19 September 2013

McCain answers Putin—great stuff!

I love it—war with words rather than guns. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times laying out his views on international law and gently chiding Barack Obama for his "American exceptionalism." Now John McCain, Senator from Arizona, has answered Putin in kind—and in spades.

In the online version of Pravda, he laid into Putin, accusing him of running Russia like a tyrant while being the friend of tyrants. “I am not anti-Russian,” McCain insisted, “I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.” McCain made no attempt to justify American foreign policy, the focus of Putin's piece in the Times, but satisfied himself with trashing Putin—a message of heat rather than light.

The good senator may not have as wide an audience as Putin did. Pravda.ru is not the famous Pravda, former flagship publication of the Soviet Communist Party, just a website with a limited following, although there's a rumour his piece may go viral in Russia. In any case, read it for yourself here. Duke it out, boys.

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