Daily Archives: October 9, 2009

Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize: Well deserved or too much too soon?

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Too Much, Too Soon

Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for what he believes, and the hope people have in him – not for what he has accomplished or even tried to accomplish.

You might want to remember that Barack Obama was nominated for the prize in February of 2009 after serving less than two weeks as President.

As I write this the announcement from Oslo is only an hour old and thus far the overwhelming response from the world has not been congratulations, but puzzlement and concern that the always-politicized Peace Prize has now become even more a political tool designed to influence policy rather than a prestigious award in recognition of efforts that changed the world.

Barbados Free Press declared its backing for Barack Obama and even declared that he would be the next President of the United States when he was still in a run-off with Hillary Clinton in December, 2007, so our view of the award of this Peace Prize is not coloured by negativity towards the President.

We simply see this as too much, too soon. We also believe that the Nobel Prize Committee has again lowered the value of the award with a controversial decision that history may see as foolish. When will the people of the Nobel Prize Committee discover that they cannot predict or control world events?

Are they saying that they will agree with everything the Obama administration does until the end of his term? What if the United States military ramps up the war in Afghanistan and overtly goes into Pakistan? What if Obama decides to take out an Iranian military installation?

What if six months from now the USA goes on one of its heavy-handed Central American jaunts and is found to have destabilized yet another democratically elected government that just happens to have a worldview contrary to US interests?

Is the Nobel Prize Committee trying to control upcoming US policy in the near future through the awarding of the 2009 Peace Prize? They will be sorely disappointed and embarrassed.

The controversy in the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is not really about Obama – it is about a Nobel Prize Committee that has become too full of itself and detached from reality.

President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (AP) – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama’s name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

… from the Associated Press news feed: President Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize.


Filed under Politics, Politics & Corruption

U.S. Navy Aircrew returns home after 6 months everywhere in Caribbean – Tells media “Barbados was spectacular”

In the latter half of their deployment, Det. 10 visited Aruba, Barbados, Cartagena, and Jamaica. When asked about which port was his favorite, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Donald Hackney, Det. 10 Lead Aviation Machinist’s Mate, said, “Barbados was spectacular; Oystins Bay Fish Market had the best Mahi Mahi this mouth has ever tasted!”

from Mayport Mirror: HSL-48 Detachment 10 Returns to Mayport

USS Hawes Visited Barbados in July, 2009

You can’t ask for much better publicity than a US Navy aircrew member who comes home for the first time in 6 months and answers “Barbados!” when a reporter asks him about his favourite port.

Nope. Can’t do much better than that.

The USS Hawes is the same ship that our blogging friend Ian Bourne and his wife toured. Ian wrote a smashing article about the ship, its history and its Captain who is a woman. Here is Ian and the Mrs. with one of the pilots and a helicopter from the same Detachment as the fellow who said Barbados was his favourite place…


Click on the photo or this link to read Ian’s excellent article on the USS Hawes’ visit to Barbados: The Bajan Reporter – USS Hawes visits Barbados, American warship aided USS Cole off Yemen in 2000.


Filed under Barbados, History, Military