Well, this is a hell of a surprise: President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. This now removes all doubt in my mind that the Nobel Prize is a meaningless gesture.
President Obama, for all of his sincere efforts, has not crafted a hugely successful foreign policy, and that is putting it charitably. Korea still defies the world with their nuclear weapons development, as does Iran. Afghanistan fighting threatens to spill over into Pakistan, with nuclear consequences as well. Peace between Israel and the Palestinians is more remote than ever.
Oh, well. What can one expect from an organization that would award the prize to Al Gore?