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The Violence of Peace: America's Wars in the Age of Obama
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SOLVED: Non-Fiction > SOLVED. Just War and Obama's Nobel Acceptance Speech [s]

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message 1: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Pane | 3 comments Hello. I read a book a few years ago by a scholar that analyzed Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech from a rhetorical perspective as it relates to Just War Theory. In the book the author makes several points/observations:
- America truly is the world's policeman because no other country has the military might/political dictates to intervene into other countries as frequently as we can/do.
- Discusses torture and why it can be so unnerving. He mentions Elaine Scarry and her work on torture. He also mentions Dick Cheney's 1% theory, which, if I remember correctly, says that if there's a 1% chance a terrorist attack could happen, anything is justified to prevent it, namely torture.
- The book breaks down Obama's acceptance speech point by point and really analyzes it from Jus ad Bellum to other concept of Just War, and notes the peculiarity of a war-time president receiving a peace award.
- This author is very likely a scholar!

message 3: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Pane | 3 comments That was brilliant! How did you do that?

message 4: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37809 comments Mod
Kris is an ace searcher. I searched for this yesterday and didn't find it.

message 5: by Kris (last edited Jan 21, 2015 06:05PM) (new)

Kris | 33472 comments Mod
Thanks Lobstergirl. Google is my friend. :) I got lucky with the search:

site:goodreads.com obama "nobel peace prize" speech

message 6: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Pane | 3 comments Well, thanks to both of you! !

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