Vladimir Putin wrote a letter to the American people, published on September 11 in the New York Times.
Apparently, on the anniversary of one of the worst attacks ever on America, he felt it necessary to “speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.”
Well, we’ve been all over the board on Syria ourselves, why shouldn’t we let ol Pooty-poo weigh in? Maybe he can even help Obama and Kerry make a decision.
You can read the letter yourself, it’s linked below. In the letter, he says:
“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.”
Well, that just wasn’t nice. After more than 3,000 of our fellow citizens were murdered, the phrase stands the test of time. That cobbled coalition was 40 countries. Your dismissive mention and characterization of an event Americans will die remembering solidifies your status as one of the worlds biggest pricks.
Anyway, Secretary Kerry has went on to say that this “Isn’t a game,” which probably puts the situation out of his league.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that failing to respond to the chemical weapons attacks in Syria would send a “perverse message”: “You can use these weapons blatantly and just get away with it.” Is that kind of like attacking an Embassy and getting away with it? Susan is probably not going to be much help.
So maybe we needed some help. Unfortunate that it has to come from ol Pooty-poo.
His last paragraph makes me wonder if he’s a Democrat. In it, he takes exception with a line out of Obama’s Syria speech about America’s exceptionalism:
“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.”
It warms my heart to know that he has our President in such high regard, but, we don’t need encouragement. We are exceptional. We ended two world wars. We’ve made some mistakes, sure. But after 24 years in the U.S. military, I know the tremendous capacity for compassion we have and the tremendous amount of good we’ve done in the world.
He then went on to say that:
“There’s been times when America’s shown arrogance, been dismissive, even derisive.”
….oh, no, wait, that wasn’t Putin, that was our own President in a speech in France after he was elected the first time. You could understand how easy it was to make that mistake. As I recall, it was the start of Obama’s effort to improve our foreign relations in the world. It looks like it hasn’t worked out that well. There’s no need to wonder why our foreign policy has set us back ages in the last 6 years.
Well, I suppose we shouldn’t be harsh. The administration apparently needed some help, and the letter may have saved Obama (and Kerry) from actually having to make a decision about something important.
Obama’s “arrogant America” speech