It's a tragic picture with a very clear message: the peace movement must re-constitute itself with sufficient power to fulfill the Nobel mandate. For those who might have retained residual hope or illusions for this young president, this must stand as the definitive departure.
We now face triple crises in war, where the president has escalated; health care, where he has refused to discuss single payer and now presides over the gutting of the public option; and the environment, where he has escalated the ultimate destroyer---war---and may soon open the door to its ultimate evil, atomic power.
It's not enough to wring our hands. It's time to move on and figure out how to win. Our ideals---from meaningful peace to universal health care to a Solartopian energy economy---are all tangible, essential and winnable.
The ignoble truth is that the man in the White House is not our ally.
So what else is new? Obama's failures have made it OUR Nobel.
Yes we can!
HARVEY WASSERMAN'S HISTORY OF THE US is at www.harveywasserman.com, along with SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH. He is Senior Editor of www.freepress.org, where this first appeared.