Friday, October 12, 2007

General Petraeus for the Nobel Prize!

He'd get my vote, if I could vote for the prize. This is from a New York Sun Editorial:

Vice President Gore is being mooted for the Nobel Peace Prize, but our nominee is General Petraeus. This is only a slight departure from our annual editorial calling for the Norwegians to award the prize to GI Joe. We've been advancing that idea ever since reading about it in an essay by Neil Kressel, a professor in New Jersey. It has seemed to us that the American GI is the greatest force for peace in the world today, and we say that without the slightest bit of irony. GI Joe and GI Jane always go overseas for reasons not of conquest but of liberation, to secure the hope of democracy, and always with the intent of returning home.

I don't see it happening, though. To my knowledge, Petraeus doesn't Bash Bush nearly enough to qualify! It does seem ironic, though that people like Carter and Gore get the prize, when really effective statesmen like Ronald Reagan are overlooked, who freed hundreds of millions from slavery by winning the Cold War. I guess, like the Queen of England so flippantly gives aways knighthoods, the Nobel Prize is mainly about celebrity rather than accomplishment.