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McCain tells Russian people 'Putin rules for himself' in Pravda op-ed
Fox News ^ | September 19, 2013

Posted on 09/19/2013 1:29:05 AM PDT by cunning_fish

Senate Republican John McCain, one of the most vocal advocates for American military intervention in the crisis in Syria, is firing back after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times last week, in which the Russian chastised Americans for considering a military strike in Syria and slammed the notion of American exceptionalism.

In an op-ed submitted to the Russian newspaper Pravda, McCain tells the Russian people that Putin "rules for himself, not you." The piece was posted on the paper's website, Pravda.ru, shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Moscow time.

He also says that although he has been characterized in the Russian media as “anti-Russian” over the years, he believes he is more pro-Russian than the Putin regime, which he says “misrules” its people.

McCain tells Russian citizens they deserve to live in a society where they can live freely and in accordance with the “inalienable rights” enjoyed by Americans under the Constitution.

“President Putin doesn’t believe in these values because he doesn’t believe in you,” McCain writes. “He doesn’t believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies. Or, at least, he doesn’t believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence."

McCain also addresses Putin’s alliance with Syrian President BasharAssad, saying Russians deserve a leader who will not fight on the side of a brutal dictator who carried out a chemical weapons attack against his own people. He says Putin’s allegiance to Assad is hurting Russia’s international stature.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: collaborator; idiot; mccain; nincompoop; putin; whatanidiot
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1 posted on 09/19/2013 1:29:05 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

So “Putin rules for himself.”

If that’s the case, Mr. McCain, how exactly does that differentiate Russia under the rule of Putin from America under the rule of Obama?


2 posted on 09/19/2013 1:43:21 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: cunning_fish

Ooh, tough guy , but how about showing that against Obama in 2008 and now. Afraid because he is 1/2 Black?


3 posted on 09/19/2013 1:52:35 AM PDT by SMGFan (SMG is back on TV on "The Crazy Ones" this Fall on CBS)
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To: John Valentine
“When I criticize your government, it is not because I am anti-Russian,” he writes. “It is because I believe you deserve a government that believes in you and answers to you. And, I long for the day when you have it.”

Hey, John! I want one of those, too! Can you help us?

4 posted on 09/19/2013 1:53:11 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: John Valentine
Arg! Meant that in reply to the original post!
5 posted on 09/19/2013 1:54:41 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: SMGFan
Ooh, tough guy , but how about showing that against Obama in 2008...?

No kidding! He wants freedom and prosperity for the Russians. He wanted Obama for us!

6 posted on 09/19/2013 1:58:57 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: cunning_fish

I see much projection here.

McCain attempted to repress political speech with McCain/Feingold. McCain was involved in corruption in the Keating 5. Mccain ally’s himself with terrorists in the Muslim Brotherhood and wants to topple MidEast govts using the US military...that’s violence.

Its a sad day when a Russian politician has more credibility than an US politician like Mccain!


7 posted on 09/19/2013 2:04:01 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: cunning_fish

Versus the completely selfless motives of our senators. /s


8 posted on 09/19/2013 2:11:28 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: cunning_fish
"He says Putin’s allegiance to Assad is hurting Russia’s international stature."

It may be hurting Russia's international stature, but President for Live Putin's got a real fan club here on FreeRepublic. Strangely, his sins as a KGB man and supporter of Communism and the Gulag are forgiven; he can arm the enemies of peace and Security for the money he can get from it, and be called a staunch enemy of al Qaeda. In the case of Assad, he was arming al Qaeda to kill Americans just a couple of years ago. Putin, President for Life, can sell advanced weapons to the mad mullahs in Iran, and still be praised by some as a great Christian without any cognitive disonance.

9 posted on 09/19/2013 2:14:29 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Liberal women now play the vagina card to win their arguments.)
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To: cunning_fish

I’m glad that McCain is a man of the people and not some self serving piece of crap. McCain and 0bama are watching out for the middle class to make sure they cease to exist.


10 posted on 09/19/2013 2:15:27 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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11 posted on 09/19/2013 2:19:35 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: elhombrelibre
It may be hurting Russia's international stature, but President for Live Putin's got a real fan club here on FreeRepublic.

What do you find on the Russian border?

Russian soldiers.

No gay pride marches in the Russian army.

A flat tax, no capital gains tax.

Who is the communist?

12 posted on 09/19/2013 2:21:50 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: cunning_fish
They don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption.

This is actually a quite good description of America under the Obama regime.

13 posted on 09/19/2013 2:28:21 AM PDT by Witch-king of Angmar
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To: cunning_fish

Even having enjoyed my eight years in post Communist central Europe,I never dreamed that I would have far more respect for the leader of Russia then I do our own, Barky Obumbo.
Putin is a real man. Obumbo is, at best, a pathetic man-child.


