Of course President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize! His accomplishments during his first nine months in office may not be as concrete as those of previous laureates but, by redirecting the United States away from the implacable, "my way or the highway" militarism of George W. Bush, President Obama has repaired frayed ties with our allies, reduced tension on a global scale and set the stage for the kind of negotiations that have already decreased the threat of war. Indeed, were it not for Mr. Obama's willingness to talk (coupled with appropriate toughness), it is doubtful that Iran would have agreed to allow inspections of its previously secret underground nuclear facility near the holy city of Qom.
The effect impact of Mr. Obama's presidency was articulated by former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Nobel Peace Prize winner from 1994, who declared in a congratulatory letter to the White House: "Very few leaders if at all were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such profound impact. You provided the entire humanity with fresh hope. Under your leadership, peace became a real and original agenda."
Of course, conservatives don't see it that way. They find doom and gloom in everything connected with President Obama. Shortly after the Nobel committee announced its decision, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele voiced the bitterness of the right wing in a statement saying: "The real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?' It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights."
First of all, 'Bruh' Steele needs to stop claiming to speak for the American people. He speaks for the Republican Party, period, not for "Americans" collectively. Second of all, Obama didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize because of "star power" but because he has changed the political climate around the world (see first paragraph above). Thirdly, the GOP chairman and other right wing critics should stop pretending that they're outraged because other deserving candidates were passed over by the Nobel committee. They don't care about that. Conservatives are mad because anything that makes Obama look good makes them look bad.
The Nobel Peace Prize committee is not only acknowledging President Obama's leadership it is also repudiating George W. Bush and the Republican Party whose unilateral foreign policy and disdain for the international community forced the world into war against the objections of many nations including our allies. (Remember, the United Nations - under the leadership of Germany and France -- was in the process of voting to extend the deadline for weapons inspections in Iraq when the Bush White House announced that it was launching its invasion.) In bestowing this esteemed honor on President Obama, the Nobel committee is saying that Obama's commitments to international cooperation and negotiating with adversaries
are more consistent with the goal of peace than was the Republican practice of pre-emptive war (including the invasion of a country that had no connection to the September 11 terror attacks and was not stockpiling weapons of mass destruction), massive troop buildups and the indefinite detention and torture of people alleged to be terror suspects.
The Nobel Peace Prize makes the statement that President Obama is right and the Republicans are wrong. That's why Republican leaders and conservative activists are trying to discredit, dismiss and mock the award. Meanwhile, the world stands ready to embrace the change that Mr. Obama promised during the election campaign, change which he has already begun to deliver.
Thanks for listening. I'm Cameron Turner and that's my two cents. THINK! IT AIN'T ILLEGAL...YET!
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