Did McCain Publish Putin Criticism in Wrong Pravda?

In an explosive op-ed in Pravda.ru, U.S. Senator John McCain says he is not anti-Russian but simply believes Russians deserve a better government

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U.S. Senator John McCain speaks to reporters during a town-hall event in Mesa, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2013

Updated: September 19, 10:46 am

U.S. Senator John McCain says he is “more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules [the Russian people] today” in a provocative opinion piece published on Thursday in Pravda.ru that takes a bear-sized swipe at Russian President Vladimir Putin. The only problem? McCain may have picked the wrong Pravda.

McCain’s agressive op-ed was published on the English and Russian news website Pravda.ru, not the historic Communist newspaper that is also named Pravda, Politico reports. Pravda was founded in 1912 as one of the main media outlets of the Soviet Union, but collapsed with the Soviet bloc. It has been recently rekindled by today’s Communist party, and the editor said in a statement that the newspaper would not publish McCain’s piece unless it supported the newspaper’s pro-Syria position.

A spokesman for the Senator said Thursday that McCain had submitted the op-ed to both publications, and that Pravda.ru is not the “wrong” Pravda.

McCain says in his op-ed that he respects the dignity and right to self-determination of the Russian people, as well as the “opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few.” He says he would like Russians to be “governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced.”

He then argues that “President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values,” emphasizing the regime’s oppression of political opponents, interference with courts of law and intimidation of journalists.

The former U.S. presidential candidate says Russia’s economy “is based almost entirely on a few natural resources” in the “possession of the corrupt and powerful few.”

Highlighting the Kremlin’s close association with some of the world’s most “offensive and threatening tyrannies,” McCain accuses Putin of ruling “by corruption, repression and violence,” telling the Russian people: “He rules for himself, not you.”

[Pravda]

[Politico]

89 comments
pma950
pma950

As a way too active and interfering decision maker on regime change McCain and the US Congress & Senate obviously know everything there is to know about good and bad regimes. And by his standards all US Governments are good and all Russian ones are bad. He really is an "us and them" kind of guy, only the “us” in his wee brain actually reads “US.”

McCain has, I suspect, been part of the decision making process regarding going to war more often than has Putin. So his "experience" puts him on the Republican’s version of the Moral High Ground. Wow, we are singularly unimpressed. 

He is, by his own arrogant standards, certainly qualified to read the riot act to Putin, especially after Russia out smarted the naive and sanctimonious US effort to go kill yet even more folk in Syria with their Missiles. (I think we all agree it's a terrible state of affairs Syria and its poor people caught in the middle of this appalling civil war). Mr. McCain obviously has every right to be annoyed that the US got outsmarted by Russia, but that’s what happens to bullies sometimes Senator.

The rest of the world looks at this man and thinks, "What a jerk, and he's a key decision maker in the US! One can see him as having been a George Bush "Mission Accomplished" supporter" happy to share the plaudits then, Heaven help us, because this self righteous Holy Man cannot.

Amazing how many wealthy folk mistake the size of their wealth with intelligence, be it Intellectual or Emotional Intelligence. I presume deep down he is a good man but think we'd all be better if he stayed at home and went fishing every day instead of wasting everyone's time and money.

If I were McCain, I'd no doubt be posting this in the Greenwich Time thinking that would be Time. You really do have to love this ignorant self belief and the conversation inside his head, if there ever is one "No Maw, don't need to do no homework, I knows all that stuff, I does."

persuter1
persuter1

:rolleyes: Yet another article following the adage, "If the headline of an article is a yes/no question, the answer is always no."

StefanaKarinskaya
StefanaKarinskaya

The Big Funking Con Game goes on just like ever, though. Such greedy guys like J. McCain figure out there's always something up for grabs to still make a fatter living, and all they need to improve is do some bombing. It's kid stuff for them. In justification of their dirty plans they throw lies all around.

Hi, I'm Stef from, breakthrough.ru Moscow, Russia

billywild
billywild

Putin probably has an approval rating in the 80's at home now thanks to our american retards blathering on about how stupid and short sighted the Russian people are for not recognizing the need to arm Al Qaeda and help them take over Syria. 

