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The magazine I edit, The Weekly Standard, features a Parody each week. We had a pretty good one ready to go today (the magazine closes Friday). But now we’ll have to scrap it. Instead, we’ll do something we do occasionally, and publish a Not a Parody instead. And for that we’ll simply reproduce the headline, ”Barack Obama Wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.”

I don’t even think we’ll need to comment. We could point out that peace hasn’t broken out anywhere yet during President Obama’s tenure, or that even his various peace efforts haven’t yet begun to make much progress. We could note that, if the Swedes Norwegians wanted to give the Nobel Peace Prize to an American, it would have been been better to give it to Sen. John McCain for having the guts to push through the surge in Iraq, which has brought relative peace to that country. But that would be overkill. The choice is so self-evidently Not a Parody that no explanation is required or possible.

So thank you, Nobel Committee, for making my job easier.

By William Kristol  | October 9, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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Comments

This column sounds like it was written by someone with the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old. (With apologies to Paul Krugman.)

Posted by: ken14 | October 9, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that the Nobel Committee chose to announce it during the week when Pres. Obama has refused to meet another recipient of the peace prize, the Dalai Lama. Is there time for him to meet the Dalai Lama at the airport before he takes off?

Posted by: gardinerjd | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

It must be the "booby" prize for not getting the Olympics...

Posted by: gmh123 | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh right, it would be so much better to give it to the "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" person (McCain), than the "let's try and have peace and talk to each other" person (Obama).

BTW did you really think Obama could cause peace to suddenly break out in the middle east within his first 9 months in office?

Congrats Obama and Obama 2012!!!!

Posted by: MUPPET | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Berserk!!!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | October 9, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol, you really should do at least the minimal amount of homework before you put your cloven hoof to a keyboard. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, not "the Swedes."

Posted by: cellmaker | October 9, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Reading the citation it seems that the prize was awarded more to refute the Bush presidency and to boost the Obama's approach.

"Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts."

Posted by: RedTickBeer | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

The Norwegians give the Peace Prize. Do your homework before you shoot off your mouth.

Posted by: gbachelis | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase someone Mr. Kristol supports, you need to start dealing with the world you have, not the one you wish you had.

Perhaps, you've missed something about modern international affairs and how it works. You're track record clearly demonstrates that you do not understand what makes up successful policy or how stature is gained as a practitioner.

As I've been warned, don't listen to people who get paid, just to talk.

Posted by: pbassjbass | October 9, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Mr Kristol, I believe this is the first true thing you've ever written.

Im embarrassed, and I voted for Obama.

Posted by: MDD1 | October 9, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Also the Nobel committee is giving you and your fellow neocons the middle finger.

Posted by: RedTickBeer | October 9, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The magazine you edit? You mean that partisan propoganda you staple together on Fridays? please. I'm not agreeing with the Nobel committee, but I definitely don't agree with you. "Relative peace to Iraq"? You make speaking out of both sides of your mouth look so easy.
How's Palin?

Posted by: oo7 | October 9, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

If they awarded a Nobel War Prize, I believe Mr. Kristol, you would be in the running.

Posted by: chelist1 | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Compare this to Bush's 1st nine months; one destroyed city

Posted by: tony12 | October 9, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain had "the guts to push through the surge in Iraq, which has brought relative peace to that country"---wow, what are you smoking these days?

Posted by: donnasaggia | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Swedes? Well, you probably didn't know where Iraq was either before Bush bombed it.

Posted by: donnasaggia | October 9, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Krystol...you're a parody.

Posted by: August30 | October 9, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I like Barack, but I'm not sure he deserved this...not yet at least. If his overtures pay off over the next 7.5 years (because thats at least how long it'll take to achieve the multilateralism he seeks), than yes, he'll deserve it.

Posted by: sicksidvt | October 9, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Agree with ken14: This column sounds like it was written by someone with the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old. (With apologies to Paul Krugman.)

Posted by: martymar123 | October 9, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Even Bill Kristol can occasionally be right! He does have a bright mother and father, however rarely their genetic influence seems to show.

Posted by: ravitchn | October 9, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Oh D#@* !!!
The Nobel Committee just JINXed the Obama Presidency!
Thanks a lot guys!

(Maybe Rush paid them off with all of his extra $$$ ???)

Posted by: schaeffz | October 9, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"The Norwegians give the Peace Prize. Do your homework before you shoot off your mouth.

Posted by: gbachelis | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse"

Hey, Einstein, read this excerpt from the article about Obama receiving the award:

"In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel, founder of the award, had directed committees selected by the Swedish president to..."

Also, the award is paid in Swedish kronor, not Norwegian kroner. So the Swedes are involved. How about YOU do YOUR homework first?

Posted by: linguist64 | October 9, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey Kristol, this made your job harder not easier. You said you had a pretty good one [parody] ready to go today and then you had to pull it and swap for this Not a Parody. That's work in my world buddy.

Also, while seemingly correct that peace has not spread measurably, the implicit suggestion that Iraq is a paragon of relative peace is absurd. You my friend deserve the Not a Parody Award for that one.

Posted by: umbriell | October 9, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Could the right-wingers be any more bitter and infantile? How Kristol and his ilk can twist winning a Nobel Peace Prize into something bad for the country is nothing short of nauseating. It shows once again that they will simply oppose anything that would help Obama in an attempt to tear him down even if for their own political gain and to the detriment of America. No matter how you cut, an American sitting president winning a Nobel Peace Prize is a good thing, even if premature.

Posted by: galawyer | October 9, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

To show just how much YOUR opinion counts Kristol - YOU would find something negative to say if Obama found a cure for cancer. You have ZERO credibility since your opinion is always slanted and never based on honesty nor fact.

Green with envy?

Posted by: Kathy5 | October 9, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else laughing that the warmongers are pi$$ing mad today? Let them eat dirt and die.

Posted by: August30 | October 9, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

It would have been better to give the prize to McCain? Are we talking about the same McCain? The one that sacrificed his "maverick" status and lost his spine in the last election to bow totally and completely to the wingnuttiest portion of the republican party?

As always mr. kristol - thanks for the laugh. Yes, conservatism is still brain-dead - mr. kristol is further evidence of the fact.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Kristol and most of the Right don't and won't get it. The rest of the world is so happy and relieved that the American people voted someone into office that would NOT continue the Bush approach to international relations that they just had to show it. The award to Obama is really an award to America.

Posted by: tunkefer | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I read you columns, Mr. Kristol, just to refresh my amazement at why you are published anywhere at all. You essentially add nothing to the conversation.

