After Vladimir Putin‘s op-ed in the New York Times, 80 percent of Americans reported that they thought better of Russia. Americans supported the Russian president in his quest to find a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict. Putin’s NYT op-ed caused much heated discussion amongst Americans, as one could see by the posts on social networks. Judging by these comments, most Americans (approximately 80 percent) support the position articulated by Russia on the involvement of American forces in the Syrian conflict. Moreover, many Americans changed their attitude to Russia for the better. One sees the same general attitude repeatedly, as these quotes from Facebook indicate:
It’s funny to realise that Putin is doing more to protect America more than our own government. I take off my hat to you, Mr Putin.
The more I read and hear about Putin, the more I’m impressed.
You know who I really believe? A guy with pure intentions and a clear understanding of morality. A guy who really cares about the welfare of nations… Vladimir Putin!
In his op-ed published on Thursday, Putin appealed directly to the American people and explained that no one questions that someone used chemical weapons in Syria. However, evidence exists that opposition forces, not the government, used them. Through this, the rebels wanted to provoke outside intervention into the conflict, even though a strike by Washington would lead to many innocent victims. Putin pointed up in his piece that only a rejection of the military option will eliminate the chance of more suffering in Syria and enhance mutual trust in international relations.
Grigori Trofimchuk, vice president of the Centre of Strategic Development Modelling, said, “Most Americans share Putin’s viewpoint. Putin’s New York Times op-ed had an effect on the situation… it created the possibility that the Americans wouldn’t ensnare themselves in the Syrian quagmire. The piece sounded interesting and sharp, indeed, I’d say that it sounded authoritative. Moreover, I’d say that important points made in it affected them. One of the most salient was his line of reasoning about American Exceptionalism. All these things together had an impact on American society”.
Putin’s statement that all peoples are equal in international relations and that America doesn’t hold a special privileged position gained wide publicity in the USA. Online commentary agreed with this, as one poster put it, “Putin’s right… we aren’t “exceptional”. It’s just propaganda promoted by Obama, which separates us from the rest of world. We must realise that we’re all connected and united”. The group that disliked the op-ed the most were American politicians. US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called the Putin’s article “an insult to intelligence of all Americans”. Boris Mezhuev, the chief editor of Terra America website, said, “It’s true that Americans don’t agree with that, as we saw lots of friendly reviews from unexpected quarters. For example, unexpectedly, Donald Trump expressed agreement with this article. Russia had the right to say what it did, because it really did something to prevent a military conflict; it helped to lead American policy out of an impasse. Obama didn’t know what to do. After Russia proposed a plan for the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons Syria to international control, there was a real chance that the USA wouldn’t bomb Damascus. I want to believe that the US government would use this opportunity”.
You can find VOR’s material on the Syrian crisis here.
13 September 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
Do note this:
The group that disliked the op-ed the most were American politicians. US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called the Putin’s article “an insult to intelligence of all Americans”.
Firstly, John McCain is (or was) a registered lobbyist for the Georgian government (as was/is his main foreign policy aide, Randall Scheunemann). Hmm… it proves that besides not being the brightest grad of Canoe U, John McCain is a loyal bought-n’-paid-for whore. After all, did we hear any condemnation of the Georgian bombardment of sleeping civilians in Tskhinval with Grad rockets from the self-righteous Mr McCain and Mr Schneumann? Nope… no way, no how, they were as silent as the grave on that. I guess that you have to have the right politics, or, you have to have enough money to buy their indignation. Sad, ain’t it?
Secondly, it explains all the high dudgeon on CNN and Fox… you should hear the talking heads roar! I’ve not seen them so worked up in ages… how dare the hoi polloi not agree with us! In fact, the most amusing ones are Christiane Amanpour and Charles Krauthammer. You’d think that the American people were dancing about the Golden Calf, ignoring the commentariat coming down from Mount Sinai with the Revealed Truth. Actually, the commentariat (both “liberal” and “rightwing”, by the way) are the ones who dance about the Golden Calf of Consumerism, bowing low in great adoration before the Almighty Dollar. The most disgusting examples are Franklin Graham and the Prosperity Gospel megachurch preachers (but they’re “Pro-Life”, dontcha know)… their attempts to wrap their noisome ideology in pseudo-Christian garments are blasphemous and could very well include the Sin Against the Holy Spirit.
President Obama isn’t going to go to war. Indeed, it’s clear to me that he never intended to do such. He used this political theatre to find out the lay of the land. He’s not as stupid as the rightwing press would have it… he’s a poker player, but a cautious one… he’ll fold a bad hand, whereas a John McCain, Sarah Palin, Willard Romney, and Paul Ryan would’ve bulldogged stubbornly into war to prove a point (none of them learnt the harsh lessons taught by 2008 South Ossetia War on the limitations of American power) Barack Obama’s no prize, but the alternative’s worse. That’s the way of it in the real world. That’s why I voted for Obama… that’s why I’d do so again. Perfection isn’t in the cards…