One Nobel Laureate U.S. President Blasts Another – a “must read” from Dave Lindorff

                                                    (Former US President Jimmy Carter (L) and incumbent US President Barack Obama)
There are two US presidents who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now one of those Nobel laureate leaders is accusing the other, though without naming him, of actions that qualify as war crimes and impeachable crimes against the US Constitution.

Former US President Jimmy Carter won his Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, long after his one term of office as President of the United States, which ran from 1977 to 1981. He won the honor primarily for his efforts to mediate conflicts and to advance democracy and human rights, the Nobel Committee said. It’s understandable that they didn’t say much — with the exception of his role in getting Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign the Camp David Accords — about his time as president, because Carter, a former US Navy officer, wasn’t such a peacenik back then. Think back to his botched effort to invade Iran and rescue the Americans being held by student activists inside the US Embassy in Tehran, or to his arming of the Afghan Mujahadeen to attack and try to bring down the USSR-backed government in Kabul.

President Barack Obama received his Nobel Peace Prize as president before he even had time to do anything significant in office. When the Nobel Committee gave him the award in 2009, during his first year in the White House, they couldn’t even offer a single concrete example of something he had done to actually earn it. Instead they only said that it was “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

If the members of the Nobel Committee thought, by awarding Obama the prize early, they might encourage him to be a peacemaker, they must wish there was a way they could revoke that prize now. Not long after receiving it, President Obama ordered a doubling of the number of US troops in Afghanistan, approved a brutal campaign of aggressive night-raid attacks on alleged Taliban leaders and their supporters, and later approved a secret raid by Navy SEAL commandos inside Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden.

Now Carter, the ex-president who earned his Peace Prize for actual peace activities, is castigating the current president who got his prize based on a “hope” that he would eventually earn it, saying that the Obama administration is “clearly violating” at least 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that under Obama and his predecessor, President George W. Bush, the US has been “abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.”

In an article published recently on the opinion page of the New York Times, titled A Cruel and Unusual Record, former President Carter roundly condemned the increasing reliance by the US on armed drone aircraft, which have launched over 265 strikes in Pakistan alone, killing hundreds of innocent people, including women and children. The use of attack drones began under President Bush but has been dramatically expanded, both in number and in the number of countries being attacked, under President and Commander-in-Chief Obama.

But Carter didn’t limit his criticism to the Obama administration’s reliance on drone aircraft. He also blasted the current president for failing to live up to his own promise to close down the prison detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, where captives in the so-called “War” on Terror have been held for years without trial, tortured by such practices as “waterboarding more than 100 times, or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers.”

President Carter noted that half of the 169 people still being held without trial at Guantanamo have already, years ago, been determined by the Pentagon to have been wrongly picked up, and to actually be guilty of nothing. They’ve been “cleared for release,” he notes, and “yet have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom,” while others have never even been charged.

Carter blasted the current administration too for its domestic actions undermining American citizens’ freedom of speech, and their right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, both of which rights, enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution, have been undermined by federal, state and local police and prosecutors, most notably in the crackdown on last fall’s Occupy movement — a crackdown that, it is becoming increasingly clear, was orchestrated by the Obama administration’s Departments of Justice and of Homeland Security.

Carter never names Obama, but it is clear that he is referring directly to the current president and fellow Nobel peace laureate, when he writes, “Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended.”

The New York Times earlier wrote, and the White House has confirmed, that President Obama personally approves the assassinations abroad — including assassinations of American citizens like the American-born Anwar al-Awlaki — by drone aircraft and other methods.

Over the years, there has been considerable controversy over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, particularly when it has been given to political leaders — for example the joint award in 1978 to Begin and Sadat, both of whom had launched wars, and the earlier joint award in 1973 to US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese Foreign Minister Le Duc Tho, both of whose negotiating intransigence needlessly extended the Indochina War for months and years at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives.

But an attack by one Nobel peace laureate on another is unprecedented and dramatic, particularly given that the two men, Carter and Obama, are from the same country and even belong to the same Democratic Party.

        Dave Lindorff is an award-winning American investigative journalist. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1972 with a BA in Chinese language. He then received an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1975. He has worked for a number of major US news organizations, including the Los Angeles Daily News, the Minneapolis Tribune and Business Week, where he served for five years as a correspondent for Hong Kong and China. He is author of a number of books, including Killing Time about the case of death-row prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, and The Case for Impeachmentabout the Bush/Cheney administration, and is founder of the online newspaper


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  • Shokat Ghulam  On July 1, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Carter’s criticism of US foreign policy realistic. Bush & Obama ‘ve violated fine American values of HR, Justice

  • Parvez Amin  On July 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Talking to the American administration has driven home the message that it is a waste of time. The message has become even clearer. It is a waste of time even talking about them. Hence this short peice and may they go back to their own country soon. As far as I am concerned, they have fallen to the depth – they have become predictable and very boring. Bye Mr Obama.