Posted by: loudeye | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Kristol is right, as usual, and his haters, judging by the degree of hysteria evidenced, should seek therapy.

How would this award be any different from naming Neville Chamberlain a month after he secured "peace in our time" with Germany, before the subsequent disappointing invasion of Poland took place?

Posted by: Roytex | October 9, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

You said it, Ken14. Mr. Kristol, sulking does not become you.

Posted by: Terrimisu | October 9, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Kristol displays his intellect and his profound knowledge of all things worldly!

Sadly, he has now convinced the gaggle of wing-nut goobers that read his mealy-mouthed, corrupt garbage that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Swedish.

Well, I guess the WaPo will hire any illiterate hack these days, no matter how ignorant, how shallow, how pathologically inept -- as long as you come recommended by AIPAC or the AEI, you've got a home here with Fred Hiatt.

It's in NORWAY YOU HAPLESS CRETIN!

.

Posted by: Frank57 | October 9, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse


Hey William "the Bloody"!, how many gallons of Manischewitz will it take for you and your zionist schucks, to get over this latest frontal assault on his dignity?

Posted by: demtse | October 9, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Poor Schecky,

Can't recognize a giant MIDDLE FINGER from the rest of the world to him and his AIPAC Huckabee ilk when it tea bags him in the mouth.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 9, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

WaPo should make it mandatory for it's columnist to read/know the definition and why the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded before they write a column.

"Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace." Pres. Obama's outreach to Muslims and others is a perfect reason for him to receive the prize.

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

You can tell a lot of columnist when they constantly refer to Pres. Obama as "Barack Obama" they never use President in front of his name. Sour grapes so therefore their views are not honest.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

W.B. Yeats

Posted by: ironmule | October 9, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Obama received the "Ignoble Appeasement Prize."

Posted by: Jerzy | October 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Oh ya, and let's not forget the Death panels that Obama is setting up. Why can't folks on the Right EVER root for the USA. The sitting president of USA gets a Nobel Peace prize and all they can do is complain. What's next yelling "YOU lie!" t the nobel committee? Do us Americans a favor and move to Canada.

Posted by: sux123 | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Billy! Shouldn't you be helping your right-wing brethren re-write the Bible so that it conforms with your preposterous world-view? I wonder that you have time for parodies and blogs.

Posted by: chert | October 9, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

He is also expected to win the Stanley Cup, be crowned Miss America and gain the Triple Crown -- by several lengths in each race.

Posted by: LaLydia | October 9, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Now we know why our President was flying all over Europe bad mouthing our country and George W. Bush. Now we know why he cancelled missile defenses there. If they gave one to Jimmy Carter for his work with Israel and Egypt which actually brought a peaceful end to their conflict it made some sense, but Obama?

"Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded by Swedish institutions, the peace prize is given out by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Like the Parliament, the committee has a leftist slant, with three members elected by left-of-center parties."

All he has to do to convince the Pope that he should become Saint Obama is to stop supporting partial birth murders, give away all of America's wealth and power and surrender to our enemies in the Middle East. He is already on track for the latter two elements.
If you thought our Messiah was hubris filled and anti-American before, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Posted by: mharwick | October 9, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Not to worry, don't fret about your parody
confusion, W. Kristol...
you and your *Weekly Standard ARE parodies...ergo...your work is always done for you...why don't you just take a day...how about a year...off...

*ala Palin: just had to get in that
little Weekuhly Standerd plug, "didncha"?

Posted by: toasty1 | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Er, though it is surprising, it may have something to do with the fact that President Obama has done more than just "suggest" things, especially on the nuclear front (which was emphasized by the Nobel team). First, we have an unprecedented public statement in Prague wherein President Obama called for a nuclear weapons free world, or Global Zero. A U.S. President has never done that. Following that, the Administration jumpstarted the START treaty follow-on process with Russia, which will lead to further dramatic reductions in the nuclear arsenals of both countries (and it is clear that once the follow-on treaty is concluded, the Administration has more than 67 votes in the Senate to ratify it). This is very close to done - and will likely become a reality by the end of December or early January, with ratification sometime after that. Then, the Administration committed itself to ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Following this, the U.S. took action to remove the missile defense shield from its aggressive posture in Poland, which has led Russia to a) become amenable to greater reductions in their arsenals, and b) perhaps more importantly, to agree to putting real pressure on the Iranian regime to end its nuclear weapons program. Since then, the Iranians have loosened up dramatically, and are cooperating to a degree that wasn't thought possible just a few months ago.

These are hardly suggestions. It is swift and concrete progress in the first 9 months of the Administration on nuclear proliferation - one of the greatest threats to world peace that exists.

I think the surprise is warranted. But the myth being perpetuated here and in the media that the Administration hasn't done anything concrete on this issue is just that. A myth.

Posted by: Frank79 | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Don't hate the player hate the game.

George Bush could have reduced nuclear weapons, but he chose to advance nuclear weapons. President Obama has spoken out in no uncertain terms regarding the abolition of nuclear proliferation. I guess the GOP can not sell nukes if we stop making nukes now.

The GOP has lost all of their friends locally, nationally, and now internationally. I guess I would be a hater if I see everyone slse as different than me now. What a small club the GOP has become to besmurch the respoect of our national leader over a great honer we all should be proud of. I am sure the President will accept this award in the name of the people of the US and not exclude the GOP.

Patrick

Posted by: patmatthews | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Really AMAZING!!! The Nobel Prize committee bestowes this "prestigious" award upon obama in his FIRST MONTH in office!!
The nominations are made in FEBRUARY!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 9, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

And blessed be God, creator of the universe, who has shown us his Messiah.

Posted by: ravitchn | October 9, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse


Mr. Krystol...you're a parody.

This column sounds like it was written by someone with the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old. (With apologies to Paul Krugman.)

Swedes? Well, you probably didn't know where Iraq was either before Bush bombed it.

The Norwegians give the Peace Prize. Do your homework before you shoot off your mouth.

McCain had "the guts to push through the surge in Iraq, which has brought relative peace to that country"---wow, what are you smoking these days?

Anyone else laughing that the warmongers are pi$$ing mad today? Let them eat dirt and die.

If they awarded a Nobel War Prize, I believe Mr. Kristol, you would be in the running.

Also the Nobel committee is giving you and your fellow neocons the middle finger.

Oh right, it would be so much better to give it to the "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" person (McCain), than the "let's try and have peace and talk to each other" person (Obama).

BTW did you really think Obama could cause peace to suddenly break out in the middle east within his first 9 months in office?


Kristol and most of the Right don't and won't get it. The rest of the world is so happy and relieved that the American people voted someone into office that would NOT continue the Bush approach to international relations that they just had to show it. The award to Obama is really an award to America.

