The unthinkable has happened. President Trump has been nominated not once but TWICE for the Nobel Peace Prizes. Oh, will this drive the left and Never-Trump Neo-cons crazy or what?
Here is how the BBC described it:
A far-right Norwegian politician has put Mr Trump’s name forward for the 2021 prize, citing the president’s role in the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News on Wednesday: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees.”
Adding that he was not a big Trump supporter, he added. “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”
Notice the little phrases they put in to try and reduce the relevancy of the nomination: far right-wing, Fox News (oh the horrors), not a big Trump supporter etc. That the person who nominated Trump is not a big supporter actually gives MORE credibility to it, not less. But no one ever accused the media of being bright.
Here is the statement from the WH on the first nomination:
Today, President Donald J. Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in brokering the Abraham Accords, bringing about the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and marking a major step toward a more peaceful Middle East. This historic diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in more than a quarter of a century.
This nomination comes amid widespread international support for the peace accords and optimism that the region finally may be turning a corner. By uniting two of America’s closest partners in the region—something many said could not be done—this agreement will create a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East.
This peace deal is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of President Trump, and he is honored to be considered by the Nobel Committee. President Trump will host the Israeli and Emirati delegations for a signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on September 15 at the White House.
A truly historic moment. But it gets even better (or worse if you’re a Neo-con):
President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a second time this week — this time for brokering a historic peace deal between Serbia and breakaway republic Kosovo.
In a Friday morning tweet, Magnus Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish Parliament, announced he was nominating the Trump administration and the two European nations for their “joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House.”
Trump last Friday hosted the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to sign a landmark economic normalization agreement.
Kosovo split from Serbia in 2008, declaring independence with US assistance following a genocidal war waged by then-Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević which killed 10,000 Muslim ethnic Albanians.
“It took decades because you didn’t have anybody trying to get it done,” Trump said in the Oval Office, flanked by Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbia President Aleksandar Vučić.
“There was a lot of fighting and now there’s a lot of love,” he continued.
The Serbian president praised Trump and said he had done a “great job,” while Kosovo’s leader hailed Trump’s “commitment to peace.”
The deal came on the heels of another agreement brokered a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — the first normalization of relations between Israel and an Arab nation in decades.
The agreement, known as the Abraham Accords, will be officially signed at the White House next Tuesday with delegations from Israel and the UAE.
The diplomatic breakthrough will see increased tourism and investment between the two nations in a move that angered Iran.
On Friday afternoon, the White House announced that the tiny kingdom of Bahrain would follow the UAE in normalizing relations with Israel as the Trump administration pushes for peace in the Middle East.
This just can’t be happening! We’re told every day by the left and the media (I know, redundancy) that Trump is a horrible monster who is dividing the country. Even John Kasich says so and you know how relevant he is! (Btw, his father was a postman in case you didn’t know).
But seriously, this IS incredible. Trump’s approach to foreign policy is the perfect antithesis to what the “experts” have told us for decades. People like Dennis Ross or Colin Powell. Yet Trump has accomplished more peace worldwide than any of these people. And he’s done it WITHOUT taking us to war and sacrificing American lives. Remarkable. Just think about all the conflicts we’ve been involved in around the globe and especially the Middle East. This includes Presidents from both parties – Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Trump has pretty much put a screeching halt to it. Other than taking out ISIS, Trump has advocated less involvement in the region.
Over 50 years ago, Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell speech, warned the country about what he called the “military industrial complex”. It is chilling because his warnings have been proven true:
Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Trump, in his own modern way, echoed Eisenhower:
“I’m not saying the military’s in love w/ me. The soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t, because they want to do nothing but fight wars so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs & make the planes & make everything else stay happy.”
If you really want to know what drives the vitriolic opposition to Trump from the Republican side, this is it. When Trump said in the 2016 primaries that we should not have gone into Iraq and that he would get us out of the Middle East, the Neo-con wing of the party turned on him. Max Boot, Bill Kristol and others. Makes you wonder what stake they had in these perpetual wars. Financial? Influence? Whatever it was Trump destroyed it. These folks deceived a lot of people for a long time. Including me. Trump has blown the lid off their agenda for all to see:
So what has been the reaction to all this?
Biden: “I think Trump is going to accidentally do something positive here, in terms of this issue of … other Arab states” making peace and establishing normal relations with Israel, Biden told a fundraiser hosted by the far-left J Street organization, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
Pelosi: “Well, hopefully, they will [be] beneficial to the region. We’ve been waiting for a very long time for the president’s proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that honored the two-state solution. It was coming in two weeks. It was coming in two months. It was coming in six months. It still hasn’t come in any way that has brought peace. So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increased.”
Translation: Trump has won a major victory and all we have is sputtering and juvenile talking points.
But the best reaction (i.e. most hilarious) came from Graeme Wood over at the Atlantic. You know, the publication that attempted to perpetrate the hoax that Trump disparaged out troops – and failed miserably:
Giving the peace prize to no one at all is a tradition the Nobel Committee should revive, perhaps on a permanent basis. The record of achievement of the peace laureates is so spotty, and the rationales for their awards so eclectic, that the committee should take a long break to consider whether peace is a category coherent enough to be worth recognizing. Peace had its chance, and blew it. The Trump nomination—one of hundreds, including this second from a Swede—helps show why.
By now the contradictions of the peace prize should be apparent. Is it given for peace, or for rumors of peace? Do you deserve a prize for maintaining despots, as long as the despots are part of a stable network? Is it given for accidentally wrecking a great military—or only if the destruction is intentional? What if you do all the right things, but you are a boor, or an alleged rapist? To these questions one might add a counsel of humility: If you have given the prize to enablers of genocide, kleptocrats, serial fabricators, and AIDS conspiracists, maybe you should sit out the next few rounds.
Actually next to those folks, Trump looks pretty darn good! I wonder if she realizes that?
All of this points to one of two conclusions: The Nobel Committee can either give the prize to do-gooder organizations such as the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders (and play things extra safe), or it can keep the prize locked away for a while, and reevaluate its reasoning for a modern era. I suspect that that reevaluation will end, if the committee is honest, with the admission that peace can be recognized only by its fruits, which take decades to mature, and not by its seeds. To keep giving awards for the seeds is to court embarrassment, and to make yourself hostage to wacky attention-seeking nominations like Trump’s. Better to shut it down, before the trolls do first.
So now that it is TRUMP, we should just shut down the whole thing. I tend to agree with her that the Nobel Peace Prize is a joke. We all knew that when Obama got it before he did ANYTHING. But her timing on it exposes her hatred of Trump and her total hypocrisy on the issue. The Atlantic sure have some ridiculous folks writing for them.
All in all, Trump is probably the most deserving of this award in a long time. He has actually procured peace in several places around the globe instead of just talking about it. And those who oppose it are just confirming their decades long web of lies and deceit and failure. While Trump is President, there will be no more endless wars and conflicts that take American lives. And thank God for that.