March 4, 2015
Rare: By Bonnie Kristian
In what has been described as an “unprecedented” decision, the Nobel Committee has chosen to replace its chair, Thorbjoern Jagland, after a six-year tenure—and his role in giving President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize back in 2009 is a big reason why.
The Associated Press reports:
Jagland will remain a member of the voting panel but was a contentious leader, attracting criticism for his dual role as committee chairman and head of the European Council when the prize was awarded to the European Union in 2012. His leadership also was clouded by the decision to give the prize to Barack Obama in 2009 after he had just been elected president, and the 2010 prize to the jailed dissident Liu Xiabo drew fury from China. (Emphasis added.)
As the Zero Hedge blog notes, this move seems inevitably connected to the Committee’s regret over giving the Peace Prize to Obama, who “has since the aware become a neo-con warhawk, who has put some of the most bloodthirsty [R]epublicans to shame, and whose actions (and lack thereof) have led to not only global conflict intensity spiking to a 7-year high, but have generated untold riches to the shareholders of the military industrial complex.”
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