Congrats Obama and Obama 2012!!!!

"Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts."

.

Posted by: Frank57 | October 9, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

You didn't even know who awards the prize, right?

No wonder you need to have your job made "easier". Apart from writing fact-challenged opinion pieces, arguing for war, and not caring about the hundreds of thousands dead and mutilated because of the policies you advocated, what are you good for?

Posted by: sembtex | October 9, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse


Dear Mr. Kristol,

Obama's decision to make Israel stop settlements

and the stopping of secret gulps of arms and money going to that nation of savages, refusing to consider bombing Iran,

is reason enough. For all but 2% of the world.

As for your magazine, read by nobody and fewer every day. You honestly think anyone cares?
You've noted the hatred and derision your posts always garner here?

Posted by: whistling | October 9, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

How ridiculous! Wanting to award the PEACE PRIZE to McCain for a war surge in Iraq is comparable to screwing for virginity.
Take pride in our diplomatic efforts for world peace. President Obama's efforts in this direction will save American lives and treasure and it has already restored America's standing in the world community.

Posted by: Beaplum | October 9, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Right on target,Mr.Kristol. Love those Norway folks but they made a big mistake. Pres.Obama has been president less than one year, and his accomplishments have been to spend money. The World's Nobel Peace Prize went to a man who never earned it. Also, Sarah Palin got a Pulitzer, and Vince Vaughn got an award for a movie which has yet to be made. Where is Kanye West when we need someone to grab the prize and run?

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 9, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Israel is shaken and told Kristol, Cohen, Khammer and the alike to get the F..ing out do their job.

Posted by: lhao333 | October 9, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The president won the award for not being George W. Bush, something most of us can proudly claim.
Kristol thanks the commitee for making his job easier but from what I have read his job is nothing that an angry sixth grader couldn't do.

Posted by: ans15 | October 9, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The right-wing clowns are really up in arms on this one, aren't they! Wait 'til we get Health Care Reform! They might all commit suicide en masse! Before you all do that, though, you should really try to finish your laudable project of re-writing the Bible so that it conforms to your conservative views. Try to expunge its "liberal bias" so that you can really be Bible thumpers. What do you say? Love thy neighbor? No! Hate thy neighbor! Help the poor? No, no, no! Revile and kill the poor! What about the Good Samaritan? Wait a sec? He's from Samaria? He's a foreigner? Well, jump out from behind a bush when you see him coming and stab him! Stab him!!!! The "Conservapedia Project", folks. Of all the insane claptrap visited on the world by these crazed lunatic righties, this one takes the cake.

Posted by: chert | October 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

You know, I think it's interesting that the same folk who say it's too soon for President Obama to win the Nobel Prize for peace, insist that he's been in office far too long not to have accomplished mideast peace, solved the Iran nuclear standoff, rescued the economy, completed Health Care Reform and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, repealed "Don't Ask; Don't Tell" and, basically, resituated the country on the moon. Which is it, folks? Has the nine months he's been in office been far too long to not have accomplished what you want, or far too short to have earned the accolades that he's earned. Now, back to the "Conservapedia Project" ... Man, oh, man. This stuff'll keep me laughing for years!

Posted by: chert | October 9, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Kristol says:

"So thank you, Nobel Committee, for making my job easier."

Excuse me Kristol!

But I'm not sure what you're talking about?

The mantra of the NeoCons couldn't be any easier.

For people like you over the years, hateful, vicious attacks come rather easily.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 9, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The surge brought "relative peace" to Iraq? It hasn't, of course, (just wait what happens when we leave and there's nobody around anymore to pay them for not shooting at each other); but even if it had, would just "relative peace" have been worth 5000 American deaths and countless American maimings and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and shell-shocked and miserable veterans for years to come? For just "relative peace" after six and a half years of that kind of commitment? Who needs parody when we have always-wrong Kristol?

Posted by: smith2231 | October 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

You forgot to mention that the Dow averages have climbed from 6,500 to almost 10,000 under President Obama (a near 40 percent gain), even though Mr. Obama's economic stimulus plan has yet to turn around the economy. So it looks as if in addition to the Nobel Committee's praise he's also deserving of some on Wall Street as well.

Posted by: sthomas1957 | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

wah! wah! wah! somebody call a wahmbulance!

Posted by: vwallen@bellatlantic.net | October 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Nobel Prize Committee.
This was an award to the long-, long-suffering US populace, for surviving the Bush-Cheney-WAR-Torture Years.
Yes, World. We made it.
And thanks for sticking with us, despite our Middle Finger to the World for eight long, painful, embarrassing years...

Posted by: davyc7 | October 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Republicans and right wingers just can't fathom the thought a Democrat, who according to them are the scrouge of the earth, could receive any accolades. All the republicans are left with is dumb founded musings of how stupid this award is and how Obama, because he is a Democrat, is unworthy.

Earth to republicans: Grow up. Everyday you sound more and more like school children in a sand box. Instead of celebrating the accomplishment all you know how to do is degrade it. Why would anyone want to vote for people so hateful?

Posted by: boblund1 | October 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"We could point out that peace hasn’t broken out anywhere yet during President Obama’s tenure."

You're right, Mr. Kristol, and we really, really must take this opportunity to thank you and the other neoconservatives for that... or have you forgotten the PNAC blueprint for making war anywhere and everywhere it suits the people who still read The Weekly Standard?

Posted by: ewhitfield1 | October 9, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

In related NEWS, George Walker Bush received an award as the Proctologist Pin-Up.

Posted by: whocares666 | October 9, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Grow up, Billy.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 9, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm an independent. This award is foolish and premature at best. I support the president but he has accomplised nothing. Today they brag about appointing a gay ambassador, who cares. Independents see without the hate and partisen politics. The Dems better do something better than what they have showed or us independents will vote them out - see Virginia governors race. I can't vote for Deeds after his ugly personal attacks!
I'm tired of being called a racist if i don't support the president's prposed policies 100%. Watch what you call us - we are the swing vote. I see this award as token award based on nothing of substance whatsoever!

Posted by: Independent23 | October 9, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The Politics of Bitter Resentment continue. In today's installment of "My stomach hurts, and you're gonna pay," Bill Kristol reminds us WHY conservatu.rds are not invited to parties. Because no one like a whiner.

Stop whining, Billy.

Years ago, when you were on Diane Rehm, I called and told you that your pundit's license had been canceled for "Poor Pundit Accuracy". You don't seem to remember.

Stop commenting, Bill. You're always wrong. About everything.

