Obama Will Go Naked to Oslo

Obama, Kissinger, Wilson, Roosevelt and Moniz

Quick. What do Barack Obama, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Kissinger and Egar Moniz have in common? All won the Nobel Prize, the first four for “peace” either as sitting presidents, or in Kissinger’s case, while his bombs were falling on innocents in Vietnam. Moniz won the prize in Physiology or Medicine for his invention of the lobotomy. Of these five, he wrought the least carnage.

Yesterday we awoke to news that Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Some looked quick to see whether it was April 1. Most often folks mumbled resignedly “War is Peace.” I prefer the Vietnam era formulation that warring for peace is like fu**ing for virginity. A few wept tears of disappointment, certainly mainstream Medea Benjamin who, having recently come out definitively as a hawk, must have thought that with this adjustment the Nobel was certainly in sight. Code Pink needs a new name now. Justin Raimondo suggests Code Yellow. But I believe Whores for Wars might be better. (That would only apply to Medea and the national leadership, many of the local Code Pinkers being genuine anti- interventionists who cannot stomach the narcissistic national leadership like mainstream Medea.)

My good friend and Israeli expat Joshua was at first afraid he was having a bad dream or that the Nobel committee was working a cruel joke. After all, Joshua reasoned, Obama is war criminal, who has engineered the biggest military spending in human history, who daily drops bombs on innocents, women and children in at least three countries, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, who supports the worst war criminals and lodges some in his administration, who destroyed in a few months the “hope” for a peace in the middle east. The western world has gone crazy, no doubt, says Joshua. And since war is now peace we might rename all organizations appropriately – United for War and Justice, War Action, and so on.

This led Joshua to predictions for future Nobels.

Next year, literature: Obama for “The Audacity of Hope” — the greatest fiction ever.

Next year, economy: Obama — creating a new statistical metric for recovery.

Next year, peace: Bush/Cheney — based on Obama’s peace prize precedent.

Year after, peace: Netanyahu — the man behind Obama’s peace in the middle east.

But to this writer we witness the second repetition of history. The US Empire’s first great colonial war on the Asian mainland in the last half century was Truman’s Korean war. This was repeated as tragedy in Vietnam at the hands of the Best and Brightest, with Johnson and Kennedy in the lead. And now the Iraq/AfPak war comes at us from Bush and Obama and Congresses both Democrat and Republic. If Vietnam was tragedy, then certainly Iraq/AfPak is farce. There were no WMD in Iraq and everyone knew it. By the military’s own admission there are about 100 Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, so the US troops are not there because of Al-Qaeda – and everyone knows it.

Now the ultimate comedic turn comes with the award to Obama of the Nobel War Prize. Perhaps the antiwar movement needs to adjust its tone from pure outrage to ridicule. After all Obama and the elite running this country are without clothes as they parade before us as men of peace, puffed up with talk of fake health care reform and assuring us of economic recovery that provides no jobs. It would be hard to make this stuff up. And through our tears at the predicament we are in, we can at least ridicule these hypocritical murderers. They deserve to be seen clearly as the cruel and absurd hollow men that they are. They march before us unknowingly naked.

If the Nobel Committee were serious, Cindy Sheehan would have won the award long ago.

John V. Walsh, @JohnWal97469920, until recently a Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, has written on issues of peace and health care for several independent media. Read other articles by John V..

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  1. mary said on October 11th, 2009 at 8:12am #

    Totally agree here. I think it can be said that we are ALL of the same mind on this. This is ‘When War Becomes Peace’ from Michel Chossudovsky on Global Research. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15622

    When war becomes peace,

    When concepts and realities are turned upside down,

    When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction.

    When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor,

    When the killing of civilians is upheld as “collateral damage”,

    When those who resist the US-NATO led invasion of their homeland are categorized as “insurgents” or “terrorists”.

    When preemptive nuclear war is upheld as self defense.

    When advanced torture and “interrogation” techniques are routinely used to “protect peacekeeping operations”,

    When tactical nuclear weapons are heralded by the Pentagon as “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”

    When three quarters of US personal federal income tax revenues are allocated to financing what is euphemistically referred to as “national defense”

    When the Commander in Chief of the largest military force on planet earth is presented as a global peace-maker,

    When the Lie becomes the Truth.

    Obama’s “War Without Borders”

    We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity.

    At this critical juncture in our history, the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President and Commander in Chief Barack Obama constitutes an unmitigated tool of propaganda and distortion, which unreservedly supports the Pentagon’s “Long War”: “A War without Borders” in the true sense of the word, characterised by the Worlwide deployment of US military might/….

  2. rosemarie jackowski said on October 11th, 2009 at 11:50am #

    Yes, Cindy Sheehan would be a good choice. Also Phil Donahue, the ONLY TV personality to oppose the war. He paid a high price. Was immediately taken off the air and never given another show. Other choices John Pilger, Robert Fisk, William Blum……..

  3. John S. Hatch said on October 11th, 2009 at 1:48pm #

    Mr. Obama, even as he considers Gen. McChrystal’s call for 60,000 more troops for Afghanistan (tell me again how this isn’t deja-vu Vietnam?) should reconsider and politely decline the Nobel for peace.

    If it’s any consolation, I am in possession of a medal myself- issued by Canadian Tire for ‘Most Improved In Hockey’.

