President Obama won for 'de-emphasizing defense,' says Inhofe

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting "multinational cooperation" and "de-emphasizing defense"

In an interview with The Oklahoman, he said that the cancellation of projects such as the F-22 Joint Strike Fighter, the missile defense system in Eastern Europe and the Army Future Combat Systems helped him earn esteem with the Nobel Committee.

But they did not help Inhofe's impression of the president.

"Those are all [cuts] that really bothered me,'' Inhofe, a conservative member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told the paper.

He also claimed the president's forthcoming decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan, per commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request, could be affected by the prize.

"If he genuinely was on the fence, and now he gets this prize, it could lead him to reject the feelings of the military commanders," Inhofe said.

In awarding him the prize, the Nobel Committee cited Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."