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Nobel Proves Burdensome for Obama

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Thorbjoen Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, shows a picture of 2009 Nobel peace prize laureate, Barack Obama, shortly after the announcement of the winner in Oslo. (Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 06:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama early on in his rein in order to keep him in a “medal box.” This award defines everything he does internationally and that is exactly what the international community was banking on at the time.

Obama now carries the extra burden of being judged as a Nobel Peace Prize winner in every action he takes or does not take internationally and militarily. It is a weight that hangs around his neck.

The problem for the committee today is that clearly the Obama recipient of 2009 would never even qualify in 2013. With the surge of troops in Afghanistan, the U.S. military intervention in Libya and the recent threats by Obama to strike Syria they should be asking for their prize back.

By giving him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, the international community thought it assured he would act in ways more keeping with their liking of what an American president should be and how they expect him to act on the international stage.

If one is totally objective, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded at best to President Obama on the promise of what was to come.

Since taking office, the world is a much more dangerous place. North Korea continues unabashed to proliferate their nuclear weapons technology and missile testing. Iran has thumbed its nose at the world and defies international law and treaty by “secretly” building uranium enrichment plants to perfect their nuclear weapons goals.

Iran has stepped up its rhetoric with regard to the destruction of the State of Israel and continues to flood Afghanistan and Syria with weapons. We are still fighting al-Qaida on numerous fronts and their threats to our national security are real and apparent.

If apologies and pandering are important criteria in getting awarded a medal than our president surely deserves the gold. He started in Germany as candidate for president and it continues in every speech in every country he visits — and every summit he attends.

He has never missed an opportunity to denounce his own country on the shores of another.

The irony is that if Russian President Vladimir Putin is able to amass, secure and account for Syria's weapons of mass destruction, he will likely receive the Nobel Peace Prize for preventing a Nobel Peace Prize winner from waging war.

Mr. Putin will then join the ranks of other worthy recipients like, Yassir Arafat, Kofi Annon, and Jimmy Carter.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of Politics and Public Policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.


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