American Leader was out of line to accept Nobel Peace Prize as Afghanistan surge is boosted – 44th POTUS has disappointed many Barbadians

Like most of the world, I was surprised when Barack H. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize – after all, he was only one year in office not at the end of his first term – will he bid for a second? However, on reflection it occurred to me perhaps those Nobel Officials may have hoped this move would spur the US leader to abate aggressions in Kandahar, etc.

However, Obama bit the bullet accepted the ballot and went to Oslo to receive an ill-begat concept which he did not deserve – after all, he has now extended the timeline for troop removal to 2011 (A full decade of US interference) and worse yet, to increase the presence of American military might. This is a move I would have expected from anyone in the GOP, including that dork and sellout, Michael Steele.

The Consummate Bullshit Artist & Politics - Mutually exclusive? It seems not!

The Consummate Bullshit Artist & Politics - Mutually exclusive? It seems not!

In Obama’s acceptance speech, the newly-blooded despot stated that it is okay to blow up interests external to US Policy (unless there is an interest in maintaining fuel supplies as engineered by Geo. HW Bush) so long as ‘collateral damage‘ is kept to a minimum – is any ‘collateral damage‘ acceptable? David Bromwich of Huffington Post quotes the speech verbatim;-

The concept of a just waremerged, suggesting that war is justified only when it meets certain preconditions: if it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional, and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.

Obama seeks to meld concepts of ML King, Gandhi and an active military presence as counterpoints for a grand tapestry of his own design, he starts by quoting Dr King;-

Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life’s work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there is nothing weak – nothing passive – nothing naïve – in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world.

Ironically, the man who created the Peace prize was ashamed of his invention: TNT, used much in war

Ironically, the man who created the Peace prize was ashamed of his invention: TNT, used much in war

What does the Taleban have to do with Kansas, Dorothy? 9/11 in 2001 has not resurfaced – Al Qaeda went on pause after “surges” from Bush Jr and Cheney into Baghdad and northern mountain ranges of Pakistan. Do you really feel Bin Laden is still alive? Bin Laden’s purported hiding is, to any US Military vanguard, a validation for perpetuation of current tactics adopted since October eight years ago.

What can make a man originally opposed to his predecessor maintain such horrors in the first place despite the consideration of an award which is the antithesis of such deeds? Is Michelle kept hostage? Have they threatened to spike Bo’s Alpo? As a member of the Elks or whatever quasi-Masonic fraternity he may indeed belong to, is he under orders from a Worshipful Master to ” — keep holding the hammer“??

I cannot comprehend how he would not do the right thing either way on learning he’s an NPP recipient – A: Do like Zapatero, the then new PM in Spain and on reaching office, which is to unilaterally withdraw forces, despite whosoever’s criticism and accept the accolade yet donate the money; or B: Refuse the prize altogether and continue acting as a Democrat pawn for a Republican plot.

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  1. Checkout this video of the Afghan army that the US and NATO is supposed to be training to take over the fight against the Taliban and Al Quaida so they can leave and go home.

    Also here is a link to an interesting article on the difficulties of imposing a Western military culture and mindset on the Afghans as the US trainers are apparently intent on doing.

    Here are a few paragraphs snipped from the article:

    Afghans are Afghans. They have their own history, their own culture, their own habitual ways of thinking and behaving, all complicated by a modern experience of decades of war, displacement, abject poverty, and incessant meddling by foreign governments near and far — of which the United States has been the most powerful and persistent. Afghans do not think or act like Americans. Yet Americans in power refuse to grasp that inconvenient point.
    American military planners and policymakers already proceed as if, with sufficient training, Afghans can be transformed into scale-model, wind-up American Marines. That is not going to happen. Not now. Not ever. No matter how many of our leaders concur that it must happen — and ever faster.

    My educated guess is that such an army simply does not exist. It may well be true that Afghan men have gone through some version of “Basic Warrior Training” 90,000 times or more. When I was teaching in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2006, I knew men who repeatedly went through ANA training to get the promised Kalashnikov and the pay. Then they went home for a while and often returned some weeks later to enlist again under a different name.

  2. Threat assesment is a complicated thing. The article assumes Bin Laden/AlQuaida is no longer a threat. I beg to differ. Bin Laden may be dead and buried. His legacy remains. Insane suicide attacks still happens, Mumbay as the last horrible example.
    Afghanistan has Pakistan and Iran as neighbours. This has to be considered before you decide about Afghanistan. That’s what Obama has done. I can’t argue against his conclusions…

  3. Honestly: Did you research this at all prior to writing this?

  4. You mean the author? I believe so, it’s a highly accredited and approved article…


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