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links for 2009-12-15

  • "Insomma, è una mia vera fissazione, come altre – le capitali, la dizione, il ciclismo – ma meno pubblicizzata. Son pochi a saperne la portata, forse perché me ne vergogno un po’: dal Condor 2.0, da quando c’è anche Matteo ho ascoltato TUTTE le puntate, non ne ho persa neanche una. Magari le ascolto con due settimane di ritardo, ma le ascolto sempre. Mica lo so se c’è uno maniaco come me, su ’sta cosa".
  • "In 2002, Obama spoke against the Iraq war, but from the vantage point of a cold war liberal. He said he was not against war per se, just this one, and he was booed by the crowd. In 2007, he spoke about the way Niebuhr formed his thinking: “I take away the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world and hardship and pain. And we should be humble and modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inaction.” His speeches at West Point and Oslo this year are pitch-perfect explications of the liberal internationalist approach. […] More than usual, he talked about the high ideals of the human rights activists and America’s history as a vehicle for democracy, prosperity and human rights. […] his doctrine is becoming clear. The Oslo speech was the most profound of his presidency, and maybe his life".