President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
"for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"
Huh? When did he do this?
You can read the full press release here. Then please let me where my question is answered. Because I sure as heck can't figure it out. After all, the deadline for nominations was in February, only a couple of weeks after Obama was inaugurated.
So, what on earth did President Obama really do to be nominated? He gave speeches about what he wanted to do? He visited Iraq?
Nope. All he did to be nominated was that he was elected, a symbolic defeat and potential reversal of President Bush's foreign policy, America's Christmas present to Europe.
Ellen Ratner, FOXNews.com, October 9, 2009
...He [Obama] is just beginning his presidency and although he has moved in the direction of talking to pretty much everyone on the world stage he does not yet have a feather in his cap to show for his vision and dreams.
This morning's announcement is even more shocking on the eve of the president's important decision about whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan. In fact, he is scheduled to meet with his war council later today! -- Perhaps the Nobel committee wanted to nudge him in the direction of adding more schools and hospitals to the region rather than more troops.
Ratner goes on to use the word "encourage," and cites several examples of winners, which support her notion of Nobel Committee nudging.
I agree with her completely.
Don't forget, that in addition to the high level of prestige which accompanies the prize, it also includes a cash award. In 2008, the amount was 10 million Swedish Kronor (about 1.4 million dollars). So, perhaps we can call Nobel Peace a bribe as well as a "nudge?" ...not that President Obama needs it.
Stay tuned for more of Obama pushing Europe's foreign policy agenda (ie. bad for Israel).