Ron Paul on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Date: 10/9/2009

Key points:

  • Ron Paul wasn’t totally shocked that it happened
  • the prize represents not peace, but internationalism, world government and a UN/NATO-type approach to global affairs
  • Obama’s tone is better, but he isn’t pro-peace
  • Obama totally neutralized the anti-war left, which is very sad
  • the same happens when conservatives are elected: they promise less government, but give us more, and there is no resistance from the conservative base
  • the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue, the front of the war will be Pakistan
  • did they believe that giving Obama the peace prize would promote peace? Comparison to Woodrow Wilson… no credibility…
  • to promote peace, we have build a coalition of constitutional conservatives, libertarians and the anti-war left
  • we have to stand up for what is right and not be so narrow-minded in our partisanship


Congressman Paul, what do you think about President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Ron Paul: I’ve received several questions today on what I thought about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I actually wasn’t totally shocked that it happened, but at least this gives us a chance to talk a little bit about foreign policy. It’s a bit ironic for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize because the application had to be in on February 1st when he had been in office for a total of 12 days. And during that short period of time he had already given orders and supported an extension of the bombing into Pakistan where some civilians were killed.

His policy is not exactly pro-peace. His tone is better and he talks about wanting negotiations, but he’s a much bigger internationalist and I believe that winning this Nobel Prize represents more internationalism and a more UN/NATO type approach to world affairs.

But I think the idea that it’s a real symbol of a great move towards peace is a little shortcoming on that. But the one thing that bothers me the most, though, about this is that presidents very often win with a more pro-peace program, and Obama was obviously more pro-peace than McCain, and people expected a less militant type of foreign policy.

As a matter of fact, President Bush in the year 2000 took the position that we shouldn’t have nation building and we shouldn’t be the policeman of the world, and yet look at what happened. But right now I think what is happening is that Obama has been able to totally neutralize the anti-war coalitions that have existed around the country. The anti-war left doesn’t exist anymore. Code Pink now support Obama’s position in Afghanistan. So this to me is very sad that it’s happening.

It reminds me of what happens when we elect conservative presidents. We elect a president to have less government and a balanced budget and less spending. And yet we get them in office and they do exactly the opposite, and there is no resistance from the conservative base. And now there is no resistance of much value in the liberal base to be opposed to war.

Right now it looks like the war will continue over there. Obama wants more troops into Afghanistan, more bombing in Pakistan. It looks like Pakistan is going to be the front of the war and there has been no significant troop reduction in Iraq. We’ve armed the Sunnis over there, and when the war breaks out once again the Sunnis are going to have the weapons that are going to kill Shiites and maybe Americans.

So, this debate about what we should be doing over there really isn’t a debate. There should be a debate on “should we be there and why are we there and should we win the war?” versus “we shouldn’t be there.” No. The debate is “How many troops do we send? Should the frontlines be in Afghanistan or should the frontlines be in Pakistan? And how many contractors should replace the soldiers that we are removing from Iraq?”

It’s the wrong, wrong debate. This whole idea that you can give the president a Nobel Peace Prize and think it’s going to be a promotion to peace, you know, it’s sort of like giving Woodrow Wilson the Nobel Peace Prize which he did receive. And just think of the harm he has done to the American system and to our government and how much harm he created in the 20th century.

So these prizes have to make one point: they can’t be credible and I think in this case a lot of people already are pointing out the irony of a president who has essentially not done anything, yet nominated 12 days after he was elected. What is the real goal behind this?

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s a good goal. I think it’s internationalism and world government and not peace at all. Someday I’d like to see the pro-peace movement grow. It’s still alive and well but it is quiescent and I think there may be less of a coalition.

It looks to me like if we are going to argue the case for pro-peace and pro-American strength without going to war and pro-trade and pro-travel and all these things, it’s probably going to have to come from constitutional conservatives and libertarians and hopefully we can keep persuading as many people that come from the left to support us from this position rather than them succumbing to temptation for partisan reasons like, say “Whatever Obama says, we’ll do it.” Just like so many conservatives in the previous administration said, “No matter what the president says, we will support him.”

Someday we have to stand up for what is right and not be so narrow minded in our partisanship.


