Oct 12, 2009
On Friday, October 9, President Obama awakened to the news that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Later that day, he met with his National Security Council – his war cabinet. The generals and ambassadors discussed the next steps in the 8-year-old war in Afghanistan, including escalating the war with more troops. Two days earlier, they had discussed the ongoing extension of the war into Pakistan. And then, of course, they are also dealing with the ongoing war in Iraq – not to speak of other smaller wars, like in Colombia.
Obama, the peace prize winner, heads a war machine that is perhaps the biggest in history. The U.S. spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined. The U.S. has over a thousand military bases spread out over most of the world. Its planes patrol the skies. Its thousands of missiles are aimed at countless cities, often armed with nuclear weapons.
A spokesman for the Nobel Prize committee explained that the prize represents hope for the future.
If Obama, who is running the show, is eligible for the peace prize, who is getting the war prize?