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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mr. President, Please Return Your Peace Prize

Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize because of "Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." Obama may be working toward a world where the U.S. lacks nuclear weapons, even though such cuts would reduce national security. But his efforts to secretly negotiate a deal with Iran that does little or nothing to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, while sidelining Saudi Arabia and Israel (and pushing Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons), is more likely to result in a nuclear conflict, not reduce it.

Assuredly, part of the reason he received the prize was his avowed opposition to the war in Afghanistan and commitment to bring troops home. However, like all his other promises, this one will not be honored either. Instead, Obama is planning on keeping troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.

While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces. 
The wide-ranging document, still unsigned by the United States and Afghanistan, has the potential to commit thousands of American troops to Afghanistan and spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. 
The document outlines what appears to be the start of a new, open-ended military commitment in Afghanistan in the name of training and continuing to fight al-Qaeda. The war in Afghanistan doesn’t seem to be ending, but renewed under new, scaled-down U.S.-Afghan terms.
 So, please just return the Peace Prize. You didn't deserve it then, and you definitely don't deserve it now.

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