President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Congratulations, Mr. President! I’m sure this is a proud moment for you and your family. And, on an occasion like this, I certainly wouldn’t want to say anything churlish…
Oh, who am I kidding? Of course I do!
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
“Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.
In other words, to translate from the Nobelese, he wins the prize for not being that crazed cowboy, George W. Bush, and for hobbling that rampaging, blundering giant, the United States of America. (You know, the one that in the last eight years liberated 70 million people from two of the worst tyrannies on Earth.) Thus he wins for slipping comfortably into the modern European tradition of appeasement and endless, useless talk, hidden behind the benign masks of “soft power” and “multilateralism.”
By those standards, Neville Chamberlain should get a posthumous award for his contributions to “peace for our time.”
Let’s review a bit of recent history, shall we? Since taking office, President Barack Obama’s contributions to peace have been:
And for the cherry on top of this farcical sundae, winning this award for his role in promoting nuclear disarmament, while hiding his knowledge of Iran’s secret nuclear facility at Qom so it wouldn’t distract from his triumphal appearance at the UN Security Council. When even the French government mocks you for weakness, you know it’s bad.
Promoting peace? The winner of the Nobel peace Prize is making war and turmoil more likely, not less.
While conferring the award on our President (only until January, 2013, we hope) is outrageous, let’s not forget that the Nobel Peace Prize itself is often an outrage. Past winners include these gems:
MOHAMED ELBARADEI (joint winner). He’s done such a nice job with Iran.
WANGARI MAATHAI. The Kenyan ecologist peacefully teaches that the AIDS virus is a biological agent deliberately created by the Man.
JIMMY CARTER JR., former President of the United States of America. A true cosmopolitan, he has undermined the foreign policy of his own country and vouched for the bona fides of tyrants and murderers all over the world.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, NY, USA.
KOFI ANNAN, United Nations Secretary General. Among other things, they have respectively served as the vehicle for, and presided over, one of the biggest scams in history.
YASSER ARAFAT (joint winner), Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO, President of the Palestinian National Authority. He was a cold-blooded murderer both before and after receiving the award.
RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, Guatemala. She is the notorious Guatemalan faker and author, sort of, of I, Rigoberta Menchu.
THE UNITED NATIONS PEACE-KEEPING FORCES New York, NY, U.S.A. Notwithstanding rapes and sex abuse committed by the team in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the Congo, still doing fine work all over the world.
(List via Power Line. I added the links.)
So the President finds himself in sterling company, his self-image fed another heaping helping of narcissism. Are we sure today isn’t April 1st?
POSTSCRIPT: Saturday Night Live nailed it last week. They should have a field day with this.
LINKS: Oh, lots of folks are writing about this. Among them: Fausta; Rick Moran, who notes Obama had been in office no more than 11 days when nominated; Hot Air, where Ed tells us that the DNC thinks we’re terrorist sympathizers for criticizing this award; William Jacobson wonders if this takes all military options off the table. An intriguing, plausible theory.; Iowahawk finds the award letter and makes us laugh; Harry Reid says Obama earned it and makes us laugh, too.
(Cross-posted at Public Secrets)