You have to wonder what misguided soul started the "push" to nominate President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. It makes no sense, any way you look at it.

The president has an outside chance to earn the prize if he accomplishes anything he's set out to do in international diplomacy: a peace agreement in Korea, a lasting peace in the Middle East, a solution for Syria, something besides letting Assad roll over more territory and have more people to gas.

But so far, he's come up empty handed. Syria, Israel, the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan are no closer to peace than they were a year and a half ago. In Korea, the promised summit is off, and there's no sign yet of success on denuclearization, peace talks or an agreement to end the legally still-active war. …

As we've seen over the last 70 years, bringing peace to any part of the Middle East is not easy. We've been able to start several wars there, even declare victory, but we've never been able to establish peace. Neither has anyone else, for that matter.

… The hatred, the division, the ugliness goes back to the way the Zionists wrestled most of Palestine away from the inhabitants, forcing thousands out of their homes and into camps.

No neighboring country wanted these refugees, so they stayed in the camps.

Hatred festered. …

Syria? As long as Assad and his Russian backers are winning, there'll be no peace in this proxy war …

Korea? As we've seen time and time again, presidents with the best of intentions slip and slide through peace efforts, here as well as elsewhere. Just because Trump has tried does not mean he'll succeed. …

Perhaps he still has a chance. But nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize based on what he's said he'll do?

What, exactly, has he done? A few talks, a cancelled summit, a hope and a prayer?

We're not sure what Gov. Jeff Colyer was thinking about; maybe a nice federal job for when he retires from the Statehouse. But at this stage of the game, we shouldn't even be talking about a prize.

We should be hoping for success, yes, but prizes can wait.

— The Oberlin Herald