If it didn’t exist, you’d have to invent the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. There is no better illustration of the debasement of the “international community” and the fundamental unseriousness of what passes for international elite opinion. (Mona Charen helpfully supplies a list of some of the winners.) The committee has found its champion: Barack Obama, who personifies all they and their like-minded “multinationalists” hold dear. This report says it all:
Rather than recognizing concrete achievement, the 2009 prize appeared intended to support initiatives that have yet to bear fruit: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.
Well, it’s not like he hasn’t done anything, right? He’s introduced a new era of hostility in U.S.-Israeli relations. He’s been rebuffed by all the parties in the region and been forced to retreat on his innovative gambit (i.e., alienating Israel and fanning Palestinian rejectionism over the folly of a freeze on every bubba’s apartment in East Jerusalem.). He concealed a secret Iranian nuclear site and spent a year kowtowing to the Great Leader, helping a brutal regime establish its legitimacy. He backed a raving anti-Semite and lunatic in Honduras, bringing that country to the brink of war. And of course on Afghanistan he’s done what the international community loves most of all — dither.
But his finest accomplishment, as Charles Krauthammer brilliantly details here, has been to humble America and usher in a new era of American un-exceptionalism and decline.
Now that’s something for these people to celebrate!