So, Parentof3, Are you agreeing with the Taliban that this is an outrage?
Maybe the awarding of the Peace Prize to the U.S. head of state is just one way that the international community using to send a message to the U.S. Could they be trying to tell us that, simply by electing someone who is so different from the Bush Cabal, the U.S. has greatly improved the chances for peace all over the world?
I don't think you can discount the effect of the presidential election campaign when you consider what Barack Obama had done by the time February rolled around. While it's true that most of the impact of his campaign, including the initiatives and policies he intended to implement if elected, was within the U.S., and therefore, the immediate effects of his actions was not of a truly international nature, it's still pretty clear that, even as a candidate, Barack Obama had different agenda from the Bush-Cheney-Haliburton cabal.
What has happened to civility in this country? We used to hold elections that were hard fought, but once decided, the country would come together again for 4 years to work on the issues that face the country as a whole.
I think the following quote is much more appropriate response to Obama's winning the award:
Chicago Tribune wrote:
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is eyeing a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, said, "Under any circumstance, an appropriate response is to say, 'Congratulations.' "