Just to note the irony that US President Obama is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize today only a few days after committing to sending 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. If he is as great as so many would have us believe, he should have listened to the advice of others and politely declined what used to be seen as an honour. I wrote about this at greater length in October, but it still appalls me that the Nobel Committee could have sunk so low. I used to believe that the Nobel Prize meant something valuable. It has been hugely tarnished by this serious error of judgement.