Putin Throws Down Gauntlet, McCain Picks It Up


An off-the-cuff remark made by Senator John McCain during an interview has gotten the warmongering neocon an invitation to write an opinion piece for Russian newspaper Pravda.

CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed McCain, asking him about Syria and mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times.

“Let’s talk about Putin,” Tapper asked. “What did you think of his op-ed?”

Laughing, McCain responded: “I’d like to have a chance to have a commentary in Pravda, if that would happen.”

Thanks to blogger John Hudson, McCain may get his wish.

Hudson, who blogs about national security and foreign policy for Foreign Policy, contacted Pravda after McCain made his comment. He writes:

In a first-of-its kind arrangement, the editors of Russian newspaper Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish a column by Sen. John McCain that will attack the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The agreement comes one day after Putin criticized the United States in a widely-read column in The New York Times.

“If John McCain wants to write something for us, he is welcome,” Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda tells The Cable. “Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already. We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain.”

When The Cable reached the senator’s office with the offer, McCain’s communications director Brian Rogers responded within minutes. “On the record: Senator McCain would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we’ll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission.”

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  • Don 2

    McCain…..you wouldn’t even stand up to Obama in the presidential debates. The truth is, you cost Sarah Palin the VP job. You’re an embarrassment. Just shut up and retire!

    • Paul

      If he was wise, he’d let Palin write the editorial.

      • rhondareichel

        Neither one of them are capable of making a cogent argument to what Putin wrote because it’s the truth. Any attempt is going to look like a ham handed attempt at self redemption.,,,failing MISERABLY

        • Larry

          Look I respect McCain and his service to our country, however we are so pitiful that I have to agree with your statement.
          Putin has balls as big as church bells and is a leader ( good or bad) these guys are slinging back with lame words.
          We have a knife in a gun fight here? As much as I hate to admit.

      • Gib74

        So that won’t happen…. ; ]

    • FreedomFighter

      The “Spider King” of Russia spins a net for the helpless US McCain Fly.
      Laus DeoSemper FI

    • Deerinwater

      25 up vote~! ~ That is unbelievable!! ~

      Well? ~ maybe not ~ I already knew this site was basically comprised of a “Zoo” of malcontent misfits representing a minority that claimed a majority of the American vote. The majority status is lost as soon as they leave this forum. ~ Palin would be most welcome here and fit right in ~ in this; ~ learn as we go and just throw something out there and maybe it will stick ~process. .

      Palin reminds me of a Polish bomb squad. ~ walking around on their tip toes with their fingers in their ears. ~ That you would overlook her failing and approach to problem solving ~ could only be rooted in ‘Love”~ there can be no other explanation.

      She is cute ~ but cute is not a criteria for a states-person.

      I guess the Tea Party believes that Jan Brewer is an able statesperson as well?

      I think that their little brain is overriding their big brain.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    John McCain, our state’s Obama.

    • Caulfieldgirl

      I am so sorry for you but I have the female McCain in my State. McCaskill……

      • Vigilant

        You guys are lucky. We’ve got Schumer and Gillenbrand here in the People’s Republic of New York.

        • Caulfieldgirl

          God Bless you…. You need help….. We also have Blunt who hides under the audacity of McCaskill….

        • ABBE

          And one wonders how we could do worse…oh well we had Sillery Hilary for a while and that was really bad. What a two faced nasty bimbo she is.

    • terry wenger

      we are lucky, iowa has Grassley, but still put up with the idiot Hawkin, but he’s not running for another term, I guess he has stolen and been bribed with enough money

  • Carlucci

    John McCain has got to go. He is just a war mongering little weasel who has overstayed his welcome. All of his ideas stink like old rotten fish. Hopefully the people of Arizona will show him the door in the next election.

  • Caulfieldgirl

    This would be good for America and for McCain and I am sure that Putin would show fairness in responding to McCain’s letter. Especially since Putin has KBG ties, I am sure some (truthful) secrets of McCain may be revealed like the ones that McCain keeps classified (32 Propaganda tapes from Viet Nam) from the American People. Putin does not have to watch out for retaliation from our Government Officials like the people of America does. I can’t wait for McCain to submit his letter. Finally (thanks to Putin) we may finally begin to get some truth instead of lies and Propaganda………

    • rhondareichel

      What did he have sealed? The over 30 propanda messages he did for the Vietcong? The fact that he crashed several planes? I’d like to see what’s in that military record of his….maybe he’d finally shut up

      • Caulfieldgirl

        Me too. When someone hides his past, our future is not good if they make the laws and regulations.

