Vladimir Putin Op-Ed At The NY Times: ‘A Plea for Caution From Russia’

Full piece here.

How could you Americans violate international norms, approve an airstrike in Syria, and walk away from the table of international cooperation, asks an entirely earnest, forthcoming Vladimir Putin?:

‘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.’

As for that exceptionalism thing, our current President is probably closer to this view than most Presidents have been, whatever your strategic thoughts on Syria.

I remember coming of age in the 80’s, and being introduced to the Ivan Drago school of diplomacy:


Here’s Putin, back in the 80’s, meeting Reagan.  Ho hum, just a tourist, snapping some photos and meeting, how do you say, your premier.

From The Atlantic Photo: Vladimir Putin-Action Man

‘Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism.’

Vladimir Putin

That’s a relief.  Some wikipedia backstory on Russia-Syria relations.

***Bonus-Putin and Bush’s love affair in a GAZ M-21 Volga caught on tape.  Putin sends Medvedev out to keep the flame alive with Obama on missile defense.

Are we headed toward 19th century geo-politics? I get a sorely needed refresher on the Cold War:  Obama’s Decision On Missile Defense And A Quote From Robert Kagan’s: ‘The Return Of History And The End Of Dreams’

Do we try and invest in global institutions as flawed as they are?:  Daniel Deudney On YouTube Responding to Robert Kagan: Liberal Democracy Vs. Autocracy

St Basils domes Red square Moscow Russia

by Ipomoea310

5 thoughts on “Vladimir Putin Op-Ed At The NY Times: ‘A Plea for Caution From Russia’

  1. This might just work for ol’ Vlad. After all, he has learned from Obama that if you appeal directly to the masses who choose not to listen to what you say but only the style of rhetoric you use to say it…you will meet success! Twice the ‘masses’ have elected a President who has further degradated their income, middleclass status, lifestyle, crime statistics and pretty much erased any ‘hope’of providing a better life for their offspring. The big question remains – is this majority sustainable in 2016 to provide for the election of the USA’s first woman President?

  2. Bernie, he’s clearly pulling out all the stops with a further appeal to the American public. He smells blood in the water. We’re into absurdist territory here.

    One real danger is majoritarian politics, or the tyranny of the majority scenarios in which large masses trample over others with little concern for the protections against this happening enshrined in the Constitution. The ‘activist’ model hasn’t worked out true protections for the individual, and understood its boundaries.

    It gets bundled up into a national politics that can pose just as many threats to the people it’s supposed to help as it can to its political enemies. It’s just a bad model.

    • ‘Sounds’ is the key word Malcolm. At best, he’s playing us. At worst, plotting against us. We have ceded strength and advantage, and perhaps even more security and peace in the world with such weak leadership.

      This will have effects for years.

  3. Welcome Malcolm…I read in the NYTimes today that an American Public Relations firm who has Putin as a client called the Times and said it could have an editorial piece later that day…wow…that takes a big set of “стальные яйца” (steel balls).
    Speaking of such…I would say that Putin has Obama by a set of them.

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