McCain slams Putin in Russian online media

posted at 9:21 am on September 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Well, someone has to answer for Vladimir Putin’s remarkably undiplomatic essay in the New York Times.  One good trolling deserves another, and do we think that Barack Obama would deliver the goods?  Instead, Senator John McCain blasts Putin in Pravda.ru, an online-only media outlet with no affiliation to the state-run Pravda newspaper, as a friend to tyrants and an enemy of his own people:

Senator John McCain on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, in a scathing retort to a New York Times editorial by Putin earlier this month.

In an editorial published on news website Pravda.ru, McCain criticized the Russian leader’s policies at home and in Syria, where Putin has repeatedly protected President Bashar al-Assad.

“(Putin) is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world,” wrote the senior senator from Arizona, who is also a leading Republican voice on military affairs.

What’s more, McCain continues, Putin wouldn’t dare allow his own people to write that about his rule:

When Pravda.ru editor, Dmitry Sudakov, offered to publish my commentary, he referred to me as “an active anti-Russian politician for many years.” I’m sure that isn’t the first time Russians have heard me characterized as their antagonist. Since my purpose here is to dispel falsehoods used by Russia’s rulers to perpetuate their power and excuse their corruption, let me begin with that untruth. I am not anti-Russian. I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today. …

A Russian citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered. President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values. They don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption.

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.

In fact, McCain spends more time talking about Putin’s attacks on Russians than he does about Russia’s foreign policies.  That hearkens back to American strategy during the Cold War, when we used the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe to broadcast a more balanced view of the West behind the Iron Curtain in an attempt to educate those trapped about the reality of their plight.  Those worked, too, but only as a sustained effort that gradually undermined the credibility of the regime.

One-off columns in Pravda.ru, whose Alexa rank among all .ru domains is 535, won’t have that much of an impact, at least not on its own.  By comparison, the New York Times ranks 35th in Alexa ranking of all US websites, and has a lot more secondary impact.  If this isn’t the Cold War, it’s at least the Troll War.  That’s better than a Cold War, but we seem to be going in that direction anyway.

Either way, it’s a great response. Too bad the White House didn’t have more to say.


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John, didn’t you get the memo? You are irrelevant!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on September 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Bark has nothing to say because he’s busy applying salve to the bruises left by Putin.

Bishop on September 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Well now I know where his daughter gets it from.

The Party really wonders why many of us stay home and in turn let the Dems win? Prime example. Keep tossing up crack addicts who are nothing but Blue dog liberals.

watertown on September 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

“Hi. I’m John McCain and I’ll say just about anything – even pathetically stupid things – to get myself some press coverage. Right now I’m pretending to be relevant in world affairs by saying something I hope you find clever about some guy who recently made me look ineffectual. I’m countering that with a sizzling attack to separate that man from his people. I’ve still got it, so keep me in office.”

ROCnPhilly on September 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I love that screen cap of ol’ Mac: “What do you mean I smell like asparagus pee?!”

Bishop on September 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Check out the link on Newsbusters with HIS former campaign chair on MSNBC calling Republicans opposed to Obamacare “two year old children running into traffic”.

Amazing she was hired by MSNBC.

Marcus on September 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Whatever.

BetseyRoss on September 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

If he would only slam Obama and the Left.

faraway on September 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Bark has nothing to say because he’s busy applying salve to the bruises left by Putin.

Bishop on September 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I can see odumbo getting up and bashing putin by saying “he spies and eavesdrops on his own people”. smart feller that obama.

VegasRick on September 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I can see odumbo getting up and bashing putin by saying “he spies and eavesdrops on his own people”. smart feller that obama.

VegasRick on September 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

“Putin uses agencies of his own federal government to punish his political enemies!”

-Barkocrite

Bishop on September 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

“Putin uses agencies of his own federal government to punish his political enemies!”

-Barkocrite

Bishop on September 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

“seems like he’s always on holiday, wrestling bears and eating dogmeat (tough).”

