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Knoller Unplugged: Obama Defends Peace Prize

"It sounded like President Obama was making the case that in fact war is very good for many things," CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller said of the president's Nobel Prize speech on "Washington Unplugged" Thursday. "That sometimes in order to get peace, you have to go to war."

It was obvious that the president was "aware of the apparent incongruity" of a war president receiving the peace prize, Knoller continued. "He did not back away from it. He defended it."

Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak, meanwhile, said while it was impressive to see a sitting U.S. President receive the prestigious award, he found the speech to be "unfocused" and "incoherent."

"It was given from a position of defensiveness," Mackowiak said. Watch the full program above.

"Washington Unplugged" appears live on each weekday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Click here to check out previous episodes.

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