I am going to spin this particular article a little different than usual, so hang on to your pants and let me know if you my readers appreciate this style or what I have been doing.
In 2009 just a few days after Barack Obama became president he was nominated for his Nobel Peace Prize which he eventually won. The official prize motivation which is a snippet about why he was nominated is as follows:
Prize motivation: “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
In particular they gave “emphasis” to his vision of a nuke free world.
These short lines don’t go all that far to describe why he was nominated, possibly because he had accomplished nothing of note at that point.
In Obama’s first 100 days as president, he accomplished very little for one so graciously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He made promises of communication, transparency and participation. His actual actions included a pay freeze for White House staff members, due to the economic crises that was about to happen. He announced guidelines for lobbyists, and signed an executive order intending to shut down Guantanamo Bay, in a year, that never happened.
The first peace of legislation he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which forced businesses to have equal pay for for all.
Then in February 2009 Obama announced that we would increase the number of troops in Afghanistan. Not a very peaceable thing.
He followed the plan set in place by Bush to stand down in Iraq, and began promoting a nuclear free world.
In this time I see no action that made this man worth of nomination, let alone receiving of a Peace Prize.
Lets jump forward a little bit and analyze the actions of a man who has now received a that glorious Nobel.
March 2011, began bombing Libya to remove Gaddafi, exceeding the 30 days of engagement allowed per the War Powers act, with out congressional approval, an act he said he could make because we had no boots on the ground and were part of a larger U.N. fleet.
May 2 2011, directed by our Commander in Chief, an elite group of military members invade ally boarders to assassinate Osama Bin Laden. A move that increased tension in the Middle east, resulted in some allies being imprisoned, and deprived the U.S. people of a valuable source of intelligence, and our right to try him in a court.
January 2 2013, signed the National Defense Authorization Act which enabled the permanent detainment of U.S. citizens.
October 2013 U.S. forces invade Libya to capture Abu Anas al-Libi.
To date Obama has issued over 300 drone strikes in Pakistan alone.
Now our government is shut down, Obamacare looms over our heads ready to crush the very fabric of existence, and our POTUS refuses to negotiate with house and senate republicans. Let me remind you of what he was officially awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for at this moment. “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. What kind of diplomat cannot get his own people to talk to each other, but supposedly can get countries that mortally hate each other speak.
I move forward to a related but equally disturbing story. Vladimir Putin, president of Russia has been nominated for a Peace Prize, due to his actual ability to reach a peaceful resolution concerning the Syrian chemical crisis, at a time that Obama posturing, and red lines were doomed to lead to the beginning of the next world war once we invaded. Something that Russia, RUSSIA, averted not America, not our Peace prize winning president who is full of hope and change.
How is the leader of Russia, a country that made it illegal to be gay, on par with our president when it comes to acts of peace?
These nominations lead me to believe that the peace prize is no longer a worthy prize to receive, it is given to favorites, and flavors of the week, it is not even worthy of the extra second it takes me to push the shift button on my keyboard twice to capitalize the p’s to assign it its proper noun status.