Just 11 months after taking office, President Barack Obama is now the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The president accepted the award at Oslo City Hall in Norway on Thursday, only days after ordering an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Obama acknowledged the controversy of receiving the award as a wartime president, but firmly reiterated the importance of remaining diligent in Afghanistan.
"Where force is necessary, we have a moral and strategic interest in
binding ourselves to certain rules of conduct," the president said. "And even as we confront
a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe that the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war."
He continued, "A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies.
Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their
arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a
call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history."
The president also reaffirmed his commitment to shutting down Guantanamo Bay Prison and abiding by the rules of the Geneva Convention, contrasting himself with former president George W. Bush. According to the Guardian, the event drew only a small handful of protesters, waving signs with such slogans as "Obama you won it, now earn it."
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have no doubt that there are others that may be more deserving," the president said before a captive audience. "My task
here is to continue on the path that I believe is not only important
for America but important for lasting peace in the world."