High school kids want to be popular. Nations want to be prosperous, secure and in America’s case, a force for good in the world.
And like Bob & Tom said on the radio this morning (also, h/t Matt L.):
isn’t this a bit like awarding super bowl MVP right now?
The Europeans are so mad that they weren’t the ones to elect Barack Obama.
Or, like My Old Man said:
Is today April 1? This shows what a joke this [the Nobel Peace Prize] is.
But wait, there’s more: I just got an invite to join someone’s Facebook group (yup, I’m popular too): Help Barack Obama win the Heisman Trophy!
UPDATE 10 October 1:09am BDT: Jansen G. does me one better and writes something intelligent about Obama’s Prize:
So, Obama got awarded a peace prize for yet another promise, this time for promising a nuclear free world. After having added this venerable achievement to his trophy case, I have to say, Obama has done quite well making promises. US Senator? Check. President of the United States? Check. Nobel Peace Prize? Check. Though, all this makes me wonder: are any of these promises contractually enforceable? Because I’m not seeing much, if any, performance.
As for the substance (if you can call it that) of this Nobel Peace Prize, Obama promised reconciliation in the M-E, climate change, and a world free of nuclear weapons. Has there been any performance of any of these promises? No! Obama’s speech in Egypt has had little affect on the contentious realities in the M-E, largely b/c it failed to address the real source of conflict (US involvement in anything related to or impacting M-E oil flow).
Performance on climate change? The conference on climate change doesn’t start until December and its a virtually guaranteed failure given the interests of BRIC et. al.
And while Obama may believe in the ideal of a nuclear free world, he knows just how dangerous in addition to impractical an ideal it is. No one in their right mind believes disarming nuclear arsenals will do anything but create even stronger incentives for horizontal proliferation, further destabilizing already pressing crises. And that’s just the catch. Obama either (A) disingenuously attempts a halfhearted, impractical endeavor to dismantle nuclear arms resulting in planned failure that potentially destabilizes a system that’s fenced-in the powerful incentives of the prisoner’s proliferating dilemma, or (B) he abandons the thought of an attempt to rid the world of weapons and goes down as one of the world’s most undeserved Nobel Peace Prize winners. The obvious and preferable option is B, to continue to indulge in the proven double standard of the “powers-that-be.” But one has to think that eventually these myriad of catch-22’s that Obama promises his way into will expose him for the ‘serial breachor’ of promises he is.
Obama is an archetype with which, thanks to teen movies, we are all familiar: the popular kool kid who only hangs out with the leftist dork when no one else is around. And then, because the dork has a crush on the kool kid, he/she endlessly makes excuses for Obama.
Obama’s apologists will always have a reason for why he was/is unable to deliver on his sweet nothings.
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