When Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize mere months into office, like many of us, he described himself as surprised. “Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the commander in chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars” he stated in his speech.
We’re nearing the end of his presidency, and not much has changed. In fact, when it comes to war, Obama has set a bloody record.
As reported by Townhall: When the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded President Obama the prestigious honor shared by the likes of Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King Jr. in 2009, they probably didn’t anticipate that near the end of his tenure in office, he’d be at war longer than any American president in history.
May 6 marked the dubious milestone for our nation’s commander in chief, who upon entering office, pledged to end America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that his predecessor, George W. Bush, had gotten the country into. But it seems just he opposite has happened.
The New York Times reports: If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term — a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria — he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
He has yet to comment on reaching this milestone.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been somewhat questionable for a while now. In 2007 they chose to award Al Gore the prize over a Holocaust survivor who saved 2,500 children from certain death. It’s a politicized prize, and it’s at the expense of recognition for those actually making the world a safer place.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]