Now it’s South Korean President Moon Jae-in who’s climbed aboard a bandwagon that needs to be put back in the barn.
Moon says Donald J. Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Why? His pressure on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has brought the former Little Rocket Man to his senses.
Hold on a minute! Let’s revisit another premature Peace Prize recipient.
The Trumpsters out there who read this blog will love the example. I offer former President Barack Obama for them … and the rest of you.
The Nobel committee awarded the then-brand new U.S. president the Peace Prize in 2009 even though he had just assumed his high office. The committee gave him the award on the promise that he would bring world peace.
To be totally candid, it didn’t work out that way. Our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continued. Other conflicts broke out in Syria and Yemen. Tensions built between Israel and Iran.
To his credit, President Obama recognized the awkwardness of the award timing when he accepted it.
I say this as a staunch admirer of Barack Obama, who I consider to be among the top tier of U.S. presidents.
As for the current president, my feelings about him are, um, radically different. I want to be fair, though, in hoping that his efforts to bring North and South Korea together do produce tangible benefit for the rest of the world.
Only then should this talk about a Peace Prize proceed.