Saturday, October 10, 2009

peace prize

I think a lot of Americans are puzzled by the Nobel Peace Prize for Obama. The typical interaction was "Really? What for?" I think it's nice our President got it and things do seem to be moving into a better direction than in the past, at least internationally. My gut tells me it will probably not be helpful to Obama's efforts here in the US on a range of matters and it will assuredly be used against him whenever diplomacy fails, peace does not break out in the Middle East, and so forth. I'll be interested to see what my foreign policy students make of it. As for me, I've decided to take it rather like Obama took it--a bit of encouragement to all Americans to remember our better selves so that all of us can have a bit more peace, security, and well-being.