        • Gib74

          And yet we have the BIGGEST hidden past sealed up in the White House… = [

      • Jana

        As John Holliday said the other day in a post, and I quote:

        “John Manchurian Candidate McCain was and is a very well trained,indoctrinated and very intensively thoroughly brainwashed Closet Communist/Marxist Sleeper Agent. Who really knows what the North Vietnamese Communist re-education brainwashers did to McCain at the Hanoi Hilton?????
        McCain is simply damaged, unreliable and untrustworthy goods. Advertise yourself as a Pro-Constitution Traditional Conservative Republican and at the same time use political stealth excuses to surreptitiously and secretly act(VOTE) as a Leftist Progressive Liberal RINO and CINO Anti-Constitution
        Socialist/Marxist/Communist Democrat loaded with plenty of half a@#%$&!ed excuses to attempt to rationalize and justify the exact opposite voting record behavior that completely contradicts the voting record behavior of a Genuine
        True Pro-Constitution Traditional Conservative Republican. McCain is a very brainwashed, thoroughly indoctrinated, thought controlled and mind controlled politically correct Professional Anti-Constitution Subconscious Subversive Leftist Liberal Progressive Socialist/Marxist/Communist Propagandist. Brainwashed John “Manchurian Candidate”=”Mc”Cain has fooled himself and McCain has fooled most Pro-Constitution Traditional Conservative Republicans until it is too late. The North Vietnamese Communist re-educator brainwashers
        in Vietnam today are very proud of their Vietnamese Professionally Brainwashed Communist Sleeper Agent named John McCain, the original and Real McCoy Manchurian
        Candidate. Regardless of his overzealous behavior, Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy was correct all along when he warned us all about the subconsciously subversive
        brainwashed, indoctrinated, thought controlled and mind controlled politically correct John Manchurian Candidate Socialist/Marxist/Communist McCains who infiltrate all governments anywhere and everywhere at any time. And the
        Vietnamese Communists in Hanoi are rejoicing that McCain is their boy who done good and who done them proud.
        McCain, you get fish heads for dinner tonight for a job well done.”——————–
        Under: Republicans In Tempe-Mesa
        Legislative District Rebuke McCain On Obama Nominations—————

        Sure sounds right to me!

    • Dmac74

      Maybe it could be enough for the uninformed and the lazy let the government do it all, wake up to the fact we have been challenged as a people and our way of life.

      Hopefully wake up, get some ambition, and prove we are still #1 “IN SPITE OF” of this goofy trespassing president and administration and spineless majority of Congress.

      • Caulfieldgirl

        I couldn’t said it better. Good writin’. If I could give two thumbs up I would.Thanks…

        • Dmac74

          Thank you. I get carried away with my feelings and frustrations sometimes and not sure how it is accepted lol.

  • Alan

    I think the best part of John McCain, his loyalty to the American conservative mind-set, remained behind in that Tiger Cage he’d spent so much time in. Seems his brain was thoroughly washed, scrubbed entirely clean of anything even remotely resembling it’s former self.

    • Peabody1911

      McCain loyal to the conservative mind-set? I always wondered where he left it, if he ever had it in the first place.

      Thanks to Obama, Putin is the clear leader in foreign diplomacy.

      Now McCain has challenged Putin to a debate in the press. Has McCain lost all his marbles?

      Heck, maybe Putin should run for president here. He’s no less qualified in birth than Obama and certainly more qualified in running a country.

      • Alan

        That’s true my friend. Makes me wonder why he didn’t just adopt the liberal collar from the very beginning.

  • Robert Wood

    To RUSSIA, from MCCAIN——DU.

    • rhondareichel

      Ha ha ha….no kidding….the sanctimonious twit acts as if nobody knows we used D.U. The whole world knows it.

      • Robert Messmer

        “What does it matter?”

