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We understand and appreciate what the Nobel Peace Prize committee members are trying to do. They're trying to encourage peace.

We just disagree wholly with how they're trying to go about it.

In the process, they have rendered the prize meaningless.

Nothing at all against President Obama. Fact is, we support his outreach efforts to the Muslim world.

But the Nobel committee is holding an apple festival before the tree is old enough to have borne fruit. Does the plaque say, "In grateful acknowledgement of all Barack Hussein Obama hopes to accomplish"?

"The prize seems to be more for Obama's promise than for his performance," correctly notes the Associated Press's Jennifer Loven.

Mr. Obama was in office a scant 12 days before the nomination deadline for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been in office some nine months. In contrast, some worthy recipients such as Mother Teresa expended a lifetime of good works.

There is no earthly idea yet whether his policies will bear fruit. As Muslim radicals still kill and still target America and the West, there is no tangible evidence he has made a scintilla of difference with all his entreaties and criticisms of his country. His worthiness for such a prestigious-sounding award exists, as some subatomic particles, in theory alone.

Is the committee, then, rewarding Mr. Obama's good intentions? If so, are there not millions and millions of other deserving souls on the planet who qualify for this honor under the same logic?

BUT THE PROBLEMS with this ill-thought-out award -- often bestowed on dubious characters such as terrorist Yasser Arafat -- go far beyond one man. This decision reveals an institutional and fatal flaw in the Nobel network: Quite often, it really doesn't reward acts that result in real, just and lasting peace.

Perhaps our well-intentioned friends in Oslo mistake peace for the absence of open hostilities. The two are quite different -- and sometimes are the opposite.

Consider: True peace cannot exist without justice. Moreover, appeasement -- an unwillingness to use force to defend oneself or create security and peace -- can result in the opposite of peace. Appeasement in the 20th century brought about history's largest conflagration. And you can talk peace with the Iranian regime until you're blue in the face, but if that fails to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and one is allowed to go off in the Mideast or elsewhere, how does that promote peace? Haven't you done just the opposite?

The maddening paradox of peace is that sometimes you must fight to get it.

WILL BARACK OBAMA be willing to do that -- especially after receiving a "peace" prize? Will he be able to bring himself to send more troops to Afghanistan -- to win that war and secure a lasting peace? Will he now have the gumption to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities if need be to protect and preserve the Mideast's only democracy (other than Iraq, which war helped create)?

Or is the prize timed and designed to discourage any acts of violence by the U.S. president, even those needed to bring about peace?

If the president is in any way impeded from doing what he must to protect and defend the interests of the United States, he should politely decline the award.

Likewise, if the Nobel committee is rewarding a president that it sees as promoting a chastened, weakened America -- and thinks that that is good for peace -- it had better be careful what it wishes for. If the folks at Nobel truly want peace, they should want the strong America that saved Western Europe in World War II and helped free Eastern Europe in the Cold War and still today throws its blanket of protection over most of the world's free peoples.

Obviously, the people at Nobel would find it counterintuitive to recognize any act of war as being good or promoting peace. But World War II did in a few years what a continent would have otherwise spent decades doing: overthrowing tyranny and fighting for freedom.

We therefore believe the Nobel Peace Prize committee has a misguided notion of what peace truly is and what is necessary to bring it about.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/10/09 - 08:39 am
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I mean Gandhi didn't even win

I mean Gandhi didn't even win although he was nominated many years. Obama was nominated a few days into his term and won. Again...bizzare. There was no accomplish unless they know something is coming down the pike we don't know about. Amusingly, the last NY Times Sunday Magazine had an opinion piece that some Nobel Prizes should be taken back such as the ones given to Henry Kissinger and Teddy Roosevelt. I bet they wish they could take that back now. Here is the link. http://ethicist.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/taking-back-nobel-prizes/

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 08:41 am
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If the Taliban thinks Obama

If the Taliban thinks Obama didn't do anything to deserve the Nobel Prize then on THAT, I agree......and I suppose the Taliban's and the US Communist Party's official endorsement of Obama before the election was a good thing.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 08:41 am
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"When you're agreeing with a