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  • Jennie Walsh

    Obama wants ALL your money, ALL your guns, ALL your Freedoms and perpetual WAR to weaken and impoverish America. This is very obvious. He is a puppet (like Hitler was) of the international bankers, who are America’s and the world’s worst enemies. Their intent is to destroy and take over America in a one world totalitarian Satanic military police-state dictatorship; microchip and control, enslave, everyone and set up martial law and world communism(the “abomination of desolation” that is prophesied in Daniel).

    The committee behind the so-called Nobel Peace Prize, no doubt, was composed of these international criminal banksters. They promote Obama through the mainstream propaganda press, which they own and control. They got Obama elected using the same deceit and treachery tactics that they used to get Hitler into power.

    The Federal Reserve and the IRS (two illegal criminal organizations that they manipulated into existence for their own wealth and power) are their tools of theft. They promote communism and socialism because it puts more “tax” (extortion) money into their pockets and gives them greater political power.

    Anyone in his/her right mind with half an ounce of sense would vote for Ron Paul and his honesty, integrity, financial policies of prosperity and true love of his country and his fellow Americans and his desire to end America’s involvement in wars that are enriching the global organized criminals, the international bankers, (aka the Kingdom of Satan) and are killing thousands of American servicemen/women.

    America’s worst enemies are in congress and in the presidency acting as puppets of the New World Order to destroy and take over America, turning America into an impoverished slave nation.

    Vote for Ron Paul!
    Abolish the thieving, criminal Federal Reserve!
    Abolish the thieving, criminal IRS!
    Save America from the organized criminals; the murderers, war-mongers, liars, thieves, drug runners, pornography promoters, Satan worshippers, abortionists, corrupt politicians and all their depravity, evil and corruption that they are dumping on the American people and the children and youth!

  • Jack

    Ranae Dallas tries to substitute voluminous prattle for substance.Why has not Obama repealled the Patriot Act and the Bush presidential orders that effectively make the President a dictator on a whim?

    Obama’s actions do not match his words.He is a puppet of the industrial military complex that JFK and others have alluded to.

  • Ranae Dallas

    For full story, with links, sources, and video visit OpEdNews
    Original Content at
    October 15, 2009
    How Barack Obama Earned the Nobel Peace Prize
    By Robert Arend

    The gasps of disbelief in Washington D.C. media and political circles over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama have been, for this writer, foolish, ignorant and even quite stupid in their desperate attempts to begrudge the President any sense of entitlement to the prize or thinly justify the Nobel Committee’s decision by posing the supposition that, though Obama hadn’t done enough to deserve such recognition, it is what he is hopefully expected to achieve over time that produced the premature honor.

    As a chronicler of the Obama Administration, and having produced 17 day-to-day histories exclusively for OpedEdNews, archived here, I have a very good knowledge of much of what the President has accomplished and the steps he has taken to accomplish even more. I’ve reviewed all the Obama Administration Chronicles and extracted from them everything that, in my opinion, justifies the decision of the Nobel Committee to award him the Nobel Peace Prize for patiently laying down the foundation for world peace.


    Moving to restore obedience toward Geneva Convention

    January 23rd: President Obama signed an Executive Order To Close Guantanamo Dentention Facilities within one year. Obama, also, ordered the CIA to close its network of secret prisons on foreign soil. President Obama, also, ordered all U.S. personnel to go by the Army Field Manual when interrogating prisoners, though also ordering a task force to evaluation of the Army Field Manual for the effectiveness of those AFM techniques.

    Reaching out to the Muslim world

    January 26th: President Obama gave his first interview as President to Al-Arabiya TV.

    Making calculated steps toward a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine

    March 2nd/Monday: Secretary pf State Hillary Clinton, in Egypt, pledged up to $900 million to help Gaza rebuild. She declared that the time for peace is now.

    Restoring diplomatic inclusion of Arab nations for peace in the Middle East

    March 3rd/Tuesday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced from Jerusalem the United States will reopen talks with Syria. Two envoys will be sent to Damascus in a push for peace in the Middle East. She met with Israeli Prime Minister Designate Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton reiterated the two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian problem.

