Friday, October 9, 2009

Dubner on Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Maybe the Norwegian are a really Machiavellian people. Otherwise, Dubner summarized it perfectly:

Maybe it was because I saw the headline early this morning not on the N.Y. Times’s website or the Wall Street Journal’s, but rather on Google News. I instantly assumed that the Onion had successfully landed a story on the home page of that fine aggregator. “Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize,” the headline said. I chuckled, silently congratulated the Onion on its clever idea, and clicked the link.

But it wasn’t the Onion at all. He actually won it.

In any case, I believe that Nobel Peace Prizes shouldn't be given to anyone with inordinate access to the use of force and violence, and folks, what an amazing amount of force and violence the US Commander-in-Chief has at the point of his fingers. This prize makes as much sense as giving a Nobel Peace Prize to the "Police Corps of the World" or the "WWII US Army." Sure, both helped the world to achieve peace according to some criterion, but that has never been really the point, has it?

PS: Mankiw beats The Onion!

1 comment: said...

It would seem that the Nobel Peace prize was given to Obama to send a message... to whom and for what purpose, who knows