragging” and “not as bad as it sounded” to NRO that considered it a flat speech that missed linking to past actions or cultivate a collation of the willing, for example.
In terms of policy, HuffPo points out that the speech may be laying a new framework for an approach to belief.
What did you think about it?