I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice, and it’s not a choice that I make lightly. But we can’t stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy.
I have never been more disappointed for the Harvard Law School in my life, than to read this binary clap-trap from an alumnus who went on to teach the discipline in Chicago. How unutterably like the boy's cultiv-ation of the heroic scowl against inquiries into his nakedness, is this false, belligerent rectitude. What on earth do they feed the Presidents of that nation, that every single one of them feels honour-bound to launch at least an air strike of his own? They feed him self-love, Mr Murdoch, the revolting meal of America's divine right of violence. We sympathise with the boy's menacing discomfiture, but of a statesman we have the right to expect greater ease.
President of the United States
Brazil, 19 March 2011