Credits Russian president for averting “unwanted and unwarranted military action” in Syria
Sept. 13, 2013
A new petition on the White House’s “We the People” petition submission site seeks to have President Obama hand over his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to Russian president Vladimir Putin, given the former KGB agent’s work in bringing talks over a potential U.S. military assault on Syria to a halt.
The full text of the petition, which is available here, states:
Where as Mr. Obama made a sincere commitment to starting a war with Syria, engaging our military in unwanted conflict, and doing so without the support of his people we resolve that Mr. Obama should deliver the Nobel Peace prize given to him in 2009 to a man of Peace, the President of Russia, Mr. Putin. Where as Mr. Putin enabled the United States to avoid an unwanted and unwarranted military action he has brought us to the “brink” of peace.
The petition, started two days ago, has more than 100 signatures, but needs over 100,000 within 30 days to necessitate a response from the White House.
The petition’s creation follows an op-ed in Fox News penned by K.T. McFarland in which she suggested, given his part in averting certain war, “the world knows that Vladimir Putin is the one who really deserves that Nobel Peace Prize.”
Last week, Putin jumped to take advantage of an off-the-cuff remark made by Secretary of State John Kerry intimating the U.S. would reconsider a Syrian attack if the Middle East country agreed to hand over its alleged chemical weapons arsenal to the international community.
Putin is now being heralded for his action and decisiveness in getting Syria to agree to the proposal, which combined with an intense amount of backlash from lawmakers and the American public, effectively put a stop to the Obama administration’s drive to go to war.
The White House increased their threshold limit from requiring 20,000 signatures to 100,000 early this year after over 30 states successfully petitioned to secede from the continental United States, in addition to an even more successful campaign to deport Piers Morgan for using his platform on national TV to subvert the U.S. Constitution and attack the Second Amendment.