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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Posted on Oct 9, 2009
Barack Obama
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The Nobel Committee has interrupted the president’s meditations on whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan by awarding him the Peace Prize. The committee cited Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” and especially his “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”  —PZS

Nobel Peace Prize Citation via Reuters:

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.

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By bob, October 9, 2009 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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Nominations for the Prize ended on February 1st, approx. 2 weeks into Obama’s
term.

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By Max Shields, October 9, 2009 at 6:35 am Link to this comment
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By RobertinWestbury, October 9 at 8:50 am #


Don’t you and your “liberalish” breathren ever get tired of thinking that “pressure” will 1) change the direction of the US empire under Obama and 2) that the Nobel Prize is “pressure” to do anything?

Your famously last words repreated over and over by the Obamaites: “Let’s hope…”

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By Guy-From-India, October 9, 2009 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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Looking at the news on NYT today I just couldn’t understand whether it was “The Onion” or NYTimes.
To be sure, I was very happy when Obama was elected the new US preseident. But then - just ten months in the office and a Nobel Prize ? Why ? For what ? What ??

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By MeHere, October 9, 2009 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

The Nobel Committee should be highly praised for its sense of humor. This may be the funniest peace award since it was given to H. Kissinger.

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By diman, October 9, 2009 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

Gorbachev, at the expense of the russian people (if there are any russians on this site they will understand) at least united the two Germanies and this was quite an achievement, what did this guy do? They say he extended the hand to Iran, but isn’t it what politicians are supposed to do, isn’t it the common sense of diplomacy-negociating with adversaries instead of mindlessly killing and bombing villiages in Pakistan and Afganistan. If he has moral integrity, which i think he doesn’t (he is a lawyer afterall)he should not accept the prize.

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By citizensue, October 9, 2009 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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This is a sad day for the world.

From the ap: “In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”

Awarding Obama with the Nobel “Peace” Prize is a huge slap in the face to all former recipients and a sick, opportunistic ploy on the part of the Nobel Committee.

Not only has Obama NOT abolished or reduced “standing armies” or spread “peace congresses” as was Alfred Nobel’s stiplulation in his will for the recipient, but he has continued the status quo of “perpetual war”.

All the world has a right to be very angry and deeply sad.

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By RobertinWestbury, October 9, 2009 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

Well we will hear a wail of protest from his detractors today - both on the right, and apprently on the left too.  They will say that he hasn’t been in long enough to deserve the award because he hasn’t had the time for any of his policies to see fruition (then again, after 10 months they call this Obama’s economy and blame him for the fact we are not in full recovery yet - something he said from the beginning wouldn’t happen until 2010). 

And they will claim that because the wars that were years in the making before he came to office haven’t ended yet, which would be nearly impossible in just 10 months time.  Never mind that we are removing troops faster than expected from Iraq (and will be out by the timetable he provided as a candidate), and that he is reforming the US mission in Afganistan.  That he hasn’t brought massive economic growth and job creation, withdrawn from Iraq completely and from Afganistan (where we probably shouldn’t withdraw from yet)...  he is blamed and mocked.  After just a measly 10 months.. 

But it is apparent from the committee’s following quote (not included in the article above, but from CNN):

“He (the chairman of the committee) rejected the notion that Obama had been recognized prematurely for his efforts and said the committee wanted to promote the president just it had Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 in his efforts to open up the Soviet Union.”

... that they do award the prize prematurely based on a leader’s stated goals and vision - in order to pressure that individual to follow through.  This is nothing more than the committee pressuring Obama to follow through with his stated goals and vision. 

And I think that is legitimate.  Let’s hope that in time that pressure works and Obama, when he has had a fair shot at it (i.e enough time to change what is in place reasonably) will be remembered as one of our greatest presidents in fostering world peace…

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By librarian, October 9, 2009 at 5:33 am Link to this comment
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I agree with the 6:22 am comment of Ouroborus, that surely there is someone out there that is more deserving.  One example of a nominee for this year is Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea.  Here is someone that has dedicated his life to building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, done at great sacrifice to himself and his family.  Not exactly in it for the ego.  I wish that the mainstream media would bring light on some of the “losers”, those that really deserve some credit.

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By montanawildhack, October 9, 2009 at 5:21 am Link to this comment

A major whiskey, tango, foxtrot moment for certain… You know what would be funny???  Take a camera over to Afghanistan and tape the expression on the faces of the people horribly wounded or just generally fucked over by our war machine when you tell them that Ol’ Uncle Barack just got the Nobel Peace Prize.  That would be more better than America’s funniest home videos….  Sho enuff….

ps..  Did you know that Alfred Nobel invented dynamite???  I always thought it was Jimmy JJ Walker!!! DynoMite!!!!!

