December 10th, 2009
10:36 AM ET

Obama acknowledges war in peace prize speech

President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway on Thursday but acknowledged the questions surrounding the award. "Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the commander in chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars," he said.

His trip to Norway comes nine days after he announced plans to deploy additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, one of two countries where the United States is fighting a war.

In his Nobel speech, Obama expounded on the concept of "just war" and the necessity of the use of force. "I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of war," Obama said. "What I do know is that meeting these challenges will require the same vision, hard work, and persistence of those men and women who acted so boldly decades ago. And it will require us to think in new ways about the notions of just war and the imperatives of a just peace."

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  1. Connie

    Well said Mr. President, I couldn't agree more.

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