Nobel Peace Prize, President Donald Trump, Obama, Iran, North Korea

Nobel! A Bully’s Case for a Peace Prize

By Darrell Roberts

Recently, the raucous “Lock Her Up” chants have begun to change to a softer, more adulating “Nobel” as in clamoring for President Donald J. Trump to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  The buzzing grassroots groundswell has also been echoed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and petitioned by Mr. Nigel Farage.  For his part, President Trump has maintained humility, even when asked if he is worthy of such an award, he modestly answered :

“Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it.”

Then, Trump would add:

“The prize I want is victory for the world. Not for even here – I want victory for the world, because that’s what we’re talking about. So that’s the only prize I want.”

What has Trump achieved that deserves a Nobel Peace Prize?

At this point, he has obtained the release of three Americans from North Korea and has arranged a meeting with Kim Jong Un.   However, it must be noted, that aside from the North Korean and South Korean leaders making promises, exchanging kind words, and holding hands, no other long-term peace agreement has been established.

Thus, it remains possible that the hyperbole surrounding Trump’s award is a tad bit premature.   After all, what will it take for an agreement to be made to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula?  ‘Does anyone know? For example, how much money and how many U.S. troops removed from South Korea does North Korea want?

What if North Korea only shuts down their nuclear operations? 

Even if North Korea destroys the nuclear material they maintain, what about all the conventional and chemical weaponry they still possess?   Sure, North Korea might not be able to kill millions in the U.S. with such weapons, but they would still maintain weapons of mass destruction that could inflict a significant number of casualties to nearby, striking distance nations.

Furthermore, what influence does the U.S. have to convince, not just Kim-Jong Un, but anyone in the world that America will not break any agreement whenever politically convenient?

Is it not possible that in 2020, a new candidate could arise that runs strictly on an anti-Trump agenda?  Perhaps, Michelle Obama will seek to avenge her husband and ignite the masses to cheer “Lock Him Up” as she trolls the President with a parade of his accusers and hush money recipients, just like Trump did to Hillary Clinton– only this time, Trump’s crowd size would be much bigger.

Sure, it may not seem reasonable, because Michelle Obama would “go high” and avoiding such filthy muck.   However, would Joe Biden be so kind?   What about an Oprah Winfrey?  Oprah’s a winner when they punch; would she not hit back– is she not a street fighter?

A more excellent question, how does a Trump administration even make a “bigger and better” deal than the recently torn-up Iranian agreement?

Does anyone really believe that Trump can accept any deal that is less tough than the one he just tore up and criticized endlessly as being too weak?   Good luck with that, but do not be surprised to hear later:

Nobody knew political negotiations were so hard.  

The answers to the previous questions matter.

Regardless of what one may have initially thought about the multi-national agreement with Iran, it did take a step in the right direction to stop Iran’s capability to build nuclear weapons for a 10-year period.    The idea seems to have been that having such a long thawing out period might allow for some older Iranian hardliners to die-off and be replaced by more reasonable younger Iranian leaders.   After all, not everyone in Iran hates America but the current U.S./Iran disdain will not likely be resolved in one swoop goodwill gesture, it would likely take years, generations to resolve the built up animosity, if ever.

Nevertheless, now, Iran and Israel are engaged in conflict.  Nobody can say with certainty if the current situation will get better or lead to a regional war.    Plus, Iran is currently contemplating restarting their nuclear program, while Saudi Arabia has begun stating their case to develop their own program.

Does anyone believe that a war between Iran and Israel, along with Iran and Saudi Arabia developing nuclear weapons would make the world a safer, more peaceful place?

No matter what happens now, the consequences are all a result of a Trump effect.  Trump owns it, he did it, he is to credit– either good or bad, it’s all on him.

In the short term, a denuclearization to North Korea might be a more imminent threat, but over the long-term, the forward visionary may conclude that both Iran and Saudi Arabia pose a greater nuclear threat.

Consider, the 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rankings and future forecasts for both Iran and Saudi Arabia.    Both nations already have far more money at their disposal than North Korea, and before the U.S. termination of the multinational Iranian agreement, the GDP ranking of both is forecasted to move higher in the world rankings.  As for North Korea, they struggle economically and have little to no money.  Their economy seems stuck between needing to build weapons versus the ability to purchase food to supplement their starving nation.  A reasonable observation holds that weapon-development, testing, and building requires money.  Hence, the more money a nation has the faster their ability to amass a nuclear arsenal.  Thus, whether intentional or not, at this moment the world stands to be a less safe place directly due to President Donald J. Trump.

So far, President Trump has done nothing to earn a Nobel Peace Prize.   Now, some readers might be thinking… BUT OBAMA!

This could be one of the rare occasions that the “Yeah, but” schism is correct.

In 2009, President Barrack Hussein Obama undeservingly won a Nobel Peace Prize.

It would appear that Obama was selected based on nothing more than talking a nice game and not being President George W. Bush.  Virtually nobody will argue that point, not even Obama.  He declared his Prize as a”call to action” while Obama added:

“I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.”

That quote is Obama-speak for “I did not do anything to earn this prestigious award.”

It must be noted the Nobel Committee’s citation noted:  “Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.”

Unfortunately for Trump, without having yet achieved a peaceful North Korea deal, all the committee has to judge the President’s worthiness are his words to state his case that he too has “captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.”

Trump’s case, in his own words: 

On North Korea:

“We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

On NFL player safety:

“Because you know, today if you hit too hard — 15 yards! Throw him out of the game. They had that last week, I watched for a coupled of minutes. Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle. Boom! 15 yards. The referee goes on television, his wife’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game! They’re ruining the game.”

On the Colin Kaepernick initiated knee protest to increase awareness to what many perceive might be a “witch hunt” by some law enforcement officials against brown hued folks (Trump should be able to empathize, no?), Trump shouted:

“Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

On Democrats:

On an ESPN announcer:

On ‘Liddle’ Bob Corker (what is up with Liddle’… what is that?):

On Lavar Ball:

On establishing the international credibility of U.S. news media:

Of course, there is far, far,  far, more quotes, video, and tweet evidence to prove Trump’s desire to sell his version of hope and peace for a better future in sh*t holes throughout the world.

Here’s the greatest truth most are likely to read today.   America does not “lock up” its citizens based on nothing more than mob cheers, not yet anyway.   The Nobel Peace Prize committee will award prizes based on mere words that inspire hope.   However, so far, the Nobel committee does not yet present an “American First” award given to a bully that uses his office to besmirch anyone, everyone, that opposes him– well, almost everyone.    If President Trump really wishes to win a Nobel Peace award, follow this simple advice: just treat everyone like they too are Putin.

After all, Trump has still never said a bad word about Putin.  It is reasonable to conclude that in a world full of Putins, every single day, Trump’s words would inspire the world rise to the worth of a Nobel Peace Prize.

In closing, please enjoy this blast from the past:

Donald Trump is no stranger to Putin…

Never gonna give Putin up
Never gonna let Putin down
Never gonna U.N. around and sanction Putin
Never gonna make Putin cry
Never gonna say goodbye to Putin
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt Putin

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