John Ransom

The culprit always returns to the scene of the crime.

That’s why Obama headed to Sweden to um, well…I guess it’s kind of a cross between a layover and a wartime pep-rally for him.

“President Obama is in Sweden on Wednesday,” reports USAToday, “preparing for a global summit and seeking support for a military strike on Syria…. The Sweden trip is a late addition to the president's schedule. The president had planned to fly to Moscow for a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but canceled that meeting after a string of disputes between the two nations that has included Syria.”

And of course like everyone else does, I blame Sweden for this Syrian mess.

"Sweden doesn't want a military attack... I don't believe that is the solution to the conflict," Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told Swedish public broadcaster SVT in an interview over the weekend according to CNN.

Then why the heck did you give Obama the Nobel Peace Prize?

That was just begging for trouble.

Obama’s taken military action against more sovereign states on the back of that Nobel prize than Stalin did on the back of a triumphant Red Army-- in all of 1945.

This is kind of like when the Bronco’s GM John Elway complained that QB Tim Tebow was his starter.

Um, you put him there, John.

Okay, so technically Sweden didn’t actually award Obama a peace prize.

The peace prize is actually the work of a five-person committee appointed by the legislature in Norway.

But come on: Norway, Sweden, Denmark? That’s like differentiating between Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

What happened to the good old days when the Norsemen were expected to pillage and rob?

A Scandinavian War Prize would make a lot of sense.

But of course if they gave one of those to Obama they’d be wrong there too.

So far Obama’s gone oh-for-three in wars. 0-for-4 if you count Pakistan, which of course I do.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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