Vladimir Putin bitch slaps Obama in the pages of the New York Times

Some people are gracious winners. Russian President Vladimir Putin is not one of those people. After humiliating President Obama before the world when he pulled Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire regarding Syria (a move, incidentally, that turned a leader of a third-world nuclear nation into a Middle Eastern power broker), Putin took to the pages of the New York Times to rub Obama’s face in his embarrassing failures.

In stilted, but still effective language, Putin chastised Obama for his bullying and his ignorance, and even managed to throw Obama’s own words back in his face.

First, Putin gave the United Nations’ loving Obama a little history lesson:

The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter.


Next came a veiled threat about the imminent collapse of world stability should Obama continue to ignore the United Nations (something, incidentally, that George Bush never did):

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. [Paving the way, Putin implies, for World War II.]

Putin takes Obama’s “humanitarian plea” (e.g., we’ve got to do it to save the children of Syria) and turns it upside down, by reminding him that escalating a war ends up with more deaths rather than less:

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

(Incidentally, while Putin is correct, sometimes a nation, fighting in its own defense, needs to inflict punishing damage against its enemy in order to save itself. Here, of course, Obama only half-heartedly and belatedly made the argument that America has a dog in the Syrian fight.)

After giving a rundown on the Syrian war, Putin puts himself and Russia on the moral high ground, without bothering to mention that he’s pouring money into Russia’s empty coffers by selling weapons to Assad’s government:

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From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.

Having established to his own satisfaction Russia’s subordination to the rule of law, Putin goes in for the kill, castigating Obama’s American policies in the harshest terms. There can be no mistake but that Putin is saying that Obama is simply a repeat of George Bush, the man against whom Obama is still running, five years after the 2008 election:

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. 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.”

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I think the expression that applies here is “bitch slap.” President Putin just bitch slapped the president of the United States of America.

Putin wraps up his peroration about both international law and order and about Obama’s failure to meet those norms by throwing Obama’s own insulting language about American exceptionalism right back in Obama’s face.

Back in 2009, while speaking at a NATO summit, Barack Obama completely trashed the notion of American exceptionalism:

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

In his schizophrenic speech on Tuesday night, which was part war mongering and part pathetic gratitude to Russia, Obama sang a different tune:

America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.

Obama and Putin 2Putin sneers at Obama’s reference to American exceptionalism, and does so in words that must deliberately echo Obama’s earlier snide and dismissive take on America’s unique devotion to the cause of freedom:

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. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too.

And that’s a KO in the final round, folks. Putin’s practical and rhetorical victory over Obama is complete. For an pathologically egotistical American president who has long believed that he has only to speak magic words to make things happen, to have Russia’s leader (and, increasingly, its dictator) run rings around him on the ground and in the war of words must come as a horrifying shock.

That the White House doesn’t know how to deal with this reality is reflected in its tepid official response to the opinion piece: “That’s all irrelevant.” Right, because it never matters when the American President demeans himself and the nation before an opponent delighted to glory in his victory.

(This piece originally appeared in slightly different form at Mr. Conservative.)

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  • Charles Martel

    It is a sad day when it takes a Russian thug to give Obama the comeuppance he so clearly deserves.
    I was getting ready to feel relief that at last the New York Times has decided to throw Obama under the bus by printing Putin’s stream of hypocrisies, until I realized that the Times has always adored thugs, especially the dominant ones. Since we know what a wimp Obama is, this is just a case of the Times jumping opportunistically onto the back of the stronger horse.

  • Libby

    First he was mocked on Facebook by Assad’s son, and now Putin strikes him from the heart of his comfort zone: the NYT. This must come as a complete shock to Obama, who for so long has gotten away with openly attacking his opponents thanks to assistance from the MSM. His usual trick of siccing the full force of the federal government and his fellow-traveler activists on his opponents is useless here.
    Obama clearly disdains American exceptionalism and her prominent role in world affairs, but it probably never occurred to him that by diminishing America’s power he was diminishing his own power, too.

  • jj

    I like Dennis Miller’s comment: “when Obama opens his mouth I hear the theme from Benny Hill.”  Me too.  I’m beyond being able to watch him, I have to read the transcript later to know what he said.
    I also find myself strangely in sympathy with Putin, who is by any definition a sack of excrement.  But – confronted with Obama, it’s difficult to blame him for smacking the little jerk-off around.  In any kind of situation where there’s an advantage to be taken – which is any situation about which Obama and Kerry have anything to say; America would be better off with Abbott and Costello – how do you refrain from taking advantage?  We’re not playing tiddlywinks here, this is serious stuff, and if my country can get a leg up through the stupidity of this doofus, I’m right there too, if I’m Putin.  It’s difficult to blame him.
    It’s a teachable moment for America’s grasp of foreign relations, but with the old constitutional law lecturer in the chair, we aren’t going to learn anything.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Black Thug Meet White Thug. Fight!!!

  • jj

    If Obama was only a thug, it wouldn’t be a problem.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Uh, no. Ever since the Zimmerman trial, we’ve learned that Obama is a White-Black Thug. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Danny, woah, he has already fused and transformed?

  • Ron19

    The Communist International has always been a child of Russia.
    Putin just called one of his subordinates on the carpet.

  • jj

    If he were a thug it would be good for America, but as it is he and Kerry are the two dorks walking around with “kick me” signs taped to their backs.

  • Caped Crusader

    Please folks, could you lighten up on John and Barack, after all they are in difficult times, and each is doing the work of three men — Larry, Moe, and Curly. Besides, he is fluent in five languages, English, Swahili, Ebonics, and in addition, two other hard to master tongues—Austrian and Swiss. We are lucky to have him! Very few have mastered these tongues!
    This is interesting and gives more perspective to this situation:

  • Caped Crusader

    How about captioning the third picture as Obama saying:
    PPPPUUUU Vladimir! That’s a stinker, you’re really living up to your name with that one! And I just have to sit here and take it!
    Look at that humorous smirk on the face of Putin. And then he says, “And you just have to sit here and take it!”.