Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel committee: Thanks for not being Bush

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM

First things first: Congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. That having been said, a lot of people are scratching their heads and wondering if the Nobel committee should have waited for more definitive accomplishments in the area of world peace before giving Obama the award. The committee, however, made it clear that the award is for Obama’s role in changing the terms of international relations, emphasizing diplomacy and international cooperation rather than dropping bombs on all our foreign problems a la Bush & Co. In effect, the award is being given to the American public for electing a President who doesn’t scare the hell out of them.

It’s an understandable reaction from a European viewpoint, but, to this writer, a Nobel Peace Prize should go to someone who’s achieved more concrete results. But, this certainly isn’t the first time the Peace Prize selection has raised eyebrows — such as the times peace-mongering hippies like Henry Kissinger, Menachem Begin and Yassir Arafat won.

Naturally, we’re already hearing the standard shrieks of outrage from the usual gang of howler monkeys on the right, but that’s to be expected. I just hope Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele is proud to share his disdain for Obama’s award with other notable Nobel critics today, such as the Taliban.

So peaceful, he's got doves coming out his ears (Art by Derek Chatwood)
  • So peaceful, he's got doves coming out his ears (Art by Derek Chatwood)

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