The consensus in 2009 was that the Norwegian Nobel Committee had done something bizarre and stupid by awarding the Peace Prize to President Obama, who clearly had done nothing to merit it.

“So far, the Right, Left and media all seem to agree that the Nobel Peace Prize committee just beclowned itself,” wrote political strategist Jon Henke at the time.

But it turns out the joke was on us.

Obama’s recent advances on several fronts in his war against foreign policy common sense can probably be explained at least in part by the actions of the Nobel Committee. It seems that, in his determination to live up to the prize he didn’t deserve, Obama has summoned every ounce of peacenik naïveté bred into him during bull sessions in his dorm rooms at Occidental and Columbia.

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