When Vladimir Putin wrote his op-ed to the American people in the New York Times recently the US media rose up as one to mock, taunt, vilify, and generally overstate their disgust of Putin for daring to criticize American exceptionalism. After all, if the US media is to be believed, America is the greatest nation on earth, and its people an example to the whole planet of just how people should be.
One man more upset than most at Putin’s gall was the eminent senator from Colorado, John McCain. Not even waiting for the support of his alter ego, Senator Lindsey Graham, or that other member of the political menage-a-trois, Joseph Lieberman…
…in bed with each other on so many matters of US policy, he rushed off a quick eight hundred words or so, not to Mister Putin, but to the Russian people.
Unfortunately, the tome wherein McCain intended to publish his offering was not in a position to accept it. Since Senator McCain is a little out of touch with modern Russia, he hadn’t realized that in the 1990’s the well-known newspaper, Pravda, had become the official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Instead, our noble senator chose a website of the same name, but sadly one unlikely to attract the attention of many Russians, and certainly not Vladimir Putin.
According to Mister McCain [Excerpt]:
I believe you deserve the opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few. You should be governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced and just.
He [Putin] has given you an economy that is based almost entirely on a few natural resources that will rise and fall with those commodities. Its riches will not last. And, while they do, they will be mostly in the possession of the corrupt and powerful few…He has given you a political system that is sustained by corruption and repression and isn’t strong enough to tolerate dissent.
It appears to Mister McCain that Russia isn’t too different from the United States: “you deserve the opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few.”, and, “…has given you a political system that is sustained by corruption and repression…” It does smack a little of the old home country, John.
Whatever one’s opinion of Putin, a comparison between his writing in the New York Times, and McCain’s in pravda.ru, reveals on the Russian side a man who, while ruthless, is characterized by great intelligence, and on the other a blatherer better suited to a fireside chair, a warm cup of cocoa, and a rug carefully wrapped around aged knees.
 “Pravda vs. Pravda: Which one is McCain writing for?” CNN, September 15th 2013
NOTE: Anyone still needing to compare the writings of the two gentlemen herein involved (I use the term ‘gentlemen’ in its broadest possible sense) can view Mister Putin’s offering HERE, and Mister McCain’s response HERE.