I encourage everyone who believes that this now seven year war in Afghanistan is a hopeless military event to write your Senators, Congressmen and the White House. There are only 100 Al Qaeda left, I have read, and we are spending billions of dollars there, fighting in a tribal area that is never going to become an industrialized civilized country. We could do more helping them build hospitals and schools, helping them to join the 21st Century.
The Nation — The California Democratic Party speaks with an loud voice in national politics.
It is, by any reasonable measure, the biggest party in the biggest state in the nation.
And it is a well-organized, forward-looking organization that since the 1950s has had a tradition of delivering vital messages from the base to national Democratic leaders. Indeed, in the 1960s, California Democrats were among the first and loudest critics of President Lyndon Johnson’s decision to expand the war in Vietnam. They were not merely opposed to the war; they were worried, wisely, that committing resources, governing energy and political capital to an unwise and unnecessary war would undermine the ability of an otherwise popular Democratic president to deliver on his ambitious domestic agenda.
With their history and their heft in mind, it is reasonable to say that when California Democrats take a strong stand on a contentious issues, it matters — both as a signal with regard to popular sentiment within the party and as an indicator of the issues that could cause political headaches for a Democratic president.
There are a lot of bloggers that are announcing that Pres. Obama should give the Nobel Peace Prize back. That he should announce that he doesn’t deserve it. That there are many people more deserving than he is. No, he should not give it back!!!
The Nobel Peace Prize is not given for great works. It is not given to someone who has slaved through past years to achieve a great goal. It is given to someone with an idea for the future that could possibly achieve something wonderful for peace in the world. He received the Nobel Peace Prize because of his speeches everywhere in the world to decrease the amount of atomic weapons, to eventually have a world free of nuclear weapons. He advocates for discussion, compromise and understanding between different countries in the world. He does not advocate moving into a country and trying to change it into a fake United States. He believes we should be trying to understand other countries and their way of life. When the campaigning was in full force for the election, Hillary Clinton said he was naive and willing to talk to terrorists. McCain said Obama was going to appease our enemies. Cheney said Obama was going to make us unsafe.
I think that Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize because the world sees that we have a leader that finally “gets it.” That we do not need to shoot first and talk later. We need to talk first and in the words of JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis, (paraphrased here), “We always need to give someone a way out. Never back them into a corner where they have to fight their way out.”