Posted by: snortz_the_cat | October 9, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I campaigned and voted for Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary. I believe that he inherited a country in greater world danger than it has been for a long time: in part because of the rise of terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and in part because we were making unnecessary enemies around the world and stretching our international friendships to the breaking point. And I believe he has moved a long way in the right direction toward correcting those problems.
I am, nevertheless, greatly saddened by the decision to award him the Nobel Peace Prize. Those who, like Mr. Kristol, ask "where's the beef" are correct. All of the Nobel Prizes were established to award accomplishments that have shown some staying power. I hope and pray and believe that Barack Obama will someday sooner rather than later meet that standard.
But,it is true, as Mr. Kristol and others are saying, that he has not yet had the time. No one can make lasting contributions to world peace in only 9 months.
That is unfortunate for the credibility of the Nobel prizes in the years to come. I worry that it could also, in some totally unintended ways, undermine the President's strength as he tries to undo the damage of the past.
What Mr. Kristol, and the others who have reacted only with scorn and skepticism, are missing, is what this choice says about how far our friendships around the world had been strained by President Bush.
The only way that this award can be understood is by understanding how frightened and angry our friends around the world have been. Angry that we were acting as if we alone knew the answers, angry that we alone and on our own could save the world, angry that we were abandoning the principles enshrined in the Statue of Liberty.
And terribly frightened that our actions were creating more terrorism, hatred, and division in the world than safety.
I hope that both the supporters and the detractors of Barack Obama will come to focus on this message. It has been said many times in the last eight years, but never so strongly and clearly as in this award.

Posted by: mcallen1 | October 9, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

You need to understand the Norwegian sense of humor! I think they just want to see if Billy or Kraut or Rush or Glen would drop dead from anger.

If not, who knows, next year they may give it to Michael Moore.

Posted by: trenda | October 9, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse


Among a very small circle,

those who know him, or read his stuff,

surely Kristol is one of the most hated writers in the country. Maybe add the other zionists who wrote PNAC...like Wolfowitz and Perle and Feith, and those...

Posted by: whistling | October 9, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

No good deed goes unpunished by the 'Retardlicans' much? It's an award. ... Duh.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | October 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr Kristol

This biggest joke of them all is the fact that someone with a horrible track record as you actually get's published in supposedly "respected" places like the Washington Post.

The only problem, this is real, not a joke.

Lifetime of failure and nothing to contribute but destruction, yet the criminal Neo-Cons like yourself still aren't in jail

Posted by: coldfusion2000 | October 9, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Kristol would like nothing better than for America to fail on every front during this President's administration. A quick "congratulations, even if it is premature and I don't agree" comment at the outset would not have been out of line.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 9, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Nicely played.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 9, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Peace is generally understood as the absence of war. So they can't give it to people who love war and look for every opportunity to engage in it.

Posted by: Grandblvd03 | October 9, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, a man who has been famously wrong about everything in the past decade at least, has now sunk to the level of a five-year-old. Shameful.

Posted by: mpc2007 | October 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that Kristol didn't think that Bush should have gotten the award for making the world safer by starting the war in Iraq to protect the world from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Surely that was more significant than the fact that McCain supported the surge of troops after the war had already been started. After all Bush saved most of the countries in the world a lot of money and he didn't put their troops in arms way, since he chose to have America go it alone in Iraq.

Posted by: rclab | October 9, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Norse do not want BHO to send more troops to Afghanistan. That hint is as subtle as an elephant's footprint on his face

Posted by: boredbybaseball | October 9, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Swedes?

Classic.

Posted by: anaximander47 | October 9, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Kristol once again shows himself to be a nasty, petulant, spoiled brat who hates any part of American who disagrees with him.

And who doesn't know the difference between Sweden and Norway.

Posted by: ColinLaney | October 9, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Sour grapes much?

Posted by: seattle_wa | October 9, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Bill, you are a tiny man with tiny thoughts. You live in a mental box that makes you predictable and boring.

Posted by: danw1 | October 9, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Woah - an empty suit gets an award for pandering to America's enemies and creating turmoil in his own country. It appears the Nobel committee's standards for actual accomplishment is pretty low - soaring oratory. If America gets attacked again does that mean they'll take the award back? I guess as long as Obama doesn't actually do anything other than pontificate in response it would be okay.

Posted by: briehl | October 9, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

God, only a war criminal like Krystol could say a thing like "give it to the candidate who joked, 'bomb, bomb Iran'". Only the right is this messed up these days.

Oh, and reward the man who helped usher us into a PREMEDITATED INVASION of a country that HADN'T ATTACKED US AND HAD NO PLANS NOR CAPABILITY TO, and that resulted in nearly a MILLION CIVILIAN DEATHS. Only Krystol could so badly mistake peace for its diametric opposite.

That said, while I think Obama's changed tone is a welcome breath of fresh air for international relations, returning our nation to sanity, I don't think he's really done enough to merit this yet. But if the Nobel committee wants to make a statement about international dialogue instead of "shoot first, discern what the threat might have been later" as a policy guidance, well, they should be my guest.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Kristol continues to advance the premise that he and his cronies have deserved "Ass of the Year" awards on an on-going basis for quite a while...Looks like they have lock on keeping the award too!

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is possibly the dumbest thing I've read all week - and that includes Orly Taitz motions.

Posted by: rte148 | October 9, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This award to President Obama surprised me, as he's been in office less than a year (yeesh) - but made me realize a little better how the rest of the world must view us - and did so during the Bush Administration. This might be more a not-Bush award than anything else right now, as the president has certainly changed the tone from what other countries have seen, but he obviously hasn't had time to make any concrete changes. With people such as Mr. Kristol, who actively sought war in Iraq (see http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm - a letter that states the signers fully understand the dangers, but didn't volunteer any of them to do the fighting), it will be extremely difficult to make those concrete changes...

Posted by: jujones1 | October 9, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Once again, nothing new from Kristol's commentary. People knows exactly what his and the "neocons" agenda is. They represent a very small and dying segment of our society. This century is not the "American Century" as they claimed so they can start war whenever and wherever they want to. This is the "World For Peace Century". People are sick of war. We want peace, and we want to see peaceful people recognized for their effort to work for PEACE! Congratulations to President Obama.

Posted by: peternd26 | October 9, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Nobel--lovin' it. Can't vex the commentariat enough.

Posted by: gmeagher | October 9, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

God, Kristol is such an embarrassment to this paper. Remarkable that anyone is still willing to pay this guy - he epitomizes the fact that pundits are America's sole accountability-proof profession.

Posted by: snrub | October 9, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I give Kristol credit that he restrained himself from saying Palin deserved this. I would not put that past him.

