Obama awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 10/31/2009 - 1:12pm.

Yep, you go girl!! You tell them Pakistanis that the "man of peace" means business. But wait a minute, wasn't it the same President that said something about the arrogance of the US? Confusing, eh.

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Submitted by Bonkers on Sat, 10/31/2009 - 2:18pm.

Well one should honestly "threaten" for some cooperation before we go on our own!

All of the Taliban will be in the mountains and in Pakistan within a couple of weeks (horrible winter). Pakistan needs to go get them on their side and fdive thme into the ice.

Beats "smokin them out" and branging em to jestice!"

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Submitted by Get Smart on Sat, 10/31/2009 - 2:31pm.

Is a one term Secretary of State.


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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 11/01/2009 - 5:29am.

Next summer or fall she will notice Prezbo's 20% approval rating and do a listening tour around the country (using our tax dollars for the travel expenses) after which she will conclude that she needs to run for President to save the Democrat Party - no mention of saving the country, of course.

I was never convinced that someone with her monumental ego and big mouth would sit quietly on the sidelines as a barely functioning Secretary of State. Obama's only good political move since January has been muzzling her. Won't last another year.


Submitted by Davids mom on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 6:16am.

The 'world' and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee gives significance to 'hope'. At last world leaders, at the encouragement of our president, are not adverse to diplomacy - and talking to one another.

Reflections of the Nobel Peace Prize

So the world cares about the Peace Prize. That leads on to the question of whether the Peace Prize has any effect on what happens in the world. If the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize had been to establish peace all over the world, it would clearly have failed. We see at all too frequent intervals how limited the powers are even of the American President, the most powerful man in the world. With that in mind, we can hardly expect the Nobel Peace Prize to play a decisive part in international politics. A determining impact on matters of war and peace would be far too strict a criterion for the importance of the Peace Prize. Even a limited influence on international politics should be celebrated as a victory for a prize that is awarded only once a year. And I do believe that the Peace Prize does have an influence. The Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991 is a good example of what the Prize can contribute and of its limitations. I was able to watch that process particularly closely, and there can be little doubt that the award in 1991 helped to move Burma higher on the international agenda. The United Nations, till then unable to adopt a resolution condemning Burma's military regime, proceeded to do just that. Several countries, the United States, major EU countries, even Japan, began placing greater emphasis on human rights in their policies towards Burma. These are the remarkable developments, not the fact that the Peace Prize did not lead to the fall of the military government or even to Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest.

It is obvious that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee appreciate Obama's, and many American citizens', 'hope' for world peace.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 10/12/2009 - 7:16am.

Well folks, here is a list of President Barack Obama’s deeds in the pursuit of peace on Earth:

* Issued an order to close the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, but has not approved any plans to actually do so.
* Oversaw a reduction in actual US troops in Iraq, only to replace them with private mercenaries
* Expanded the war in Afghanistan into Pakistan by increasing the number of air attacks in its border regions
* Increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan by tens of thousands, with many more on the way
* Established a US military presence on Colombian military bases
* Refused to lend even the most superficial support to the political opposition in Iran, even as the regime there publicly executed dissidents
* Stood idly by as police and National Guard troops engaged in one of the most vicious crackdowns against free-speech in recent memory while attending the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, PA
* Has spoken glowingly (particularly during his campaign) of China, and refused to criticize its government’s ever-lengthening list of human rights abuses.
* Continues to allow Blackwater (now Xe) to be awarded defense contracts, even in light of reports of child prostitution rings being run out of it’s facilities in Iraq.

…and the list will continue to grow.

Recently, his administration has begun beating the drums of war with Iran, not in defense of its oppressed citizens of course, but because of claims that the country is developing weapons of mass destruction. Claims that stand in direct contrast to information provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency and even internal US intelligence reports. While there are legitimate reasons to engage in some kind of action against the current Iranian regime–WMD’s are the least of them. Clearly this President isn’t interested in aligning himself with free citizens of a truly liberated Iran, he prefers liberation of the Bush/Cheney variety–more commonly known as starving them with sanctions and then blowing the hell out of them.

What’s that you say? That sounds more like a list of deeds done in opposition to peace than a list of achievements that merit an award like the Nobel Peace Prize?

