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The Nobel Committee Comes Clean

At least the Nobel committee came clean this time. In awarding the peace prize to President Obama its chairman acknowledged that it did so because it agrees with and wants to promote his politics.

"We are hoping this may contribute a little bit for what he is trying to do," Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said this morning. The prize "is a clear signal to the world that we want to advocate the same as he has done to promote international diplomacy."

The confession of political motive should be no surprise following the Nobel committee's behavior during the Bush administration, when the peace prize was regularly handed to fierce opponents of the president --from Jimmy Carter to Al Gore to Mohammed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy

In those cases, though, the committee denied that its intentions were political. Now Jagland doesn't mince words. "We have to get the world on the right track again," the New York Times quoted him as saying. "Look at the level of confrontation we had just a few years ago. Now we get a man who is not only willing but probably able to open dialogue and strengthen international institutions."

Obama may get a boost from the Nobel Prize; in time he may prove the committee's declaration right. But I suspect even he might shrink from some of its rhetoric. "His diplomacy," the citation declared, "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." Really?

By Jackson Diehl  | October 9, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
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Actually, Obama received the "Ignoble Appeasement Prize."

Posted by: Jerzy | October 9, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

So to get a Nobel Peace prize, all you have to do is grovel and apologize in front of a committee of leftist eurotrash.

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

Q.: What has Barack Obama done for the United States, the world and humanity? A.: Promoted communism, Karl Marx's failed theory that is directly responsible for the hideous deaths of no less than 100 million people in the last century.

Oh well, after Al Gore was awarded the prize for his self-serving negative contribution to humanity, I suppose this was inevitable. Alfred Nobel is turning over in his grave and the Nobel Prize itself has become a sick joke.

Posted by: tonyr4096 | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Depends entirely on your political prejudices as to your reaction. I think it speaks to the aspirations and dreams of those of us who supported him, helped him get elected, and continue to wage a campaign for reconciliation between warring camps. President Obama is universally admired for his ability to listen and understand those who oppose him. He is a model of a leader who has the fortitude and conviction to accept a world of imperfection yet strive to make it better within the limitation of a very imperfect humanithy. Peace to America and the world!!

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The award of the Nobel Prize is not so much a tribute to him as it is to us. We are being commended for creating one of the most massive financially independent grassroots organizations in American history that pulled off a strong victory that change...d the entire idea of who we are as a nation. For this we are both commended and charged to carry forward.
Chris White
Philadelphia PA

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

Yes, really. You idiot!

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

Did affirmative action play a role in Obama's Nobel Prize Award?


Posted by: usadblake | October 9, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

You write:

The prize "is a clear signal to the world that we want to advocate the same as he has done to promote international diplomacy."

and then call this a confession of a political motive? Isn't this really just the obvious and straightforward motive of any committee that's trying to promote international peace? What would you say their motive should be?

I'll admit I'm not sold on Obama as a Nobel Laureate nine months into his Presidency, and I think all of the real tests are still ahead of him, but referring to Jagland's statement as 'coming clean' wrongly implies that the committee did something dirty or improper to their goals, and characterizing this as 'political' is just just silly. If anything, I'd call it optimistic (or maybe over-optimistic).

Posted by: ponkey | October 9, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Let us hope President Obama will politely decline the award, but say that he would very much like to be deemed worthy of it after he has served his term of office.

Otherwise, he may, to whatever slight extent, be viewed as having been suborned, or at least compromised, by this "honor". After all, it must be just a little harder for the recipient of such an award to commit the nation to a necessary war, but one unpopular with Europe and the left? Or don't you think such a war is possible?

Posted by: Roytex | October 9, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

well, I'm European (not a leftist) and from a neutral state that is mockered now and then for being overly charitable (a greater deal of our foreign engagements in outr buget ends up with IMF rather than the military's part).
the means that goes in that direction is not intended for being a God granted right for McCain's and Wolfowitz' friends to live a comfortable life.
And also, with Wolfowitz' at the World bank he of all people if being competwent for his job, ought to realise that there are templates in a lot of countries'accountancy standards that have for purpose of evaluating receivables in countries where the political and economic situation provides a not neglible risk for investments. IMF diverted money to a bank in a country where banks (not established foreign banks) knowingly regurlarly engaged in the activities of running cash trough the system. This was overlooked because it underpinned the decline of the ruble and thus inflation which was ok as long as it was other companies (preferably american?) that could reap from cheap investments.

