In view of the president's disastrous foreign-policy performance, it is surreal to read the citation for his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which in a rare moment of humility he admitted was undeserved given his short time in office. The citation said in part: "Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts..."
The Nobel committee may want to consider asking the president to return the prize.
Hillary Clinton was right when she said during her run for president in 2008 that Barack Obama lacked foreign-policy experience. Her claim resulted in a campaign commercial about which of them could better be trusted to take a 3 a.m. call to the White House.
As Foreign Policy Magazine recalls, "(Bill) Clinton also attacked Obama's lack of experience in interviews with Al Hunt and Charlie Rose in the final months of 2007, arguing that Obama was ill-equipped to handle foreign-policy issues like terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The world is again witnessing the peril of on-the-job training. Apparently Jimmy Carter's ineptitude taught us nothing.
The late William James said, "There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision."
The same might be said for the United States and its president.
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