I have only one question: WHY?
There have only been two sitting Presidents to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. What has this one person done, not only in the last 9 months since taking office as President of the United States, but over the course of his entire life that would qualify him for such an honored and well respected prize? I'd just about lost all faith in the Nobel Prize effort after Yassar Arafat was given one and now after this the prize is dead to me, it has no honor left.
The Nobel Committee sited Obama's ability to give the American people and the world's people a sense of "hope for a better future" and for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples". Wow! When did he do that? If this is what it takes to win a Nobel Peace Prize these days then I can think of a ton more less notable persons right here in my own community who are far more qualified than President Obama. Perhaps this was his concillation prize for not getting the Olympic Committee to vote his way and bring the games to Chicago.
On the world stage there are even more who have truly proven themselves to be worthy of such recognition and Obama doesn't even rank as one who should be holding their coats. Right off the top of my head I can think of those brave women at the forefront of women's rights in Afghanistan, or the young people behind the Chinese dissident campaign, and the list could go on and on of far more worthier candidates - some known and more unknown.
I think I smells a rat here coming from the Nobel Committee. This smacks more of politics than true recognition of achievement. Could this be the Nobel Committee's way of throwing their own shoe at the previous President of this country, George W. Bush? Hints are given from a press release by a Committee spokesperson which lauded Obama for creating "a new climate in international politics". The Committee had been critical in the past of Bush's "unilateral military action," regardless of the fact that he had built a coalition of other countries to join him in the attack on Iraq and capture of Saddam Hussain.
Let's face it G.W. Bush was a very unpopular President and most of the world hated the fact that he was willing, if necessary, to do what he thought was best for democracy and the United States, regardless of what the rest of the world, or sometimes even his own citizens thought of him. Obama, on the other hand, has proven himself to be a spineless reed in the wind willing to bow to whatever contingent is blowing hardest at the time. Case in point, Israel has been a long-time friend and ally of this country, over 60 years of fellowship. But, this President is willing to sell them out just to keep the Arab world happy with him. He is even willing to listen to his sadly mistaken anti-semite advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski to shoot down Israeli planes if they attempt to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. Now we have this President opening the door to allow the Taliban a say in how the Afghanistan government is run. Haven't we lost the lives of American young men and women to ensure the Taliban no longer have any influence in the politics and lives of the Afghani people? Why would any person in their right mind even consider such a ridiculous action? That would be like Lincoln saying Lee could have a say in how the U.S. government should be handling the war with the Confederates. And now he is to be awarded for this reckless thinking and action with a Nobel Peace prize? We definitely have moved full-bore into a world in which evil is called good and good is called evil. Woe to a world in which we are forcefully driving our children and grandchildren! There will be hell to pay for our current actions.