Vladimir Putin, that noted humanitarian, has an op-ed in today's NYT. It got released last night, so I tweeted thusly
That became probably my most re-tweeted tweet (and the narcissist in me is thrilled!). Some people think that Putin has spun circles around Obama, and that may be true yet this op-ed piece almost entirely reverses the momentum. Why? Because it reminds us of several things:
- the U.S. does not have the support of the Security Council because Russia has been protecting its ally.
- that Russia supports international law when it is convenient, not so much when it is not (ask Russia's neighbors).
- writing such a piece in Russia just might get you killed--journalists seem to have a high death rate in Russia.
- that some of the outsiders arming the combatants in Syria are ... Russians.
Putin has played this crisis pretty well as of late, but this op-ed was a mis-step. He hit "Donald Trump" on the unintentional comedy scale.
The Russian's understand chess. BHO understands checkers.
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