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President Barack H. Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

It was late in the evening when we first learned of your decision Friday to deploy an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq. Sorry, we were catching up on the latest episode of “Lilyhammer.” But, seriously, is that a tradition in the States? Releasing such news late on a Friday with the fatuous hope people would forget by Monday? But on second thought, after perusing the American media, it’s possible such schemes may be effective. There appears to be more concern over one Ebola patient— in a country of 316 million people— than the news that your administration is invading Iraq all over again.

Did you forget the words you spoke in Chicago on October 2, 2002? “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. . . That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics”. Were those your words or merely the pandering musings of a state senator with grander political ambitions? If so, you succeeded. Because in 2011, as President, you announced the “end” of the Iraq War, and you boasted “The tide of war is receding”. Was that a twisted joke? You have bombed 7 predominately Muslim countries. That’s not to mention the thousands killed because of your imperialist policies or the Americans you have targeted with military drones, and without due process.

Did you also forget your speech on that crisp December day five years ago next month? “Nevertheless, I am convinced that adhering to standards, international standards, strengthens those who do, and isolates and weakens those who don’t.” You certainly haven’t followed said standards; it doesn’t appear you ever even intended to. After all, your expansion of executive war powers will be the biggest stain on your floundering presidency. Worse than George W. Bush.

You are the most undeserving Nobel Peace Prize winner since the odious, war-mongering Henry Kissinger. What company you keep! We were delusional dupes for giving the Peace Prize to him and you both. That is all. Now, back to “Lilyhammer.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee
Drammensveien 19 NO-0255 OSLO

Photo: Susan Walsh/AP



Edward C Stengel
11/16/2014 11:54am

The Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee has hit the nail on the head. Obama has not only become the Warmonger-in-Chief, but the supreme hypocrite as well. He relentlessly criticized during the 2008 democratic presidential debates for her support of the war in Iraq, and now he's started his own Iraq war; and on top of that, he's started than George Bush.

Jorge I. Gomez
11/16/2014 1:52pm

Norwegian Nobel Committee, please get on line, we, the hundreds and possibly millions of disappointed voters were here first, yes we found it out before you did, ergo, I suggest that from here on and to avoid this rush to pick a guy who had done nothing and still continues doing nothing good, evil well that is another deal.
Jesus Christ said that it's impossible to serve two lords, but Obama was too stupid to believe it and here we are w/o house of representatives, w/o the senate. If he had kept his word to Hispanics, I'm one thousand times sure that he would have won. According to media reports, Hispanics voted 28% vs. the 75% that gave him his 2nd presidency. As tight as the elections were, that 47% difference would have put him over the top, but he is too scared, too, forgive for being too frank, too stupid.

michael nola
11/16/2014 3:21pm

Barack W. Cheney was and is a sham.

You'll note that his opposition to the Iraq war was when he was a state senator in Illinois, when such opposition was irrelevant. Once he became a US Senator, he always voted to fund the war, thus signaling the only meaningful intent he had.

It must be remembered that the withdrawal date of the end of 2011 was a date he inherited from W, who was forced to accept it from a "sovereign" Iraq, and even then Oshama tried unsuccessfully to keep our forces there longer, this in a place he at one time said we never should have invaded to begin with.

He is trying to reach an agreement with Iran on their nuclear program, and I give him credit for that, but in all other aspects, he has simply made the most egregious policies of his predecessor and accepted fact, from which even more monstrous policies have grown.

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