…nobel committee and fifa, and bestowing awards…

…appearance is not really substance, a hologram is not real, really…

So, in September 2015, a confession? RT would inform us, Ex-Nobel committee exec regrets Obama Peace Prize. Long-held suspicions about that Committee had been conclusively confirmed with that infamous award in 2009. As we now learn from a Damascene repentant, who has written a book,

The Norwegian historian [Geir Lundestad] told AP that the committee “thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect.” The five members of the Nobel Committee, often former politicians, are appointed by the Norwegian parliament. The coveted award was met with an avalanche of criticism instead. An army of opponents noted that Obama had made no foreign policy achievements worthy of the prize in less than nine months in office. On top of this, he received the award while the US was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


“No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” Lundestad wrote, AFP reported.

And by way of devastating confirmation, we turn to Glenn Greenwald, whose accomplishments have been impressive. Just over a month ago, he would observe at the intercept blog, To Defend Iran Deal, Obama Boasts That He’s Bombed Seven Countries. Yes, the President’s own words. Interesting excerpts,

Beyond accurately describing Iran deal opponents, Obama also accurately described himself and his own record of militarism. To defend against charges that he Loves the Terrorists, he boasted:

As commander-in-chief, I have not shied away from using force when necessary. I have ordered tens of thousands of young Americans into combat. …

I’ve ordered military action in seven countries.

By “ordered military actions in seven countries,” what he means is that he has ordered bombs dropped, and he has extinguished the lives of thousands of innocent people, in seven different countries, all of which just so happen to be predominantly Muslim.

The list includes one country where he twice escalated a war that was being waged when he was inaugurated


Two recent foreign policy moves are major positive items on Obama’s legacy: normalization of relations with Cuba and agreeing to this deal with Iran. But, as he himself just proudly touted yesterday, the overall record of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate is one of violence, militarism and aggression that has left a pile of dead bodies of innocent people. That Obama feels the need (or desire) to boast about how many countries he’s bombed, and that the only mainstream criticisms of him in the Iran debate is that he is too unwilling to use more aggression and force, says a lot about Obama, but even more about U.S. political culture. And none of what it says is good.

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Iran and Cuba? As legacy? Seriously? In August 1953 the US overthrew a democratically elected President Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran, and installed a puppet, who was overthrown in 1979. In 1979 the students occupying the US embassy would re-assemble shredded documents to reveal the true extent of US espionage activities. Subsequently the US would accuse Iran of seeking to make atomic weapons, a charge corporate media would parrot unchallenged. We have a Cuba, with its Guantánamo of torture fame controlled by the US, which has suffered a decades long embargo that has cost the country several hundred billion dollars, as US activities to overthrow the Cuban government continued unabated.

That said, the US seeks to defuse, somewhat slightly, crises created by the US, and then its President would  proudly claim foreign policy success and ‘a world make safer by the US’, ‘Legacy’ of the Nobel Laureate President?

Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria? Not to mention other adventures of destabilisation or coup d’état in a host of countries. Legacy? Nobel Prize for Peace? Before 2009, a rather uninspiring resumé of achievement, aside rhetoric.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, unlike that Nobel Committee, Fifa has been more astute and responsible. It never awarded the US President le Balon d’Or – despite the ecstatic declaration of much US corporate media of the US President’s skills as footballer, ritualised photo-op as reality. A thought – could that be another reason why the US DoJ is investigating Fifa?

…can we expect the norwegian committee to award its next prize to refugees?…