  • Faisal Imam  On July 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Why are you so negative about Obama?
    Obama has achieved in the world which few could have done.
    He inherited two active wars,Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Iraq is well on its way except for the few bomb blasts that are organized by the Wahhabi element.
    Afghanistan was a backwaters war till Iraq was being fought. Now he is actively working on it and feels he will be able to extradite by 2014 to a large extent,if we let him.
    He tried to help by bettering the lot of the Pakistani people through Kerry Lugar. It was sabotaged by the scavengers.
    It was not easy for him to bring the Congress to pass the bill. At this time we have hardly any friends left in the Congress.
    Even today,I was reading that he has told congress not to cut off aid to Pakistan,despite our behavior.
    He broke the back of AlQaieda by getting Osama and some of his cohorts. We are annoyed about this and are aggravating it further.
    He has put the economy in a positive mode.a large number have benefitted from his reforms.
    He has handled health ,taken it on headlong and put the criticism on the Backfoot.
    Despite adversity,which I am sure he has faced all his life,Obama has achieved.
    He inherited a lousy situation and he has turned it positive.
    History will be kinder to Osama than the present media.

    • Parvez Amin  On July 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Obama is accused of war crimes by no other than a past American President. You need to answer one or two questions. Who authorized the US to invade Afghanistan? Were any WMDs found in Iraq? Why does Obma not trade for the natural wealth it covets in Iraq, The Central Asian Republics and Afghanistan et al. From here, America looks like the world’s largest terrorist state… which is probably why it does not recognize the International Court of Justice. No, my friend. America is not the fairy godmother to the world. Even one person, you, in this case, if enabled to see the evil face of the US gives hope for the eventual fall of the American Empire.

  • Javed Chaudhry  On July 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    It is mind boggling, to say the least, as to why Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize. Many think, as the article states, it was a way to encourage him to stay away from the direction his predecessor, Bush, had adopted. If so, it was a futile and hopeless effort on the part of the committee that recommended the prize rather prematurely.
    During his presidential election campaign, he had stated repeatedly that the Afghan war was the good war and Iraqi war was not good. Iraq war was already over by the time he assumed the office and to this day he has not elaborated what makes the Afghan war a good war – as if, any war could be a good war.
    The fact is that Obama was a Neocon-Zionist supported candidate and had to parrot whatever his handlers told him to repeat. His oratories that he has been delivering before and after assuming the office were nothing but hypocritical rhetoric fooling some of the people some of the times and nothing else. I fully support and agree with Carter’s criticism of Obama.
    If there is a way to retract the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama’s Peace Prize deserves to be withdrawn.


  • Salim  On July 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Why not launch a campaign to demand withdrawal of the Nobel Prize ( Peace!) from a man who coldbloodedly sits down weekly to send more human beings to their horrible extinction by ” hell fire missiles!
    S. Gandapur

    • Javed Chaudhry  On July 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Good idea. I am all for it. Obama does not deserve the Peace Prize, his actions prove it beyond a shadow of doubt.


  • Javed Chaudhry  On July 3, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Well, the Peace Prize given to Obama may not be retractable, but if criticism of this decision is raised from all corners of the world, it may still be a useful service for future. The committee, should have learned a lesson through its mistake and hopefully will avoid repeating it. Obama, I am sure, had received some sympathy vote merely for being Black president in a country where the Blacks have not enjoyed their existence since the 17th century when the slave trade was started by the Europeans. The legislated equality for Blacks in America is some thing very new and many Whites are still not very comfortable with it. So under the circumstances, I think, the Nobel Prize committee suffered through some misgivings and could not assess the situation properly. I suppose they must be unaware of the Zionist-Neocon power that has emerged in the US during the last 10-15 years. It may come to many as a surprise, but most American citizens are totally unaware of what goes on in Washington and what exactly their hard earned tax money is doing outside the USA and how fast the country’s debt is increasing.


  • Tahira Noor  On July 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Even if we make a demand, this will make not difference. One thing we can do is to persuade all peace loving people from all religions to boycott the Noble Prize et all. We must disapprove the criterion led down to bestow this prestigious award.

    Tahira Noor

  • S.Nadiya  On July 3, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Its the crusades it seems where Muslims are being isolated. And now someone Will say i am a fundamentalist!
    Sent from my Nokia phone

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