Obama’s Nobel Prize Reconsidered

It seems Mikhail Gorbachev thinks Barack Obama deserved his Nobel Prize.

I was in Denmark when the winner was announced, so I knew all about this back when Americans were asleep. And I can confirm that the general reaction among Danish government officials and visiting American environmental journalists alike was that this was a pretty silly idea. But in semi-defense of the Nobel Committee I will say that if you completely ignore recent precedent and instead focus on the text handed down in Alfred Nobel’s will, there’s a strong case that Obama actually is the person who’s “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” As long as we interpret “standing armies” to include “standing nuclear weapons arsenals” it does seem to me that Obama has done more on this than anyone else.