    Making the United States a serious partner in global recognition of the dignity of women

    Day50/March11th/Wednesday: The President sought to recognize International Women’s Day by signing an Executive Order creating the White House Council On Women and Girls. Transcript

    Making the United States a serious partner to global efforts to end gender discrimination

    Day57/March 18th/Wednesday: The Obama Administration endorsed a United Nations Declaration calling for a worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality.
    Embracing diplomacy with Iran

    Day59/March 20th/Friday: The President posted a video on the White House website in which he addressed the Iranian people and their government, offering:

    “So in this season of new beginnings I would like to speak clearly to Iran’s leaders. We have serious differences that have grown over time. My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.” Transcript

    Aborting the restoration of the Cold War between the United States and Russia

    Day71/April1st/Wednesday: The United States and Russia agreed to reopen talks about reducing their nuclear arsenals. Their last talks were in 1997. Obama and Medvedev issued a joint statement: “”the era when our countries viewed each other as enemies is long over.”

    Beginning the process of ending decades of rancor between the United States and Cuba

    Day83/April 13th/Monday: The President directed the Secretaries of State, Treasury and Commerce to carry out the actions necessary to lift all the restrictions on the ability of individuals to visit and send money to family members in Cuba. Clothing, seeds and fishing gear are, also, allowed to be sent. Cell phone and television services will be permitted between the United States and Cuba, also.

    Standing up for the right of a free press throughout the world

    Day101/May 1st/Friday: The President released a statement honoring World Press Freedom Day:
    “World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to remind us all of the vital importance of this core freedom. It is a day in which we celebrate the indispensable role played by journalists in exposing abuses of power, while we sound the alarm about the growing number of journalists silenced by death or jail as they attempt to bring daily news to the public.”

    Day113/May 13th/Wednesday: The President spoke about the plight in Sri Lanka from the White House lawn before leaving to give the commencement address at Arizona State University. The President urged Sri Lanka to halt the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, who are trapped between warring government troops and what remains of the country’s Tamil Tiger rebels, and to let humanitarian aid in. Transcript Video

    Pursuing necessary steps toward a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine

    Day118/May18th/Monday: The President met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu in the White House. “I’ve said before and I will repeat again that I believe it is in the interests of not only the Palestinians but also of the Israelis and the United States and the international community to achieve a two-state solution where the Israelis and Palestinians are living side by side in peace and security” the President said as he and Natanyahu answered questions from reporters. Transcript & Videos

    Understanding Pakistan needs more than military assistance

    United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the U.S. will provide $10 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan: “Today I am announcing that the people of the United States are responding to a request for assistance from the government of Pakistan with more than $100 million in humanitarian support. Now, this money comes on top of almost $60 million that the United States has provided since last August to help Pakistanis who have been affected by the conflicts, and in addition to the other funding for Pakistan that we are already seeking form the Congress,” Clinton said. “Providing this assistance is not only the right thing to do, but we believe it is essential to global security and the security of the United States, and we are prepared to do more as the situation demands.” Transcript & Video

    Acknowleging only global partnerships can arrest global crime

    Day129/May29th/Friday: US Attorney General Eric Holder announced in Rome, at a Group of Eight ministerial meeting the creation of a center to target international organized crime. The International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center will gather resources and information from nine US law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to combat international criminal organizations.

    The likely most important reason Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

    Day135/June4th/Thursday: The President gave a speech titled “A New Beginning” at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. Among his remarks:

    “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect”.”

    “America is not—and never will be—at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security, because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.”

    “The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism—it is an important part of promoting peace.”

    “Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world.”

    “America will defend itself, respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer.”

    “Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed—more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful.”

    “Let there be no doubt: The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”

    “Violence is a dead end. It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That’s not how moral authority is claimed; that’s how it is surrendered.”

    “To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, recognize Israel’s right to exist.”

    “At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.”

    “America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and we will say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs.”

    “No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other”.But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas; they are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere.”

    “There are some who advocate for democracy only when they’re out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. So no matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who would hold power: You must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party.”

    “It is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit, for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We can’t disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.”

    “I am convinced that our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons. Our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity—men and women—to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice.”

    “All of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century, and in too many Muslim communities, there remains underinvestment in these areas. I’m emphasizing such investment within my own country. And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas when it comes to this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement.”

