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Charles Krauthammer Has A Biting Take on the Nobel Appeasement Prize

October 16, 2009


Charles Krauthammer at Real Clear Politics:

WASHINGTON — About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award “premature,” as if the brilliance of Obama’s foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so assured that if only the Norway Five had waited a few years, his Nobel worthiness would have been universally acknowledged.

To believe this, you have to be a dreamy adolescent (preferably Scandinavian and a member of the Socialist International) or an indiscriminate imbiber of White House talking points. After all, this was precisely the spin on the president’s various apology tours through Europe and the Middle East: National self-denigration — excuse me, outreach and understanding — is not meant to yield immediate results; it simply plants the seeds of good feeling from which foreign policy successes shall come.

NewsReal has covered Obama’s Nobel win:

  • Ben Johnson had the opening post on the subject here, shortly after the news broke.
  • Mark J. Koenig had a witty 2 sentence summary here.
  • David Horowitz weighed in here in a post appropriately titled Nobel Puzzle.
  • John Perazzo had a two part series in which he demonstrated how the Peace Prize has become the Leftist Prize.
  • Joseph Klein surveyed what foreign policy “accomplishments” might have merited Obama’s victory.
  • I listed the nominees who lost to Obama here.
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    1. Walt permalink
      October 16, 2009 7:57 pm

      President Obama portrayed himself as a giant, but has thus far proven himself only to be a dwarf.

      • Kevroc permalink
        October 17, 2009 3:02 pm

        But, which dwarf?

        Seems like he is attempting to be Doc but, is appearing quite Dopey.

    2. October 16, 2009 9:36 pm

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    3. October 17, 2009 12:56 am

      Obama the dwarf. There’s something weirdly reminiscent of Frank Zappa in that characterization. I’ll have to go back to my secret government laboratory to ponder that further.

    4. shane comeback permalink
      October 17, 2009 5:02 am

      Many thanks,Charles.

    5. Jack Hampton permalink
      October 17, 2009 5:31 am

      The current boob we have for a President makes Jimmy Carter look like Ronald Reagan or Thomas Jefferson. I fully believe that his naiveté will get Americans killed in numbers that will make 9/11 look miniscule.

      • swemson permalink
        October 17, 2009 9:37 pm


        Don’t mistake evil intentions for naiveté….

    6. "gunner" permalink
      October 17, 2009 8:12 am

      we might, or might not, see obama’s foreign policy as “brilliant” if he only had one. so far, and into the forseeable future, its been “gigo”, “garbage in, garbage out” null programme.

    7. Nash permalink
      October 17, 2009 8:39 am

      These are some people who, when they say something, I always stop and listen closely: Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Daniel Henninger, Byron York, and Victor Hanson.

    8. Lou permalink
      October 17, 2009 1:36 pm

      How can everyone have missed the REAL irony here. If he was premature for the Nobel prize, how could he be anything but premature for the Presidency? Duh.

      • Colette permalink
        October 18, 2009 10:58 pm

        I agree with you!
        However, I have to say that although it seems premature to the U.S., it could very well be that it’s a carrot infront of his nose …. they like how he’s selling out America, like a down-payment ….
        I hope he doesn’t break his leg when he falls off his HIGH horse-

    9. Judy permalink
      October 17, 2009 2:46 pm

      Charles, as always spot on.Thank you, and this comment is not premature.

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