If that’s what you were thinking then congratulations, you, unlike so many other millions of people, are capable of actual independent thought! Anyone who isn’t completely drugged out of their mind, or pays attention to anything in the world around them can clearly see that President Barack Obama has not done a single thing to promote peace anywhere in the world.

We free thinking people must ask, with all of this information–why was Mr. Obama given this prestigious award?

There is no easy answer to this question. The most likely explanation is rooted in Mr. Obama’s commitment to globalization and the United Nations. He believes very strongly that the UN is the key to global order, and has acted to bring the United States in line with UN doctrine. Sadly, that doctrine calls for substantial weakening in national sovereignty. It requires the acceptance of rules put in place not by our own elected representatives, but by unelected representatives of foreign powers–many of which are inherently corrupt.

True adherence to UN mandates can only lead to global governance by unelected individuals who have little to know respect for the US Constitution or the rights enumerated within it. ‘

The Nobel Committee commented that the prize was awarded to Mr. Obama because he changed the climate of international relations through his commitment to diplomacy. Apparently these individuals view a commitment to diplomacy as a commitment to global governance–which Mr. Obama is quite clearly comfortable with, as he’s demonstrated by being the first sitting US President to actually chair the UN Security Council.

If this is a commitment to peace, then the Orwellian nightmare feared by so many is finally coming to pass. War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery to unelected UN bureaucrats, and Ignorance is most definitely Strength.

In Liberty,

DarthDubious


Submitted by Gort on Sat, 10/10/2009 - 1:19pm.

President Obama won the Nobel Prize because of his “extraordinary efforts in strengthening international diplomacy.” Compared to the last Republican Administration, it’s easy to understand why the selection committee thought he was worthy of the honor. I think Mr. Obama won the prize fair and square.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 10/10/2009 - 1:42pm.

You got to be kidding. He was selected as a nominee on February 1. So what the heck did he do between taking office and February 1? I would have had more respected for the man more if he declined it. Talk about really cheapening the whole thing.

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Submitted by Gort on Sat, 10/10/2009 - 10:40pm.

The United States of America is a rich and powerful country. As citizens, we enjoy many liberties. Most of the rest of the world has nothing or almost nothing. Mr. Obama has given hope to many people of the world that had none. Perhaps, the value of hope can only be understood by those that have experienced hopelessness? I would be disappointed if President Obama turned down the prize. The only thing making it cheap is all the sniping and whining about it.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 10/10/2009 - 11:17pm.

So where's the "extraordinary efforts" especially those that occurred prior to his Noble nomination?

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Submitted by Gort on Sun, 10/11/2009 - 5:01pm.

Cyclist, the quote I sited was from the actual announcement. My take on it was, against all odds, Mr. Obama managed to get elected as the President of the United States of America and leader of the free world. In his international travels he delivers a message of hope and propensity toward diplomacy. These things must have been very appealing to selection committee.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 10/11/2009 - 5:42pm.

Yes I know where it's "cited" but nonetheless, his selection still cheapens the award as there is simply no substance only talk. Heck, even Hugo Chavez is scratching his head. But hey, its done so now lets see if this either helps or hurts him.
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Submitted by Jo Anne on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 10:32pm.

Obama got what for doing what? Obama is an idiot. Peace prize. Obama has never spent time in the US Armed Services. What does he know about World Peace expect trying to glamourize everything he and Oprah does.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:47pm.

after careful consideration of the facts, that the Nobel Peace Prize can be awarded to whomever the Nobel Peace Prize committee wants to give it to. It is their award, and they use their money. Personally, I feel that they made a good choice, all things considered. I felt the same way when Jimmy Carter won it. This amounts to one unit's opinion, and that, along with $4.00 (that includes a liberal tip) will get me one large cup of coffee, with two shots of espresso, at the next coffee get together.

It's not easy being the carbonunit


Submitted by oak tree on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:36pm.

President Reagan should have received the Nobel Peace Prize years ago for being instrumental in the Berlin Wall coming down, for ridding eastern Europe of communism, and for helping to end the Cold War. For all that President Clinton has done since he left office makes him more deserving than Pres. Obama. It looks like the Olympic Committee is smarter than the Nobel Prize Committee.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:03pm.