Posted by: snrub | October 9, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

HaHA! I love the way Billy Boy is pooping in his pants this morning!

Posted by: hayden1 | October 9, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse


Poster rlj1 on David Ignatius column today offers information and clarification on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, and it worthy of a repost here:

WaPo should make it mandatory for it's columnist to read / know the definition and why the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded before they write a column. (and I would add as well, for those who would blog in rancid fury at the new found respect our President has throughout the whole world)

"Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace."

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

I wish our new President well, and just hope he can navigate between Scylla and Charybdis on the Afghanistan thing, and refuse entry into a third useless war against Iran, for reasons of nuclear WMD which they do NOT have and may never develop, unless of course they are attacked. But this smiley faced young dog of Zion would disagree with me on that.

Best of luck Mr. President!

Posted by: tarquinis1 | October 9, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh that's right John McCain and the neocons should have received the Nobel Peace Prize for sending more troops into Iraq, a country we pre-emptively invaded just to settle Bush's personal vedetta against Saddam Hussein. And by the way, attacking a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11/01 attacks on the US. A war which McCain supported that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of 4,200 brave US soldiers, 96,000 (DOD figure) inocent Iraqi civilians...yea Mr. Kristol McCain sure deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for that.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | October 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives like Mr. Kristol are so intent in their belief that racial discrimination and prejudice is just a liberal hobbyhorse to justify bigger gov't that they either forget or are completely unaware that the rest of world doesn't think in such mutually exclusive terms of conservative/liberal and is very much aware effects of racial prejudice still at large in the world. Emormous sections of our globe are beset by unrelenting poverty and oppression. That the election of Barack Obama to lead the wealthiest nation in the world is a sign a hope to millions around the globe. I know that doesn't play well in conservative circles but it still is so.

Posted by: kchses1 | October 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Since you already have another job, Mr. Kristol, why don't you quit this one and let one of the unemployed have it? That way, someone's off the unemployment rolls and we don't have to read your embarrassing blather in the Post. Win-win!

Posted by: uberblonde1 | October 9, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, as usual, doesn't get it. The award was given to Obama for his refutation of arrogant, unilateral Bush Administration policies that included kidnapping, torture, and murder - policies endorsed by Kristol and his fellow neocons. I think the American public should take their share of credit for electing President Obama and telling Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Kristol, et al to go pound sand.

Posted by: pejesq | October 9, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

For those who are as shocked and stunned as I am at this years winner - you can go to their website and contact them....
http://nobelprize.org/contact/index.html

Posted by: semby | October 9, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

One more thing....Love you Bill, so sorry about the loss of your dad, see you Sunday on Fox News Sunday!

Posted by: semby | October 9, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Kristol - if you hate America so much, why don't you leave?

I suggest you move to Iraq, personally.

Posted by: WillSeattle | October 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This guy is still alive? I thought all the conservative, old school idiots, are dying.

You know, your Saphires, Buckleys, and the like. Seems like the ol' conservative tickers are giving out like old burned out light bulbs (or ideas).

Can't they all just go?

Posted by: blackmask | October 9, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

A simple "Congratulations, Mr. President" would have sufficed.

Posted by: klosskid | October 9, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Re Kristol: "...McCain for having the guts to push through the surge in Iraq, which has brought relative peace to that country."

Award a PEACE prize for WAR tactic?

Orwell would be proud.

Posted by: patrick69_69 | October 9, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious that the author of this article, Kristol, is politically biased as is revealed in his stating that peace has arrived in Iraq and that John McCain should have received the, Nobel Peace Prize or award, in lieu of Barack Obama, for McCains support for the additional U.S. troop 'surge' in Iraq that resulted in thousands of more innocent Iraqi deaths. Kristol's concept or definition of 'peace' is either innocently skewed and in error or his political bias dominates his judgement.

Posted by: denniscav | October 9, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Nobel Prize? Why not scourging, crowning with thorns and crucifixion?

Posted by: ravitchn | October 9, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

This from the "man" who has made built a "successful" career on getting it consistently wrong:

February 20, 2003
If we free the people of Iraq, we will be respected in the Arab world... and I think we will be respected around the world.

March 1, 2003
Very few wars in American history were prepared better or more throughly than this one by this president.

April 28, 2003
The first two battles of this new era are now over. The battles of Afghanistan and Iraq has been won decisively and honorably.

December 17, 2006
Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single democratic primary. I'll predict that right now.

Posted by: gipper01 | October 9, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

William Kristol apparently has no understanding of the nature of the prize awarded to President Obama. It would be a nice change of pace for some of these "pundits" to actually have even a working knowledge of what they are commenting on. The Opinion section of the WaPo reads like bad high school essays.

Posted by: eddie111 | October 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that surprises me is that Kristol didn't advocate giving the Nobel to George W. Bush for invading Iraq along with his other actions which brought so much peace, democracy and prosperity the US and the world.

Posted by: twm1 | October 9, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

In any other country, political opposition would still be proud of their opponent if they had won a Nobel Prize. Why? Such an honor reflects well on the entire country. When our scientists and writers win a Nobel Prize, we feel proud of them and the fact that they were a product of our great nation.

But neocons like yourself just make me sick. I don't care if you don't claim Obama as your President, but at least show respect for your country when he is awarded one of the highest honors. This is why the rest of the world laughs at us. And this is why, as a libertarian, I have moved as far away from the Republican Party as I possibly can.

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | October 9, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol,

You can not build a party platform on condescension.

Who's job is getting easier? I would say the Dems.

Posted by: farkdawg | October 9, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Written by "Not a Journalist" from "Not a Clue"

Posted by: alex007 | October 9, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Your column, per se, is a parody. I remember a joke on the internet that illustrated ridiculous things that regular people made, and it finished "... and then, he voted" well, we could add this finish line to your column and we may understand why the conservative movement is in such dire straits. America needs a right, but a right that opposes but proposes, that think in rational terms. Not THIS.

Posted by: JERomero | October 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations are in order for President Barrack Obama. There is no caricature here, only irony in now that Mr. Kristol's father is dead, he will have the opportunity to appologize to the thousands of Young Americans and Iraqi civillians that were needlessly sent to their deaths in an unnecessary Iraq war that was promulgated by neoconservative ideology. That's assuming that the God of Abraham will allow Kristol Sr to join those fallen heros! Please Bill Kristol, go broadcast your fetid reasoning to Bernie Madoff, for what you are speaks so loudly, that the rest of us can't hear you!

Posted by: sunrise2 | October 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Your job is always easy, Bill. You wake up and spout and write nonsense and lies until the cocktail hour.

