“Certainly from our standpoint this gives us a sense of momentum when the United States has accolades tossed its way rather than shoes.”
That’s the take of Hillary Clinton’s State Department on President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, according to her spokesman, Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley.
Crowley’s comments suggested recognition by the Obama administration that the Nobel Prize was as much an indictment on the Bush administration as it was an effort to praise President Obama’s outreach to improve the US image around the world.
Echoing comments by the White House, Crowley said the award was not just an “affirmation” of the Obama administration’s foreign policy strategy of engagement, but also on its robust foreign policy agenda, which includes non-proliferation, dealing with Iran and North Korea and Middle East peace.
“There is an opportunity here,” Crowley said. “The tone has changed but obviously we recognize that while the tone in the world has changed, the challenges remain they are very significant.read more...