Nearly two years ago I blogged on what I thought was Oslo oration's obvious ommission... when Al Gore was given this prize; I thought that was a poor and politically motivated decision.
I'm no great fan of Obama and whilst this year's prize is more deserved it is still politically motivated IMHO, maybe with Iran and North Korea in mind. However, it certainly can't be said that Obama is jumping on any bandwagons, he has always wanted "a world without nuclear weapons". And from Anne Applebaum (Washington Post and Slate):
Why do I think it's a political decision? Well, I find myself a little bemused and echo what Peter Beaumont says in today's Guardian...why now? Obama has been President for less than a year...so maybe it's because he isn't George W Bush!
"Look at his record: One of the few foreign-policy initiatives to which Obama stuck his name during his brief Senate term was an increase in funding for nuclear nonproliferation."
"The question now is whether having being anointed perhaps too early by the committee, a Nobel prize earned so cheaply and at so little cost will help him in his efforts on the international stage or rather be an albatross around his neck."