"When you're agreeing with a Terrorist organization that wishes Death to America, something is probably flawed in your thinking and your sense of patriotism." The same could be said about prezbho and his crooked administration. We are watching the destruction of our country from within. If you're not concerned - Your're not paying attention...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/10/09 - 08:44 am
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Now the Nobel Peace Prize has

Now the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded, it is now time to award the Impeachment Award! http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/10/09 - 08:49 am
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This is a joke. Everyone here

This is a joke. Everyone here in Sierra Leone is saying, "He has done nothing yet...why was he given this?" This is a joke, even one VERY liberal Swiss Bush hater (amd I mean she HATES Bush) that LOVES Obama (she cried when he won) called me from London to tell me she thinks this is a "Idiotic choice and too soon".

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 08:50 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain I

JohnRandolphHardisonCain I 100% disagree with you, but kudos for the thought provoking post. Allot better than, blame Bush, we won get over it group.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/10/09 - 09:06 am
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Dam, maybe the impeachment

Dam, maybe the impeachment would not be a good idea, look at what would replace him, Daaa biden and the witch next in line. Dam if we do, Dam if we don't.

DonLaakso
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DonLaakso 10/10/09 - 09:07 am
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The Nobel Peace Prized used

The Nobel Peace Prized used to have some meaning, but with Obama that went out the window. Now it only means you've won a free hot dog at the local deli.

Don Laakso

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carcraft 10/10/09 - 09:24 am
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I think the name should be

I think the name should be changed from Pobel peace Prize to "Bart Simpson award for underAchievement"!

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jack234 10/10/09 - 09:52 am
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I can't believe the Chronicle

I can't believe the Chronicle felt so bad about this award that they devoted two consecutive days to criticizing our president. Talking about appealing to their subscribers!!!! way to go! HELLO! HELLO!

jack234
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jack234 10/10/09 - 09:54 am
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Evidently no one that post

Evidently no one that post here was on the committee. The decision is made, the decision is final. Congratulations to Our President. HELLO! HELLO! Rush got tied-tongued yesterday talking about this. He is so hilarious. HELLO! HELLO!

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 10/10/09 - 09:58 am
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Actually, President Obama won

Actually, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on the day of his inauguration, mainly because he replaced George Bush. Actually, replacing George Bush should be worth two Nobel Peace Prizes.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/10/09 - 09:58 am
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Great cartoon Rick.

Great cartoon Rick.

Tyler-Ray_Daddy
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Tyler-Ray_Daddy 10/10/09 - 10:00 am
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I don't blame Obama for

I don't blame Obama for receiving it with no accomplishments; if not now, he would have received it a number of years down the road anyway and still without positive accomplishments.
The Nobel Peace Prize is a joke & always has been; heck, it was given to Gore for his delusional comments on global warming; by the way, temperatures rise & fall due to sun flares, nothing more!

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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:29 am
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Congratulations President

Congratulations President Obama. Keep up the excellent work that you are doing.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 10/10/09 - 10:31 am
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Peteypopoff, it would be

Peteypopoff, it would be nice, for once, if we could evaluate a person by the quality of their accomplishments, rather than the color of their skin. If Obama is a very successful president, and I pray that he will be, then let's laud him. If he is not, there's no reason to keep him in office just because he is African American. As stated, he had done absolutely nothing to earn the N.P. when he was nominated, other than being a "Community Organizer", U.S. Senator, and having some very questionable associates. This is not N.P.-caliber stuff. Not yet. I hope he can justify the accolades that have been given him far too prematurely. For all our sakes. His race has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 10:33 am
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Niko, ACES asked you to give

Niko, ACES asked you to give them reasons why you disagreed. Where have you been? Chicken?

Rick McKee
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Rick McKee 10/10/09 - 10:36 am
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Thanks betty and OT! Usually

Thanks betty and OT! Usually I don't chime in, but fred1217, the editorial above is the exact same editorial from yesterday. We didn't editorialize twice or change anything. We just posted it online early. You will probably see more of that in the future on topics where we think there may be a lot of interest. Hope that clears up any confusion.

