From the Washington Post:

President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials.

…The deployment of the support troops to Afghanistan brings the total increase approved by Obama to 34,000. The buildup has raised the number of U.S. troops deployed to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan above the peak during the Iraq “surge” that President George W. Bush ordered, officials said.

Oh, also: Guantanamo Bay is still open.

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?