    “If we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country—you more than anyone, have the ability to reimagine the world, to remake this world.”

    “The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.”

    Beginning to end illegal occupations

    Day158/June29th/Monday: United States forces in Iraq withdrew from Iraq’s major cities to bases outside of the cities where the majority of the 130,000 troops will remain. Iraq’s security was transferred to the Iraqi military.

    Day159/June30th/Tuesday: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced the President asked Vice-President Joe Biden to shoulder a new responsibility: oversee the United States departure from Iraq and the administration’s efforts to promote internal political reconciliation in Iraq. Biden will work closely with General Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq and US ambassador to Baghdad Christopher R. Hill while US forces prepare to leave by the end of 2011.
    Reviving SALT talks and achieving agreements with Russia on defense issues and the reduction of nuclear weapons

    Day165/July6th/Monday: The President met with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev at the Kremlin, where they held a working meeting.

    Joint Statement by President Obama of the United States of America and President Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Cooperation

    Joint Statement by Dmitry A Medvedev President of the Russian Federation and Barack Obama President of the United States of America on Missile Defense Issues

    FACT SHEET US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission

    FACT SHEET The Joint Understanding for the START Follow on Treaty This agreement would trim U.S/Russian nuclear warheads by a third. Each country would still retain over 1500-1675 nuclear warheads.

    United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen and Chief of Defense for the Russian Federation General Nikolay Yegorovich Makarov signed a new strategic framework for military-to-military engagement between the United States and the Russian Federation. This agreement will enable the resumption of bilateral activities, which had been suspended since August of 2008.

    In an exchange of diplomatic notes, the United States and the Russian Federation reached a common understanding on a framework for the U.S. – Russia Joint Commission on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIAs).

    Cooperation in global solutions involving nuclear weapons, terrorism and financial markets

    FACT-SHEET On G8 Global Issues

    Statements and declarations from G8 meetings in L’Aquila, Italy:

    L’Aquila Statement on Non-Proliferation

    G8 Economic Declaration

    Political Declaration

    G8 Declaration on Counter Terrorism

    G8 Preliminary Accountability Report

    Efforts to encourage and support improvements in the economies and development of the countries within the continent of Africa

    Day169/July10th/Friday: the President attended a working breakfast and a meeting of the leaders of the G-8, participating African countries (Angola, Algeria, Nigeria, and Senegal), and six international organizations (United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, International Energy Agency, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).

    Joint Statement on the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict

    Food Security Investing in Agricultural Development to Reduce Hunger and Poverty

    Day170/July11th/Saturday: The President addressed the Ghanaian Parliament at the Accra International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, laying out his vision for human rights and democracy in Africa’s future, and he described what America’s role in promoting better governance in Africa will be. The speech was entitled, “A New Moment of Promise.”

    Securing agreements on nuclear arms inspections and limitations with India

    Day179/July20th/Monday: United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in India. Two pacts were signed that held deep strategic impact on the region and the whole Asia as well:

    (1) the End-User Verification Agreement, which gives rights to United States experts to inspect hi-tech military hardware sold to India

    (2) the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty, viewed as an important step towards the ultimate goal of eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. Text of U.S. and India Joint Statement
    Offering aid to African nations recovering from civil wars and other conflicts
    Day194/Aug4th/Tuesday: United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Kenya for the first part of a seven-nation tour of Africa. Clinton will also visit South Africa, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde, meeting with top African officials and offering continuing support to nations recovering from conflict. Source

    Respecting the Muslim world

    Day211/Aug21st/Friday: The President released a video message to Muslims in the United States and around the world to note the beginning of Ramadan. Transcript Video

    Day222/Sep1st/Tuesday: The President hosted a dinner celebrating Ramadan and contributions of American Muslims in the State Dining Room of the White House. Among the President’s remarks: “So tonight, we celebrate a great religion, and its commitment to justice and progress. We honor the contributions of America’s Muslims, and the positive example that so many of them set through their own lives. And we rededicate ourselves to the work of building a better and more hopeful world.”

