By John W. Lillpop
As America’s downward spiral and waning world influence continues unabated, the utter incompetence of the Obama Administration is providing unprecedented opportunities for our enemies to shine in matters once thought to be the exclusive province of the United States.
The most recent example involves the science/art of peace making, considered a natural strength for America because of the Nobel Peace Prize curiously awarded to Barack Obama in 2009.
After five plus years of Obama goofs and incompetence, a new player on the international scene threatens to overtake the US as THE world’s preeminent Peace advocate.
As reported at the reference, Vladimir Putin and the Russians are on the prowl for a Nobel Peace Prize, especially now that Obama’s true colors paint him as a certified war-monger, unworthy of any thing Nobel, or even noble:
In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes.
The announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of "every single bit" of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.
Kerry added that he thought Assad "isn't about to do it," but Lavrov, who just wrapped a round of talks in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, said that Moscow would try to convince the Syrians.
"If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus," Lavrov said.
"We are calling on the Syrian leadership to not only agree on placing chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also on its subsequent destruction and fully joining the treaty on prohibition of chemical weapons," he said.
Lavrov said that he has already handed over the proposal to al-Moallem and expects a "quick, and, hopefully, positive answer."
His statement followed media reports alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who discussed Syria with President Barack Obama during the group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last week, sought to negotiate a deal that would have Assad hand over control of chemical weapons.
The Russian move comes as Obama, who has blamed Assad for killing hundreds of his own people in a chemical attack last month, is pressing for a limited strike against the Syrian government. It has denied launching the attack, insisting along with its ally Russia that the attack was launched by the rebels to drag the U.S. into war.
Lavrov and al-Moallem said after their talks that U.N. chemical weapons experts should complete their probe and present their findings to the U.N. Security Council.
Al-Moallem said his government was ready to host the U.N. team, and insisted that Syria is ready to use all channels to convince the Americans that it wasn't behind the attack.
He added that Syria was ready for "full cooperation with Russia to remove any pretext for aggression."
Meanwhile, back home Barack Obama continues to make the case for war, war, and more war!
Question: Would it be possible to transfer Obama’s Peace Prize to Putin…. ASAP?