[Ed. Note: This item was originally posted on Oct 15th, 2009. In honor of Obama’s acceptance speech in Norway earlier this morning, we will re-run it today]
Last Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded their Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama. Nearly everyone that I spoke to, read from and listened to, agreed that this award was given prematurely. Much time and effort was spent over the weekend deducing whether or not folks agreed with this decision, or if they believed the once heralded Nobel Peace Prize Award has turned once and for all to be purely political. Throughout the discussions and Facebook polls questioning if he deserved the award, I wanted to take a quick look at the “accomplishments” the committee may have looked to in deciding to bestow the honor onto our president…
We first need to take a look at the Committee’s stated reasons why they believed President Obama was deserving of the award. The Nobel Committee, speaking in Oslo, Norway on October 9th said Obama was awarded the prize, “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” They added that they paid special attention to, “Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.” As nice as these comments sound, they are unbelievable scary in meaning. Although the notion of a nuclear free world is great (Ronald Reagan echoed a similar sentiment), anyone with half a brain knows that there are evil nations with evil people who are not ready to lay down all arms and live in a fantasy world.
The committee then moved onto this, “Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.” They truly believe that the world is more tame with Obama at the helm, and that the United Nations, with the help of Obama’s rhetoric can be the conduit to some kind of world peace. They believe that rogue nations and leaders will discontinue their hatred of freedom and liberty, choosing to promote a more open and tolerant society. They blindly overlook the fact that the UN is filled with dictators, anti-Semites, and genocidal maniacs.
The next alarming statement was only a few sentences away. “Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting.” This promotion of climatic changes is purely political, as even the BBC is finally starting to realize. Unfortunately for us, Obama’s cohorts in pursuing devastating and suicidal cap and trade legislation have found some new friends in Oslo.
Just when I thought these statements couldn’t get any worse came this, when discussing Obama’s ability to capture the world’s attention while giving them hope for a better future, “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.” The values shared by the majority of the world? Are you kidding me? You mean the “values” shared by the bastions of freedom who vote against the United States nearly 80% of the time at the UN? The world population that cheered as the World Trade Centers were falling to the ground killing over 3,000 Americans? The world population that lives under the boots of dictators, within intolerant theocracies, and under incorrigible communism?
Now lets look at the controversial decisions Obama has made in the previous nine months to see if these “accomplishments” are deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize Award. Let me preface these by saying that i do understand that a win for our President is a win for our country. This analysis is more for outlining the hypocrisy in thinking that comes from the world leaders, as well as laying out the foreign policy decisions Obama has made over the past nine months.
- Gitmo – Obama made a pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and end our Enhanced Interrogation Techniques he called torture. To date Gitmo is open, no one wants the prisoners, it has been revealed that we did not torture, and the tactic of Rendition is still employed.
- We still have a major footprint in Iraq, some 120,000 troops. Although Obama won his parties nomination as the anti-war candidate, he has not committed to a massive and speedy troop withdrawal.
- Increased our footprint in Afghanistan. Back in March, Obama sent over 20,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, for what he called, “A War of Necessity.” The President is now discussing sending up to an additional 45,000 troops.
- Escalated unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan.
- Has stridently supporting the ousted would-be dictator in Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. This is amazing considering Zelaya’s own party and supreme court had him removed after he was in the works of changing its unchangeable articles of their constitution, with the help of Hugo Chavez…
- Called Israel occupiers of their own land, and subsequently threw them under the bus, most recently in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
- Has garnered praise from the likes of Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Moammar Gadhafi.
- Pledged to reduce our weapons caches in the face of nuclear proliferation by Iran and North Korea, two regimes that have lost touch with reality.
- Snubbed the Dalai Lama on his recent visit, breaking a precedent set by former Presidents since 1991. The thinking behind this move was that it was done as an appeasement to China, who is at odds with the peaceful Tibetan spiritual leader.
- Abandoned the George Bush initiated missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of a land and sea based system of sensors and interceptors focused on stopping shorter range missiles from Iran instead of Russia. This is believed to have been done to appease Russia. Is this a cost effective strategic reassessment, or naked Russian capitulation? You be the judge.
- Failed to stand for democracy when Iran conducted fraudulent elections. After the elections the Iranian citizens were crushed by the regime, with no US support in sight, not even lip service. Now the Iran citizens who were not killed in the protests, are being put to death for protesting the theocracy’s fraudulent election.
- Finally, with the Iranian injustices perpetrated on their own people, it’s been found that they have a secret facility being used to manufacture nuclear weapons. After all of this, even when Obama had previously called Iran getting nukes a “game changer” he has chosen to pull the funding from the Iran Human Rights Center at Yale. A group that tracked Iran’s human rights abuses had their funding removed at probably the most important time they are needed.
There are some people who have come to the logical conclusion that the Nobel Committee has rejoiced that the US finally has a leader that is not George Bush. A leader that finally agrees with their world views. One lacking of moral judgments, one that champions climate change and pushes its twisted set of obligations onto others without regard for who gets trampled along the way. But most importantly, they have finally found a leader who disagrees with the notion of American Exceptionalism. A President who prefers world citizen status as opposed to a citizen who stands up for their values, who stands up for liberty, freedom and tolerance, who stands with our democratic allies, and one who stands up against brutal dictators and hateful ideological regimes. Sadly, if this was the criteria that the Nobel Committee was looking for, it looks as though they have found their man.