A lot of people compares that russian guy in prison which engaged a lot of people, like Dick Cheney to Lenin.

Posted by: josalli | October 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

So Obama has joined the illustrious crowd of Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Yasser Arafat.

The prize is simply meaningless. Anyone can be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Anyone.

Posted by: alance | October 9, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Norwegians should stick to their stated goal of world peace.

It is a bit funny that they would devalue their award to respond to the politics of an ex-president.

Maybe they should have given it to Bush, for leaving office. I would have held them in higher esteem.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 9, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I have the sincere intention of curing HIV, influenza, cancer, pollution, global climate change and promote peace all the world over. I will do all in my power to make it so. Call me and I'll tell you where to mail the check. Or are we going to go back to awarding Nobel prizes based on actual achievements?

Really, I wish our president well, and hope he succeeds. But as they say, wishing doesn't make it so.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, isn't this great news for John McCain?

Posted by: calcyon | October 9, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

He(Obama) was "given" the Nobel prize,,,

Solely based on,,,"What Might Be"
Instead of "what is"

And the "what Is" of it,= Obama hasn't done Jack 5hit to earn the prize.

Posted by: dashriprock | October 9, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

some folks seem to have forgotten that the Nobel Peace Prize was also awarded to war-monger Henry Kissinger when he was Nixon's Secretary of State.

Posted by: eomcmars | October 9, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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.

As for Diehl's neocon grumbling about George Bush not getting the award, well, I think that speaks for itself, doesn't it? The Post's neocon war criminal abettor editorial gang has become a tired running joke in Washington. I hope Fred Hiatt does the decent thing and scoots off to a nice retirement in Tel Aviv with his gang of hoodlum liars soon.

This town deserves to have its storied paper back. I think that's a sentiment most Washingtonians would echo.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 12:31 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.

Best of luck Mr. President!

Posted by: tarquinis1 | October 9, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama should tour with Ms Universe or Ms America.... Just put a crown on his swelled head and he can recite "I want world peace and love and rainbows for everyone....rainbows shall light the sky and I dream of a world without nuclear weapons." Poof...just like magic will happen for he is THE ONE and he shall MAKE IT HAPPEN - What a fairy tale ...and these Nobel idiots fell for it.... who are they and whats their connection to George Soros ??

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 9, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh WHAY WHAY WHAY - cry babies! The world hated Bush PERIOD! Did any of you ever take the time to ask "why"? And shouldn't the world have an opinion? I'm an American, I hated Bush and I'm so glad that our country now has at least the opportunity to move past all that and once again become a true leader of the world. Barach Obama has made that possible by opening his hand to the rest of the world. McCain could not have accomplished that, I don't even think Hillary (who I supported) could have had the impact Obama has had. My God, can't you just be grateful you live in such a country that can once again hold her head up high with pride and once again become citizens of the world.

What am I saying - you'll never get it!

Posted by: Kathy5 | October 9, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

What an interesting assumption, that one can separate peace from politics? War is political. Naturally the Nobel Peace prize is political as well.

Posted by: richfoss1 | October 9, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

in other words, a bribe...
isn't there a law against that...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

You illustrate the irony and cynicism of neocons and AIPAC talking point leaders who can't imagine a two-state solution is possible or even desirable in holy land - after wars and occupation.

Europe is voting with Nobel Peace Committe and wishes BHO will succeed in his stated goals on non-proliferation and disarmament, including Israel.

Posted by: hariknaidu | October 9, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The committee was awarding this to the American people, for repudiating their mistake of 2004 - which few here realize that the rest of the world was shocked out of their minds at. We consciously voted BACK IN someone we already knew had lied to get us to invade a country that hadn't attacked us and had no intention or ability to. That was the antithesis of what the award hopes to promote. This is an award to tell the American people, "thank you, you got it right finally".

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 1:15 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 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Promoting world peace, disarmament, and diplomacy over war is a "political" agenda? Get real.

Posted by: wrjacobs1 | October 9, 2009 3:02 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 3:03 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..."