    Standing firm for the restoration of democracy in Honduras

    Day224/Sep3rd/Thursday: United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met the exiled President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. U.S. State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly announced cut all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras over the ouster of Zelaya, making permanent a temporary suspension of U.S. aid imposed after Zelaya was deposed in June. Source
    Continuing the process of ending decades of rancor between the United States and Cuba

    The United States Treasury Department eased restrictions on travel and money transfers to Cuba. Travelers may:
    (1) visit close relatives (including aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins) who are nationals of Cuba, without limit on the duration or frequency of the visits.
    (2) There is also no limit on the amount of remittances Cuban-Americans can send to those close relatives unlimited funds
    (3) restrictions remain on sending money to “prohibited” officials in the Cuban government and members of the Communist Party
    (4) US-based travelers are limited to spending 179 dollars a day when visiting relatives in Cuba
    (5) a general license can be abtained that authorizes travel-related transactions incident to agricultural and medical sales
    (6) allows US telecommunications network providers to link to Cuba with fiber-optic cables and satellite technology
    (7) permits US wireless telephone providers to enter roaming service agreements with Cuban firms
    (8) allows US satellite broadcasts to the island Source
    United States banks can set up exchanges with Cuban banks Source: MSNBC, September 4, 2009

    Brought reasonableness to the defense of Europe and strengthening repairing relations between the United States and Russia

    Day238/Sep17th/Thursday: The President appeared in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to address the strengthening of missile defense in Europe. The President announced he had dropped the previous George W. Bush Administration’s plans to site 10 interceptor missiles in Poland linked to radar in the Czech Republic. Transcript Fact-sheet Video
    Restored the integrity of the United States in partnership with the United Nations

    Day239/Sep18th/Friday: United States United Nation Ambassador Susan Rice joined White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House to outline the work at the United Nations over the eight months of the Obama Administration:
    (1) negotiated a unanimous Security Council resolution on North Korea imposing the toughest sanctions on the books against any country in the world today.
    (2) changed course and sought a seat on the Human Rights Council, and won the seat with 90 percent of the votes cast
    (3) we stand firmly on principle and resolute on issues that matter most to us. But we’re not picking petty battles simply for the sake of being contrary. In the past, we’ve sometimes let ourselves be defined as much by what we stand against as what we stand for. rescinded the Mexico City Policy that barred U.S. assistance to programs that support family planning and reproductive health services
    (4) signed the first new human rights convention of the 21st century, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    (5) reversed course to back a statement at the General Assembly opposing violence and discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation
    (6) no longer balk at mentions of reproductive health, or oppose references to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
    (7) seek constructive working relationships with nations large and small, mindful of the fact that the United Nations consists of 192 member-states. All of them vote in the General Assembly. And more than half of the U.N.’s membership consists of small states with populations of less than 10 million people meet our obligations. As we call on others to help reform and strengthen the United Nations, the United States has to do its part as well. And we are. We’re paying our bills. We’ve worked with Congress to pay our dues in full and on time. And thanks to the strong support of Congress, we’ve been able to clear U.S. arrears to the U.N.’s regular budget and those to its peacekeeping budget, which accumulated from 2005 to 2008. We’ll meet our 2009 obligations on the peacekeeping budget in full.

    Pursuing necessary steps toward a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine

    Day243/Sep22nd/Tuesday: The President held separate bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahue of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Video

    The President, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and President Abbas held a trilateral meeting. The President opened the meeting by declaring: “Palestinians have strengthened their efforts on security, but they need to do more to stop incitement and to move forward with negotiations. Israelis have facilitated greater freedom of movement for the Palestinians and have discussed important steps to restrain settlement activity. But they need to translate these discussions into real action on this and other issues. And it remains important for the Arab states to take concrete steps to promote peace.”

    Efforts to encourage and support improvements in the economies and development of the countries within the continent of Africa

    President Obama joined 25 African heads of state, plus African Union Commissioner Jean Ping, at a lunch at the Waldorf Astoria. Also present at the lunch was United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, General James Jones and United States United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. The lunch focused on how the United States can forge stronger partnerships in Africa to create more opportunity for Africans and focused on three topics: job creation, particularly for youth; then increasing trade and investment; and particularly strengthening the agricultural sector and agricultural productivity.