Posted by: mikehike | October 9, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This Nobel prize is more repudiation by the real world, of the neo-cons and their schemes. Is it possible that the rest of the world is tired of being treated by the American government much the same way that you republoculters might treat the guys who mow your lawns? Yeah, I guess it is.

Posted by: rkerg | October 9, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Because the neocon movement has seen how successful their country of choice -- Israel -- and its overuse of war and force and war crimes helps bring about Middle East peace they believe war is always the answer. Israel is their perfect example.

Posted by: HillRat | October 9, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Billy's Essay Grade = D

For a 3rd grader, you should be writing more thoughtful papers. This paper demonstrated poor fact checking and poor judgment. Next time try harder by sending more time thinking before you write. The only positive in your writing was your proper use of punctuation.

Posted by: 1observer | October 9, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Bill, What aspect of the meaning of the word "peace" would justify "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran" McCain to get a Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted by: maddymappo | October 9, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Well my day started out great with this wonderful news and it just keeps getting better. The whining and sniveling moans from the wingnuts is like music to my ears.

God they are so predictable. e

Posted by: pennylane100 | October 9, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

DwightCollins wrote:
I just heard that obama is going to donate the prize money...
that is not his money...
that money belongs to the United States of America...
why don't the morons at the whitehouse read the constitution...
10/9/2009 2:03:42 PM

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

How could Kristol's job be any easier? He's been phoning in the same Reaganesque nonreality dogma and never acknowledging his glaring errors for decades. The only real question is why any reputable outlet would actually allow someone as thoroughly discredited and flat-out wrong Kristol a forum.

Posted by: micron26 | October 9, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Is this a parody of serious political commentary?

Posted by: satireguy | October 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What respect does Obama deserve when all he has done is trash this country? That is why he won this award along with the likes of Arafat and Carter. That why I cannot take this seriously. How can I be proud of him when he isn't proud of his own country? I with you Bill as are most people outside the beltway.
Hey Dems & libs - your emperor has no clothes!

Posted by: Steve2321 | October 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me to that you actually get paid for this kind of commentary. It must be very difficult to cling to an ideology that has failed miserably; it's made you jealous and bitter.

Posted by: brt30 | October 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol is an affirmative action - legacy version - admit at Harvard, and his lack of competence, ability, and application always shows up. Looks like our friend slept - or worse - through the classes on International Relations, so that's how he mixes up his Swedish and Norwegian (he probably mistakes them for some brand of cheese who knows?

Only last week Bill was smirking silly about US and Chicago losing the Olympic bid, as always Bill gets it wrong. Events did the joker in! Unfortunately for the million Iraqis and the 1000s of our own men and women and uniform Bill's stupidity has proven deadly.

Maniesiwitsch is a fine wine and I wouldn't waste it on a tasteless and graceless hack like Bill. John McCain showed true class as did Pawlenty in standing apart from the ill-mannered and uncouth response of their own party which acted true to character. The GOP now has some explaining to do, how come the bright bulbs there didn't figure out that they would be standing as one with the Hamas and the Hezbollah in condemning Obama's Nobel win. Maybe they listened to Bill, again!

Posted by: thurgood | October 9, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm lovin it. Like most I do not understand the committee's decision. It's odd, frankly. But he won without running for it. He's gonna give the money away and he was quite humble and self effacing in his reaction today. A class act. The downside is actually for the Republicans, MSM pundits like you Mr Kristol and talk jocks. They cannot resist taking this as an opportunity to trash the President anew. Last week they shouted they were glad America lost the Olympics and this week they are shouting foul that our President won the Nobel. Couple this with several months of birthers, deathers, and black helicopters piloted by Nazis and I think Obama comes out ahead. Trashing the President is getting real boring..... at least to many of us Independents.

Posted by: tarryh | October 9, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The WashPost online has 19, that’s Nineteen, negative articles on the President of the United States winning the Nobel Peace prize, and 2 positive articles. Who are you, Fox News? Shameful beyond words!

In less than a year Obama has avoided the second great depression; is ending the war in Iraq in an orderly, honorable way; is looking for a way to win in Afghanistan, something Bush couldn't figure out in 7 years; is working for universal healthcare for all Americans, something every president has failed to deliver in nearly 100 years; and won the Noble Peace Prize.

At this point in his presidency Bush was reading “My Pet Goat” to school kids and Cheney was hiding in the basement of the White House, badly in need of a change of underwear.

Right now Obama is on schedule to become one of America's greatest presidents. Rejoice America, even as the little jealous neocon men turn green with envy.

Posted by: chucky-el | October 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee, no wonder Dan Quayle failed in leading the country. With a trainer like Billy Kristol he never came close to answering the bell in a big fight.

Posted by: RamiroM62 | October 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse


I agree with patrick69_69. I thought it was W and Petreus that came up with the surge idea. Besides that, if it is so peaceful why didn't McCain bring them home?

Re Kristol: "...McCain for having the guts to push through the surge in Iraq, which has brought relative peace to that country."

Award a PEACE prize for WAR tactic?

Orwell would be proud.

Posted by:

Posted by: RamiroM62 | October 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I honestly thought it was an Onion News story before reality hit.

This is Obama's Mission Accomplished moment.
Celebrate it.

Posted by: nofiblib | October 9, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

All of a sudden the Right cares what the rest of the world thinks?

Posted by: TheProFromDover | October 9, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

What an immature bunch of brats the GOP has shown us to be. After 8 years of acting JUST THIS WAY, with no regard for anyone else in the world, playing with 'exceptionalism' until the entire global community hated our guts, President Obama has shown calm and resolve to talk to other nations and it has shown. This prize was awarded for beginning the dialog and hopefully continuing it. The GOP (with the likes of Mr. Kristol...remember he was the one that recommended Sarah Palin) has not one word to say. They are HOPING you forget how they tried to destroy this country. Patriots indeed!

Posted by: Mego1 | October 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol, I have one question for you:

Why do you hate America?

Posted by: Blurred | October 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Bill, your record for being wrong about absolutely everything remains unbroken,for which you deserve some sort of award, I'm not sure what.

It's a great day to be sane and reveling in Schadenfreude, especially after the infantile performance of the right about the 2016 Olympics decision.

Posted by: wood_s | October 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Kristol gleefully chortles that the world is still not peaceful says it all. He is just mad that his guy John Bolton didn't get it.

Posted by: steveboyington | October 9, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Billy, we know your feelings are hurtin'. You're nothin' but a 24-karat sourgrape neocon loser.

Posted by: gopstupor | October 9, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight, William Kristol wants to award a peace prize to John McCain for his intention to escalate an unprovoked war. This makes sense if you buy the Pentagon's Orwellian definition of war as “protracted pre-hostilities.”

