The 'war and peace' of Barack Obama
“I am really good in killing people”, Obama was once overheard saying to his aides. Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann quote it in their book “Double Down: Game Change 2012” offering a detailed account of Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.
“I am really good in killing people” – it sounds downright cynical in the mouth of an ordinary person, let alone a head of state, to say nothing of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
In 2009, the Nobel Committee gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama, months into his presidency, for his “extraordinary” efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between nations.
Obama’s ugly “aphorism” sparked a public outcry. Activists rushed to collect signatures for rescinding his Nobel Peace Prize.
Obama was given the prize not for what he had done but in advance of his future peacemaking efforts, said Andrei Kortunov, General Director of the Russian Council for International Relations.
“It was given to him in recognition for his campaign program, his condemnation of the Iraq war and promised troop withdrawal, for his nuclear disarmament rhetoric. People expected him to act on his promises,” he said.
However, according to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Obama has sanctioned the use of unmanned aircraft in more than 300 military operations since he moved into the White House. It’s certainly not what the Nobel Committee expected from him.
“Drones pose a big problem – humanitarian as well as judicial. As drone strikes require no approval by Congress, this can only mean that the president is not inclined to restrict the use of military force,” Kortunov told the Voice of Russia.
The Nobel Committee will hardly agree to review its decision. The petition won’t change anything. It just reflects public sentiments, echoes historian Alexei Pilko.
“It would do Obama credit if he gave back the prize. It would be an honest and courageous move. He understands that it was given to him in advance and that he has failed to prove he is worth it. But I doubt that he has the courage to do that,” Pilko said.
After Obama o’kayed military intervention in Libya, some world leaders said that he ought to return the Nobel Peace Prize. He retorted by saying that the Americans supported him. But the latest surveys indicate that more than half of the Americans (about 60 percent) disapprove of Obama’s policies.