Want to see what a difference two years can make?
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.”
As the world melts down, Obama meddles with Union issues in Wisconsin. The people of Iran were slaughtered, and Obama said nothing. His administration flip-flopped on Egypt until the outcome was clear while antagonizing both Israel and Saudi Arabia at the same time, no easy task. He wouldn’t even pronounce Ghaddafi’s name until 10 days after every of leader of the world condemned him. He supported a Marxist thug’s unconstitutional power grab in Honduras. He has alienated most every ally that the U.S. has in the western hemisphere.
He has bowed to thugs and autocrats at the same time defying the expressed will of the American people. He has ignored human rights abuses in China because they fund his spending plans. Gitmo remains open, serving only to recruit more terrorists if memory serves, and troops remain in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Every industrialized nation on earth is fleeing the dollar as fast as they can. Climate change research is a laughing stock.
Good thing they didn’t award him the Nobel prize for Physics, the universe would have ripped apart.