Posted by: rcronan | October 9, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

You can label it "Not a Parody," but it still reads like one.

Posted by: thrh | October 9, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"

Really AMAZING!!! The Nobel Prize committee bestowes this "prestigious" award upon obama in his FIRST MONTH in office!!
The nominations are made in FEBRUARY!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 9, 2009"

And, in case you failed to notice, the Prize is awarded in October.

Good at math?

Posted by: thrh | October 9, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Dude --

I don't see anyone giving you any kind of prize, or voting for you for anything, in fact you got fired from your last job.

You're a bitter old s##t with a two inch d##k.....

Posted by: suigenerous | October 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Re: McCain pushing through a surge in Iraq,

Let's be complete here: McCain pushed through a surge in Iraq after supporting this illegal war and supporting Bush's pittiful execution of the war for several years. Furthermore the ensuing calm in Iraq is due, at least partly, to local Iraqis factions getting tired of mayhem and Al Sadr's decision to tone down.

Posted by: pspox | October 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, we're going on the merits, are we? Then where exactly in the conservative political firmament does someone with Kristol's talents think he would be were it not for the fact that his dad was Irving Kristol?

He was walked along by his goddam hand every step of the way by Daddy, and he feels OK sneering at someone who came up from nothing and is now President of the United States?

Piss off, Mr. Kristol (aka Junior).

Posted by: achilli | October 9, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

That any sentient creature would take seriously anything that lump of imbecility called William Kristol is astonishing. Of the many right-wing pretenders to intellectual respectability, he is perhaps the most vacuous. Kristol's record is that of a grinning charlatan.

Posted by: drewsusan | October 9, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

here is the Nobel Committee's citation

'The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.... Read More

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."'
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http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html

Posted by: punkybrewster1 | October 9, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hope Little Billy reads these scathing comments! Of course, he probably won't understand the vast majority of them. He's a joke! Can't believe he's still employed by anyone.

Posted by: gigi63 | October 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Poor Schecky,

Can't recognize a giant MIDDLE FINGER from the rest of the world to him and his AIPAC Huckabee ilk when it tea bags him in the mouth.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 9, 2009 9:54 AM


_______________________________


LOL, YES, and SO TRUE! coloradodog, that line was so good I had to post it again.

Chupa Kristol!

Posted by: Desert_Fox | October 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

What a great thinker he is!!!!.. LOL

We could note that, if the Swedes Norwegians wanted to give the Nobel Peace Prize to an American, it would have been been better to give it to Sen. John McCain for having the guts to push through the surge in Iraq, which has brought relative peace to that country?
WHAT?
There is no peace there as of yet and as we withdraw the violence will ramp up again...Sorry Bill you're smoking something!

Posted by: pjde | October 9, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Having failed abysmally in his efforts to position Sarah Palin a heartbeat (er, make that a MELANOMA) away from the Presidency, it's not surprising that little Billy Kristol is upset that the current occupant of the Oval Office has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: HughBriss | October 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Oops! I offer a correction to my earlier comment:
Let me get this straight, William Kristol wants to award a peace prize to John McCain for his intention to escalate an unprovoked war. This makes sense if you buy the Pentagon's Orwellian definition of peace as “protracted pre-hostilities.”

Posted by: rcronan | October 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the President's promise is in the future, not the past, but there's no difference in the Grand Scheme of Things, is there? The gentleman is to be congratulated, especially in recognition of the humility of his acceptance. Additionally, my staff had heard a distinguished Indian swami was on the short list, the Maharushi. Nevertheless, such an individual is not registered in the All-India Directory of Recognised Holy Persons. This would appear to be either a hoax or, possibly, an unrealised reincarnation.

Posted by: surendranathyogi | October 9, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Its no different when Bush got his, oh wait thats right he didn't. Just another reason for the cons to cry and moan and groan. Really you clowns should take some ex-lax or at least pull the stick out of your butt. This is about America and the positive image that we once again have after eight years of having a cowboy and Darth Vader in charge with their kill em all attitude. If you don't like the fact Obama recieved the award all I can say is tough, deal with it. This is a good day for America but then again you cons hate America and it's so clear everytime one of you talking heads open your mouth.

Posted by: rl5614 | October 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

One thing's for sure, you neocons won't be winning any peace prizes anytime soon. Idiots.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | October 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The place you would be editing the Weekly Standard this week will be out of the bathroom because it feature someone you and you cohort dislike so much and yet argue that McCain should have won it because he supported the surge in an unpopular war. Pluhease... I knew that you and cohorts' underwears would be in a bunch of knot over the announcement.

Posted by: beeker25 | October 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow Bill, did you fall on your head this Morning when you heard the news.
Wow you really can not stand to see democrat awarded anything you and your Conservative buddies.
That is an other proof of the hypocrisy of the conservatives.
From the Iraq War to the Tea party, they really show their true face.
Hypocrites , Hypocrites, Hypocrites, NO VALUES

Posted by: tqmek1 | October 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the commander of two current wars. He failed so far in his promises to get out of Iraq and Gitmo. He has increased the amount of troops in Afghanistan....
and they award him a PEACE prize???

It is apparent that the Nobel peace prize has morphed into the liberal joke prize.

Posted by: MGB59 | October 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

How do you look in the mirror and pride yourself on your intellectual honesty and integrity, Mr. Kristol?

Is there some gene that prevents you from ever saying anything good about Obama? Do you intentionally overlook facts such as Obama's efforts (and success) for beginning to lay the ground work for peace and the rescue of our planet or is that not a good thing in your view?

Try answering that in your next column and my respect for you will begin to increase from the ground where it now lays.

Posted by: gammaginga | October 9, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol. It is clear who the winner and the whinner is here. On the one side we have a "son of daddy" which took on daddy's profession and his magazine and worked with his daddy's connections to make a living, who climbed the ranks using his daddy's acquaintances. On the other hand we have a man that started his life as a middle class man. That climbed the ranks with intelligence and hard work, and who went to Harvard on his own merits, who became president and who has been recognized by the most prestigious award in the world for his peace efforts. Which man better represents America?

Posted by: JERomero | October 9, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Boy, are you weird or weird? ou right wing Americans just dont get it, not when it comes to the normal, decent values that the rest of the world, and the vast majority of Americans, hold. The eight year maladministration of the last republican administratration was the parody. You guys claim to love your country, dont you see what your attitude does to the respect for the US in the rest of the world? Great wealth and power begets great responsibilities; for the first time since the Clinton era, America realises this and she is back on track. That is what the prize is all about: welcoming America back to the comity of decent nations.

