Skip to comments.McCain tells Russian people 'Putin rules for himself' in Pravda op-ed
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 Putins 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 doesnt believe in these values because he doesnt believe in you, McCain writes. He doesnt believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies. Or, at least, he doesnt believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence."
McCain also addresses Putins 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 Putins allegiance to Assad is hurting Russias international stature.
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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?
Ooh, tough guy , but how about showing that against Obama in 2008 and now. Afraid because he is 1/2 Black?
Hey, John! I want one of those, too! Can you help us?
No kidding! He wants freedom and prosperity for the Russians. He wanted Obama for us!
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!
Versus the completely selfless motives of our senators. /s
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.
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.
What do you find on the Russian border?
No gay pride marches in the Russian army.
A flat tax, no capital gains tax.
Who is the communist?
This is actually a quite good description of America under the Obama regime.
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.
This coming from a man who demanded that Egypt re-instates in power the Muslim Brotherhood! You couldn't make this stuff up!
Dear Russians, Sorry about that. We don’t know how our crazy uncle gets himself out of the attic sometimes. Sincerely, Americans
gawd, is mccain a child? So petty
>>>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.
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.
“If thats 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.
"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.
The US national debt is 17 trillion dollars.
How many hubcaps will Putin have to steal to keep up?
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.
There are no gay pride marches in the Russian army.
There will be no gay pride marches at the Olympics.
McCain is butt hurt.
Throwing Linda a bone? Doh!
forgiven. I’ve sometimes made the same mistake.
“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?
Those Russians are just going to love you mcdickhead.
“I know you are but what am I” diplomacy.
Some day McCain will graduate to the first grade.
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.
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...
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.
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.
F' em all.
Maybe, but Putin is still better than Obama.
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!
Why don’t you inform the AMERICAN voters, that OBAMA ONLY RULES FOR HIMSELF!?!?!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
But he’s anti-homo!
I won’t do your work for you...look it up your self. Try paying attention next time!
I think it’s less that Putin has a fan club and more that Obama is Just. That. Bad.
How do you say “STFU” in po russki?
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