Friday, 25 May 2018

Would Trump desevre Peace Prize more than Obama?

 To be honest if US President Trump and  North Korea's Kim Jong Unhdo manage to meet and agree on a settlement  then they might well deserve the Nobel Peace Prize (it would certainly have to be jointly).

Certainly more than Trump's predecessor Barack Obama who was  inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, accepting the award with the caveat that he felt there were others "far more deserving of this honour than I."

 The decision was greeted with ridicule in the U.S., and it unsettled even supporters of the president, who hadn’t finished his first year in office. Still Mr. Obama flew to Oslo and delivered one of his trademark speeches. The philosopher-president was the toast of Europe.
Mr. Obama today almost never mentions the prize, and the Nobel Committee’s former secretary has expressed regret over the choice. 

The committee that awarded the prize hoped for an America that would no longer play the hegemon. The Norwegians wanted a U.S. president who would “strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” as the Nobel citation put it. A leader who would emphasize “the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play,” whose decisions would track the “attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.” 

Well that didn't happen  and Trump who jealously of Obama popularity both in the USA and abroad is clearly , would clearly love the award whilst claiming that his administration had  achieved   something far more visible.

However  according to This Week  

President Trump has now decided to pull out of his June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un while talking with advisers Thursday morning from 7-9 a.m., then dictated his Dear Kim letter — to hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) — and released it to the public at 9:43 a.m. without warning allies, members of Congress, or North Korea, all of whom seemed blindsided and upset by the sudden cancellation. Trump and his advisers had only started discussing cancelling the meeting less than 12 hours earlier,

 NBC News reports.
North Korea has threatened to pull out of the meeting after comments by US National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The country reacted furiously when Mr Bolton suggested it would follow a "Libya model" of denuclearisation.
Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed with Western powers in 2003 to dismantle his programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. Eight years later he was killed at the hands of Western-backed rebels.
North Korea is also angry at current US-South Korea military drills and has halted talks with the South in response.

 If the price for inflating he egos of both Trump and Kim Jong Unis is lasting peace settlement is a Nobel Peace Prize , then it may well be worth paying.

Unfortunately  neither would like to be outshone by the  other and we are likely to see their masochism and vanity getting in the way and they are unlikely be going to Oslo any time soon.

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