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | October 9, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

More words of "wisdom" from Mr. Bill "Wrong About Everything and a Wanker Too" Kristol.

Speaking of parody, I get a laugh pretty much every time I read his writing! Thank Jeebus that WaPo has given this clown a good home.

Posted by: marSF | October 9, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I pledge.

To be a servant to our President.

And all mankind.

Because together we can. Together we are. And together we will be the change that we seek.

Whirr, click, click, mmmmreeeeeeeeeee.......

Posted by: herthaholk | October 9, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, Sept 11, 2002: "we cannot afford to let Saddam Hussein inflict a worse 9/11 on us in the future."

Sept 15, 2002: "No one believes the inspections can work."

Sept 18, 2002: war in Iraq "could have terrifically good effects throughout the Middle East."

Feb 20, 2003: "He's got weapons of mass destruction. At some point he will use them or give them to a terrorist group to use."

Mar 5, 2003:"I think we'll be vindicated when we discover the weapons of mass destruction."

Apr, 2003: ""I think there's been a certain amount of pop sociology that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni, or the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq has always been very secular."

Posted by: okjuggler | October 9, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Which brings me to this charming vignette, courtesy of blog commenter Harry Hopkins:

"The talk turned to William Kristol, then Dan Quayle's chief of staff, and how he got his start in politics. Irving recalled how he talked to his friend Harvey Mansfield at Harvard, who secured William a place there as both an undergrad and graduate student; how he talked to Pat Moynihan, then Nixon's domestic policy adviser, and got William an internship at the White House; how he talked to friends at the RNC [Republican National Committee] and secured a job for William after he got his Harvard Ph.D.; and how he arranged with still more friends for William to teach at Penn and the Kennedy School of Government.

"With that, Prof. Katznelson recalled, he then asked Irving what he thought of affirmative action. 'I oppose it,' Irving replied. 'It subverts meritocracy.' "

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/jan/28/campos-to-the-manner-born/

Posted by: okjuggler | October 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Shorter Bill Kristol:

Wahhhhhhhhhhh! These people don't understand the benefits of random violence on brown people!

Posted by: Dollared | October 9, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney, once again, has been passed over.

In view of that, Mr. Kristol is correct. The Peace Prize should have gone to Senator McCain. To paraphrase, "Sometimes one must destroy a country in order to save it."

Posted by: Ogguls | October 9, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

okjuggler:
Kudos.

Posted by: Ogguls | October 9, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse


What about a prize for the Weekly Standard and all of those modern GOPers for doing so much to help people with differing opinions communicate and work out their differences. I mean look at Bill and all that he has given up and passed over in the way of wealth and contacts to stand up for the truth and compassion. He's a real Christ figure, but the world just doesn't see it.

Posted by: protagoras | October 9, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Although I agree that the rationale for the Prize's awarding is insufficient, why this concern must manifest itself as criticism of President Obama is beyond me. We can question the legitimacy of his nomination (which must have occured little more than a week after he took over the office), or the outcome of the five-person Norweigian committee's vote, but why must the President be brought into this? His domestic agenda and failings to date are not germane to this discussion; he did not submit himself for consideration or campaign for the prize, and accepted it with evident reluctance and humility. This is a terrific individual achievement, but it is also recognition of our continued rehabilitation within the international community. After bearing a President who enacted a divisive, belligerent foreign policy -- with us or against us -- I find it refreshing that we are attempting to be a positive force for democracy and peace, while cooperating with our allies in Europe and Asia. We are but another player on the world stage, and the era of American exceptionalism is over. To continue to rest on our laurels, believing that as a nation we can do whatever we want, is wrong.

I can see only one reason why you might construe this award as a negative -- political ideology, and as a Republican, I find that shameful. You are not being clever, Mr. Kristol, but petulant, ignorant, and shallow. Fortunately, the fire that has driven neo-conservatism since the Cold War is going out, and once it has been extinguished only irrelevant charlatans and two-bit publications like yours will remain.

As for who should've won this Nobel Peace Prize: Morgan Tsvangirai.

Posted by: seanobrgp | October 9, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, the President of the United States has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Seems to me that every American, regardless of political persuasion, should take pride in that.
Mr. Kristol, why do you hate America?

Posted by: mgorman1 | October 9, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps now that our President has now been awarded a prize given to Dr. Martin Luther King, Ghandi and others who fought, were jailed and even died for peace...perhaps he will stop killing Afghanistans and Iraqis and send our troops home like he promised on the campaign trail?

I'm sorry but he hasn't done anything. I find comparing him with Dr. Martin Luther King in ANY WAY a travesty. Talk to me in 4-8 years and let's see what he ACTUALLY DOES...so far nothing but talk, not action.

This award is now a beauty contest or better yet, an NAACP Image award. Those that awarded this tarnished the honor by passing over nominees who have been imprisoned, fought and done things for peace. If it is being awarded for what he 'may' do...I know a lot of people who deserve the prize as much as he does.

Shameful!

Posted by: khughes4god | October 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was a farce too but now that Billy boy is calling it that, and he has never been right about anything, I think the Nobel committee probably had it right. Now I wait for Charlie K will chime in and tell us that we still have Nobel prizes because of Bush or Reagan.

Posted by: npet480 | October 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry but he hasn't done anything."

So? Considering Henry Kissinger and his Nobel Peace Prize, I'm inclined to think it's a good thing. They gave Henry the prize just for taking a vacation from coming up with new ways of getting other people killed - including a lot of young kids who should have been in school instead of off fighting some military industrial complex wet dream "long war."

Ha ha ha. Watch all the wing-nuts' heads explode. Obama's response that he would try to live up to it was, as usual, pitch perfect. Go ahead Billy, take a dump in your drawers. The rest of us are used to your doing it, Too bad the Norwegians don't give a War Prize, eh? You'd be a shoo-in.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 9, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

William Kristol in a snit.
Just like back in junior high.

Posted by: Marcaurelius | October 10, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol, still trying to pawn off his tortuous logic on the rest of the world, and failing.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | October 10, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

"How would this award be any different from naming Neville Chamberlain a month after he secured "peace in our time" with Germany, before the subsequent disappointing invasion of Poland took place?

Posted by: Roytex"

You're predicting that Hitler is going to invade Poland soon? Otherwise, what's your point, "Roytex?" Other than being named after Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter, what's your particular claim to fame? Low IQ?

Posted by: thrh | October 12, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

In a world with Bill Kristol, Sarah Palin and Orly Taitz, we'll never lack for comedy!

Posted by: thrh | October 12, 2009 2:32 AM | Report abuse

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