This is not a surprise

Patterico once had a mocking post about finding someone to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize, after it was revealed that convicted murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams had been so nominated. It was all an effort to prevent the state of California from relieving Mr Williams of the pains of this mortal vale, of course, but the blatantly political reasons that some people — and I use that term loosely — who have the privilege to make nominations were revealed for all to see.

Bradley Manning, U.S. soldier accused of leaking material to WikiLeaks, among those nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


231 nominations have been submitted for this year’s award

By The Associated Press / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, February 27, 2012, 9:03 AM

OSLO, Norway — A spokesman for the Nobel Peace Prize jury says 231 nominations have been submitted for this year’s award, with publicly disclosed candidates including a former Ukrainian prime minister and the U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.

The secretive committee doesn’t reveal who has been nominated, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks. They include Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Norwegian Nobel Committee secretary Geir Lundestad told the AP on Monday that “The list of nominees is a mixture of repeated nominations and some new names.”

PFC Manning does not face the death penalty, so there’s no claim that the nomination was made to save his life, as was the case with Mr Williams. Rather, this was a clearly political attempt to glorify someone who stole and then had published American classified information, without even having comprehensive knowledge of what he was divulging. PFC Manning simply dumped hundreds of thousands of documents, which could have contained information which led directly to the deaths of Americans for all he knew, into the lap of Julian Assange, an accused rapist, who published much of them.1

That there are quack nominations is unsurprising. Heck, there have been Nobel Peace Prize winners whose awards call into question the intelligence and sincerity of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee: Yassir Arafat,, in 1994, a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands; Le Duc Tho, in 1973, who at least had the decency to decline; Al Gore, in 2007, for his efforts to scam the world on global warming; Jimmy Carter, in 2002, for his persistent criticism of President George W Bush; and Barack Obama, in 2009, for not being George W Bush. Former President Bush, who led the liberation of fifty million people from Ba’ath Party and Taliban tyranny, will never be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The only real surprise is that we haven’t heard of a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Mumia abu-Jamal Wesley Cook.


  1. Though PFC Manning has not yet been convicted, he does not deny that he took this action. His defense, such as it is, is that he was a troubled individual who should never have been granted access to classified information in the first place, and that the Army failed to remove him from his sensitive post when it was obvious that such should have been done.


  1. It’s a sad day around here, my neighbor’s poodle was nominated but he didn’t make the short list. Oh well, maybe next year.

    At least they didn’t nominate Major Nidal Hasan for his service to Allah at Fort Hood, although he is still collecting his military paycheck and receiving priority medical care at taxpayer expense, plus the Army is supplying his legal representation in defense against the allegations brought against him. A guilty verdict might tend to set-back the Army’s diversity program.

    According to Chief of Staff, General George Casey (Ret), even speculation that Major Hasan’s yelling Allahu Akbar! as he calmly gunned down dozens of unarmed soldiers might be somehow construed as an indication of Islamic involvement or even possible jihad implications should be thoroughly discouraged, least the Army’s diversity program suffer as a result.

    Did anyone think to nominate General Casey?

  2. Perhaps Manning will have to share the Nobel prize with his supposed drag queen boyfriend; since emotional trauma inspired by Bradley’s troubled romance with a male pretending to be a female, is what supposedly propelled Bradley on to this peace prize worthy act.

    As if nihilist morons with addictions to strippers, and who sell out their country for a Soviet stipend weren’t enough for US security, this sniveling pervert manages to do them one better. Inspired by an even more ridiculous and contemptible obsession, he winds up nominated for the Nobel prize.

    If he wins he’ll be able to afford all of the Lady Gaga posters his prison cell can hold.

    Or maybe not:

    “I wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much,” he wrote, “if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me plastered all over the world press.”


    Yeah, he doesn’t mind dying for his treason, he merely objects to the damage it might to to his reputation, what with his image being plastered all over the place …

    As for the Norseveggiens? Well, after their vectoring along a line that led through the likes of Carter and Arafat and Obama, what else could have been expected of the Nobel committee?

  3. I wouldn’t worry overmuch. Anyone can be nominated … Rush Limbaugh was nominated once, FWIW. I’m sure that sent progressives into a tizzy …

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