“Pssst. Hey BOY! Here’s $1.4 million, give or take a few, if you pull the US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq!”
And it might even be unconstitutional for Obama to accept the prize. Some have argued that it violates Article II, Section 9:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State [emphasis added].”
The Nobel Prize Committee is not the King, Prince or country of Norway. However, the Committee of five which decides to whom to award the prize is selected by the Norwegian legislative body:
From Nobelprize.org — “Since the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, the Peace Prize has, in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s will, been awarded by a committee of five, appointed by the Storting (the Norwegian Parliamant), but without the committee being formally responsible to the Storting. According to rules laid down by the Storting, election to the committee was to be for a six-year term, and members could be re-elected. The committee’s composition should reflect the relative strengths of the political parties in the Storting, but the committee has elected its own chairman and deputy chairman.”
Surely, a country cannot do indirectly what the Constitution forbids it to do directly, to give a bribe “Prize”–especially one of $1.4 million–to our President.
Many have already noted how this could affect Obama’s choice of the future of U.S. foreign policy: He could feel constrained to do what is not in the best interests of the United States because he wants to “earn” his $1.4 million. Imagine the outrage if George W. Bush had won a $1.4 million “prize” that was awarded by a “Committee” of five “selected” by the King of Saudi Arabia.