14 posted on 09/19/2013 2:29:39 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: cunning_fish
How has he strengthened Russia's international stature? By allying Russia with some of the world's most offensive and threatening tyrannies. By supporting a Syrian regime that is murdering tens of thousands of its own people to remain in power and by blocking the United Nations from even condemning its atrocities. By refusing to consider the massacre of innocents, the plight of millions of refugees, the growing prospect of a conflagration that engulfs other countries in its flames an appropriate subject for the world's attention. He is not enhancing Russia's global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.

This coming from a man who demanded that Egypt re-instates in power the Muslim Brotherhood! You couldn't make this stuff up!

15 posted on 09/19/2013 2:30:53 AM PDT by Witch-king of Angmar
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To: cunning_fish

Dear Russians, Sorry about that. We don’t know how our crazy uncle gets himself out of the attic sometimes. Sincerely, Americans


16 posted on 09/19/2013 2:42:21 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: cunning_fish

gawd, is mccain a child? So petty


17 posted on 09/19/2013 2:43:11 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: elhombrelibre

>>>Strangely, his sins as a KGB man and supporter of Communism and the Gulag are forgiven<<<<

Last time I’ve check, Gulag was dismantled in a period of 1953-1956 and about 90% of Soviet inmate population released at the time.


18 posted on 09/19/2013 3:06:21 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: elhombrelibre

19 posted on 09/19/2013 3:19:36 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: cunning_fish
Just the state of California has more people in prison than any other country in the world.
20 posted on 09/19/2013 3:20:53 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: cunning_fish

The irony is that a hit-piece critical of Putin can be published in Russia whereas the MSM in the U.S. has forbidden any negative speech against homobama.


21 posted on 09/19/2013 3:25:55 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: John Valentine

“If that’s the case, Mr. McCain, how exactly does that differentiate Russia under the rule of Putin from America under the rule of Obama?”

Putin went from middle class to the richest man in Europe. Obama went from having roughly $2 million to $12 million in five years as presdient. When it comes to cleptocracy Putin is to Obama like Al Capon is to somebody stealing hubcaps.


22 posted on 09/19/2013 3:33:11 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: cunning_fish
Clicking through to the full screed, there is this nugget.

"They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn. They throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin's rule."

McCain throws this in despite the fact that the vast majority of Russians support laws outlawing homosexual proselytizing of minors. And the Patriarch of Moscow pled for mercy for Pussy Riot.

Putin again knew what he was doing. He gave Crazy John enough rope.

23 posted on 09/19/2013 3:34:14 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Gen.Blather
Putin is to Obama like Al Capon is to somebody stealing hubcaps.

The US national debt is 17 trillion dollars.

How many hubcaps will Putin have to steal to keep up?

24 posted on 09/19/2013 3:35:59 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: BradyLS

Hey John: That’s what we want here, but you aren’t listening.

You and your boy Lindsey are running off at the mouth constantly against our country.


25 posted on 09/19/2013 3:37:47 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: don-o

There are no gay pride marches in the Russian army.

There will be no gay pride marches at the Olympics.

McCain is butt hurt.


26 posted on 09/19/2013 3:37:53 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Throwing Linda a bone? Doh!


27 posted on 09/19/2013 3:41:00 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: BradyLS

forgiven. I’ve sometimes made the same mistake.


28 posted on 09/19/2013 3:47:18 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

“The US national debt is 17 trillion dollars. How many hubcaps will Putin have to steal to keep up?”

I don’t know how to post exponentials, however, I was just thinking of the personal wealth. But, then, I didn’t consider all of the vacations. If Obama were a citizen, would be considered income by the IRS. At roughly just shy of a billion, he might be up there with Putin. I don’t know what the IRS considers them when the taxpayers give goods and services to non-citizens. Foreign aide?


29 posted on 09/19/2013 3:50:46 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

McKeating Five?


30 posted on 09/19/2013 3:54:38 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: cunning_fish

Those Russians are just going to love you mcdickhead.


31 posted on 09/19/2013 4:00:21 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cunning_fish

“I know you are but what am I” diplomacy.

Some day McCain will graduate to the first grade.


32 posted on 09/19/2013 4:03:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

“McKeating Five?”

Ah, yes. I call Senators who do this sort of thing “Pocket Senators.” Things that send others, like Martha Stewart and Leona Helmsley, to jail are legal for Senators. (I think technically MS served for lying, but politicians do that so frequently it’s expected.) A CEO can say in a closed hearing that his company is going to buy Acme and Acme’s stock will go up 60%. If you or I used that information to buy Acme’s stock we’d be guilty of insider trading. But if the Senators do it, it’s legal. I’ve seen studies of Congress member’s stock holding and they look like Hillary Clinton’s pork trading futures. All gains. No losses. What are the odds?

