They just announced it: President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” We’re in two wars, one of which Obama wants to raise troop levels. One can argue that by improving America’s standing in the world, he will foster peaceful acts.

But those are all still to be seen in the future. Obama has been President for less than 9 months. What has he done so far? The Committee cited his outreach to the Muslim world and his attempts to limit nuclear proliferation. Since when do “outreach” and attempts necessitate the Nobel Peace Prize. Perhaps Obama’s efforts will do great things for the world. But it’s way to early to reward efforts.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

“Hope for a better future”?!?!?!? Did they reward him for a successful Presidential campaign?