Today in Oslo, Norway President Barack Obama will officially be given the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the speech he should give (but almost certainly won’t):
Thank you for the applause and thank you for this award. Unfortunately, I can’t accept it on behalf of myself. I haven’t yet earned it and therefore do not yet deserve it. And if I were to accept this award for my accomplishments in pursuit of peace up to date, I would be making a mockery of this prize.
I won’t do that.
But I didn’t come all this way, across an ocean, to reject the prize. Instead, tonight, I graciously accept this Nobel Peace Prize in my role as Commander in Chief of the United States military and on behalf of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present, who represent the greatest force for peace in the world. In this context, this peace prize is well deserved and long overdue.
During the last century and into this nascent century, the United States military has done more for world peace than any individual person or institution on the planet. In confronting and defeating evil time and time again, the United States military has helped advance the cause of liberty and peace around the world.
During World War II, the United States entered the war to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and the threat these wicked ideologies posed to mankind. The U.S. military fought with dignity, honor, and tenacity, and with its allies helped defeat these great menaces to civilization. Afterward, America didn’t let these countries rot. Instead, we helped them become the free, open and peaceful societies they are today. The credit for the peace and prosperity that Japan and Germany now enjoy goes in large part to the fighting men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
During the Cold War, again, it was the United States military that confronted the evil of communism. At times, the American military stood up to that that evil ideology in armed conflict. South Korea is free and prosperous today to a very large extent because the United States military prevented their territory from falling to the communists. The oppressed citizens of North Korea only wish that the United States was more successful in the Korean War.
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