Friday, October 09, 2009

President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize

First let me say this: Congratulations Mr. President, and "thank you" to the Nobel committee for recognizing and honoring our President.

Now let me say this: "Premature" doesn't even begin to describe this.

His efforts at moving U.S. foreign policy back toward real diplomacy and away from the Bushies' policy of "Kill 'em all and let God sort out the bodies...after we've stolen all of their stuff" is laudable and something that I'm proud of as an American, even before today's announcement.

However, we are a little more than nine months into the Obama administration. It's *way* too soon to evaluate the success of those efforts.

Having said all that, it's been great fun to watch the right wing seize up with fits of outraged angst [can't use that phrase - Tedski used one that is similar, and truth be told one that is also better, in his post on this about...?] become overtaken by paroxysms of apoplexy [yep, that one'll do :) ] over this.

That's not a very "peaceable" or "diplomatic" attitude on my part, but then I'm not up for any awards either. :))


1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

I'll agree that the Republican Party and its supporters (save Ron Paul and the Ron Paul movement) have no place commenting on this award to Mr. Obama.

As I've said elsewhere this award is for 2% accomplishments and 98% hope.

So far the Obama peace dividend has yet to be declared.