Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

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.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people 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.
For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Oslo, October 9, 2009

In Wall Street terms, the Nobel Peace Prize is done on a "best efforts" basis. Which is why you really don't have to do anything to get it.

But Obama gets one, while Mahatma Gandhi didn't.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to "speak softly and carry a big stick"?

Best damn peace doctrine this country ever had, and we've systemically destroyed it through our insane PC dialogue.

Hopefully this ridiculous award represents the tipping point, and we can forget this "high" minded yet irresponsible course taken and return to governing from a position of moral integrity, authority and statesmanship.

As our apologizer in chief continues his charade as the defacto global leader, he continues to dilute our country's interest and position, along with emboldening our enemies. When you consider our total lack of foreign policy and strategy, it isn't a stretch to consider this award as an inducement towards Obama to continue this behavior that best serves everyone but us.