“The last thing Barack Obama needed at this moment in his presidency and our politics is a prize for a promise.” Time Online

They gave a "PEACE" award to a TERRORIST.. once they did that it ceased to mean anything..

Even The Times knows all he has accomplished is words and promises..
Two days into his Presidency he is nominated for all the good he was GOING to do.. How has that worked out?

"A Government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson


Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:05pm.

No one was more surprised this morning upon receiving the news that our President had won the Nobel Peace Prize. My take? The international community is showing its support of an American leader who has taken the course of leading by diplomacy rather than 'power'. We do not exist on this planet alone - and at last we have an administration that is acknowledging this fact and reaching out to the rest of the world to join together to insure that we exist on this planet peaceably. We need support from the international community in combating the 'evil' in this world. Calling them 'evil' just didn't work in getting us allies or support. Congratulations Mr. President. The past has shown that we can't 'win' alone. Your message of inclusiveness has gained us more friends and supporters than we've had in a long, long time. Let's hope that 'good' men and women working together can save some young lives.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 12:27pm.

"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists -- the Taliban and Hamas this morning -- in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize -- an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride -- unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore - it's an embarrassing label to claim." - DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse

Only 20% admit to being Republican. And they all live in Fayette County, GA.


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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:15pm.

Who gives a $#!^ what the Dems Communications Director says or thinks about it, besides you? Most of us have an opinion formed in our own mind. You wouldn't have a clue what to think about anything without checking the party line on your liberal blogs. Ever have an original thought besides the rote "I need to eat" and "I need to potty" impulses that strike you (if they do)? Never mind, that was a rhetorical question.

"Only 20% admit to being Republican. And they all live in Fayette County, GA."

Ain't it cool? Why don't you leave here anyway? You aren't wanted or needed, and you sure don't add value. Like they say...."don't let the door hit ya, where the Good Lord split ya".


Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:54pm.

Is acceptable as long as the ideas communicated in the 'speech' agree with your ideas? Why are you so afraid of the expression of ideas that are contrary to yours? Thinking people read all contributions - and make up their own minds. Are you fearful because some of these ideas are held by almost 80% of the citizens of this country? I know - you're not afraid, neither are we!

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 3:45pm.

A couple of things. No fear from here on ideas contrary to mine. This blog is full of ideas I don't agree with or even comment on sometimes. The point was the person she quoted is a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. His "ideas" on the award were not ideas. They were nothing but steaming political speak. Others commented here on the relevance of them.

Second, I truly hope you don't think that the thoughts he expressed in that quote are "held by almost 80% of the citizens of this country". Even if you weren't speaking of that particular quote, you still must be kidding. 80% of this country doesn't agree on ANYTHING. If 80% of this country agreed with the sentiments of that party spokesman or your party in general, don't you think all this fight about the health care reform would be over?


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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:47pm.

I get the feeling you are truly enamored and intrigued with me, since it is usually only my posts that bring you out of your cage for an occasional incoherent comment.

Thanks hon, I'm truly flattered.


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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 3:26pm.

Incoherent? I'll help you with any big words if necessary.

You're flattered? Well, I never thought I'd be the first for anything in your miserable life, but I guess I was.....


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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:53pm.

What a silly and politically motivated comment. "Politics above patriotism"? PATRIOTISM?

So being a patriot entails having a swelling pride over our leader being awarded this prize? Why should anyone think a thing like that? The issue is whether the recipient--whoever he is--has done anything deserving of the award.

And, given what I've been reading and hearing today, the comment is also off base. I've not heard criticisms of Obama "for receiving the Nobel Prize." So to observe that he did not seek it is quite beside the point.

Camus said that the Absurd arises from a certain tension between an intention and the reality of the situation--like the man armed only with a sword, who charges a well-equipped machine gun nest. Obama's being awarded the Nobel Prize is absurd in just this sense: there is a great deal of daylight between the original purpose of the Prize and the reality of what Obama has or has not accomplished.

I also don't think he deserves a Pulitzer. Ought I, as a patriotic American, conjure tears of joy if it comes to pass?


Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:24pm.

. . .and from your discussions regarding Fayette County politics - we're in trouble!!

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:28pm.