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By KISS, October 9, 2009 at 5:14 am Link to this comment

I hope when he is up for his grand peace award he has his “Jack Boots” on and carries his Cat o’ Nine Tails gracefully.During the ceremony, I think through out the world the oppressed, tortured, and suffering prisoners of the United States have the decency to stand at attention.

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By Rabbit, October 9, 2009 at 5:10 am Link to this comment
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We’re being punked. It’s all some kind of joke or a bad dream I’m having.
  Wonder what they think in the Pashtun?

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By ardee, October 9, 2009 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

Must be a poor year for candidates. Continuing an illegal war, continuing illegal methods of interrogations, continuing rendition, contemplating the escalation of a war in Afghanistan, what a resume, what a joke.

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By altara, October 9, 2009 at 4:28 am Link to this comment
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(related fake news)
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            CRITICS ASSAIL PEACE PRIZE AWARD TO OBAMA

Soon after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama, political opponents and other prominent Americans weighed in with adverse comments.

Financial guru Jim Cramer told his TV audience that he knew the fix was in when some of the TARP money was secretly funneled to the Nobel Committee.
Lou Dobbs said that the Nobel Committee had followed the pattern of awarding Nobel prizes to candidates from Africa.
TV comic Roger Standpipe felt that it was passing strange that the award was given to President Obama on the same day that the U.S. was going to shoot the moon.
Representative Michele Bachmann stated indignantly that this award proved the influence of ACORN over the Nobel Committee.
Former Republican leader Bob Dole remarked dryly ” I guess that the Nobel Committee knows a messiah when it sees one”

homer http://www.altara.blogspot.com

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By Paul, October 9, 2009 at 4:19 am Link to this comment
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“its an complete devaluation from the Nobel peace prise.”

Considering that previous winners include Henry Kissinger and Yasser Arafat, I
suspect it’s worth a bit less than you think.

That said, the Committee’s rationale is difficult to argue against:

“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.” The committee also said Obama has “created a new
climate in international politics.”

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By Karim, October 9, 2009 at 4:18 am Link to this comment
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Here is a toast to another unbelievably moronic committee decision, giving the price to a man who should by all human and legal standards be a pariah.
He tortures, he “legally” takes away peoples natural right to a fair hearing, he has killed hundreth of people in vicious drone attacks,he “legalized” spying of American citizens,he is a moral featherweight who gets pushed around at will by the pharma industry and their imps. And no, that is not because he is to decent.He is just an all around opportunistic run of the mill “Bush in Black”(with more brains ofcourse).
He just showed the world,especially the Muslim world,what a political Big Mac he is.Just because it smells good and looks good, doesnt mean its good for you,or for everyone else for that matter.Mmmmm.Obama.
Freezing of settlements?Forget it. Bickering about them just stands in the way of that ever elusive pax americana.Add to all that his recent threat to bomb Iran if neccesary.So here is a toast to our much beloved western values.Add another item to the long list of mythological have beens, right between Anubis, the popes infallibility and Unicorns.Cheers.

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By Ouroborus, October 9, 2009 at 3:58 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, October 9 at 6:31 am #
Just think: The ENTIRE Fox Noise propaganda machine
from Rupert Murdoch down to Brit Hume & Co. just had a
collective heart attack!
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Oh, If only that could be true.  wink

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By johannes, October 9, 2009 at 3:51 am Link to this comment

Which peace, he wond speek with the Dali Lama, he creates racisme, by inviting our only black France governement worker, is still fighting several wars, nobody understands.

Or is it more an signal and a notice to stop, or just very heavy lobbying, its so damd confusedly this whole thing.

For our feelings here in France everything is falling from its place, what wil be the next blow.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 9, 2009 at 3:31 am Link to this comment

Just think: The ENTIRE Fox Noise propaganda machine from Rupert Murdoch down to Brit Hume & Co. just had a collective heart attack!

That alone is worthy of a Peace Prize—think of the apoplectic fits Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and the ENTIRE GOP leadership are having!  They could all be rendered speechless.

BTW:
Congratulations, Mr. President.

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By johannes, October 9, 2009 at 3:26 am Link to this comment

For what, its a shame, its an complete devaluation from the Nobel peace prise.

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By Ouroborus, October 9, 2009 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

Now there’s a head scratcher for ya. What’s he done?
I’m not happy with him, but I’m also not anti-Obama,
but surely there’s someone out there more deserving.
Another in a long list of WTF’s?

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