  • Hank

    McCain you have turned RINE ! Best you retire now before you embarrass us any more !!!

  • Gimmesumadat Whatyougot

    Get out the old Underwood! (That’s a typewriter for you newbies).

    I hope they produce a YouTube video on the historic making of this internationally important document… Goes something like…

    “Deer Mstr Putten, How ar Yu? I am fine. Nice wether we ar havin, rite?”

  • Wambli525

    Putin will single handedly show just how inept American politicians and the American electorate have become. Much has changed globally in the last 5 years and American politicians, especially democrats have fallen behind thanks to inept leadership, especially in the white house.

    • Deerinwater

      .Hmm? ~ Putin has shown only an “openness” for dialogue and created the possibility for “ineptness” to occur.

      So your statement “Putin will single handedly show just how inept American politicians and the American electorate have become.” does not reflect poorly on Putin or politicians or voters a much as it does yourself.

      The opportunity “is there”~ to either win, lose or break even , so why must we automatically “assume” there is to be a “loss” with these efforts at constructive dialogue?

      McCain should accept this invitation in the same spirit offered. ~ The GOP has considered him Presidential Material ~ and I do believe that he was ~ unlike many GOP candidates hence forth. Why should McCain or any of our US Senators be seen as unable to write powerful commentary? For if they cannot, ~ they are over-employed.

      if however, MC Cain proves to be a “clown” ~ the exposure will do everyone good.

      • Robert Messmer

        I have seen a couple of clips of McCain at Town Hall Meetings. If he can not write better than he speaks, then yes Putin 2 USA 0. Hopefully he will do what’s best for American and let a professional write his piece for him.

      • Robert Messmer

        I have seen a couple of clips of McCain at Town Hall Meetings. If he can not write better than he speaks, then yes Putin 2 USA 0. Hopefully he will do what’s best for American and let a professional write his piece for him.

      • rocketride

        Remember, no one else can “make” one look like an idiot. All another person can do is provide one’s inner fool with an opportunity to come out and play.

        • ABBE

          Love it and Washingtoon is a trageo/comedy Bring on the clowns all of them …nearly a thousand and counting.


    Prepare to be embarrassed again by another RINO idiot, McCain is about to step in the bear trap again…

  • jaybird

    I just read an article that McCain said he “might” retire and not run in 2016. I hope it is because he has been blasted at his Town Hall meetings by the citizens of AZ and I think that more of them need to do it. One man read a speech on what he thought of him and the others that were not standing up for our country (looked like former military) that he should be arrested for “Treason”. A Syrian woman let him have it about backing the terrorist rebels in Syria at another meeting. He bragged about how many times he had been re elected. This needs to happen more with all of our politicians.

  • Dave

    He needs to retire. Nothing but a thorn in the side of his own party and America. Traitor! Dementia? Speaking of whackobirds.

    • jaybird

      The AZ people need to put pressure on him at these “Town Hall” meetings, in fact we all need to put pressure on them in person, e-mail can only do so much. I am in VA and I sent him an e-mail about the “whackobirds” comment and that he should apologize for it which he did on TV. I told him he stood up for our country by serving in the service, why wasn’t he standing up for our Constitution now? I got a very terse e-mail back which did not exactly answer my question. It sounded like I hit a nerve.

  • peter

    Ever since he ran as a presidential candidate I wondered if he was really in a state of moral decay or whether he had any morals to start with. Either way one should exercise utmost caution in dealing with this vicious person, as it appears that there is something not quite right in his head. Crazy people do crazy things and if this guy is not crazy then no one is and a moron to boot. Maybe the war he was in and the lies he told have caused a short circuit. Seems to me he still has aspirations to the Whitehouse and how stupid would that be?

    • rocketride

      Two words: “Manchurian Candidate”.

  • rocketride

    I do recall a certain Pravda editorial just before the 2008 elections which tried to warn us away from Obama on the grounds that he is a Marxist. How right they were! I kept the text, for obvious reasons.

  • ABBE

    One wonders if a senile dementiac and moron would know what to do with a gauntlet. He ,Biden, Pelosi and Kerry should be first on the list for Oblahblah care euthanasia.