Putin's message to America

  • Article by: Vladimir Putin
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 6:37 AM

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. It could further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

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divineleftSep. 13, 13 9:11 PM

Putin has out-foxed the GOP, since they were salivating at the thought of embarrassing Obama by voting him down in Congress, or else trying to impeach the President if he went ahead and attacked Syria without their approval. It seemed Obama would lose either way, but now Putin may have offered an unexpected diplomatic way out. Curses, foiled again!

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owatonnabillSep. 14, 13 5:25 AM

Putin uses a potent political tool in his article: he turns America's supposed ideals to his advantage. "when we ask the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that the Lord created us all equal" is to many the chief underpinning of our system. It is more and more evident just what a mismatch Putin vs. Obama actually is.

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Willy53Sep. 14, 13 6:46 AM

Although I do not support any military intervention in Syria, it seems to have turned out that the threat of force has finally moved the Russians to pressure Syria to give up all of their chemical weapons. Much work needs to be done in order for this to happen but if that is the end result of Obama's clear intention to bomb the stockpiles, then his wielding of America's military might would be an icredible foreign policy success. Despite what you read, it is the US that has manipulated the Russians into an outcome that would be our objective, the complete depletion and destruction of Syria's chemical stockpiles. Unlike Iraq, that had already destroyed their WMD, Syria has actually used theirs and Obama must deal with that FACT. Unfortunately, the failure of the U.S. to bring our own war criminals to justice and atone for our own violations of International law during the Bush Administration has completely invalidated America's moral right to police the human rights transgressions of other nations.

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badcopperSep. 14, 13 7:16 AM

Although he is a despot, borderline evil, Putin is a seasoned and savvy politician. Obama is overtly political but does not posess the political nuance and acumenthat Putin posesses.

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firefight41Sep. 14, 13 8:15 AM

Putin has out-foxed the GOP, since they were salivating at the thought of embarrassing Obama by voting him down in Congress, or else trying to impeach the President if he went ahead and attacked Syria without their approval. It seemed Obama would lose either way, ****************** I believe it was Obama that was embarrassed by Putin, after all Obama was salivating the thought of attacking Syria. Obama was pushing for this strike even though he did not have irrefutable proof that the Syrian government used the chemical weapons. Hypocrite.

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mgvetterSep. 14, 13 8:31 AM

Putin has proven that he is a master politician. This is what happens when we elect a community organizer as President. Putin must smirk and rub his hands together every time he thinks of his next encounter with our "amateur in chief".

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LennyofMNSep. 14, 13 9:07 AM

It's hard to know exactly what was the administration's plan. But, if it was to simply use the threat of force, rather than actual force, it was a winning bluff. Personally, I think the way things have played out is just a lucky break for the administration. As for Putin, while his are laudable sentiments, it's hard to take seriously considering his history as Russia's leader.

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