Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Premature prognostication

Why is the word "premature" being used to describe US President Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize? Doesn't it presume that he'll eventually win it anyhow based on actual performance? And we can't possibly know that now, can we? In fact, his critics would argue that his approach towards peace and security will make things worse, not better. It doesn't mean that the critics are right, of course. It just means that we should probably allow events to determine if Mr. Obama's judgement and temperament lead to a safer world — not the hopes of some some unfortunate ideologues on the Nobel committee.

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