All kidding aside, Friday's news that Israel and Sudan will establish diplomatic relations is just the latest international breakthrough arranged by President Donald J. Trump. The third such pact between the Jewish state and its Muslim neighbors since August 13 mocks the forecasts that Trump's election would trigger mushroom clouds.
"This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes," Hillary Clinton warned in Politico. "It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."
And now, Nobel Peace Prize nominations are landing in Trump's path like rose petals. Since last month, Trump has earned a stunning four such honors.
â€¢The first nomination rebuked Obama-Biden's lack of serious movement towards Balkan tranquility. Under Trump, this stasis yielded to a commercial-relations accord between Serbia and Kosovo.
Swedish parliamentarian Magnus Jacobsson lamented the late 1990s' sectarian carnage in the former Yugoslavia. "After the war, it has been difficult to find a way to reconcile," Jacobsson wrote in his September 1 nomination. "It is, therefore, incredibly gratifying to see that President Donald Trump and his administration, together with the governments of Kosovo and Serbia, have succeeded in negotiating an agreement aimed at normalizing economic relations." â€¢The second nomination recognized Trump's Abraham Accords. Even before Friday's Sudanese announcement, the peace treaty between Israel and the UAE was the first such pact in 26 years. The Israel/Bahrain compact then became the first such agreement in 29 days. Sudan's olive branch arrived six weeks later.
Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde foresaw this in his September 9 nomination: "As it is expected, other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity." â€¢For eight years, Obama-Biden used American sovereignty as a doormat — from Obama's rebarbative bowing before kings to his binding America to the Paris global-warming treaty — not after U.S. Senate ratification, but upon its approval by 54 foreign governments. Obama-Biden's dismissal of the U.S. as just another U.N. member was eclipsed by Trump's America First philosophy.
"President Trump has brought a refreshingly new approach to the quest for peace," four Australian law professors explained in their September 28 nomination, Trump's third. "Both in his campaign and in office, he has denounced the pursuit of what he terms â€˜unwinnable wars.' Accordingly, he is withdrawing American forces from across the world."
The scholars added: "In what will no doubt eventually be called the Trump Doctrine, his foreign policy has been based on restraint in military engagements, the rebuilding of American military power as a source of dissuasion against aggression, and the adoption of alternative and refreshing approaches to achieving peace."
Trump's fourth nomination arrived October 9. Finnish legislator Laura Huhtasaari praised the president's "endeavors to end the era of endless wars, construct peace by encouraging conflicting parties for dialogue and negotiations, as well as underpin internal cohesion and stability of his country."
"The role of President Trump as a mediator of the Abraham Accords, which potentially mark the dawn of a new Middle East, was indispensable," Huhtasaari continued. "It is hard to imagine a president of the United States from the last decades, or a current head of state, who would deserve more the Committee's recognition in 2021 than President Trump for his efforts to build peace in the world," she finished.
"The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump," Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News. Reflecting the stoic clarity for which Norwegians are admired, he added: "For example, Barack Obama did nothing."
President Trump is perfecting the art of the peace deal. As he demonstrates the concrete benefits of U.S. fortitude, he confirms that in foreign affairs, America is better off now than it was four years ago.