VegasRick on September 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Everything Juan McLame writes in this column could be said about the United States.

The guy was a songbird in Viet Nam, (also served: John Kerry), and constantly destroyed and squandered his own party’s future during GWB.

The comments in Pravda are pure gold though.

antisense on September 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

If he would only slam Obama and the Left.

faraway on September 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

LOL. As if. “My friends, you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.” — John McCain, 2008

AZCoyote on September 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Senator John McCain on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression,

Wow, that could be said of any Obama supporter too. But McCain loses four style points for using an online-only outlet.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

BTW
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Arrgg, matey!

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

McCain … blah … blah … blah …

Shut up, you stupid little hobbit.

Pork-Chop on September 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

“(Putin) is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world,”

The marxist who control Russia have been doing that since 1917.

rbj on September 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

wrestling bears and eating dogmeat (tough).

VegasRick on September 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Wrestling? No that’s just the thin-skinned rat and his spouse snuggling.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I deserve better John. Please retire now.

Hill60 on September 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

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.

You think this is a good response?

Pretty much the same law that was passed in Russia was proposed by the then conservative party in Great Britain in the early 90s… though they try to forget this.

There was an independent public opinion poll in Russia on Pussy Riot… they have 6% support.

I can’t take much more of this… Republican neo-connery is neo-trotskyism. Middle Americans who go along with this are shooting themselves in the head.

ninjapirate on September 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

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.

You think this is a good response?

Pretty much the same law that was passed in Russia was proposed by the then conservative party in Great Britain in the early 90s… though they try to forget this.

There was an independent public opinion poll in Russia on P***y Riot… they have 6% support.

I can’t take much more of this… Republican neo-connery is neo-trotskyism. Middle Americans who go along with this are shooting themselves in the head.

ninjapirate on September 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Nice try John, but we know you’re just covering your buttinski because you, once again, jumped off the maverick cliff with an enemy of freedom and somehow you think we won’t notice that you’re just trying to walk your foolishness back.

Don L on September 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

As I read this I wondered whether there was any self-awareness at all among our politicians. Notice how easily these charges can be applied closer to home. Physician, heal thyself.

A Russian American citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered. President Putin Obama and his associates do not believe in these values. They don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate (strike, at least for now) journalists who try to expose their corruption.

Harrell on September 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM

McCain and Putin are both literal fighters. They swagger. If McCain were 20 years younger, you could put both of them in a cage and they’d fight to the death. Sit them down at a table, they’d both sneer and snarl at each other. That’s what this is about. Clash of personalities.

Paul-Cincy on September 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

This is all Romney’s fault. It he had just shut up……

WryTrvllr on September 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

McCain is doing Obama’s job on this one.

rightConcept on September 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

There is a way to get rid of this. People in Arizona…call for a recall…we don’t want him representing anything anymore.

Carolynr on September 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Putin’s a Republican? Who knew?

PersonFromPorlock on September 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Senator John McCain on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, in a scathing retort to a

Hah, obama is with Assad now too, by implication, with the UN deal.

In an editorial published on news website Pravda.ru, McCain criticized the Russian leader’s policies at home and in Syria, where Putin has repeatedly protected President Bashar al-Assad.

So does obama.

(Putin) is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world,” wrote the senior senator from Arizona, who is also a leading Republican voice on military affairs.

The very same can be said about obama.

McCain should go home. He is shaming his land, his party and his parents and grandparents. He is an old traitorous fool.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

McCain deserves high praise and commendation for his excellent and spot on article. His article is reminiscent of the Reagan era and many years overdue. It is time to stop appeasing tyrants like Putin. Unfortunately, this had to come from McCain and not Obama, who is incapable of opposing those who share his totalitarian values. If McCain really wants to step up, he should write a similar article about Obama.

Tripwhipper on September 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The Troll War

If he would only slam Obama and the Left.

faraway on September 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM