Obama Warned Us – Outreach

Posted on January 7, 2014 2:00 pm

The promotion of human rights cannot be about exhortation alone. At times, it must be coupled with painstaking diplomacy. I know that engagement with repressive regimes lacks the satisfying purity of indignation. But I also know that sanctions without outreach — condemnation without discussion — can carry forward only a crippling status quo. No repressive regime can move down a new path unless it has the choice of an open door.

BARACK OBAMA, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2009

“Like, for example, a door that opens into a uranium enrichment facility.”

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5 Responses to “Obama Warned Us – Outreach”

  1. NoMoBama says:

    The promotion of human rights cannot be about exhortation extortion alone.

    TOTUS misspelled it.

  2. Persnickety says:

    Thanks to that Obama quote, which was essentially “You can’t always talk, sometimes you have to talk” – I do believe Obama’s theme song should be “Yackety Yak, Don’t Talk Back.”

    Here is the link, for those of you that are curious and younger than dirt:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UnPzp2lmNk&list=RD9xAi80ShG0I

  3. Persnickety says:

    Thanks to that Obama quote, which was essentially “You can’t always talk, sometimes you have to talk” – I do believe Obama’s theme song should be “Yackety Yak, Don’t Talk Back.”

    Here is the link, for those of you that are curious and younger than dirt:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xAi80ShG0I

  4. Persnickety says:

    argh! sorry everybody

  5. Oppo says:

    Oppo’s NBC-prompted report on this Obama quote:

    “The promotion of . . . a crippling status quo. . . . repressive regime.”

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