October 10, 2009
Obama's Prize: Losing the Peace?
Ronald Krebs, Washington Post
Barack Obama -- president and Nobel laureate. Not bad for a fellow just five years removed from the Illinois Senate. But caveat victor: The president may soon regret having won this honor, and the Nobel committee may regret having awarded it to him. First, let's dispense with the usual criticisms. Yes, the award was politically motivated.
But the Peace Prize has always sought to further a particular liberal vision in world affairs. (This wasn't even the first time the committee has implicitly criticized the Bush administration: Jimmy Carter's award in 2002, hailing the principles of "mediation and international cooperation," came just as the Bush White House was flexing its muscles toward Iraq.)
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