    The speech that may have overcome any hesitantcy by the Nobel Committee of awarding Obama their Peace Prize

    Day244/Sep23rd/Wednesday: The President addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

    Among the Presidents remarks:

    “I come before you humbled by the responsibility that the American people have placed upon me, mindful of the enormous challenges of our moment in history, and determined to act boldly and collectively on behalf of justice and prosperity at home and abroad.”

    “Now, like all of you, my responsibility is to act in the interest of my nation and my people, and I will never apologize for defending those interests. But, it is my deeply held belief that in the year 2009, more than at any point in human history, the interests of nations and peoples are shared. The religious convictions that we hold in our hearts can forge new bonds among people, or they can tear us apart. The technology we harness can light the path to peace, or forever darken it. The energy we use can sustain our planet, or destroy it. What happens to the hope of a single child, anywhere, can enrich our world, or impoverish it.”

    “But make no mistake: This cannot solely be America’s endeavor. Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone.”

    “The choice is ours. We can be remembered as a generation that chose to drag the arguments of the 20th century into the 21st; that put off hard choices, refused to look ahead, failed to keep pace because we defined ourselves by what we were against instead of what we were for. Or we can be a generation that chooses to see the shoreline beyond the rough waters ahead; that comes together to serve the common interests of human beings, and finally gives meaning to the promise embedded in the name given to this institution: the United Nations.” Transcript Video
    Achieving a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote to lock down all vulnerable nuclear materials within 4 years

    Day245/Sep24th/Thursday: The President chaired the UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters. After unanimous Security Council passage of UNSC Resolution 1887, the President declared: “Today, the Security Council endorsed a global effort to lock down all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years. The United States will host a summit next April to advance this goal and help all nations achieve it. This resolution will also help strengthen the institutions and initiatives that combat the smuggling, financing, and theft of proliferation-related materials. It calls on all states to freeze any financial assets that are being used for proliferation. And it calls for stronger safeguards to reduce the likelihood that peaceful nuclear weapons programs can be diverted to a weapons program, that peaceful nuclear programs can be diverted to a weapons program.” Transcript Video

    Fact Sheet on the United Nations Security Council Summit on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Disarmament UNSC Resolution 1887

    Day246/Sep25th/Friday: The President held a news conference at the close of the G20 Summit. He outlined the agreements reached:
    (1) “to sustain our recovery plans until growth is restored, and a new framework for prosperity is in place”
    (2) “to take concrete steps to move forward with tough, new financial regulations so that crises like this can never happen again”
    (3) “bring more transparency to the derivatives market”
    (4) “we will strengthen national capital standards, so that banks can withstand losses and pay for their own risks”
    (5) “create more powerful tools to hold large global financial firms accountable, and orderly procedures to manage failures without burdening taxpayers”
    (6) “we will tie executive pay to long-term performance, so that sound decisions are rewarded instead of short-term greed”
    (7) “agreed to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels so that we can transition to a 21st century energy economy”
    (8) “agreed to reform our system of global economic cooperation and governance”
    (9) “we will shift more responsibility to emerging economies within the International Monetary Fund, and give them a greater voice. To build new markets, and help the world’s most vulnerable citizens climb out of poverty, we established a new World Bank Trust Fund to support investments in food security and financing for clean and affordable energy. And to ensure that we keep our commitments, we agreed to continue to take stock of our efforts going forward”

    G20 Leaders Statement on the Pittsburgh Summit

    The following fact sheets outline the outcomes of the Pittsburgh Summit hosted by President Obama on September 24th and 25th.

    The Pittsburgh Summit: Key Accomplishments LINK
    Creating a 21st Century International Economic Architecture LINK
    Framework for Strong, Sustainable, and Balanced Growth LINK
    Bold and Coordinated Actions from Crisis to Recovery LINK
    Partnering on Food Security LINK
    Acting on our Global Energy and Climate Change Challenges LINK
    Support for the Most Vulnerable LINK Source

    So, this writer has presented nine months worth of global peace initiatives sponsored and often delivered by Barack Obama. A lot in only nine months, but enough to be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize?

    How could any informed and intelligent and mature citizen of the United States and the world think not?

