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.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Too little - too early. In two/three years time it would have been better deserved.

Yes - it will be used against him - especially by American Republicans first and foremost, on the pattern of Gore. Though its true: what we heard till now are statements of good intent.
It will add more pressure on him as a person - especially as things will fail. Change cannot simply happen everywhere just becasue of the 'past 8 years'.