Ereine
Ereine

I would like to express my opinion about President Obama's approach to the Syria situation. I do not agree that he has damaged the strong position in the world of the United States. The US is like the strongest animal in the forest. Obama knows that we are the only nation strong enough to interrupt what Assad has been doing. He also knows how war-weary American citizens are. He knows that another way to bring us down is to have us totally depleted from entering into too many senseless wars. His cautious, slow-down approach of going through Congress is because he is wise and sensitive. He does not want to plunge us head-long into another war.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

McCain speaking to the Russian people says: “opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few.” He says he would like Russians to be “governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced.”

Not too hypocritical as America has the greatest disparity between the rich and not just the poor but pretty much everybody else. America is an oligarchy run by and for the rich with the "best that money can buy" institutions: our healthcare, education, legal systems, and our democracy further eroded not just by lobbyists but, thanks to the GOP-domineering SCOTUS' Citizen United corruption of democracy flood of unlimited, usually anonymous campaign funding, now the rich, rich corporations and rich special interests. As to rule of law "partially enforced," yeah, right. Remember when the US prison population was 200,000 in 1971 thanks again to the GOP and the failed $1 trillion+ Nixon "War on Drugs and failed $1 trillion+ "War on Crime" that unfairly targeted minorities and drug possession, our prison population is now over 2.2 million with another five million on probation or parole.

One thing the US and Russia have in common is that it was the rich elites and their military industrial complex that bankrupted the country and brought down the Soviet system. America's military industrial congressional complex is well on its way to bankrupting America whose National Debt was less than $800 billion through Carter. Reagan tripled it with massive defense and government spending and tax cuts mainly for the rich followed by GHW Bush who added to it with more military invasions and GW Bush more than doubled it yet again with two more wars projected to cost $6 trillion as the lifetimes of war bills and costly VA healthcare come in.


rutnerh
rutnerh

Hi John, hate to say it but some of the warts you see in Putin's Russia also are evident in current Obamaland, loss of liberties from NSA spying, corrupt DC plutocracy, Bernanke's enrichment of the upper crust, etc and you are part of the problem.

SteveAspenlieder
SteveAspenlieder

Thanks to Ross Perot splitting the vote, the Republicans never got over the fact the Clinton Gore ticket won with only 37 percent of the popular vote.  When they tried to impeach a President for stepping outside the bounds of marriage I thought that is when party became more important than country.  And it has been that way for both parties now for way too long. 

tctheman6820
tctheman6820

Well now!  McCain's Vice Presidential candidate could see Russia from her front porch, wondering where McCain stood that he could see and criticized Russia?  Ha!  Ha!   Ha!  What's an idiot!

AZWI
AZWI

McCain really should admit that his advance age, his bitterness, hatefulness, jealously  and senile dementia has gotten the best of him. He should retire immediately. or the leadership of the GOP should demand his resignation at once. McCain turned into a dangerous, old, madman that's determined to start numerous wars. McCain is actually unstable and mentally incompetent to serve in the senate. 

jumpinjezebel
jumpinjezebel

Since when does ol' Depends think he speaks for Americans?? Does he not remember he didn't get elected President?? We're about to get the gas from Syria's hand without firing a shot and he's determined to screw that up. "BANG BANG YOU SHOT ME DOWN" is McCains rallying cry!!!!!

J-Rocky-9
J-Rocky-9

This is the man who put a horribly unqualified and unstable VP candidate near the Oval Office, all for his own personal, political gain and to the potentially *disastrous* consequences and utter humiliation of the nation.

CameronRobert
CameronRobert

I would think that bigot McCain would love that bigot Putin.  Since no bigot should ever be allowed to hold any position of influence, they both need to be removed from office by any means necessary.

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

Now McCain is a fool on two continents. I know we'll never get any real gun control, but how about some term limits on these old crocodiles...C'mon!

bententen247
bententen247

McCain is absolutely right. Why try to make deals with the devil, knowing in the end, you're bound to get burnt, and very badly.

