Saturday, December 12, 2009

2009: The Great Recession

I'm not the kind of person to go crush hopes and cast everything in a dark manner. There are plenty of people out there who make a living doing this. But for most people, 2009 was rough.

This seems to be a fitting mantra, at times...
2009: When dreams were crushed and nothing was truly great.

  • In 2009, many faithful Obama supporters lost the faith, as a compromise turned to betrayal at times and progressives were left in the dark. The war machine was only pushed harder, and definitive progress toward universal health care was unclear, not to mention the soft hand that was given to corporate America.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Kroc Institute Prof. Comments on Obama's Nobel Speech

I hope everyone's final exam cram sessions are going well.  As I was recovering today from writing a paper all night, before I get started on yet another :( I stumbled upon this interesting bit of information on the intertubes...

Professor David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies here at Notre Dame was recently interviewed by Christopher Hayes of The Nation Magazine, for his reaction on President Obama's speech at the awards ceremony for the Nobel Prize.

I caught this onto this from Chris Hayes' Twitter feed.  Shameless self-promotion: you can also now follow Lefty's on Twitter, as well as ME your loyal Lefty's editor, and the Kroc Institute!!!

When asked for his reaction to the President's speech, Professor Cortright had the following reaction:
"I found the Nobel speech disappointing." He continued: "To use the Nobel dais to justify the use of military force is unseemly. The president's characterization of the historic role of US military power was distorted, and his interpretation of just war theory was incomplete."
Read the rest of his reaction at The Nation.