With U.S. at war, Obama honored for peace His Nobel moment on Thursday comes at an awkward time WASHINGTON - He's the Nobel Peace Prize winner who just ordered 30,000 more troops to war. He's the laureate who says he doesn't deserve the award. He's not quite 11 months on the job and already in the company of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. This is President Barack Obama's Nobel moment, an immense honor shadowed by awkward timing. ... The memory is only days' old of Obama's address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he told cadets and the rest of the world that he was escalating the war in Afghanistan so he could stabilize it and then try to end it. Under his watch, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has grown from 34,000 to around 70,000, and now, is on its way to about 100,000. All that is the backdrop for the imagery the world is about see: an American president to be toasted for peace, awarded a storied Nobel medal, treated to a torch-lit procession and feted at a five-course banquet filled with people in tuxedos and gowns. With U.S. at war, Obama honored for peace - White House- msnbc.com what peace?