Bono Speaks

Bono sings some great songs, but does he ask the right questions?

The Nobel Peace Prize is the rest of the world saying, “Don’t blow it.”

But that’s not just directed at Mr. Obama. It’s directed at all of us. What the president promised was a “global plan,” not an American plan. The same is true on all the other issues that the Nobel committee cited, from nuclear disarmament to climate change — none of these things will yield to unilateral approaches. They’ll take international cooperation and American leadership.

Does the rest of the world have a right to expect leadership from the United States?

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One thought on “Bono Speaks

  1. I’m not sure if the world “has the right to expect leadership from the US”. But, we’ve imposed our right to meddle in everyone else’s affairs for a long time, always in the name of “our interests.” I think it is in our interest to actually live up to the ideals we say we stand for. If we are going to claim the moral high ground in terms of “freedom”, “democracy”, etc., we need to lead from that position to nurture the international cooperation Bono is speaking about. I would love for us to transform the term “peace-keeping” from a measure of military might to one of active peace building…by peaceful means.

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