“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,” said the Norwegian panel.
Actually, it is “extraordinary” how remarkably hollow the 2009 peace prize citation sounds in 2014 amid international events that Obama’s policies allowed or caused:
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by despot Vladimir Putin who was encouraged by Obama’s farcical “restart” of US-Russia relations, by Obama’s promises of further of “flexibility” and by Obama’s unilateral abandonment of missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic;
- Syria’s brutal civil war in which millions have become refugees as the murderous Assad Regime massacred tens of thousands of its own citizens, some with banned chemical weapons, after Obama reached out to “engage” Assad against the express requests of the US Congress;
- Hastily planned and executed pull-backs from Iraq and Afghanistan have turned both countries into chaos, throwing away the sacrifices of US soldiers and rewarding Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Iranian ayatollahs;
- Encouraging the Muslim Brotherhood take-over of Egypt, throwing away nearly 40 years of US-Egyptian ties (Anwar Sadat and Husni Mubarak) for a cockamamie notion that the Brotherhood was a “moderate player” that would fight Al-Qaeda;
- Reversing Arab-Israeli peace talks more than 20 years by staking out a more anti-Israeli negotiating stance (on Jerusalem and settlements) than that of the Palestine Liberation Organization of Arafat, forcing Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, to show that he is more “Palestinian” than either Obama or Arafat.
From Crimea to Damascus and from Libya to Afghanistan, Western interests and human rights have been set back because the president of the United States did not do his homework, did not study history, did not look at his own mistakes.
Much of the sad state of the world today is tied to a leader who spoke of “hope and change,” trying to seem tall and prophetic but, ultimately, looking small and pathetic.