The Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to award the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama merely demonstrates the continued politicization of the once noble award. The original intent of this prize--ironically established by the inventor of Dynamite--was to reward the efforts of those who sought to encourage fraternity among nations and the reduction of standing armies. Unfortunately, as time has passed the Nobel Committee has lost sight of this objective. Obama is yet another unqualified recipient of an award that no longer represents is original purpose. What was once a respected accomplishment has been hijacked to promote a radical Leftist agenda.