…we now have Vladimir Putin’s oh-so-thoughtful, oh-so-helpful op-ed in the NY Times advising the US on what to do in Syria.
As Democratic Senator Robert Menendez says, “I almost wanted to vomit”—only maybe we should omit the “almost.”
The Putin op-ed reminds me of those ubiquitous articles in which liberals and leftists purport to give Republicans kindly advice. If your enemy (which is basically what Putin is) tells you what you should do, it’s probably best to do the opposite.
It’s hardly surprising that Putin would try to emphasize and capitalize on his current dominance of Obama (and by inference the US), and it’s also hardly surprising that the NY Times would give him a bully pulpit from which to do so.
Putin wins this round, hands down. That’s assuming, of course, that Obama isn’t on the same side.
[NOTE: Ed Driscoll reminds us of what had slipped my mind, that the Times turned down a 2008 op-ed by John McCain rebutting Obama.]
[ADDENDUM: Read this piece by Victor Davis Hanson, who calls Putin "Saruman come alive." I would disagree, however, with one aspect of Hanson's last paragraph:
Mr. Putin, the fact that you are a more adroit Machiavellian than our own president is a Wilsonian proves only that you are the superior strategist — not the moralist you imagine yourself, and surely not more moral than the president whom you seem so easily to embarrass.
I don't think Putin actually thinks of himself as a moralist.]