After the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of Libyan rebels, one Republican legislator wondered Friday whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Prize he won in 2009.
"Well, I'm trying to see what the new criteria is for getting a Nobel Peace Prize. Remember they gave it to President Obama right when he took office," Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) said on Fox Business Network. "And right now, I mean when you look at the, amount of people he has killed worldwide, you think to yourself, wow, what do they give it for? Maybe a new set of criteria. I don't know, it amazes me as well."
Obama authorized U.S. forces to join a multilateral coalition to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi military forces earlier this year.
Gadhafi's death marks the latest foreign policy success for the Obama administration. Obama has also been credited for the killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALS on a compound where the al Qaeda leader had been hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Obama administration has also been successful in killing a number of other high level terrorists.
The Nobel Committee said Obama won the 2009 award for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."