Nobel Prize for What Now?

Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up and read USA Today.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs awoke President Obama with a phone call just before 6 a.m. to tell him he had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Let’s take a look at the short history of this very peaceful President.

January 22nd: Same Rhetoric as Bush

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February 18th: Obama approves Afghanistan troop increase

Another 5,000 troops will be deployed at a later date to support combat troops, bringing the total to 17,000 the Defense Department said. A senior administration official confirmed the total.

September 9th: Obama sends 1,000 more troops to Iraq

Though the Iraq War has long since become an after-thought amid Obama Administration claims that the “drawdown” in on track, the Pentagon is reporting today that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has approved a request to send about 1,000 additional troops to Iraq.

September 15th: Obama considers military strike in Iran

The U.S. should begin preparing crippling sanctions on Iran and publicly make clear that a military strike is possible should the Iranian government press ahead with its nuclear effort, a bipartisan policy group said.

Also September 15th: US Sends 3,000 Troops to Afghanistan (Along with 14,000 “trigger pullers”)

Top US defense officials say that roughly 3,000 additional troops, which are classified not as combat troops but rather “combat enablers,” will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming days.

September 22nd: Obama Wants to Renew Patriot Act

The Obama administration promised Congress on Tuesday to negotiate stronger privacy protections for Americans under terrorism surveillance but insisted on retaining current authority to track suspects and obtain records.

Liberals on the House Judiciary Committee were left unsatisfied, clearly wanting the administration to go further and pledge to curb what they consider abuses of the Bush administration.

October 8th: Troops depressed and disillusioned

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

I mean, I thought the Chinese political dissidents on the 20th year anniversary of Tiananmen Square were gonna get the prize but, oh boy. Turns out you have to escalate wars to win the peace prize.

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