One of my favorite tweets after President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize went something like this: Of course it was a well-deserved win. He saved the world from Sarah Palin.
And that’s right as far as it goes, but as Frank Rich points out in the New York Times, it doesn’t go far enough. Barack Obama also saved the world from John McCain and his fellow neo-cons:
To appreciate this crowd’s spotless record of failure, consider its noisiest standard-bearer, John McCain. He made every wrong judgment call that could be made after 9/11. It’s not just that he echoed the Bush administration’s constant innuendos that Iraq collaborated with Al Qaeda’s attack on America. Or that he hyped the faulty W.M.D. evidence to the hysterical extreme of fingering Iraq for the anthrax attacks in Washington. Or that he promised we would win the Iraq war “easily.” Or that he predicted that the Sunnis and the Shiites would “probably get along” in post-Saddam Iraq because there was “not a history of clashes” between them.
What’s more mortifying still is that McCain was just as wrong about Afghanistan and Pakistan. He routinely minimized or dismissed the growing threats in both countries over the past six years, lest they draw American resources away from his pet crusade in Iraq.
With a record like that, is it any wonder that the rest of the world is so relieved that American neo-cons are out of power that they awarded their antithesis the Nobel Peace Prize? I think not.