Government has always been a cleptocracy. I thought it was trending better and better, but recently they have all fallen off the ethics wagon.

A friend tells me, “I think all politicians should serve two terms. One in office and one in prison.” I agree. I feel about McCain the same way I feel about Obama. Bad for the country. Time to replace.


33 posted on 09/19/2013 4:04:38 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
I am beginning to think that having a lesbian daughter and a gay best friend have warped what little brain the NVA left in mcdrooler's head.
34 posted on 09/19/2013 4:05:17 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

McCain actually campaigns for Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood after 35 million Egyptians took to the streets and threw Morsi out.

Talk about an ass clown...


35 posted on 09/19/2013 4:07:33 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: cunning_fish
McCain's (or whoever wrote it for him) piece is actually a bit worse than I'd expected it to be, and my expectations were not high. Oh, sure, it was fun for me to substitute "Obama" for Putin" and find the piece to make about as much sense, but there's not a lot of entertainment value in it. If I had a stronger stomach, maybe I could have gotten a few more laughs from the esteemed Senator wrapping himself in the mantle of our freedoms and our Constitution, given his sorry-assed history of tossing either over the side to suit his own needs.

Well, he's on record in Pravda as being against their dictator while carrying the water for America's dictator, so he's still on the payroll, but this was not exactly the machine's best effort.

Mr. niteowl77

36 posted on 09/19/2013 4:09:47 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("There's nothing a vulture hates more than biting into a glass eye.")
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To: cunning_fish

This was all for domestic consumption back home. With his popularity plummeting, it makes it difficult for him to vote for Obama’s radical agenda. The Tea Party is killing him in AZ. He wants to sound conservative—McCain is a fraud.


37 posted on 09/19/2013 4:15:33 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Absolutely!


38 posted on 09/19/2013 4:15:51 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cunning_fish
Obama rules for himself, and McCain's ego is just as big as both Obama and Putin.....combined.

F' em all.

39 posted on 09/19/2013 4:21:17 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: elhombrelibre

Maybe, but Putin is still better than Obama.


40 posted on 09/19/2013 4:52:12 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: cunning_fish

McCain had better be careful. Manyu prominent press or political officials and others have gotten the polonium or ricin “treatment” or have been in “car accidents” for being uberly publically critical of Putin. McCain going directly to the Russian people won’t play well and Putin or his security folks may respond!


41 posted on 09/19/2013 5:04:33 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: cunning_fish

Hey JOHN!

Why don’t you inform the AMERICAN voters, that OBAMA ONLY RULES FOR HIMSELF!?!?!


42 posted on 09/19/2013 5:32:07 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: mdmathis6

“Manyu prominent press or political officials and others have gotten the polonium or ricin “treatment” or have been in “car accidents” for being uberly publically critical of Putin.”

Please list links proving that. Thanks.


43 posted on 09/19/2013 5:33:34 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: elhombrelibre
Strangely, his sins as a KGB man and supporter of Communism and the Gulag are forgiven; he can arm the enemies of peace and Security for the money he can get from it, and be called a staunch enemy of al Qaeda

Putin doesn't support Communism but he understands its corrosive nature from first hand experience. In fact he's been a supporter of free market capitalism for a long time (despite the klepto-capitalist origins of Russia's current system), and has made several significant speeches to that effect on the international stage.

His rhetoric on economics is largely overlooked by the political and chattering classes in the United States, primarily because Putin accurately and unflinchingly lays the blame for the 2008 world financial crisis at the feet of the corrupt and broken American banking/political system, of which "leaders" like McCain and Obama are a mediocre byproduct.

44 posted on 09/19/2013 5:45:49 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck

Yes, there is something very special about being a former communist KGB thug that gives one unique insights into the commie system and the capitalist one. As an apologia for President for Life Putin, yours is unique.


45 posted on 09/19/2013 5:48:36 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Liberal women now play the vagina card to win their arguments.)
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To: cunning_fish

What the hell planet does McLaim live on?... our rights are constantly under attack by the president HE said would be a good president, if elected, back in the 08 election. Plus it took him over a week to write this Op Ed... took Putin less than 24 hrs to get his submitted at the NYT.


46 posted on 09/19/2013 5:51:44 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: elhombrelibre

But he’s anti-homo!


47 posted on 09/19/2013 6:31:08 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: sergeantdave

I won’t do your work for you...look it up your self. Try paying attention next time!


48 posted on 09/19/2013 8:11:00 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: elhombrelibre

I think it’s less that Putin has a fan club and more that Obama is Just. That. Bad.


49 posted on 09/19/2013 10:11:16 AM PDT by Luircin
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To: cunning_fish

How do you say “STFU” in po russki?


50 posted on 09/19/2013 10:12:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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