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The Nobel Peace Prize was recently and surprisingly awarded to Barack Obama. Everyone has their own opinion on this. Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, said it was “extremely well deserved.” I have a different opinion.

I think this year’s award is the Nobel Committee’s attempt to influence American policy on one or more issues, such as Afghanistan or the detainees in Guantanamo, Cuba. Obama is smart enough to know he has not done anything worthy of this (formerly) prestigious award. I just hope he’s smart enough not to succumb to Norwegian political bribery.

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bush460I am not a big fan of President George W. Bush, and I don’t understand German politics well enough to form an opinion on Chancellor Angela Merkel.  But I do wonder which of the two is more realistic in their policy on climate control.   

In a speech at the White House on April 16th, 2008, President Bush discussed climate change.  As usual, he was derided for his remarks whe he said –

Climate change involves complicated science and generates vigorous debate. Many are concerned about the effect of climate change on our environment. Many are concerned about the effect of climate change policies on our economy. I share these concerns, and I believe they can be sensibly reconciled.

In an  article in the mass-circulation tabloid Bild, Merkel said that she will not approve any European Union climate rules “that endanger jobs or investments in Germany.”

I agree with Bush – climate change is complicated science.  And I believe Merkel when she says she opposes climate rules which would hurt the German economy.  After all, there will be elections next year.  Merkel is a scientist with a degree in physics from a good university.  Bush, by any stretch of the imagination, is not a scientist.  But both are politicians.  Bush has been elected as President twice, while Merkel heads a coalition government which may not survive next years national elections.  Some might consider Bush to be the more successful politician, but few would say he is smarter.  Merkel, with her comments seemingly favoring the economy over the environment, sounds a little like Bush these days.  But no, I don’t believe Bush is smarter than Merkel.  But I do believe he has been more consistent.

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Lame Duckling

India and Pakistan have three things in common – a border, nuclear weapons, and not a lot of love for each other.  This can be a bad combination.  Terrorists have taken advantage of India’s inability to defend against an attack and hit two targets at once.  India with it’s Muslim minority, and the West by hitting the regions largest financial center.  During the transistion between the Bush lame duck administration and the inexperienced Obama one, the only thing we can do is send in Rice and see what happens.  I believe timing was as much a strategic consideration as targeting.  And I believe we continue to underestimate the the seriousness of this situation.

rice_india500U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Pakistan on Wednesday to cooperate with India’s investigations into the Mumbai attacks that have sorely tested relations between the two neighbors.

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Now That It’s Over

thumbnailcaq0fv01Will the rest of the world find a new way to heap insult on America? Obama won election by the majority of the popular vote, and (as I wrote last week) an even greater majority of electoral votes. This to me means most Americans from most states felt he was the best man for the job.  I know some of the credit goes to George Bush. Without eight years of disastrous leadership(?), we might not have given Obama a serious look. But things were so bad for so long we did. And the results are in. Next step is the honeymoon, afer which we’ll see if we made the right choice. Given the alternative, I can’t see how we miss on this one.

Some things to point out with this “historic” election. Not all whites are racists, and not all racists are white. Obama is half white, half black. Or African-American, the politically correct term. I just hope he’s all business. We need to get out of this mess.

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No Rule

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was convicted of corruption charges. Big deal, lots of elected officials are corrupt. I have followed this case, but not closely. Then I saw this morning’s AP story –

Despite being a convicted felon, he is not required to drop out of the race or resign from the Senate. If he wins re-election, he can continue to hold his seat because there is no rule barring felons from serving in Congress.

He can’t vote in November, only in Congress. Wonderful . . .

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