February 6, 2012
The announcement of Obama’s recognition by the Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2009 seemed, to many, more like an ‘Onion-worthy’ headline than reality but now, as The Associated Press reports, it seems the officials face a formal inquiry over the selection criteria that could rescind the last three years’ awards.
The accusations at the root of the inquiry stem from persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that cites the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations, and if the Stockholm County Administrative Board, the overseer of such foundations, finds that the founder Alfred Noble’s will is not being honored then (while unlikely) Obama (2009), Liu Xiaobo (2010), and last year’s Liberians could face their awards suspended as ‘champions of peace’.
Fredrik Heffermehl, the inquiry’s instigator, rhetorically asks when addressing the 2009 committee choice of Obama for “extraordinary efforts” to boost international diplomacy: “Do you see Obama as a promoter of abolishing the military as a tool of international affairs?” as he notes the 1895 will of Nobel to “work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama, as the nomination deadline for the 2012 awards closed Wednesday. The investigation comes after persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations.
Failing a confiscation of that particular prize, the headhunter in chief can go for the repeat by fooling all of the Nobel committee member all of the time, in proving that the only solution to an excess debt problem is infinite debt.