This was a prize based not on hard achievements but on a new direction for America by a new president, the aspiration that he will succeed in great endeavors, and great admiration throughout the world for the president and the United States.
The president faces major negotiations where he seeks to achieve diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East, a nuclear profifation solution with Iran, historic progress on climate change in the world summit this November and global economic action among nations when the world faces great economic challenges.
Every one of these goals is advanced, to some degree, against great odds, by the Nobel Prize. Major American goals are served, to some degree, by this prize. As I wrote in my March column, there is a time and place for great aspirations to be recognized and empowered and this is the time and place.
I will say, because this is a prize awarded for aspiration rather than achievement, the president needs to show profound modesty and leadershp at this moment. So I would strongly urge him to donate his prize money to the homeless vets and use this holiday season to urge all who have to help all who have not, here and around the world.