We just need to remember that a mainly Socialist selection committee of a mainly Socialist country gave him the prize for "expections" and he had to have been nominated even BEFORE he was inaugurated. The prize hasn't meant much since it was awarded to Yassir Arafat.

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:09pm.

...that's my baby, Nossir, I don't mean maybe....


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Submitted by ionizd on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 12:42pm.

come up with your own petty partisan attacks, you have to cite a DNC hack? How pathetic.

By the way, what is it called in psychology when you blame others for what you are guilty of yourself? Projection, I think...

"We don't need to vote the Democrats out of office and replace them with Republicans, and we don't need to vote the Republicans out of office and replace them with Democrats. We need to vote them all out and replace them with better people.


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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:29pm.

was trying to send the message: "Thanks for not being George W. Bush, here's an award. Love, Europe."


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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:22pm.

Yeah, I remember lying awake last night worrying about what Europe thinks....


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Submitted by ionizd on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 2:06pm.

"Kindly stay out of our political debate. We aren't like you, don't want to be like you, and have been trying to get those people who do want to be like you to move to your countries for years. Concentrate on fixing your own problems before you try to tell us how to run our country, because we're still better off than most of you."

P.S. Where's my award? I'm not Bush. The fact that I'm not Obama either means I should get $10 million.

"We don't need to vote the Democrats out of office and replace them with Republicans, and we don't need to vote the Republicans out of office and replace them with Democrats. We need to vote them all out and replace them with better people.


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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:51am.

WASHINGTON, DC-- A military spokesperson announced today that the military will begin awarding the Bronze Star--one of the nation's highest honors--to "any person, soldier or civilian, who, in the judgment of the appropriate panel, would have shown valor while under fire."

"In the past, the award has been reserved for soldiers who have actually demonstrated courage under fire, risking or even losing their own lives for the sake of their comrades. Not every person is afforded the opportunity to display actual valor under actual fire. Thousands of would-be heroes, who have never engaged in any military conflict, indeed, many of whom have never even served in the military, have gone unrecognized. Their time has come," the spokesperson said.

Mass production of the medal has begun at a defunct General Motors plant in Flint Michigan.

Anyone interested in receiving the Bronze Star is encouraged to submit a 500 word essay, "What I Would Do in Battle" to the Bronze Star Awards Panel at www.BronzeStarAwards.com


Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:50pm.

All of muddle's comments are not exactly correct. The Bronze Star can also be awarded for "Mweritorious Service"--it does not have to involve actual participation in combat.

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:55pm.

Thanks for that correction.

So the article will have to be amended to read that people may be awarded for "meritorious service--either actual or imagined." Eye-wink


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Submitted by Hoosier Fan on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 12:23pm.

This seems to be the logical extension of a culture that believes "It's not important what you accomplish, it's only important that you feel good about yourself."


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Submitted by ionizd on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 12:08pm.

kick out of this one also. Good irony is a fantastic departure from the norm.

"We don't need to vote the Democrats out of office and replace them with Republicans, and we don't need to vote the Republicans out of office and replace them with Democrats. We need to vote them all out and replace them with better people.


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Submitted by Git Real on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:56am.

Enough said.

Obama.... The Bernie Madoff Of Washington


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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:50am.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:48am.

My personal opinion is that a sitting elected official should never be awarded this distinguished honor. They are doing what they are elected to do and what they are paid to do. The Nobel prize should be reserved for those private citizens that rise up to oppose injustice and in doing so unselfishly, take no monetary gain and no power in their actions.

"He who bends himself to a joy, doth the winged life destroy. But...he who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise." - William Blake


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Submitted by zoes on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:31am.

It confuses me.

Obama has SAID many peaceful sounding things, but hasn't DONE anything (except embarrass himself with inappropriate gifts and trips to promote Olympics in his home city and bills he won't read, etc.) Then when you consider the nominiation time line, I say 'HUH?'

If I had on my tin foil hat, I'd be wondering about - well - tin foil hat things.

ZoeS

"Never love anything that can't love you back."


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Submitted by Git Real on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:13am.

THIS is what many of us think about Christ Obama's Nobel Peace Price. Some of us have expressed concerns and thoughts. We want to hear yours.

Obama.... The Bernie Madoff Of Washington


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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:02am.

Is it suppose to mean something? It seems like it has been cheapened if it did.

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