NO, NO, NO – THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN – I WAS TAKEN IN BY AN INTERNET HOAX.
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Nobel Committee Regrets Obama Peace Prize: official statement.
Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 before he had an opportunity as President to do much of anything either for or against world peace.
Their thinking arose out of a relief that George W. Bush was no longer President, and a hope that the Peace Prize award would motivate him to be a peacemaker.
His response, when receiving the prize, was to lecture the Norwegian Nobel Institute on the evils of pacifism and the responsibility of the United States to use military force for good objectives.
The Nobel Committee stated that awarding the Peace Prize seemed at the time like a good way of advancing peace, but now this is no longer the case.
Does anybody know of any precedent for the Nobel Committee expressing regret at the awarding of any previous prize? I can’t think of any.
Obama just announced he wants to help the guys who kidnaped Steven Sotloff by Joseph Cannon for Cannonfire (via Naked Capitalism).
President Obama’s policy is to help the Free Syrian Army as an alternative to both Bashar al-Assad’s government and the Islamic State (ISIS) forces in Syria. But evident it was the FSA to kidnapped the American reporter, Steven Sotloff and sold him to ISIS so they could make a video of him being beheaded.
The various militias fighting the Assad government are more alike than they are different. For one thing, they all want to wipe out Syria’s ancient Christian community.
Could Jim Webb Mount a Credible Challenge to Clinton? by Albert R. Hunt for BloombergView.
I admire Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for her willingness to take on Wall Street financiers, but she is a down-the-line supporter of the Obama administration’s war policies. Former Senator James Webb of Virginia is not only anti-Wall Street, but anti-interventionist and opposed to the drug laws that have resulted in mass incarceration of young black people.
Webb is a former Marine, a decorated combat veteran of Vietnam, a novelist and former Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration. He broke with the Republican Party because he opposed the George W. Bush administration’s war policies and its captivity to Wall Street. Unfortunately the Obama administration was no improvement, and Hillary Clinton would be even worse.
Webb is an opponent of gun control, has reservations about feminism (especially as applied to the military) and differs with many Democrats on social issues that are dear to their hearts. I don’t think any of these things matter so much as peace, economic justice and fundamental civil liberties.