Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nobel Panel Says Obama Earned the Peace Prize

Really? Come on, people.

Asked to comment on the uproar following Friday's announcement, four members of the five-seat panel told The Associated Press that they had expected the decision to generate both surprise and criticism. "We simply disagree that he has done nothing," committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland told the AP on Tuesday. "He got the prize for what he has done."

Jagland singled out Obama's efforts to heal the divide between the West and the Muslim world and scale down a Bush-era proposal for an anti-missile shield in Europe.

"All these things have contributed to -- I wouldn't say a safer world -- but a world with less tension," Jagland said by phone from Strasbourg, where he was attending meetings in his other role as secretary-general of the Council of Europe.

I disagree that the world is safer when we reduce our weapons and posture.

I think we have learned from the past with the Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Iran that if you back off and show weakness, the bad guys get encouraged. The world gets more dangerous, not safer.

The original article is here.

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