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Nobel Befuddlement: Why Obama Doesn't Deserve It

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I really don't see how Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Less than nine months in, his administration has done very little to actually make our world a more peaceful place. Obama has sent more troops to Afghanistan and may in fact send more, thus escalating rather than withdrawing from the war.He is keeping to a timeline for withdrawing from Iraq that was actually set before he became president.On his first day in office he declared that he will close the Guantanamo prison, but has not yet figured out how to actually make that happen. He has done little to intervene in a rightwing coup that has recently happen in Honduras. He said very little when Iranian protesters were fighting against their tyrant government, being beaten, jailed, and even killed. He also continued the bank bailouts, helping the very institutions that have inflicted direct harm and pain upon thousands, even millions of Americans. This list of actions and policies do not necessarily translate into a horrible presidency. Obama is simply continuing the American status quo. But the Nobel Peace Prize is about extraordinary accomplishments; about courageously acting against the status quo in the hopes of creating a more peaceful world. The Nobel hype simply doesn't match the concrete reality.

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The progressive organization True Majority sent out an email today (October 9th) via its listserv. It highlighted True Majority's support for the award. Here are their reasons as to why Obama deserves it:

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1) Obama de-escalated the conflict with Russia by ending Bush's needless missile defense programs;

2) After years of bluster and military threats from Bush, Obama successfully re-reopened dialogue with Iran, including their nuclear program;

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3) In Egypt and Eastern Europe, where Bush's government was a symbol of tyranny and empire, Obama electrified young people and reformers while pointing the way to a nuclear-free future;

4) And where Bush wanted to begin a new arms race, Obama has begun to bring sanity to the military budget by ending programs like the F-22 and missile defense.

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Jason Del Gandio is a writer, thinker, activist, and teacher dedicated to local and global justice. His first book, "Rhetoric for Radicals: a Handbook for 21st Century Activists," was released in November, 2008 (New Society Publishers). Jason is (more...)
 

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