September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
9 years 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. Jerry Schull

    I think we always need to recognize where McCain is coming from. His method nearly always involves the show of military force. He is a strong proponent of gun-boat diplomacy.

    His response to the Russian people would be interesting, if not concerning.

    He believes we are exceptional. What is his definition of exceptional? I say he thinks exceptional == World Police. The vast majority of the American people do not believe this. He therefore does NOT speak for us.

    I believe we are exceptional in that we funnel a great deal of our resources into our military. Way more than we should. Way more that ANY other nation, and more than the 12 largest military budgets of other nations COMBINED. I think this is exceptionally STUPID.

    Our infrastructure is crumbling, our sick and poor are lacking, our government is cutting monies to needed social and educational plans, and we are borrowing from other countries to make ends meet.

    The war mongers/globalists in Congress will fund a military that is not needed on one side of the coin, and then they want to defund Obamacare, a program that will help each and every American. This is wrong.

    September 14, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. Sergei

    Maybe he can finally teach Russians how to play poker.

    September 14, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  3. devnull

    This is the last thing the United States of America needs right now. Our country is represented by the president of the United States. Not John McCain. I enjoyed reading Putin's take on US intervention but McCain going out of his way to have an article published in a prominent Russian newspaper is out of the scope of his job. I am grateful for McCain's service, both military and political, but he talks to much and needs to know when to shut up and step aside. If the president felt the need to have his views published in a Russian newspaper, then he would do it.

    September 14, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  4. Aiken Linda

    Maybe McCain would have a better understanding of the Syria siuation had he not been playing poker on his iphone while discussions were in full mode. With all due respect either you are interested in playng games or you can listen and learn and then you can make comments because you have a full understanding of all that was said by
    Republicans and Democrats alike. Really John!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. LandSlide

    Ok folks, just remember: STICKS AND STONES, ok, sticks and stones!!

    September 14, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  6. PSYmuffin

    Can't wait to hear why McCain thinks he simply as an American is "exceptional". Perhaps it's the millions acquired when "Nukem John" married this wife?
    John, share the wealth and keep your opinions to yourself then you would prove to be "exceptional".

    September 14, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. Btea5503

    Well, how did Putin's op-ed help with the negotiations? All that did was cause the US, or in this case, McCain to offer a response. If it's okay for one side to do it, then why do not the other?

    September 14, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. Lampman

    I am certain that the Russians, like most Americans, are quite aware of McCain's lack of character and will receive any rebuttal that he pens as amusing. A shame that he was released from the 'Hanoi Hilton' and is now 'bombing' the U.S..

    September 14, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  9. kurtinco

    McCain, you are not the President of the United States. Keep you mouth shut.

    September 14, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  10. sgreco

    Pravda, russian for "the truth," was explained to young americans during the cold war as a propaganda newspaper that slanted and twisted their stories to fool their people and was a sign of how bad they were because only a bad nation would lie to their people and pretend its journalism.

    Now we have FOX news.

    September 14, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  11. rplat

    McCain needs to stay out of it and just concentrate on his retirement.

    September 14, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. beckey

    McCain is a traitor .He was seen with AL Qaeda whom we now all know is who the rebels are .Arming the enemy is TREASON.He needs to shut his mouth HE DOES NOT SPEAK FOR AMERICA.

    September 14, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  13. Steve

    I think the best approach is to ignore Putin, Putin's motive is to be relevant on the world political stage; prior to Syria did anyone think of him as anything but a falsely elected president who represented the extreme corruption and oppression that typifies Russian politics? Now he upstaged the US and brokered a peace deal – that is what the civilized world sees; in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan – Russia just made the US cower to their demands.

    September 14, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. chewbacchus

    McCain is an absolute joke and an embarrassment – especially to Americans such as myself living abroad. He receives more defense industry dollars than any other senator in the US and his non-stop warhawking is the byproduct. Penning an editorial in Pravda would serve nothing more than to illustrate what an imperialistic corporatocracy America has become. He is a lunatic that should be handed a gun and forced to patrol the streets of Fallujah and care for children deformed by depleted uranium before he is allowed to voice any murderous bluster that could lead to more young, American men and women getting killed.

    September 14, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. George Hord

    I hope that Senator McCain writes a good rebuttal, because I've recently been disappointed in his views!

    September 14, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. Kermitthefrog

    At the same time, the opinion of Mc Cain in Pravda will certainly serve Poutin. Russian's are largely more subtle and tactful than what Mc Cain think. He is so caricatural, so stupid and so .... neanderthal that no one except american rednecks can swallow what he will write.

    September 14, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. Irfan Haqqee

    We also have to remember that President Bush Sr. was also the head of CIA the equivalent of KGB and look what carnage he created along with his son Dubya in the Middle East.

    September 14, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Johnny Paycut

    Why write a wimpy op-ed. McCain should go over to Russia and kick Pooty Poot's patooty.

    September 14, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. Ed FL

    McCain loves to hear himself talk, while the rest of the world ignores him. Maybe he can continue to BLAB to his Buddy Lindsey Graham. The each love to hear themselves BLAB on about anything that MIGHT make them look like they know something. America has heard enough from the egotistical TWO,wonder which one will break their arm trying to pat themselves on the back

    September 14, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. Big Rafa

    I remember that in the sixth grade there was a boy (fifteen centimeters taller and twenty kilos heavier than the rest of us) that used to expropriate and eat our school lunches at his unarguable discretion. Well, believe me, it was truly exceptional! Remembering that boy I think I can understand exactly what the president meant by ‘’American exceptionalism”.

    September 14, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. wendel

    putin is a thug and we all know that but this may not be the time to state it. John is not wrong in his thinking just his approch

    September 14, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. edsopafan

    Who is McCain? He keeps forgetting he did not win the election to be President. He should not be speaking for the US. He does not represent all the people. True Putin is a Dunce as exemplified in his comments. But throwing gasoline on a fire never puts the fire out. McCain is a Hot Head and a War Monger. I

    September 14, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. GBM

    That's great, there just one problem. He's not POTUS.

    September 14, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Bush

    McCain needs to sit down and shut up. He's not the President. The voters rejected him twice for that job. He proved that he's not fit to lead when he picked Palin as his running mate.

    September 14, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Dennis Freeman

    Maybe he could get Dennis Rodman to assist him.

    September 14, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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