Obama's Peace Prize Win: Merited, or Politics As Usual? Obama's Peace Prize Win: Merited, or Politics As Usual?
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Obama's Peace Prize Win: Merited, or Politics As Usual?

by Siobhan O'Connor

October 10, 2009
This is the question every single pundit (and Twitterer) this side of, well, anywhere will be asking today. Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win is a total headscratcher, that much is pretty much agreed upon.Is this an attempt to prevent the president from turning Afghanistan into another Vietnam? Is it a super-duper premature pat on the back? Is it merited? If so, for what?Some tools to aid you in your opinion forming:1. A list (with some analysis) of former winners.2. A list of other surprise wins.3. Some early opinions, some for, some tentative, and many against. (The Guardian is even asking if he should accept the award at all.)4. A look at some of the other people whose names were being floated for a win.At this early hour we had trouble finding a lot of punditry in support of the nod, but if you find some good ones, post them in the comments. And more importantly, what do you think?
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Obama's Peace Prize Win: Merited, or Politics As Usual?