Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize – Will it be retracted?

At least one news report has surfaced recently that claims Mr. Geil Lundestad and others of the committee who awarded Barack Obama a Nobel Peace Prize now think it was a mistake. I believe the report’s claim is probably true. Thank you Mr. Lundestad  for your candid admission, but you have already done your damage.

The Nobel PP Committee wrote in 2009:

“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.

“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.”

Why should we ever again care to whom the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awards it prize? It’s obvious those people are just as clueless as President Obama about how peace is achieved in a world filled with villains.

The PP Committee also wrote in 2009:

“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.”

None of the West’s antagonists are listening to President Obama. Vladimir Putin is not listening, Kim Jong-un of North Korea is not listening, ISIS is not listening, Iran’s mullahs are not listening. They don’t care who wins the Norwegian’s peace prize.

The Nobel Peace Prize has become totally irrelevant to achieving ACTUAL world peace.

Retracting their award to President Obama would now do more harm than good. The award should never have been given to him in the first place. It’s kind of like dropping a bomb on the wrong target – some things you can just never take back.

On the eve of WWII, British Prime Minister Chamberlain displayed a peace agreement with Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain was mistaken when he claimed there would be

On the eve of WWII, British Prime Minister Chamberlain displayed a peace agreement with Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain was mistaken when he claimed there would be “peace in our time.” Do President Obama’s concessions to Putin and Iran make him the Neville Chamberlin of our time. Unfortunately, a lot of us think so.

Looking back on the events that led to WWII Winston Churchill wrote: “How the English-speaking people through their unwisdom, carelessness, and good nature allowed the wicked to rearm.”

History doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Apply Churchill’s brilliantly written point to the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria or the U.S. – Iran Nuclear deal.

When historians look back on the international chaos caused by Obama’s brand of foreign policy, I fear they will be writing something like:

“How western leaders, led by President Obama, through their un-wisdom, foolishness and misunderstanding of international structures allowed their enemies to arm as the world devolved into chaos.”

Hortentius

Random Thoughts

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder,  a paid servant of the people.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a paid servant of the people.

Letting Convicted Criminals Vote

Do you value your right to vote? Should anyone be allowed to vote? President Obama’s right hand man, Attorney General Eric Holder, is working quickly and furiously to allow convicted felons, some who commit the most violent crimes against their fellow men, the right to vote. Is there anyone who can argue with a straight face that giving people convicted of armed robbery, murder, car-jacking or rape the right to vote will be a good thing for this country? Wow! Look at Eric Holder. Look at how low our country has sunk.

Putin vs. Obama

It is very dangerous when a when a weak leader like President Obama, in way over his head, is challenged with a foreign crisis like Crimea. His desire to suddenly appear strong and silence his critics, but without the heart or stomach to follow a coherent strategy through to the end is a very dangerous urge that could set the stage for future unthinkable disasters. For one thing, the Republicans should stop publicly daring Obama to “do something” about Crimea. Don’t egg a weakling on to fight a bully – he might get creamed.

At this point, there is little in the short-term President Obama can do. I am not saying President Obama should do nothing about Russia’s invasion of Crimea, but whatever he does it should not be done rashly, it must be part of a viable long term strategy and it must be done for the right reasons. Playing politics with foreign policy is very dangerous. That goes for Republicans too.

When the administration of Neville Chamberlain encouraged Hitler through its weakness and naïveté to invade his neighbors, at least in Great Britain it was possible to call for a new administration who could get serious about stopping the tyrant’s designs, and it was done – Churchill was appointed Prime Minister. In the U.S. we are stuck with Obama for almost three more years and so the world watches and nervously waits. Who is nervous? Japan, Western Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Israel. Who is not so nervous? China, Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Mullahs, Kim Jong-un.

Some say it is ridiculous to compare Putin to Hitler, Obama to Chamberlain, etc. But some general parallels do apply that are instructive. Mark Twain once said that although history does not repeat itself, it often rhymes. Weakness encourages aggression. It’s true in the schoolyard. It’s true on the world stage. It was true in the 1930’s and it is just as true now. Unfortunately, many modern-day liberal progressives do not study history and thus do not have any compass to guide them. Theoretical ideas and political correctness are no substitute for historical knowledge.

Conservatives vs. Liberals: A View of Big Government and a Challenge

When conservatives complain that the IRS has used its coercive power to abuse them and stifle their political speech, liberals shrug it off – no problem they say, conservatives should stop whining. But when liberal leaders in Congress like Diane Feinstein think the Federal government is abusing them (spying drones) they cry foul and demand action.

I know it is difficult for liberals to admit that the federal government has gotten too large, too powerful, too coercive, too invasive – they don’t want to sound like their Tea Party opponents. But the time has come for all sides to agree that we need to reign in the beast we have created. The Obama administration will not offer any assistance in this area. It likes the power it has and will try to expand it. What liberals do not seem to understand is that someday they may be the target of a wrathful, powerful administration (a few who don’t toe the line are already).

It’s not a liberal vs. conservative argument as the media often portrays it. Those who marginalize the issue do not understand the dangerous political atmosphere it creates. The United States Constitution set up a limited form of government. And under it Congress and the Executive have enumerated, specific powers. Either you believe in the Constitution or you don’t. Don’t cherry pick the parts you like and ignore the parts you don’t. If you don’t believe in the Constitution, stop pretending that you do.

If you believe in the rule of law and not the rule of whim, then defend all parts of the Constitution, not just the parts that support you fleeting causes. The alternative will lead to anarchy and misery. It’s time for liberals and conservatives to put the future of our country above personal concerns and party politics. We must join hands to reign in Congress and the federal bureaucracy that routinely exceeds its statutory powers. If We the People do not demand a return to Constitutional principles and the Rule of Law then we are all at risk of being personally abused and even ruined by our own federal government.

Frotho

“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it! If you do not, I shall repent it in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it!”
John Adams, April 26, 1777