Saturday, December 05, 2009

I Got Your Peace Right Here

So is it awkward for the president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize even as he escalates our troop commitment to Afghanistan?

The memory is only days' old of Obama's address at West Point, where he told cadets and the rest of the world that he was escalating the war in Afghanistan so he could stabilize it and then try to end it. Under his watch, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has grown from 34,000 to around 70,000, and now, is on its way to about 100,000.

All that is the backdrop for the imagery the world is about see: an American president to be toasted for peace, awarded a storied Nobel medal, treated to a torch-lit procession and feted at a five-course banquet filled with people in tuxedos and gowns.

In the spirit of making lemonade when you get lemons, I think this is great. The president gave the Nobel committee a desert and they called it peace.

I think the president got a Norwegian license to kill.