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slippery 25 10/10/09 - 10:49 am
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He needs to take his peace

He needs to take his peace talents to Chicago schools.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/10/09 - 10:54 am
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jackoff234, I know guys like

jackoff234, I know guys like you who HELLO! HELLO! think that no one needs to HELLO! HELLO! earn what they get, but HELLO! HELLO! the fact is, REAL Americans still HELLO! HELLO! know that anything woth having must HELLO! HELLO! be worked for and nothing HELLO! HELLO! worth having is HELLO! HELLO! given to anyone. Look no further than HELLO! HELLO! a housing project to see what happens when folks like you HELLO! HELLO! promote the values of rewarding worthlessness. I would expect NOTHING less from you all than to praise all this, I mean, it's another give away on someone else's tab. HELLO! HELLO!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/10/09 - 11:05 am
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Regarding President Obama

Regarding President Obama being awarded the Nobel peace prize, Assistant Secretary of State Assistant PJ Crowley made this pointed remark: ""Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum - when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes." hahahahahahaha! Yes!

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 11:17 am
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It is a shame when statesmen

It is a shame when statesmen become political pundents.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/10/09 - 11:21 am
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Cain, you are a hypocrite! I

Cain, you are a hypocrite! I thought Obama had not changed our war status but now you join in like you were behind him all the time. So which is it?

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mad_max 10/10/09 - 11:33 am
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The fact remains, at the time

The fact remains, at the time Obama was nominated he had been in office 12 days and had done ZERO. Which is about what the prestige of Nobel Peace Prize is worth.....ZERO. Especially after this debacle. I think is should be noteworthy that the Swedish Academy has been overtly anti-American for decades and it should tell you something when your enemy gives your president an award. It really doesn't surprise me that a bunch of pseudo-intellectual European socialists would love comrade Obama and his communist policies. That's why they could not wait to give him the prize. They were having orgasms over him during the campaign and just could not wait to climax.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 11:57 am
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Congratulations President

Congratulations President Obama. Keep up the excellent work that you are doing.
Posted by Niko Mahs on Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:29 AM --------------------- I know I'm banging my head in the wall by asking, because you and your fellow sheep NEVER answer, but how about you give us some examples of the "excellent work" that Obama has done.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 12:24 pm
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Amen Brad on your post to

Amen Brad on your post to jack!! And JHRC, is full of it, he proved that to me yesterday, then didn't even bother to address what he was confronted with. Typical!!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 12:27 pm
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TakeAstand.....get used to

TakeAstand.....get used to Cain ignoring you if you confront him with facts. He won't answer simple questions if it will reveal that he is a hypocrite.........never has. Such as why he feels Israel has no right to exist, but he feels perfectly in the right to live on land that his ancestors stole from the Natives. Or why he isn't embedded with the troops like he said he was going to do. He won't answer because it will reveal his hypocrisy.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 12:33 pm
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I hear ya Tigger, its typical

I hear ya Tigger, its typical with most of these posters. When confronted with facts they either never return or just say.. you're racist!! haha

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 12:51 pm
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tigger... Thank you for

tigger... Thank you for asking niky that question. I was going to post the same thing until I got to your post. Close to 400 posts and none of the fawning followers have been able to give examples of 'excellent work' or any examples of 'greatness' before prezbho was nominated. In his 9 months we still can't get any examples.

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Cordie 10/10/09 - 01:03 pm
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PETE, don't sell the

PETE, don't sell the American people short. I am a WHITE 77 YEAR OLD FEMALE. I was born in the south and lived most of my life in the South. I voted for President Obama and I am VERY HAPPY With all the things he is trying to do. Most of my friends voted for him and is also happy with his ENERGY AND WORK FOR THIS COUNTRY. I hope he serves for this four years and the next four also. Don;t COMPARE most of the country with a few BITTER LEFT OUTS.

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