From Oslo to Copenhagen

Obama in Oslo

Obama in Oslo

President Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize yesterday in Norway. I’ve written before about the questionable choice of a president who hasn’t really accomplished anything for peace winning such a prize, so I won’t belabor that here. As noted in a previous post, this Nobel committee has made a number of dubious choices in the past.

I read through the president’s speech. As Obama speeches go, it’s not that bad [note that qualification]. At least he acknowedged the existence of evil and that sometimes you can’t just wish it away—it requires the force of arms to overcome it. Someone in the White House with some sense of reality in foreign policy won the day in having a number of salient comments included in this speech.

The rest of the speech consisted of typical highblown phrases without a lot of concrete meaning. Fortunately, he departed from his former script and didn’t spend much time castigating his own country. For that, at least, we can be grateful.

And he has chosen to put more troops on the ground in Afghanistan, although that decision was not without angst and dithering.

Now the president travels to Copenhagen, where he will participate in a major climate-change conference—shortly after the revelation that scientists who promote the “sky is falling” philosophy deliberately skewed the data—and then “lost” the raw data from which the prognostications were made. Well, you know, we’re not supposed to pay attention to that [the network news has been assiduous in assuring that fewer people know about it]. Instead, we’re supposed to concentrate on the “fact” that the sky indeed is falling.

All of which leads to another question:

By the way, did you hear about how Al Gore claimed that the earth, just two kilometers beneath us, burns at a temperature in the millions of degrees? It seems he was only off by, oh, . . . millions. You see, that’s the temperature of the sun, not the earth. Can you imagine what it would be like if what he said were true? Well, no, you wouldn’t be able to imagine that; you’d be dead.

Comments like that made by the guru of global warming go unchallenged in the mainstream media. It’s more important to put eleven fact-checkers to work on Sarah Palin’s new book.