Monday, October 12, 2009

Demise of 'American Exceptionalism'?

Longtime political columnist Georgie Anne Geyer hits another bulls-eye!
[Nobel Peace Prizes] have often been given to organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has worked years on end on human rights causes. But it has been almost as often been given to "transformational" or "aspirational" individuals or causes, such as Willy Brandt and his "Ostpolitik" opening to Eastern Communism in 1971, long before the policy ended in the dramatic 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

One also has to note that Nobel Committee chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland, has said over and over that "The question we had to ask is who has done the most in the previous year to enhance peace in the world. And who has done more than Barack Obama?"

So if the question really revolves around the "previous year," then the American president does not seem such a daring choice after all.

Click here to read the entire piece,"Are We Witnessing the Demise of 'American Exceptionalism'?"

Click here to read about Geyer's background, which is impressive. The story goes that Sigourney Weaver's character in "The Year of Living Dangerously" was drawn somewhat from Geyer's experiences.

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