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What Part Of World Peace Do You Not Understand?

I just don’t get all the “controversy” over Barack Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I think Rachael Maddow framed it best:

Before he was nominated for the Nobel, Mr. Obama had persuaded the people of the most powerful nation on earth to choose him and his vision of strength through diplomacy — instead of the vision offered by his rival for the presidency.

Here’s the deal, people. Had Barack Obama not defeated John McCain and Sarah Palin in the 2008 U.S. Elections, we would now have an administration that would make the rest of the world long for the good old days of Bush and Cheney. Were it now McCain in the White House rather than Obama, there’s no doubt both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would have been escalated significantly by now. The prison at Guantanamo Bay would probably have doubled in size. There’s no telling how many innocent people would now be renditioned to who-knows-where and tortured. In fact, with the recent nuclear controversy with Iran, we could quite well be in the middle of a limited nuclear war in the Middle East. And please, that’s not over the top at all — this is “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” McCain.

So yes, just the one accomplishment of defeating John McCain in 2008 seems very, very worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. Had Obama not won that election, the world would have changed drastically for the worse.