 There is no lasting peace among tyrants, and for any leader to be on the side on one like Ass-ad, is of like mind, and character. Nothing good is able to come out of not punishing the acts of a tyrant who is willing, and purposely kill their people, who had nothing to do with the chaos going on in that country, other then trying to survive it; and think he's not capable of committing even greater turmoil in the future on a much larger scale, with the first opportunity he get, because the devil is one restless evil being, incapable of doing good, or a mind for peace.

EdSjcPark
EdSjcPark

Putin pulled his country out of corruption and poverty by nationalizing natural resources and industries that had been raped and pillaged by the oligarchs enabled by an inept Yeltsin who barraged his own parliament with tanks.  He is the hero of Russia and he did all this without resorting to a world war like FDR.  What has McCain done?  He's a sleazy corrupt pawn for big banks which are angry at Russia because they cannot control Putin like they control the West and Obama.  McCain should shut the f ck up.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Since the Communist Party is now only a shadow of what it was in the Soviet era, and Putin is not a member, I fail to see the point of where the letter was published.

He would do better to concern himself with the American government rather than Russian.  We deserve a better one too.  I would gladly send our House to convene somewhere in Siberia.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

This is actually pretty funny. McCain is lecturing the Russian leadership about the accumulation of too much wealth in too few hands when news just last week reported how much of the wealth in this country has gone to the top 1% since the crash blew past the record set in the 1920s? Give me a break. Not only that, his piece was just out and out rude. Putin criticized our position of "American exceptionalism" but he was far more diplomatic. We can be such A-holes sometimes.

i_vteme
i_vteme

Dear John!

We do not believe you and your assurances of the desire of being Russian. We believe the dictator of America, without giving the rest the world. It is not necessary to teach us life and democracy. Do Russian people have their own traditions and history.

It would be very nice if you left us alone. Take back the kind of political and economic systems that you have installed in Russia after 1991. We want to live on their own, without your advice and guidance.

Russian people.

applefellup
applefellup

I am surprised he is allowed near sharp objects, or fragile machines.

Artem444
Artem444

McCain is so full of it, seriously.... It's time for him to retire, he just repeats the same thing over and over like a broken record.... All Russians are laughing at him....

vincem
vincem

The second paragraph states "Pravda was founded in 1912 as one of the main media outlets of the Soviet Union".

Mr Campbell, the Russian Revolution did not occur until 1917, and the Soviet Union was created in 1922.




JuanViche
JuanViche

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ThomasHood
ThomasHood

We'd be better off if McCain were still in a Vietnamese prision. The question is, How did the CIA supply the Syrian rebels with sarin gas?

alcartera
alcartera

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/the-rich-get-richer-through-the-recovery/?_r=0

“opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few.”

"The top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the country’s total income in 2012, the highest level recorded since the government began collecting the relevant data a century ago, according to an updated study by the prominent economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty."




SeifuZ
SeifuZ

who cares which Pravada it is on! The point is everyone going to read it. You missing the big picture. You think Putin is not going to read it? we read it from whichever source it is

paulwolf
paulwolf

He published it in the wrong language. Most Russians speak Russian, not English. 

zzlatz
zzlatz

mccain screwed himself, haha. 

actually people of Russia DO like Putin. He is popular, not like obama.

They think Putin is right man at the Right times in Russia. Russia is going thru reorganizational problems. There are still many. And Putin controls all this, and he is doing an excellent job.

and obama's support of jihadists and hezbolah in syria !!!???  this is what he wants for america ????


Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO DUMB? IF THIS WAS A DEMOCRAT THE DEMOCRATS WOULD THINK THIS WAS 100% THE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT AND THE REPUBLICANS WOULD THINK IT WAS 100% WRONG. SINCE ITS A REPUBLICAN ITS 100% WRONG TOWARDS DEMOCRATS.....WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY CAN'T WE BE SMART? WHY DO YOU IMBECILES LET THE MEDIA CONTROL HOW YOU THINK ABOUT OUR POLITICIANS??? ALL MEDIA SHOWS/WEBSITES ARE FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT WHOSE ONLY GOAL IS TO GET THE MOST PEOPLE TO WATCH/CLICK. THEY, NOT OUR POLITICIANS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE POLITICAL STRIFE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND YOU LEMINGS ARE ALL JUST FOLLOWING INTO THEIR TRAP OF THINKING THIS IS HOW YOU FOLLOW POLITICS. NOBODY CAN BE 100% WRONG AND NOBODY CAN BE 100% RIGHT. QUIT ACTING LIKE YOU AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOUR PARTY DOES AND YOU DISAGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOUR OPPOSITE PARTY DOES

Oprichniki
Oprichniki

John, we Americans would also like the ideal government which you describe for the Russians to be the government for Americans, not the government of crooks and thieves which we currently have here. Spasibo.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

Putin can redeem himself in the eyes of the world by making sure that Syria FULLY carries out the agreement (and since Syria is Rutin's sponsor state, Russia should pay the $1B chemical cleanup/destruction bill).

swagger
swagger

ol' uncle cranky pants is lost in the past and needs to STFU.  hopefully the man who has never seen a war he didn't like or possibly because he missed the one where he never fought on the ground with the commoners has become irrelevant.  it's not the fall of the usa so much as it is the rise of the rest of the world in which we should show some humility and give someone like putin some due respect and credit.

box211
box211

Russians must have gotten a great laugh out of McCain. Obama is now worldwide humor and McCain criticizes Putin??!?
It just gets better.

j45ashton
j45ashton

Agree with most of the comments here.  McCain continually trying to upstage the president is not helping.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@Ereine 

I am a supporter of President Obama, but not on Syria.  I support President Putin's position on that.  What do you think of NotPresident McCain lecturing the Russian people?  That's a hoot isn't it?

littleredtop
littleredtop

@SteveAspenlieder Perot's ego trip may very well be the deciding factor that put our once great American society on its present course toward destruction.  

SteveAspenlieder
SteveAspenlieder

@bententen247 Why make deals with the devil.  It is done all the time.  In 1931 Japanese generals act on their own and invade Manchuria.  1935 Italy invades Ethiopia.  1939 Russia invades Finland.  April 1940 Germany invades Norway and suddenly a line has been crossed and World War two begins.  But this is not how history is taught in our schools is it. 

We don't teach students it was Japanese Generals who to the horror of the Japanese govt and people that they acted alone in Invading Manchuria and then forced themselves into govt.  We also deleted the fact Italy and Russia invaded other countries as well.  We deliberately do not teach while England and France and 9 other Commonwealth countries declared war on Germany in September of 1939 as though it were some noble act, no aid of any kind was sent to Poland EVER. 

You see when you can control how history is taught in your own countries, it does not matter who you make a deal with in the moment.

AlanPolonsky
AlanPolonsky

@EdSjcPark Putin switched one group of oligarchs for another composed of his own cronies. Russia has become (remained) a kleptocracy complicated by a xenophobic government with an inferiority complex dreaming of regaining the imagined former glory of the Cold War years. Its a shame.

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

@SmoothEdward1 Only difference from the record in 1920's in wealth now being that our homeless have cell phones now and our poor are fat.  Poor to middle class people from 1920 would laugh at that

Artem444
Artem444

@vincem He is actually correct, Pravda was founded around 1912 or so by the Russian revolutionaries, before the 1917 Revolution. Later it did in fact become the leading newspaper of the Soviet Union.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

@Realworldnonfantasyland @SmoothEdward1 Please. You speak in anecdotes and generalities, the data released last week was factual. I'm not just talking about the poor. I'm talking about the distribution of income across the population.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Russia relatively quickly recovered from the crisis of the 90s and is not going to go back there.

In Russia low unemployment. The national debt of Russia is practically absent, what can't be said about the United States and several European countries.

During President Obama’s first term, the number of persons taking federal food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), increased by approximately 11,133 persons per day.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/first-term-food-stamp-recipients-increased-11133-day-under-obama

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the number of SNAP recipients was 31,939,110. By October 2012, the latest month reported, they had jumped to 47,525,329.