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Time to face the facts: Does President Bush deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

Everyone laughed when George W. Bush wanted to transform the Middle East. But now that Iraq and Iran are reconciled, maybe he deserves some credit.

This picture taken on December 10, 2010
This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony began in Oslo Friday without guest of honour Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident who was represented by an empty chair at the event. Other Chinese dissidents, ambassadors from a number of countries, Norway's king and queen and other dignitaries were present as the ceremony opened in a flower-decked Oslo city hall. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX - Berit Roald (Photo credit should read BERIT ROALD/AFP/Getty Images)

Remember how everyone laughed when George W. Bush set out to transform the Middle East?

Well, he did. The actions of the United States have successfully bolstered the influence of Iran over the region. Now Iraq and Iran, who in the 1980s fought a long and bitter war, are reconciled!


Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at @tomricks1
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