    If Mr. Obama would like to come to my hometown of Port Moody, I would be happy to confer it upon him in a formal ceremony, along with a check for $19.95 (Canadian).

    I realize Mr. Obama doesn’t play hockey, but I’m sure that if he were to learn, he would quickly improve, and become deserving of the honor in record time.

    Just trying to do my part…

  4. Myles Hoenig said on October 11th, 2009 at 3:37pm #

    So many people deserving the title other than him:
    Ralph Nader and Rachel Corrie (Posthumously) come immediately to mind.

  5. lichen said on October 11th, 2009 at 3:46pm #

    Yes, exactly. I like that some people have mentioned possibly giving it to people like Ralph Nader, Cindy Sheehan; people that, by rewarding them, would have brought to light Obama’s war crimes, as opposed to blindly rewarding him for ‘peace.’

  6. Don Hawkins said on October 11th, 2009 at 4:14pm #

    In 1950 the population was 2,555,982,611 and in 2009 6,764,650,308 and in 2029 best guess is 8,161,664,620. Where the hell is the food going to come from and water. Crops down 20% for just this year 2009 drought and flooding. Will it get better in 2029 well gee’s look at all the plans being made today. The wisdom and knowledge from are so called leaders is mind boggling. Send more troops to Afghanistan oh that will do the trick. Print more money now there’s a good one. Fly to Copenhagen in air force one another good one. Don’t raise tax’s high on the list. Buy a new suit a must. Buy gold well you can’t eat it but it’s shines so bright. One dimensional thinking get ready people the shit is going to hit the fan in all three dimensions and the forth spacetime. There is still time think of this as kind of a war calm at peace and use the knowledge for defense.

  7. Don Hawkins said on October 11th, 2009 at 4:36pm #

    I forgot bomb bomb Iran. Now there’s the answer. With oil at 300 a barrel and World economies at somewhat a standstill at least our carbon footprint will come down but that’s right the draft would come back in between Marshall law in many cities as we fight the great battle for truth and freedom. At first coal to gas to fight the great battle and at least no more commercials that tell us to call call now. Now we could use knowledge, reason, work together and everything could be made as simple as possible but not simpler. No much to hard and requires a soul heck send the troops they have had a few day’s off no problem. One dimensional thinking is not the answer.

  8. Don Hawkins said on October 12th, 2009 at 2:38am #

    As the world focused on President Barack Obama speaking in the White House Rose Garden about winning the Nobel Peace Prize, a small band of determined scientists held court in a room in the Senate Dirksen building to present evidence they claim shows that climate change is caused not by man but nature, and that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant but the hope for a greener planet.

    “Nature, not human activity rules the planet,” said Fred Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist and research professor at George Mason University and professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia. “And once you’ve decided that on the basis of evidence, then everything else falls into place.”

    “A lot of the problems that President Obama seems to be concerned about are no longer a concern,” Singer said.

    H. Leighton Steward holds up his book as he speaks to a crowd on Capitol Hill about the benefits of CO2 to the planet, people, plants and animals. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
    “When there’s more carbon dioxide put into the air, the plants respond in an astonishing fashion,” said H. Leighton Steward, geologist, environmentalist, author and founder of the Web site plantsneedco2.org.

    Steward said that since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1860, the amount of CO2 put into the air has increased average plant growth by 12 percent and average tree growth by 18 percent around the world.

    “So if we want to green the earth,” Steward said, “we need to put more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It’s the earth’s greatest airborne fertilizer.”

    “If we want the ecosystems and the habitats to be more robust and hold more animal life, more plant life, we need to put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” Steward said, adding that proponents of man-made global warming have given CO2 a bad name.

    The event on Capitol Hill was not without a political twist, with some global warming advocates speaking out during the question-and-answer period. One scientist from NASA claimed he was available after the discussion if anyone was interested in hearing the other side of the issue.

    Many in the room laughed at his comment, but the crowd that gathered in the Rose Garden just moments earlier heard Obama use his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as an opportunity to again issue a warning about the threat of global warming.

    “We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children – sowing conflict and famine; destroying coastlines and emptying cities,” Obama said. CNS news

    We need to put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the facts don’t fit the thinking just change the facts, better known as thought control. Quid enim est veritas? What, then, is the truth? How about when you hear the few say we have to get the economy going right now and ecology has to wait. There is no economy without ecology and the people who say that are morons.

    ecology n. , pl. , -gies . The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. As it stands now we humans ask the Earth for more then more as our forests burn and the ice melts and our oceans warm and crops down 20% in 2009 because of drought and flooding and we need to put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere because it’s the economy stupid, morons.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 13th, 2009 at 12:53am #

    The Obama con-trick, brought to you by his Zionazi owners, in league with elements of the US establishment, pursues the unchanging US policy of global empire, in perpetuity (now joined in partnership by Israel in a friendly merger of ‘Chosen People’) behind a clever, even witty, facade of ‘change’ and ‘hope’. It’s really too easy,when the populace has been brainwashed to see the global neo-feudal order as ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’. Perhaps Obama is closest, after all, to Egar Moniz, the lobotomist, in that he has anaesthetised the higher mental functions of his victims. Or perhaps it is more like the effects of mesmerism. President Omesmer-that seems about right.