In a patently partisan move which diminishes the value of every other award they have ever given, the Nobel Committee has awarded the 2009 Peace Prize to Barack Obama.
A former recipient of the Peace Prize is pictured above.
The Nobel Committee said, in part, that Obama has "created a new international climate." Well, they are right about that. Just ask the people of Honduras, who are scratching their heads wondering why the Obama administration is pressuring them to abandon the rule of law and return Hugo Chavez protege Manuel Zelaya to power after he was lawfully removed from office.
I guess the Norwegians were really impressed by that beer summit. Let's hope the Beer Summit is replicable and scalable for a multitude of problems, because we live in a dangerous world, and America is being led by a man whose only core belief is in the strength of his own personality.
(The best advice thus far has been offered by Mickey Kaus, who recommends that Obama politely decline the Prize.)