Nobel War Prize

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On February 1, 2009 Barrack Obama was nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination came exactly 12 days after he was sworn in as the US President. Why did the committee accept the nomination of someone whose ability to influence world affairs was less than two weeks old? According to committee chair Thorbjørn Jagland, “We want to embrace the message that he stands for.”

So what is that message? Basically the same one spewed by 53 Miss America contestants every year – more cooperation between people so we can have world peace. Not articulate enough to succinctly state this message during his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Obama resorted to quoting Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: It merely creates new and more complicated ones.”

Certainly that is a noble and hopeful message that the US would stop trying to impose its will on the rest of the world through the unceasing violence unleashed by his predecessors. That quote came roughly a quarter of the way into his speech. Anyone who kept listening past that point quickly figured out the committee gave the Peace Prize to the wrong guy. For the rest of the speech he laid out how the US would use its military might to force the rest of the world to live in peace and harmony … or else!

The irony of Obama winning the Peace Prize would be hysterically funny if the Warmonger-in Chief wasn’t killing so many innocent people across the globe.

When the President took the oath of office in 2009 he was handed a war in Iraq that was already winding down, a war in Afghanistan that had yet to achieve its goal of killing Osama bin Laden, and secret drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. One of the biggest reasons he was voted into office was because he promised to end the killing in these wars and bring the troops home. Given his rhetoric and the voters’ mandate this should have happened right away, but his subsequent actions lead to just one conclusion about the man – he lied.

Here is a run down of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s wars:

Second Iraq War – started by George W. Bush, all US combat forces were withdrawn by the end of 2011 in accordance with an agreement signed before Obama became President. Roughly 260 coalition soldiers and 13,500 civilians died under Obama’s watch.

Afghanistan – started by George W. Bush in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the fighting intensified in 2009 and continues to this day despite the killing of bin Laden in 2011. From 2009 to the present over 2,400 coalition troops have been killed along with 15,500 civilians. The civilian death toll for the first half of 2014 is the highest since the war began.

The Pakistan-Yemen-Somalia Drone War – started by George W. Bush, Obama has overseen a vast (8 fold) expansion of this illegal “assassination by robot” murder spree. Roughly 2,300 people have been killed. The administration claims most of these are terrorists, but the administration also claims any male over 16 who is killed by a drone is a terrorist. In one instance this year, a drone fired 4 missiles into a wedding party killing 12 men none of whom were terrorists. The drone war is ongoing and the administration refuses to release any details regarding the attacks or by what authority it can do this.

The Libyan Bombing Campaign – started by Obama in the spring of 2011 to provide air support for Libyan rebels. No US casualties but it is impossible to estimate how many civilians US bombs killed.

Third Iraq War – started by Obama in August of this year. Despite the President’s insistence that there would be no “boots on the ground”, the US has sent roughly 1,300 troops in the last two months. General Ray Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, thinks we will probably send more and has not ruled out sending them into combat. Meanwhile, US planes and drones have been flying daily bombing missions against ISIS rebels. It is impossible at this point to count the civilian casualties.

Syria – yesterday the President ordered the bombing of ISIS rebels in Syria over the objection of the Syrian government. As of this afternoon (9/23/2014) the US has made over 200 bombing runs. ISIS rebels like to hide among civilian homes so the death of large numbers of innocent people is inevitable.

It should be pointed out that Libya did not pose a threat to the US in 2011 when we started bombing them, and ISIS does not pose a threat to us now. Even claiming the terrorist targets of the Drone war threaten the US is a stretch. These wars are the result of the President’s vanity, his desire to prove who is the toughest dude on the block, not because the US needs to defend itself from foreign attack.

Since being nominated for the Nobel Prize in early 2009 our peace loving President is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Many of these deaths were caused by his unilateral waging of war, something he said is un-Constitutional when he ran for President.

People around the world celebrated when Obama was elected because they thought he would bring peace to the planet. Why is he so anxious to kill them now?

 

Wayne Middlesteadt is the author of Five Ways To Beat The Market and SlightlyAngryOldMan.com. To read his other articles, check out the latest government outrage, or view the Puppycide Map visit http://www.slightlyangryoldman.com/ .

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Wayne Middlesteadt

Wayne Middlesteadt is a 1986 graduate of Georgia Tech and has an MBA from Georgia State University. Currently working as a financial writer and track and field historian, his latest book is Five Ways To Beat The Market.