Unthinkable Iceberg for Europe’s Unsinkable Ship
By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault
Friday, 12 October 2012
Sorry, but history didn’t end sometime between your birth and your breakfast today…
BACK in 2009 when Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months after becoming US president, he said he felt “surprised” and “deeply humbled”.
No such shock and awe today for the European Union’s unelected leaders, of course. Self-assurance and pride are now the EU’s hallmarks, at least at the executive level. But its shiny new Nobel Peace Prize risks just the same historical irony.
“Mr. Obama decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership,” as Peter L.Bergen noted in the New York Times this spring. “He overthrew the Libyan dictator. He ramped up drone attacks in Pakistan, waged effective covert wars in Yemen and Somalia and authorized a threefold increase in the number of American troops in Afghanistan. He became the first president to authorize the assassination of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki…And, of course, Mr. Obama ordered and oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden.”
That raid – unsanctioned military action inside another country’s sovereign border – may have boosted Obama’s Can Do image at home. (Bill Clinton and the Democrats’ marketing people sure think so.) But it jarred a bit with his Peace Prize citation for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”