Ras-Putin asks, "Why can't we all just get along?"

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an op-ed piece in the New York Times that all of us are created equally in the eyes of God. Doesn't it just make you want to puke?

Just so we're all on the same page, this is the same Vladimir Putin who spent 20 years in the KGB and was behind the invasion of Georgia and the conflict in Chechnya. This is the same Putin who supports dictators in North Korea and Syria, the same Putin who signed a law banning anything that “makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive” and refuses to suspend anti-gay laws for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Homosexuals take note: (In Russia) you have the right to be beaten.

Putin's a lucky guy. He enjoys America's freedom of the press as well as that freedom in Russia, of which he is in the unique position to take advantage.

To read Putin's remarks in the New York Times, click here.

I've been trying for over a week to process Mr. Putin's remarks in a cogent manner and I've come up empty. Diddly squat. Nada. Bubkes. The only thing I can think to say is that no rational person with even a modest sense of history could take that editorial seriously. I mean, seriously?

Make no mistake, though, Putin is no fool. He is a master strategist and has set himself up to be the good guy whichever way this thing with Syria goes. He waited patiently for events to unfold and he's engineered himself into a win-win situation. At best, he's a peacemaker who took the world back from the brink of increased violence in the Middle East. At worst, he's a failed peacemaker who gets to revel in a new boondoggle for America.

In an interesting turn of events, John McCain took on Putin in an online editorial in Pravda . For a change, I'm coming down on McCain's side, despite the licking he took both here and in Russia.

In pulling back the curtain on Mr. Putin, McCain exposes him as a ruthless tyrant who flaunts his power and disregards his constituency. It's a bit myopic and naive, but it's mostly true. Unfortunately for Mr McCain, he comes off as a bit of a windmill slayer and his words have fallen on deaf, Russian ears.  Unlike race-sensitive Americans, Russians tend to be defensive of their leaders, especially when attacked by foreigners.

As for his choice of medium, most Americans either haven't heard of Pravda or thought that it was an extinct publication. Or only remembered it from the movie, The Devil Wears Pravda.

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Filed under: Commentary, Current Events

Tags: McCain, Pravda, Putin

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