A good speech, but wait for the action

Before I started listening to the political pundits piously pontificate about President Obama’s Cairo speech, and read the speech. I generally try to read the original document whenever there is some “breaking news” story. You’d be surprised at what you learn.

My view is that is was a pretty good speech. The president made some comments I don’t think I’ve heard a president make before. For one, in the third paragraph he acknowledged that the West powers have intervened in the Middle East for their own purposes, without regard to the interests of the people in the region.

He said the tension has been “fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims and Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”  Speaking of our relations with Iran, he acknowledged the “dirty little secret” most conservatives don’t want to admit, that “In the midst of the Cold are, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government.”

President Obama gave Islam credit for “paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightened.” In case you missed it, this refers to the historic fact that the Arab world preserved much of the learning and righting of the Greek and Roman civilizations during Europe’s Dark Ages.

While reasserting the “unbreakable” bond between Israel and the United States and the right of Israel to exist as a nation, he also asserted that the Palestinians deserve the same right.

Most libertarians should be able to agree with these points. Yes, it was a good speech … but … of course, it remains to be seen if Obama’s actions will match his rhetoric.

Read the speech.