- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

While in Oslo to accept his Nobel Peace Prize - just a week after announcing a troop surge to escalate the war in Afghanistan - President Obama addressed the elephant in the room and admitted that his accomplishments in winning the award were “slight” (“Obama gives nod to military as he accepts Nobel Peace Prize,” Page 1, Friday). I call that an understatement.

All one needs to know about the Nobel Peace Prize is that the Nobel Committee snubbed Ronald Reagan, the “peace warrior” who brought down the world’s most murderous and oppressive regime without firing a shot. The Nobel Committee snubbed him in favor of Mikhail Gorbachev - his godless adversary, who tried every trick in the book to sandbag him during arms-reduction negotiations.

Here we go again. The committee has no problem giving the award to Mr. Obama, which, as one pundit put it, is like “giving a 16-year-old a Lamborghini.”

EUGENE R. DUNN

Medford, N.Y.

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