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.
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.”