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.