One can only marvel at the persistence of American hypocrisy, and the utter hubris of the idea and practice of American Exceptionalism. The historical record is crystal clear from the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 to the Ukrainian Coup of 2014 that America makes its own rules and gets huffy,indignant and bellicose when the tables are turned. The very fact that the National Security Agencies, that have ‘found the evidence’ of Russian Hacking, are lawbreakers on world wide scale shouldn’t raise serious questions with the perceptive reader? This Financial Times essay asks for the suspension of ones critical faculties, that is the cornerstone of an un-reflective political conformity, this is the conformist’s response to political propaganda. What was Putin’s reply to America’s ,Obama’s provocations?
“We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship.”
“This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.”
“As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.”
“The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats.”
“We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays.”
“Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.” [ The Russian Orthodox Church uses the old Julian calendar for religious holidays, which puts Christmas on January 7.]
“It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.”
“My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.”
“I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.”
Paul Craig Roberts posts Stephen Lendman’s essay. The reader can make a judgement as to Putin’s character, but Mr. Lendman’s two final questions are telling: Judge for yourself. Who’s the mensch and who’s the menace? Which way will Trump go?
My reply to @onomasticator
Putin’s character? Can you possibly be serious?
I marvel at your inability to judge the man by his response to the provocations of Obama! How would the Gangster Putin, as you and so many others conceive him, have reacted to these ‘sanctions’. Your ability to judge the ‘character’ of Putin as the incarnation of ‘evil’ may well be true, but it speaks to the campaign of the demonization of Putin that is a cottage industry in ‘The West’. The measured and rational tone of Putin’s response is either the product of the Machiavellianism of The Prince i.e. the apotheosis of the Gangster, or just a canny politician, who just didn’t survive the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but prevailed, after his appointment by the easily manipulated drunkard Yeltsin.
Why don’t you ask Anna Politkovskaya’s opinion?
Here is the Wikipedia entry on Politkovskaya’s assassination, and you are right to raise the question, yet there were many other political ‘bad actors’ i.e. Gangsters who were threatened by her journalism. Putin, one among many!
As for the Monroe Doctrine, etc: all irrelevant.
This is the position of Henry Ford: history is bunk!
But this issue is about what the U.S. does about a provocation by a foreign power. It’s that simple.
America is the hegemon, whose exercise of political will, after Nietzsche, determines the context and meaning of ‘provocation’! One of the burdens of Exceptionalism is always being right! The proof of my assertions is found in your:
This is a domestic U.S. issue now
GOP congressmen can decide whether to put the interests of the country above partisan politics. They can be traitors or patriots.
Your either with us or against us? The GOP led by Dixiecrat Mitch McConnell and Speaker Ryan, a now closeted acolyte of Ayn Rand, who continually trips over his unslakable political ambition, aided by his inept ‘Budget’ and ‘Policy’ proposals: Ross Douthat called these ‘policy entrepreneurship’, another name for propaganda. You can count on these two, to lead the Crusade for The New Cold War!
What non-Americans think is beside the point.
American hubris is perpetual, and so is its ability to tell itself that its actions are always justifiable, by its own measure! Call it by its true name American Hermeticism.