Calls are heard from around the globe demanding that President Obama be stripped of his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Indeed, awarding the price — which was originally intended to mark "the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses" — to the president of a country fighting two foreign wars was always controversial. But now, the argument goes, with the U.S. Air Force taking part in bombing Libya, Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is becoming an outright farce.
President Obama himself disagrees and claims that "the American people don’t see any contradiction in somebody who cares about peace also wanting to make sure that people aren’t butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling to power." (Obama didn't specify whether he had in mind the Libyan strongman, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, or Obama's buddy Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain.)
There is no secret that when the Norwegian Nobel Committee was announcing its 2009 decision, they were thinking more about Obama's potential to advance world peace rather than his accomplished deeds. This is a constructive approach. So instead of distracting the American president with talks about stripping him of the Peace Prize, other Nobel Prize Committees should consider awarding Obama with Nobel Prizes in their respective fields — to promote the president's good intentions elsewhere. For example, given the circumstances, Obama's June 4, 2009 Cairo ("A New Beginning") Speech would be an indisputable candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry could go to the abandoned "cap and trade" legislation on greenhouse gas emissions. Obama's health-care reform definitely deserves The Nobel Prize in Medicine, whereas his 2012 budget proposal is a great match for the Nobel Prize in Economics. Finally, the Nobel Prize in Physics could be awarded for Obama's successful application of the "black hole" theory to the treating of terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay camp.
As for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, there is no doubt that the clowns from the Norwegian Nobel Committee will entertain us again with their next choice. Khodorkovsky anyone?