The former director of Norway’s Nobel Institute revealed this week that he regrets the committee’s decision to give the 2009 Nobel Peace award to President Obama.
Do you think? I have a question: what the hell is wrong with these people?
Geil Lundestad, director at the institute for 25 years, said in his just-published memoir that he and the committee had unanimously decided to grant the award to Mr. Obama just after his election in 2009 more in hopes of aiding the American president to achieve his goals on nuclear disarmament, rather than in recognition of what Mr. Obama had already accomplished.
Achieve his goals on nuclear disarmament? What goals would those be? Leave aside the question of whether Norway’s views on, well, anything, budge the needle anywhere on this planet, and consider the more apposite question: when did Obama make nuclear disarmament one of his goals? Did he mumble it as some point, in between geopolitical and economics gaffes, and they took it seriously? I don’t recall his ever making a point of talking about this. Blaming America for the world’s ill, sure. Blaming white Americans for, well, pretty much everything, of course. Flouting his ignorance of, inter alia, geography, history, economics, American law, and English syntax? Lots of times. But nuclear disarmament? I can’t think of a single instance, and it certainly wasn’t a focus of his campaign.
And that was for good reason: nuclear disarmament isn’t a major issue just now. Stopping nuclear proliferation is, to be sure, but what little Obama has done in connection with nuclear weapons is quite to the contrary (hi, Iran!). But nuclear disarmament implies that the countries in question already have nuclear weapons. Do the Norwegians seriously think that any nuclear power is voluntarily going to give up nuclear weapons? Russia? China? Pakistan? India? Please. Are the Norwegians retarded, or caught in a time warp, or both? Perhaps they watched Dr. Strangelove too many times, and had a collective identity crisis.
Looking back over Mr. Obama’s presidency, Mr. Lundestad said, granting him the award did not fulfill the committee’s expectations.
OK, this quote alone makes out a strong case for “retarded.” What kind of idiot provides the reward first, in hopes that the recipient will later live up to it? How do Norwegians train their dogs – give them the treat first, then ask them to roll over?
Let’s strip away the BS. The Norwegians gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama because he’s black(ish), and they wanted to show they were totally not racist. Period. And they did it to assuage their white guilt, which Norwegians experience for reasons only they know.
Obama didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, had done nothing whatsoever to warrant it at the time, and everything he has done subsequently argues that his receiving it was a huge mistake. Rather like his candidacy for the Presidency in that regard.