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Nobel peace prize: Norwegians incensed over Barack Obama's snubs | World news | guardian.co.uk

Barack Obama's trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.

Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children's event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.

He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.

According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 11:43:59 AM EST
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Obama accepts peace prize, defends just wars | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, accepting the Nobel Prize for Peace, on Thursday defended the right of the United States to wage "just wars" like the one in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama  |  Science

In a speech at the award ceremony in Oslo, preceded by a fanfare of trumpets, Obama declared he would not "stand idle" in the face of threats to the United States.

He raised the specter of a new nuclear arms race, potentially in the Middle East or East Asia, and called for tough sanctions against nations that did not abide by international laws, a warning to Iran and North Korea.

Obama also acknowledged criticism that he does not deserve the prize and has few tangible gains to show from his nearly 11 months in office, saying he was "at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 12:09:43 PM EST
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So now Obama totally owns the war in Afghanistan.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 12:20:17 PM EST
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As Tom Tomorrow (among others) points out, it's the war he always wanted.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 04:55:54 PM EST
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Sad because true.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 05:15:15 PM EST
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POLITICS: Neo-Cons Get Warm and Fuzzy Over "War President" - IPS ipsnews.net
WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's plan for a 30,000-troop surge and a troop withdrawal timeline beginning in 18 months has caught criticism from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

But a small group of hawkish foreign policy experts - who have lobbied the White House since August to escalate U.S. involvement in Afghanistan - are christening Obama the new "War President".

The response to Obama's Tuesday night speech at the West Point Military Academy has largely been less than enthusiastic, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle finding plenty in the administration's Afghanistan plan that fails to live up to their expectations. Republicans have hammered the White House on Obama's decision to begin a drawdown of U.S. forces in 18 months, while Democrats largely expressed ambivalence or dismay over the administration's willingness to commit 30,000 more soldiers to a war seen by many as unwinnable and costly at a time when the U.S. economy is barely in recovery from the global financial crisis.

The White House's rollout of the 30,000 troop surge did little to convince an already sceptical Congress, but foreign policy hawks who have accused the president of "dithering" in making a decision on Afghanistan are praising the administration's willingness to make the "tough" commitment to escalate the U.S. commitment in the war in Afghanistan.

Indeed, their approval of the White House's decision to commit 30,000 troops is the culmination of a campaign led by the newly formed Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).

FPI held its first event in March, titled "Afghanistan: Planning for Success", and a second event in September - "Advancing and Defending Democracy" - which focused on counterinsurgency in combating the Taliban and al Qaeda.

The newly formed group is headed up by the Weekly Standard's editor Bill Kristol; foreign policy adviser to the McCain presidential campaign Robert Kagan; and former policy adviser in the George W. Bush administration Dan Senor.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 12:20:34 PM EST
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Kristol, Kagan and Senor are the most visible supporters of Obama's Afghanistan policy!?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 12:23:56 PM EST
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Of course, they never saw a war they didn't like. All those profits, all the glory; what's not to like ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 05:00:59 PM EST
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Just neocons who haven't gone away.

Mission Statement | Foreign Policy Initiative

In 2009 the United States--and its democratic allies--face many foreign policy challenges. They come from rising and resurgent powers, including China and Russia. They come from other autocracies that violate the rights of their citizens. They come from rogue states that work with each other in ways inimical to our interests and principles, and that sponsor terrorism and pursue weapons of mass destruction. They come from Al Qaeda and its affiliates who continue to plot attacks against the United States and our allies. They come from failed states that serve as havens for terrorists and criminals and spread instability to their neighbors.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 05:09:29 PM EST
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So, do we know know what produced that interesting spiral in Norway yesterday?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 10:04:37 PM EST
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I still think it was a failed Bulava launch.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 10:33:29 PM EST
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Aww! And here I thought it was Norwegians angry at Obama for snubbing King Harald blowing off steam in a spectacular manner.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Dec 11th, 2009 at 12:13:53 PM EST
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Ozone effects of MLK spinning in his grave?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Dec 11th, 2009 at 12:41:08 PM EST
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The Norwegian Nobel comittee only has itself to blame. Obama repays the very unwanted embarrasment they thrust upon him.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 10:33:55 PM EST
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Gaudirand:
Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

Why isn't there an international prize for irony?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Dec 11th, 2009 at 08:09:30 AM EST
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Do you want to start the diary calling for candidates for the prize, or shall I?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Dec 11th, 2009 at 09:23:31 AM EST
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