September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
7 months ago

Op-ed for Op-ed: McCain to strike back in 'Pravda'

(CNN) - Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's controversial opinion piece in the New York Times, Sen. John McCain jokingly told CNN's Jake Tapper he'd like to write a commentary for Pravda, the historic Russian newspaper connected to the Communist Party.

Well, now it looks like McCain may get his wish.

According to Foreign Policy's blog The Cable, the editors of Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish an op-ed by the Arizona Republican. The opinion piece will most likely reflect McCain's strong negative views toward Putin.

"We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world," McCain said Thursday on Tapper's show, "The Lead."

Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda, told The Cable that if McCain wants to write an op-ed, he is "welcome."

"Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already," Sudakov continued. "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."

A spokesman for McCain told The Cable that McCain "would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we'll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission."


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soundoff (721 Responses)
  1. None

    The U.S. has very little right to be arming the rebels in Syria. What the U.S. needs to do is join the international bandwagon on removing chemical warfare and impeding other nations from supplying the Syrians with any type of weapons. Meanwhile that occurs, the U.S. should be helping refugees escape by offering them asylum. This is just another presidential attempt at leaving behind a legacy.

    All of these Middle Eastern conflicts the U.S. involves itself in is going to result in some type of retaliation, be it nuclear, from other countries sick of the U.S. meddling in its foreign affairs.

    I realize the U.S. has a responsibility to stop tyrants so another Hitler doesn't happen, but the mentality being expressed by McCain and other U.S. officials is to strike strike strike. All other diplomatic options need to be exhausted first.

    Just help the refugees!

    September 14, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. mauro39

    McCain is having a ball!! Look at his perpetual smirk on his face! If he was on private employment instead of milking the system as a politician he would have been put to pasture a while ago. It's the Arizonians who keep on electing him who have no clue!

    September 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Mat Prtor

    @Steve why do you said that 'Putin is not a nice guy?'

    September 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Ed Bodi

    People like McCain help make the U.S. a laughingstock around the world. Here we have the possibility of lowering the temperature in Syria and yet he is fanning the flames of war. One would think his background would have converted McCain into a peacenik.

    September 14, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. j

    who has never abandoned the (Russian) ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world...

    aaaaaand...us telling other countries what to do is different how??

    September 14, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. BT

    Let's give peace a chance as the old dictum goes. And also let the world leaders set personalities aside and work for the common good. Assad is a terrible person and he kills his people with little or no regard for the fact that these are his own people. Our answer to his transgression should not be raining bombs on more Syrian citizens.

    September 14, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. yem

    I used to have a lot of respect for John McCain but can no longer trust his judgement after he made Sarah Palin his V.P. choice. Maybe he shouldn't write anything. He is too much of a hard liner!

    September 14, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Dave

    McCain really wants to respond, but has just been too busy playing poker on his phone lately. If he can pry himself away from that, be sure he'll embarrass every American...again...

    September 14, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Don

    Putin is just Russian KGB, who should stay out of American foreign policy. While he continuously erodes his own people's freedom he tries to lecture us. How many of it's own citizens has Russia tortured in the past fifty years?

    September 14, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Eleanor

    Someone might want to dig deeper into Putin's ties with the oil companies in Russia. I work in the Oil and Gas Industry, and recently discovered Putin controls ALL oil and gas in Russia!

    September 14, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Number 10

    Lets face it, the world is messed up!

    September 14, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Kenneth

    Notwithstanding a degree of skepticism, I found Mr. Putin's op-ed piece a refreshing change from the characteristically caustic norm. I would encourage Senator McCain to provide an appropriate response. Although I suspect this will be another example of "open mouth, insert foot", an attribute intrinsic to the McCain school of public relations.

    September 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. JOE B

    I do wonder if he will sing the song he sang at Nursing Homes, "Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Iran" – All senators and congressmen should be evaluated by a psychiatrist during their terms.

    September 14, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. LetsgoOlJohn

    He wants to do it before he die.

    September 14, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Gregware

    Shut up & sit down Mr. McCain. No one cares what you have to say. You picked Sarah Palin to be the 2nd in command of this nation. You forfeited any and all chances of being taken seriously and possessing an ounce of credibility. Time to go back into your box with Minsey Graham & CNN get back to reporting on internet videos of cats in microwaves.

    September 14, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. NameFrank Deery

    Russia, a vast land of many diverse groups, has been an autocrisy from the czars through
    the 1918 Revolt, which was supposed to end that, but gave us Lenin, then, worse, Stalin and his heirs. Gorbachev and Yelsin tried to change things, but nicely. Got part way, not all the way. Putin, probably a fan of both Peter and Catheine The Great, both total autocrats(with some heart), is autocratic. Period. Thus, his KGB days have called now, from Mao's playbook: seize the time, seize the moment. He did-while Obama ignored Syria for 2 years, "fundraising"(not in Detriot or New Jersey, but Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, and Silicon Valley-where the $$$$$
    is!). Absentee management =fiasco! His plate
    now-as poor Kerry struggles with Russia to
    cover a Presidential, ad hoc disaste-Is to Spin, ala Bill Clinton, Obama's mentor, on Sunday talk shows!
    A US President should not have to do this, but Obama, always savy on late shows, most
    of working America miss, goes on.

    Obama is a disaster! Liberal media loons are
    even caving on this. Let Kerry do it. Send Obama to Hollywood, His real haven, where
    Miley Cyris can roll out the Welcome "bro" Mat!

    GOP rules in 2014 and 2016. Cake walk!

    September 14, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Mike Buck

    This sounds like a JR High note writing girl fight!

    September 14, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. james

    Well at least somebody is sticking up for their Nation and President. Seems like most people allow their hatred of Obama to prevent them from agreeing with anything he does, regardless of what it is. Bush was completely wrong on Iraq, but at least he had better support within the government.

    September 14, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Obummer

    What could possibly go wrong here?

    September 14, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Indiana Voter

    "McCain can't stand it that Obama is actually handling the situation like a pro." – Steve

    This is the problem with the Democrat Party today. They don't even recognize when our President is being embarrassed on the world stage. I want my President to be strong leader on foreign policy, regardless if he a Democrat or Republican. Unfortunately, he got bested this week by an old KGB guy.

    September 14, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Dan-Oh

    McCain needs to shut up. Period. Just go enjoy your jello and let the lucid folk work things out.

    September 14, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. DAN

    I agree with most of the above, Mc'Cain and his ilk is a big part of America's problem

    September 14, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. BB

    McCain is a war monger out to transfer tax payer wealth to the defense companies. There is not a country in the middle east that McCain would not want to attack. He is the main supporter of growth of NSA and use of drones in the US. I am not sure how Arizonians keep electing such a piece of work. He is past dementia and lives in his make believe world

    September 14, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. gerry

    Somebody should tell Mr. Mccain to just back away gracefully from this whole debacle before it looks any worse. Talk about a diplomatic knockout punch from the Russians. Oh so very skilled in their measured and well thought out approach to this potential international catastphre . No dithering in the face of firm decisive action. No chest pumping or empty rheteroic. Mr. Putin has to be commended for steering the issue of chemical weapons in Syria to an arena of international diplomacy . Finally averting at least for now, the inevitable collision course toward more war and chaos in this region of the middle east. Look for more "parental" guidance in Russian involvement in US foreign policy in the future.

    September 14, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Rupert

    McCain had better think long and hard about this. World opinion and momentum are not in his favor and he could easily make a fool of himself.

    September 14, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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