Russian president trolls Obama, entire United States with NYT op-ed

posted at 10:01 pm on September 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And there it is. The cherry on top of this foreign-policy fustercluck sundae. He probably could have captured the proffered sentiment just by making a Vine of himself blowing a raspberry and saved himself a lot of trouble, no?

Here’s a highlight in which he personally trolls President Obama:

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

He’s really going for that knife-twist:

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

Oh, and here’s the real key bit in which he baits the entire United States of America:

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

Just let that wash over you, America. The president of the United States just willfully, almost gratefully, accepted the (very sketchy) lifeline offered to him by American’s “number one geopolitical foe” who fights “every cause for the world’s worst actors” (hahaha, Romney. So stupid.), and Putin is throwing Russia’s strategic victory in securing further regional power back in Obama’s face. That’s gonna’ leave a mark.

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What about this throw-away paragraph, getting scant attention in the mainstream news:

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

bobcalco on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Nuts! Screw you, Poot! Go to any street corner in your lousy country and ask John Q if they would rather live there or in the USA. Of course, they will say Mother Russia cuz they don’t want to share a shack in Siberia. Don’t tick us off too bad or we’ll elect someone next time that will revert to outspend(if we still have any real money), or come on over here and try something. We still have enough of what we need to defend our country, you puissant little twerp with your fake photos showing those sagging pecs and flabby middle. You want to get up close and personal with us after trashing the wannabe, fine, we’re ready and willing.

Kissmygrits on September 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

For the first time, Michelle is ashamed of her nation…again.

Don L on September 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Zomcon JEM on September 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

We agree, but I prefaced my comments as we are no longer….and gave reasons.
Is there one conservative that doesn’t believe that we have strayed far from our heritage, morally and culturally, as well as politically and legally? If the answer is that we haven’t changed badly and for the worse, then why are we fussing about the left having fundamentally changed all that?

Thus rests my position.

Don L on September 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

O-dunce has a much harder time working his will against real opponents who do not fear the NSA, IRS, EPA, FCC, FBI, CIA,DOJ, etc! The limp wristed, pasty faced, repubs fold like a tent under the assault of O-Dumbo’s radical agenda! I agree that world leaders should not be subject to O’s agenda i.e. gay marriage, abortion, diversity, affirmative action, black reparations. black liberation theology, Jihad,…all touted as American exceptionalism! Why would other countries buy it when he can’t sell it at home without the use of jack booted federal alphabet thugs??! The world has figgured out what 50%? of America already knows!

Marco on September 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I read the entire op-ed at NYT.

Although Putin and russia are somewhat self serving-they need syria bases-he is absolutely correct about one thing.

The rebels are NOT fighting for democracy. they are fighting so they can be in charge and rule the country with their rules.

we should not get involved because if the rebels win-like in egypt-they will just want their brand of ruling.

gerrym51 on September 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Just a few short years ago this is EXACTLY the type of Op-ed that the French would have penned.

Clearly, the Russians currently have the ONLY PROFESSIONAL political negotiators in office!

Freddy on September 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Putin has cojones the size of basketballs to be lecturing an American president on anything except ice hockey. I can just hear Reagan, with full aw-shucks mode engaged, saying something to the effect of,

Well, you know PM Putin, when he criticizes American exceptionalism, he doesn’t understand what it means. It doesn’t mean that Americans are superior people, which is what he apparently thinks. American exceptionalism refers to the fact that America is singular, in that we are the only country that has a Bill of Rights that protects, in writing and in specific terms, the rights of the individual from the depredations of the government. That is not something we would expect PM Putin to be familiar with, so of course we forgive him for his misconception.


Lord I miss Reagan sometimes.

smellthecoffee on September 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Why can’t we offer Putin the job as Speaker of the House?

Or give him Mitch McConnell’s job.

Putin Fights.

HondaV65 on September 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM