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. manomundo

    McCain has a serious problem in identifying the enemy. First he wants to send weapons to the same people who attacked the United States, and now he wants to combat the world leader who saved the administration from this egregious error.

    September 14, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Elmo

    This is going to be embarrassing.

    September 14, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. mirageseekr

    I think we should all write Pravda a letter stating McCain does not speak for us. The war monger just isn't happy that this could work out diplomatically after all of his war drum beating. So much for a president that was going to change world opinion of us. Shut up and sit down McCain before you embarrass us and start a war.

    September 14, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Ralph_in_FL

    Russians need a laugh too.

    September 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Random

    Rand Paul might not be a terrible idea. I don't know his intimate thoughts or motivations , but his father's ambitions were rather acceptable to me. He was just too old and seemed to show it during debates. All I know for certain is Putin knows what to expect from mccain and that means mccain works for putin right now. You never want to send in someone with Mccains strengths , invited.
    There might be something to the idea of sending Paul to speak for us. But I don't know his motivations well enough to say.

    September 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Silly Lib

    You libs have your guy Barry making a fool of himself and our nation, losing to Putin, and you still wanna beat on MCain. Lol! Hypocrites. Its your Lord barry who got us into this mess.

    September 14, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. marty

    Mr. 'bomb, bomb' should go home and stay there.

    September 14, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Steve

    McCain can't stand it that Obama is actually handling the situation like a pro. First Obama is putting significant pressure on Putin militarily and allowing diplomacy to work. McCain just wants to rail on Putin to destablize this effort. Putin is not a nice guy but he does not want the US invading Syria and setting up military bases on his door step. McCain is a GOP Republican that loves war and bought off by defense contractors. He believes the only way to expand our interest is through war. That is the way he thinks; while he lines his pockets with money. McCain needs to RETIRE

    September 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Walt

    Listen up. No all people commenting here against the US and their dumb representatives are American or communists. Evidently not all Americans commenting here are fools. Democracy can be derailed from both sides. Being a Canadian watching from the outside one gains a nice perspective that many Americans have woken to. The good old USA isn't number one any more and the international community has known this for a long time. Wind bags such as McCain only solidify this fact while blowing nonsensical out of touch comments into the wind. Between a indecisive President and an opposition only interested in party politics the world sees this once great nation as a repeated party joke that seems to get funnier as the evening wears on. Mr Putin just managed to make your president and country look like fools this week, and rightly so. People like Mr McCain do more damage criticizing both sides with out coming up with any viable solutions. That said the biggest exposure over the last several weeks isn't that Mr McCain is a wind bag but that the US has a virtual lame duck President incapable of leading a boy scout troop. Say what you want but the long term allies within the international community aren't going along with the US any more because of credibility issues past and present. What a joke the US has become. They've insulted their own people, and will continue to do so by telling them, they're number one. The only ting they're number one at right now is a 16 trillion dollar plus debt. Lets see McCain solve this one.

    September 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. oneWayfarer

    Maybe they should just have a boxing match.

    September 14, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Sane Person

    No one is interested in more McCain tantrums.

    September 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. JC55

    McCain respond! The man never saw a rock that didn't have a commie behind it. But just in case nuke each rock anyway just to make sure. He is the last man in America that should respond for any of us.

    September 14, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. conoclast

    Yeah, McCain needs to clearly demonstrate "American exceptionalism" for the Russians-and give them a good laugh in the process! As of now we're exceptionally under-educated, insular and naive. Are you proud of that, John? You've served your country well. Now please just go home.

    September 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. buffalo

    Just what the U.S. needs at this point. McCain sputtering and spewing and botching whatever agreement can be reached. Term limits, anyone?

    September 14, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Craig from Pa.

    Hey John, you Lost!! Sit down and get ready to pack up your stuff...go to a retirement home old buddy!

    September 14, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Jon's

    I have no problem with this. McCain is an old man who has seen far more than Obama could hope to, and has called every single move in the Syrian conflict before it has happened. I wish someone would post a timeline of McCain comments and Syrian events, because he has been dead on every time. He warned Obama two years ago that if we didn't help the FSA that extremist groups would become a problem, and they did. He warned that if the FSA wasn't given credibility by the Obama administration the extremists would join forces in a political coalition, which they did. I think his warnings to Putin about being serious about this agreement will be the best shot across the chin for Putin. Remember, Putins motivation is selling arms to Syria. Not peace. The longer this conflict goes on the more weapons, planes, and attack helicopters Putin gets to sell. In a sense he's playing Assad. I think folks should reserve judgement until after its printed. Providing the publication doesn't edit the crap out of it.

    September 14, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    And mcCain is just one of the reasons that the world is laughing at the GOP.

    September 14, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. JustWho

    McWho need to keep his face out of sight. Seems he can't stand anything he doesn't originate.

    September 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Mr Dalloway

    Sen. Gangrene go back to bed will you?

    September 14, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. TickedinNY

    McCain needs to keep his fat trap shut. I lean more to the right, than left, but this guy's a major embarrassment. We already look bad enough, let's not make it worse.

    September 14, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. carlin123

    Squeal little war pig squeal squeal.

    September 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Socrates

    This is going to be funny. I can't wait. I am glad that Obama is teaching the Republicans a lesson on how to deal with difficult situation such as Syria. Remember Bush? How can I forget.

    September 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. tucsonlib

    Re: Silly exactly did Pres. Obama get us into this mess. It was the Assad regime that gassed his own people. Obama's threat of bombing them is what brought Putin into the act to begin with. If this relenquishing of chemical weapons works, it was because of the threat of bombs. You morons would rather we let chemicals be used because it isn't in our country but fail to realize the ramifications if this type of cruelty being left to continue. McCain is constantly trying to still be relative and needs to retire, as he as presumably talking of doing. He is a joke, a loser and totally invested in keeping us at war somewhere.

    September 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Ilyak

    I dont get one thing. How can this guy stay in Congress for so long? Who votes for him? Is Arizona a drugged-up state?

    September 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. MM

    I don't think McCain should respond to Putin. If McCain's opinions are taken the wrong way in Russia, that can lead to more conflict for the U.S.

    September 14, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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