October 9, 2009

Why Did Obama Win? He's Not Bush

Simon Reid-Henry, New Statesman

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So it came out of the blue did it? Not likely. This was the last in a series of three presidential choices whose logic now reveals itself to be clear: from former President Jimmy Carter in 2002, to would-be President Al Gore in 2007 (joint with the IPCC), and now recently-elected President Barack Obama in 2009, a remarkable run of US politicians as Nobel Peace Laureates comes to an end, neatly bracketing - and standing as pointed rejoinder to - the Bush years.

Anyone saying the Peace Prize Committee does not have a political agenda needs to consider the timing and nature of these choices more carefully.

The guiding thread of all three decisions has been the issue of human security, not peace as such. Carter got his partly for the promotion of peace, but also for promoting...

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Al Gore, Bush, Jimmy Carter, Jens Stoltenberg, Peace Prize Committee, Norway, United States, Afghanistan, President , would-be President

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