The Huffington Post - The Princeton University professor and civil rights activist pointed to Obama's position as commander in chief of the armed services and the tension that the award places on the president. "It's gonna be hard to be a war president...I think it's very difficult for any head of an empire to be under the pressure of peace. 'Cause you're head of the largest military in the world, you got over a thousand military installments on the globe, you got ships in every sea. It's very difficult," West said.
Dr. West talked about how the peace prize might affect Obama's handling of torture. "It's going to be difficult to have a peace prize and not investigate folk who have been torturing other people," West said. Read more.