Fox News accuses Obama of delaying troop deployment to win Nobel Peace Prize
Fox News personalities have reacted to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize by accusing Obama of -- in the words of Fox News contributor Dick Morris -- "delaying the decision to commit troops to Afghanistan" in order to "win this prize." Responding to initial reports that Obama was awarded the peace prize, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said he was "wondering" whether the Nobel charter "has anything to do with the delay of the deployment of 40,000 troops in Afghanistan," adding, "If you add forces to a war, you can't win."
Fox News personalities accuse Obama of withholding troops to secure Nobel Peace Prize
Morris: Obama "delaying the decision to commit troops to Afghanistan ... because he wanted this prize." During an appearance on the October 12 edition of Hannity, Morris stated, "I think the reason that Obama was delaying the decision to commit troops to Afghanistan is because he wanted this prize, and he probably knew he was nominated for it, he knew roughly when the decision is being made, and I don't think he's going to send troops until after that award is safely in his pocket." [Fox News' Hannity, 10/12/09 ]
Kilmeade: "I'm wondering, does [the Nobel Peace Prize charter] have anything to do with the delay of the deployment of 40,000 troops in Afghanistan?" Responding to initial reports that Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Kilmeade stated, "I'm looking at the charter -- and we're just getting this now -- but this guy, Alfred Nobel, stipulated the peace prize should go to the person who will have done the most or the best work of the fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses. I'm wondering, does that have anything to do with the delay of the deployment of 40,000 troops in Afghanistan, because that was his big postulization over the last week or so. 'Should I put more troops in?' " Kilmeade went on to say, "If you add forces to a war, you can't win." [Fox News' Fox & Friends, 10/9/09 ]