    Author’s Bio: Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

    • Jack

      Obama is the master of well intentioned ideals and meaningless platitudes.His actions do not match his words.

      John Pliger sums him up very well.

      • Jones

        Very interesting comment by Mr Pliger.

        I am convinced that the best strategy for the people is to focus on the issues, because with so much confusion and well executed propaganda it’s extremely difficult to tell apart reality from fiction.

        It is obvious that leaders are being marketed like objects, and that does not help at all to solve the many problems, but rather increases them and favors those that benefit from the problems.

        Also notice that Pliger makes the analogy with sales strategy, on how you feel. That will also apply to the object being marketed.

        So one important issue to focus on is: Do we want a global world in which countries are turned into states, and a one world government?

        No one is openly talking about that, and it might explain the behavior and changes we are living through, but not being officially informed.

        • Jack

          Jones; The Global planet is a lie.Globalisation is about monoculture.There is no diversity that enables our survival.Every family has genetic diversity,yet the advocates of the “New world Order” want no diversity.It is doomed to fail.

          We have all been conned by the corporate media.If you look at our young people,they are easily seduced by the enticement of fame.We have lost our way and the Fed have yet to realise that their survival is also based on traditional
          values which they seek to destroy.Moronic fools,would be an understated judgement.

  • christine

    Giving the Peace prize to Obama is akin to awarding the Economics prize to Bernie Madoff

    • Selene Sutherland

      Not to mention how the once awe-inspiring Nobel Peace Prize is somehow cheapened …

  • Jones

    Ross Johnson, I hope you are real person.

    I do not oppose or reject a Nobel prize for president Obama, because it’s a recognition they are authorized to give according to the standards of their choice. So they have the right to decide on that one.

    But my comment is really to support the concept of humanity you just expresed and what contributes to its wealth. Realize that there are many, many, many people thinking like that. The difficulty is making others aware of it. And then get it working with out causing harm to other fellow humans.

    There has to be a way to do that, we are all in the same boat.

    • Ross Johnson

      Jones,that is amy real name and I write what I know to be true.If Ron Paul and others have the courage to stand up,so should the rest of us.

      • Jones

        Yes, I agree with some more important things.

        For example:

        Dr Paul’s observation on ‘doing the opposite to that proposed during election and having no resistance from the party’ looks to me very significant.

        Why is that? it’s as if there would be some kind of mould waiting for the incoming elected officials to shape their direction and actions. And is also irrelevant what the majority needs or wants. The mould decides.

        Are millions of people and our brilliant leaders so far off track? or are overlapping worlds running that we don’t know about (just speculating)

        But if there is something like that going on, is serious, and the people need to be clearly informed. It is not fair to fool the population on such serious issues.

      • Selene Sutherland

        Thank you for having the courage to say so as we rapidly approach a “use-it or lose-it” point of no return with regard to civil rights as guaranteed to all natural-born citizens.

        Amid a general atmosphere of condemnation, with predictable political outcomes ….. under an ever-widening umbrella of fear-based governance.

  • Ross Johnson

    It is a farce.How does Obama get a peace prize for waging war on innocent people in both Afghanistan and Pakistan? If Obama had any integrety,he would reject it now!

    What the great central banks of the world do not realise,it is not the resources and energy that produce wealth,it is their lack of imagination and power lust that limits all human potential,thus destroying the real productivity which supports them.The Fed is consuming itself.

    Wealth eminates from a philosphy of personal freedom,nurtured by discipline,love,integrety,and respect.Money is just the oil that facilitates these values.We have turned money into a ravenous pariah that consumes the very essence of our traditional values.

    It is time to get back to the basics of what made the US constitution great.

  • dwman113

    Thank god there is such a public figure able to speak the truth!! End The FED!

  • mandy

    Right on Ron!!!

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  • IndianaJohn

    Along with Leroy (above) I agree with Ron Paul. Ron Paul asks; What has become of the anti-war movement? Well, here is a hint; I am 64 years old and believe that peace is patriotic. I imform others in conversation that; all warfare is an armed robbery.

  • I agree with Ron. Short days after being inaugurated and Obama gets the Noble Peace Prize? How does “peace” and “war” tie in together? People need to stop following the herd and think for themselves.