President Obama will meet today with the American Nobel Prize winners, which is fine. The irony surely won’t dawn on him that they may have deserved their prizes, while he certainly didn’t merit his.
Obama, as you know, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009 without having created any peace at all. Nor has he created any peace since. In fact, quite the reverse.
Look at the world today compared to when Obama took office. Iraq, which was relatively quiet, is the scene of vicious fighting designed to defeat a whole new terrorist organization that grew up under Obama, ISIS. The Afghanistan war continues, with the Taliban making gains as its strategy of waiting America out bears fruit. In Syria, under Obama’s watch, hundreds of thousands have been killed in a brutal civil war that Obama has never really decided how he wants to handle. China is on the march in the East, claiming territory that doesn’t belong to it in the South China Sea. Russian is flexing its military muscles. The Palestinians and the Israelis are no closer to a peace deal than they were eight years ago. And Iran is fomenting terrorism around the world, increasing its reach throughout the Middle East, and will soon be producing nuclear weapons like it was a giant Ford assembly line plant.
The peace prize was nothing more than an effort by the Norwegians to influence the incoming president to adhere to their pacifist approach. In this, they succeeded. Obama has failed to take the aggressive steps needed to defeat ISIS, or to prevent its rise. And with his general weakness on display for all to see, our enemies are emboldened all over the world.
At least until Trump takes power.
Because weakness begets war. That’s what pacifists never understand. And that’s exactly what we’ve got.
Obama should never have accepted the Nobel Prize in the first place. Now, he should give it back.