How Obama Can Earn the Peace Prize

Get out of Iraq, stop the drone attacks, and get a state for Palestine
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2009 10:29 AM CST
President Barack Obama sits in front of framed photos of previous Nobel Peace Prize winners during a Signing Ceremony at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize was more of a nudge toward peace than a recognition of his accomplishments in pursuit of it. Juan Cole of Salon offers some ways Obama could live up to the award:

  • Get out of Iraq on time. We’ve done what we can, and the sides there are more likely to compromise without us.
  • Don’t bomb Iran. It would make them rush to build a nuclear weapon at all costs; our only option would be full-scale war.

  • Stop the CIA drone assassinations. “It is illegal and shameful.” If the US military isn’t in charge of defending the country by force, then we’re a police state.
  • Get the Palestinians a state, even if you have to recognize them unilaterally. “Palestinian statelessness is the biggest human rights scandal in the world.”
  • Stick to the plan and get out of Afghanistan in 2011. Karzai and the generals will try to keep us there for decades. Let them, and this award is meaningless.

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