Venezuela’s socialist leader Hugo Chavez said on Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama had done nothing beyond wishful thinking to earn the Nobel Peace Prize.
Chavez, who has mixed praise for Obama personally with criticism of his government’s “imperialist” policies, said he thought it was a mistake when he read the U.S. leader had won.
“What has Obama done to deserve this prize? The jury put store on his hope for a nuclear arms-free world, forgetting his role in perpetuating his battalions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his decision to install new military bases in Colombia,” Chavez wrote in a column.
“For the first time, we are witnessing an award with the nominee having done nothing to deserve it: rewarding someone for a wish that is very far from becoming reality.”
For once, I agree with the Venezuela’s leader.
In addition to the Colombian bases, one other reason Chavez might feel this way is that the Obama Administration has refrained from sending the U.S. military to put Manuel Zelaya back in the saddle in Honduras. That’s one place where Obama’s instinctive dislike of the military and lack of decisiveness has actually been a blessing. I think that a Bill Clinton would have done differently (his performance in Haiti and Kosovo indicates that) but Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. In this case, that’s a good thing for both the Honduran people and the rest of us.