Thorbjorn Jagland, of the Nobel Committee, this morning, on why they selected President Obama to win the Nobel Peace Prize:
He rejected the notion that Obama had been recognized prematurely for his efforts and said the committee wanted to promote the president just it had Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 in his efforts to open up the Soviet Union.
I somewhat understand they're motivation behind this decision - when Gorbachev became the premier of the Soviet Union there was real hope that the Cold War would finally end, and end peacefully. There as a palpable change in attitude among the -
- hey, wait a second - after Gorbachev, the Soviet Union collapsed! Aieeee!