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. Suhweet

    I normally like McCain, but name calling back and forth is not going to do anyone any good. Let's see how the diplomatic efforts work out, before we do something that could bite us in the butt again.

    September 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. rose white

    I wish McCain would let Obama foul up our international image all on his own. He doesn't really need any help in that department but it looks as though he is going to get some.

    September 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Don't go there.

    Don't do it. Just leave it alone.

    September 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. John McCrillis

    A splended opertunity to exspose not only this fool but his supporters as well.

    September 14, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. exred

    Oh, this is great. McCain is going to shoot his mouth off in the midst of delicate negotiations designed to stop the murder of civilians by chemical weapons. This is typical of the Republican mindset. Forget about the mission and the ultimate goal, it's all about me, me, me.

    September 14, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. freddie nerk

    McCain was rejected by America as President. Putin will just laugh him off, as the American people did. Maybe Putin can get his Vietnamese buddies to dig up some transcripts of McCain spilling US secrets to the Vietcong when he was their guest?

    September 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. aktap

    I really find it odd that the American press keeps harping on Putin's ties to the KGB, Seeing how our own President Bush "senior" was second bamana at the CIA when it over through a democratically elected government in Iran! As far as I know? Putin's never done anything near as nasty! But then again Bush senior was a fairly good president, and Putin is coming off as a internasional peacemaker! Maybe old spies want to be good nasional leaders, just like old soldiers want peace?

    September 14, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. us_1776

    McCain it's not even worth your time to respond to this Putin narcissist.

    Just leave it.

    Syria is never going to meet the conditions regarding chemical weapons and Obama is definitely going to order a strike.


    September 14, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. ldemarinis

    Can't we find anyone else better suited to speak on behalf of the public than McCain... please?

    September 14, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Ed C.

    Is it possible to stop letting the bullies rule the world? Especially McCain. Lets see how we can all get along instead of how we can all not get along. The people of this world would probably get along just fine if we get all of the bully politicians and leaders out of the way!! So much is wasted.. human lives, money, time and for what?? Nothing!

    September 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. ldemarinis

    Cant' we find anyone else better suited to speak on 'our' behalf... please, America?

    September 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Shea

    Thank God! Somebody needs to stand up to Hitle* (cough) Putin and put him in his place!!

    September 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. datruth

    A specific people Having the feeling of being "exceptional"= sense of cultural racial superiority & arrogance = leads to fascism, racism, discrimination, prejudice=> results in imperialism, colonialism=>subjugation and often times genocide of the perceived "less exceptional" group
    wonder if Hitler told his people they be "exceptional"

    September 14, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Dick Delson

    Maybe he can write about giving us Sarah THE BIMBO Palin

    September 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Pixie

    So McCain got super offended that Putin told us that we're not special snowflakes? Jesus, this country is full of idiots and narcissists when this type of statement is considered "controversial".

    September 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. dms

    McCain is a nut who needs to retire. Commentor named Silly Lib, stick your head back in the sand with the rest of the uneducated right wing sheep.

    September 14, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Rodger Olsen

    Pravda is rarely read in Russia these days. It belongs to the Communist party and died with the party. In any case, an op-ed by McCain which would essentially say " We hate your commie asses and we will continue to bomb and bully anyone we want anywhere we want because we are better than anyone else. We are Exceptional!!" probably wouldn't play well in any publication.

    September 14, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. ✠RZ✠

    Pretty sure MCain was actually playing the "Where is Damascus Game" on his iPhone during the Senate Hearings, but they photoshopped in the Poker Game to make it look good.

    September 14, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. thinker

    It's been a long time since we've seen international co-operation to prevent war. Long overdue, in my opinion!

    September 14, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    McCain wants, McCain wants.......................................... ad nauseum.

    McCain wanted all out war and regime change. Then McCain wanted it slowed down. Then he wants to pretend he was elected President after he went and had his photo made with a group of al quaida guys a few weeks ago.

    He's old enough his wants won't hurt him. But knowing his mouth, they might hurt us.

    September 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Michael D. Johnson

    Look at the childish behavior of Americans the world has witnessed since Obama was elected. How can a nation claim to be exceptional when so, many of its citizens can't behave civilly? There is nothing exception when so many have replace rational political discourse with emotional ranting? What is exception about a nation about a nation where ignorance has become so endemic that people can be made to believe a president who drinks beer follows Islam and spending 15 billion dollars on border protection is doing nothing? In any other nation but. the United States, being intellectually elite is a positive. We live in a global economy whose currency is intellectual capital. No nation has been exceptional being ignorant and mediocre.

    September 14, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Obvious

    Obama already failed to charm Putin. He made the mistake of thinking Putin was just another guilty white guy that would bend over backwards for Obama. Every time Obama steps outside of politically correct circles he gets embarrassed.

    September 14, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Vlad

    Although I'm a hard core republican. McCain is becoming an embarrasment to us. He only wants war, no matter with who and why. he is too old now, needs to retire.

    September 14, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. BigBoyBC

    Senator McCain there comes a time when you should keep you mouth shut, that time is now. Obama already screwed this situation up, we don't need you to chime in.

    September 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Solomon Walker

    I'm sure that he is, Senator McCain – but you have real US civilians being harmed right here on domestic soil that you ignore as well as ultra liberals that cause these acts of terror.

    So – are you a better man?
    It is also my understanding that you nearly exploded a naval vessel during your service to the country.

    How should we compare you as a man of alleged heroism to anyone else's record of service to their nation, when you have demonstrated acts that are anathema to liberty here on domestic soil, Sir.

    So – because of these facts – I find it curious that the press is in your face all of the time – when there are known outstanding members of our Armed Forces who have so very much more experience and military prowess than you do – that is, to me, revolting – that America looks to your limited military experience for solid answers to some of the international communities toughest questions regarding war.

    I recently viewed a curriculum vitae of a United States hero that was utterly impressive, unlike any I have viewed to date that it caused me to scratch my head in curiosity as to how Washington, DC can ignore these credentials and let it sit without proper attention paid during times of war.

    I equate Senator McCain's half-hearted efforts to remain employed or to sell beer commodities specious to press relations and feel this is his motivation and his heart is not so very much with security of the United States.

    Because actions really do speak louder than words, and we've not seen actual improvement in the security of the United States – we ought to investigate why that is.

    Let's start with the State of Arizona.

    September 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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