When U.S. War Criminals Become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

Reporter: “Do you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize do you think?”
President Trump: “Everyone thinks so, but I would never say that.”

Judging by two U.S. presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama, and one secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, who have received Nobel Peace Prizes, President Trump’s might well be within shouting distance. Full disclosure: Woodrow Wilson was the third sitting president to receive a Nobel and his credentials for war criminal status are almost as impeccable as the other two. However, space and time limit us to the worst-case examples. In a later post, we may examine how President Wilson stacks up in the presidential war criminal sweepstakes.

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Bombs Away

In 2015, “unchecked climate change, global weapons modernizations and
outsized nuclear weapons arsenals…pose extraordinary and undeniable threats
to the continued existence of humanity”.

—Statement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

moving the Doomsday Clock forward 2 minutes to 3 minutes before midnight.

In 2016, “the global security landscape darkened as the international community
failed to come…to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats,
nuclear weapons and climate change”.

—Statement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

moving the Doomsday Clock forward 30 seconds to 2½ minutes before midnight.

“In 2017, world leaders failed to respond…to the looming threats of nuclear war
and climate change making the world security situation more dangerous
than it was a year ago and as dangerous as it has been since World War II”

—Statement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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The Great American Shell Game: Perpetual War and the Presidents Who Start Them … A Partial List

The U.S. war machine keeps chugging along. With the advent of 24-hour cable news, live stream broadcasting on the internet and social media, the current exploits of the warrior nation are open to the gaze of every inhabitant of the planet. What is less known —U.S. belligerence didn’t start with George W. or Bill Clinton […]

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The Pentagon Is Lowering Standards for Enlistment: Public Service or Recruitment Scheme?

“They [high school seniors] who may not be able to graduate] could enlist, go to basic training…come back and boom graduation requirement is done.” – Army Recruiter   Leave it to the U.S. military where bad-terrible-horrible ideas take on a life of their own. Much like cancer, they disappear, sometimes for decades, only to re-emerge, more […]

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