Care to quote the provision of the Constitution you think you're referring to, Duh-wight?

Posted by: Krunky | October 9, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Aren't the conservatives a lovely lot? Last week they were cheering the US and Chicago would not be sponsoring the Olympics. Then this week they are trashing our president and the Nobel Peace Prize committee. I will admit, as Obama did, that he probably does not deserve the award yet but he has an easy act to follow. When you don't go around invading other countries and threatening to destroy 1.3 billion Muslims you just look pretty good to most sane people.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | October 9, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, there have been some pretty bad Nobel winners -- Jimmy Carter, Menachem Fagin, and that preposterous old fraud Mother Teresa.

seems to me the Nobel committee got this one right, though

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

This just gets to the heart of liberal idocy: A thing doesn't have to be true in order to declare it as a fact. One need only *wish* it was true.

Barack Obama has done nothing to promote peace.

Appeasing China by snubbing the Dalai Lama.
Appeasing Russia by unilaterally weaking our defenses.
Appeasing Iranian mullahs by agreeing to unconditional "talks" while they continue to refine uranium.

These acts do not make the world more peaceful, unless of course you are one of the appeased dictators with your boot on the throat of Georgia or Tibet or domestic political dissidents.

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

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Repugnantone chickenhawks. First, your disastrously stupid foreign policy wrecked your party and disgraced your President, leading directly to Obama's election.

Now it pays further dividends by giving the most prestigious prize in international relations, (and a cool $1.4 million), to a man you despise.

Congratulations nitwits, and keep up the good work. He really couldn't have done any of this without you.

Posted by: madbuda | October 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm just going to cut and paste the Nobel committee's statement on why they gave him the award, let's see if any of you anti-American haters have enough of an attention span to read the whole thing.

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.

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.”

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Leftist Eurotrash! Boy, I thought I'd heard it all, scvaughan, but you guys just aren't living in the real world. And, Mr. Diehl, if you think that supporting leaders who advocate peace is a political agenda, then, I'm sorry, your'e just plain stupid. The prize is the PEACE PRIZE for crying out loud. Perhaps it should have been given to Al Qaida? Get real you idiots. There is a world outside your myopic right wing America, and thats why Barack is in the White House and not McCain.

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | October 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, sour grapes all around for the right wing WaPo water cooler bunch.

I bet the Kraut calls for a nuke strike, or at least letting Israel bomb Oslo!

Way to go Norway! Thanks Ottoparts, the text speaks for itself.

Posted by: protagoras | October 9, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

In the same way the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards OSCARS to their own; Liberals do the same with Nobel Prizes.

Then for a year the elite liberal intelligentsia bows down to the winner and anticipates the world to be thrilled with what they have done for themselves.

Candidly, since being elected President is Obama's only positive accomplishment anyone could honestly point to, I feel sorry for the liberals who cast their votes for him didn't win anything.

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

The Post Partisan postings today are nothing short of shameful. Could you imagine, ever, ever, any collection of WaPo columnists writing a group of satirical and/or denunciating columns when and if any other American figure was awarded a Nobel Prize? Much less the President? My God, Henry Kissinger was a proven war criminal who threw together a series of false announcments in the process of creating that 1973 peace agreement solely in order to throw the 1972 election to Nixon. And not one peep of protest when he was awarded the prize (while at the moment of the award his partners in South America were torturing and killing young people by the tens of thousands....).

And the WaPo columnist staff are shocked and offended by this award? You people are truly unAmerican.

Posted by: Dollared | October 10, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

""We have to get the world on the right track again,""

Obviously our friends in Europe have absolutely no freakin' clue about domestic U.S. policies. Even left-of-center folks think this is silly.

The only good news in this for Obama is that Hamas and the Taliban are decrying the award...

Posted by: ihatelogins | October 10, 2009 5:14 AM | Report abuse

They may agree with Obama's politics, but the people in the USA are fed up with him.

BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people, via petitions (signatured by all men women and children who have No Confidence this 2009 Federal Government), being entered into County recordations offices as a recorded document, then pooled, and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people..
The well documented " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority", and allow an emergency election to void all signatures of the FED 2009.


The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )

Posted by: dottydo | October 12, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

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