Well, according to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, I should get a Nobel Prize in Medicine.  Forget the fact that I’m not a doctor and have absolutely no idea how to cure cancer, that doesn’t seem to matter to the Committee.  If you have good thoughts, you deserve the Prize.

I woke up on October 9, 2009, and read that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize even though his presidency began less than two weeks before the February 1st nomination deadline and “has yet to yield concrete achievements in peacemaking” according to a USA Today story.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was trying “to promote what he stands for and the positive processes that have started now.  It lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledge to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change.”

I don’t get the whole Nobel Committee process at all.

First, I think this was a slap in the face to every other Prize winner who actually accomplished something in his or her lifetime – aside from Jimmy Carter, who I’ll leave for another day.

Second, Obama has done nothing except continuously apologize for what he believes are mistakes made by America.

Third, America has no conflict with Muslim nations.  Islamic jihadists have conflicts with America.

Fourth, according to Desmond Tutu, who won the Prize in 1984, “Obama’s award shows great things are expected from him in coming years.  It’s an award coming near the beginning of the first term of office of a relatively young president that anticipates an even greater contribution towards making the world a safer place for all.  It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.”  Okay, does this mean if terrorists are still trying to blow us up at the end of his Presidency he has to give back the Prize?

Fifth, good intentions mean nothing.  Nothing has changed; terrorists are still trying to kill us.  What does the Committee think of the terrorist plots in Texas and New York?  How about the terrorist attacks in Little Rock, Fort Hood, and Times Square?  Can anyone forgot the loser who set his underwear on fire in mid-air on Christmas Day?  Although the Committee lauded the “change in [the] global mood wrought by Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation,” it doesn’t look like he’s done much to change the “mood” of the terrorists here and abroad.

Sixth, was Obama able to influence Scotland not to release the Lockerbie terrorist?  I don’t think so.  Despite Obama’s warning to Libya that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi should not be given a hero’s welcome, thousands of youth were on hand at the airport to welcome him home.  Libya hasn’t shown too much “cooperation,” has it?

Seventh, Obama did sign a Nuclear Arms Reduction Pact with Russia, in April, which he believed was a step towards a nuclear-free world.  He’s been real successful in thwarting Iran’s quest for nuclear arms, hasn’t he?  Sounds a little like gun control to me.  Keep weapons out of the hands of the good guys and only the criminals get to have them.

In response to the Prize given to Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy who “has made no secret of his admiration for Obama, called the decision the embodiment of the ‘return of America into the hearts of the people of the world.’”  Yeah, I know that’s exactly where I want to be.

Then there are the wise thoughts of an 18-year old student in Kabal, Ahmad Shabir, who said, “I don’t think Obama deserves this.  I don’t know who’s making all these decisions.  The Prize should go to someone who has done something for peace and humanity.  Since he is the president, I don’t see any change in U.S. strategy in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

I’m with the Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele, on this one.  Obama won the prize as a result of his “star power” rather than meaningful accomplishments.  That I get.

So, with all my good intentions to cure cancer, despite the fact that I have done absolutely nothing towards that end, I don’t get why I’m not awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and, if you do, God bless you.

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