Time for Obama to Give Back His Nobel Peace Prize

Defense.gov_News_Photo_110930-F-RG147-1242_-_President_Barack_Obama_congratulates_the_new_Chairman_of_the_Joint_Chiefs_of_Staff_Gen._Martin_E._Dempsey_U.S._Army_during_the_chairman_of_thePresident Obama’s ill-considered attempts to negotiate with Iran suggest that he still hopes to be remembered for “peace,” but he has engaged in scores of military actions around the world, with few successes other than killing bin Laden. It was considered premature to award him the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after entering office, before he had done much of anything. Several years later, it is even more clear that award was unjustified. as peace seems more illusive now than it did in 2008.

In April 2012, The New York Times was calling Obama “warrior in chief,” saying he “has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.” Law professor Jonathan Turley, considered one of the top left-leaning constitutional experts in the country, told MSNBC that Obama is worse than Bush or Nixon at launching unilateral, unconstitutional wars. Jack Goldsmith, who led the Office of Legal Counsel for part of the George W. Bush administration, says Obama has expanded war powers beyond any previous president. To adverse effect, as it turns out.

The New York Times listed Obama’s supposed military accomplishments as of April 2012:

Mr. Obama decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership. He overthrew the Libyan dictator. He ramped up drone attacks in Pakistan, waged effective covert wars in Yemen and Somalia and authorized a threefold increase in the number of American troops in Afghanistan. He became the first president to authorize the assassination of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and played an operational role in Al Qaeda, and was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen. And, of course, Mr. Obama ordered and oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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