But Mr. Malinowski, who spoke by telephone from Tripoli, Libya, said he thought Mr. Obama’s Nobel speech was “one of the strongest and most thoughtful statements about human rights that any U.S. president has given.”

“It didn’t back away from the administration’s commitment to reaching out diplomatically to its adversaries but at same time acknowledged that engagement needs to be backed by all the tools of foreign policy,” he said.

That’s in this New York Times piece about a speech on human rights that Sec. Clinton delivered today. I daresay that the thinking underlying that speech and the Nobel speech is adequately forecast in this March 2008 piece. For an example of what I mean, see this post about a particularly important section of the speech.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman