The Nobel people cited Obama’s efforts in the following areas:
--Arms proliferation: after the Bush gang threw the ABM treaty in the trash and worked to put missiles into Eastern Europe before they were even proved to be functional, while also ignoring the nuclear ambitions of “Axis Of Evil” member Iran, Obama got us back on track to combat nuclear proliferation.
--The Middle east peace process: Bush ignored this critical effort, Obama got the wheels back on the tracks.
--Outreach to the Muslim world: After eight years in which Bush officials proclaimed Islam to be a false religion and that a “crusade” was in the works, Obama reopened the dialogue with the Muslims.
--Climate change: After the Bush gang trashed the Kyoto treaty and sat passively as their wingnut allies screeched that climate change was a hoax, Obama finally pointed out that unclothed state of the emperor.
--And fifth area which they didn’t mention, but which had to be on their minds, was the recognition by Obama and Holder that Bush’s reign of terror with respect to war crimes – Guantanamo, holding people incommunicado, torture – had to stop, and be investigated.
He also helped America rediscover, ya know, diplomacy. After eight years in which Bush strained U.S. relations with, literally, every nation on earth, including every one of our former allies.
So, given all that, who else should have gotten the award instead? Who has done more to improve the international situation? When some wingnut starts screeching about Obama’s award, you can shut him up pretty easily with that question – if not Obama, who? Give me a name.
Better yet – go through the list of previous Peace Prize winners, and show me who has done more to move the world in the right direction.
The international community has given the peace prize to three Democratic leaders in the last seven years: Carter, Gore and Obama.
The message is a thunderous rejection of the brain-dead, sledgehammer neocon foreign policy pursued by Reagan, the Bushes and the Republicans over the last 30 years. It is a message of bottled-up rage from all the nations of the world, that the foreign-policy half of the Republican platform is a disastrous, destructive failure. And that they don't really like Republican domestic policy either, on issues such as climate change.
Actually you could also add Paul Krugman, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics -- an ardent opponent of Republican policy, particularly on our 30-year nightmare of Reaganomics and deficits, and on health care, and on race relations, and on welfare policy.
Or, in briefer terms, all the world despises the Republican party. Including a lot of our erstwhile allies in Europe and the civilized world. Every time we elect a Republican president, we're shooting ourselves in the foot, on the world stage. Because all the world knows they're destructive morons.
What’s really sad is that there are wingnuts out there who really believe that Bush should have got one, for allegedly saving the world from al-Qa’ida and Saddam’s imaginary missiles. He wuz robbed!
So the Republicans are down to ten percent popularity in the U.S. outside the south, and they’re at about zero percent popularity on the rest of the entire planet.
Of course the right wing is going to be grownups and congratulate Obama, right? Hollow laugh! There is thunderous condemnation of the choice from two quarters: America’s right wing, and the Taliban.
The American wingnuts, and the Taliban.
I’m just going to let that hang in the air.
Oh, wait – the award was also criticized by another terrorist group, Hamas.
In a matter of days, the Republican party has celebrated America’s loss of the Olympics just because they think it makes Obama look bad, and now they are crapping all over the Nobel Peace Prize. Their buddy Drudge is whining – it's a mockery, an embarrassing joke….
After Michael Steele – the head of the party – slammed the Nobel choice, the DNC hit right back:
“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.”
Of course some in the media are working with might and main to spin this against Obama, just as they’ve been working furiously to damage his health care effort. The crowd on Morning Joe was at it as soon as the sun rose, screeching – OMG the damage is done, there’s no upside, he’ll have to turn it down, what a disaster!
That is how far the knee-jerk reflex at Obama bashing has gotten in the so-called liberal-dominated media: the man wins the freakin’ Nobel Peace Prize, and it’s A Bad Thing.
Nobel Prize, it’s a disaster.
I’m just going to let that hang in the air.