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What Did Obama Do To Bring Peace To The World?

Barack Obama is president of a nation that has the largest military force in the world and is presently conducting two wars in various parts of the world. Although, Obama was not president when these wars began, he is continuing policies of his predecessor to have military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The issue is not whether or not Obama is a man of peace, most probably he has that goal. But, as of this point in time he has yet to achieve peace anywhere in the world, let alone in the United States. The Swedish Peace and Reconciliation Society expressed its disappointment at the decision of the Oslo based Nobel committee to extend the prize to Obama.

Anna Ek, speaking for the society noted: “The choice of Barack Obama as the recipient of the world’s foremost peace prize is shocking.” Ms. Ek, like most people, is still attempting to discover exactly which “peace” in the world has Obama helped to secure? If anyone knows, please let the Oslo committee in on the secret.

Obama Wins And Loses

This has been a bad ten days for President Obama. First, he flew to Copenhagen to give a pitch that would reward Chicago with the Olympics only to receive a humiliating no response. Then, out of the blue, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for doing something that impressed by Nobel committee but has yet to be understood by anyone else. “To be honest,” said the president, “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by the prize.” I suspect, those words will gain approval of even his worse critics.

Obama inherited a mess, and he has been working hard, but, due to horrible communication problems and lack of concern for those who have lost jobs, he remains a figure who intrigues more than he impresses. Yes, he is trying in the Middle East to get a peace agreement. No, it has yet to succeed. Unfortunately, the Nobel Peace Prize was not conceived as being awarded to those who try, but do not succeed.