In something of a shocker, Barack Obama has been awarded The Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently the decision has been made earlier than usual and is said to have been decided in Obama's favor:
to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Good luck with all that, and like just about everything else in the Obama Presidency, so far, all the warm and fuzzy talk of positive "change" is merely rhetoric. The reality is that military measures not only continue during the Obama Administration, but will likely expand, at least in Afghanistan. Furthermore, no meaningful change in the Bush posture of executive over reach, particularly as it pertains to the secret treatment of suspects in the War on Terror, has occurred. And while I know that Obama has nothing to do with NASA's explosion of a space craft on the moon, if that is indeed what NASA is doing, to this observer, the award of The Noble Peace Prize, in the context of the entire Obama theatre of operations, lends itself to a strong feeling of cognitive dissonance