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. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to SillyLib – And your party proposed what in this situation? Just as I thought – nothing.

    September 14, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    Why is this being allowed to happen? This man is not now, nor will he ever hold the highest office in our country. If any democrat, were to take it upon themselves to interfere in a republicans dealings during their time of holding office, they'd act as if the world were about to end. God! how I look forward to the 2014 midterms. Good Bye Republicans.

    September 14, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. PK

    Good cop, bad cop. Works for me!!!!!

    September 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Regardless of how we got to this point, Senator McCain has got to be convinced this time to remain silent. Senator McCain: Please do NOT interfere. Comments above are known to be correct. Money, power, self-indulgence, aggrandizement, and take us to all-out WAR ONE LAST TIME. Please stop and just be quiet. You can only damage an already difficult situation. Please find the self-control to be quiet. Your silence would silence most of your critics who say you are a psycho for war for personal revenge; ptsd, and raging mad and owned by the military contractors. Your silence would serve America now, instead of yourself. Please Lord, ask the Senator to stand down.

    September 14, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Bob

    McCain seems to be one of those people who lacks the basic self reflection, or is it mental capacity, to consider his own past in terms of his assertions about someone else. Consider the recent past: His enthusiastic support of the attack on Iraq, a country which was no threat to us, had nothing to do with 9/11, was in fact an enemy of AQ, and had complied with UN specifications on WMD. The + half a million Iraqi's who died as a result never seem to cross his mind. Libya? Ditto – now a shambles largely governed by fundamentalist militia's. Syria? That photo op of McCain smirking with rebels – who were subsequently identified by victims as brigands and hostage takers. Additionally, in the last couple of days, but not reported in US media, a Turkish prosecutor has brought charges against a number of members of the Syrian rebels for accessing ~ 10 tonnes of the chemicals required to synthesize sarin. Additionally, two hostages ( one Belgian and one Italian – a teacher and a journalist ) have just been released by rebels in Syria. They both report overhearing a conversation between rebels ( on Skype ), including they believe a general of the FSA, where the august the 21st attack was discussed, and they say it was clear that they were discussing it as an action undertaken by them to induce western support, and an attack on Assad. Given this kind of thing McCain and history I do not think McCain should be allowed to run a bath, never mind write a response to Putin.

    September 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Jg

    Why shouldn't McCain respond? A diplomatically crafted poke at Putin is something the Russian people may enjoy. Putin is no saviour in this mess, if anything, he has been the catalyst for mass murder. Assad is his buddy and Putin should have been lecturing him not Obama.

    September 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. rob0rah

    John! Now dont go and start something! We mean it!

    September 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. ali

    Poor Mccain, he just can't get over the fact that he will never be president. Such a bitter old man.

    September 14, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. marc

    I'm worried about a typical immature response where Putin more or less talks about issues (right or wrong) and McCain is going to go after him personally. Pathetic.

    September 14, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Do_not-feed-the-troll

    Don't feed the troll, McCain!

    September 14, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Mr. Nasty

    Why Mr. Mcpain is such an old balz face?

    September 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Booby

    I think MC Cain should go and visit Putin.

    September 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. CMD

    Tell McCain and the rest of the 'old' to retire.

    September 14, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Dynan3

    I sincerely hope he doesn't drool on the soapbox podium. Please, someone, make sure his Depends are tucked in before he makes more of a mockery of our government than this tottering, senile, old warmongering fool has already.

    C'mon Arizona. Put grampa to bed. His war days are over. We'll let you keep Arpaio...

    September 14, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Ilya

    No one reads Pravda in Russia anymore, it used to be a main publication of Communist party, but now has a very small audience. Of course they will be happy to publish McCain to increase their ratings. The fact that McCain brought up name Pravda as if it is some kind of important newspaper in modern Russia, just shows how out of date this guy is.

    September 14, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. DS

    "never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world". Isn't it similar to our own ambition to influence the world?

    September 14, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Babs

    I would love to watch McCain rip and shred the once and always KGB Putin. He would run circles around this fool.

    September 14, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Milwaukee County Man

    That's right! Send in insane McCain to finish his song:
    Bomb bomb bomb bomb-bomb Iran, bomb bomb bomb bomb-bomb Iran
    Oh bomb Iran, Insane McCain.......but Obama's rockin' and a rollin' doin all the dealin
    so bomb Iran

    September 14, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. ne2indy

    Someone needs to stuff a sock in McCain's mouth. He's a war monger plain and simple and wants to stick his nose in where it doesn't belong. We need more diplomacy, not war mongering.

    September 14, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. lewtwo

    McCain should respond in person (and stay to refute any response ... forever).

    September 14, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Firstname Lastname

    McCain: The only thing you need to say right now is, NOTHING. Sit down and shut your mouth. Syria has nothing to do with YOU.

    September 14, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. commonsense

    Hey folks, don't underestimate a man who can gamble online AND push for bombing others at the SAME TIME! And then joke about it having done so. His moral compass is so screwed up, he will gladly kiss an Al Qaeda who wants to kill Americans just so long as he gets Assad. I call it Asma envy. McCain's wife is an ugly, nagging bench whereas Assad's wife is charitable, dutiful, loyal and drop dead gorgeous. HE really wants Assad dead and preferably his whole family, as well. Women and children be damned to his bombs. Or as they say, "a little collateral damage is acceptable".

    September 14, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. John

    I think McCain should write a piece for Pravda. I would like to read what Mr. McCain had to say to the everyday Russian.

    September 14, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Wisemann

    Too late for this kind of damage control. In terms of public opinion, bombing a sovereign nation on fake excuses is obviously not popular and in fact evoked very negative reaction even among traditional allies like UK who were fools enough to bloody their hands in Iraq. Clearly, the Brits have learned their lesson. Poor Obama should first try and gain some popularity with his own congress before he can hope for any PR successes elsewhere in the world.
    If it comes to the vote, Congress will turn it down, as expected. But why McCain, of all people? Newt Gingrich, yes, But McCain? He can hardly read and write.

    September 14, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Mccainfrenchfry

    What could McCain say that would make any sense? Poor guy still believes he's a prisoner of the cold war. What diplomacy could McCain offer – your either with the US and the terrorists or against us. When will this ol guy grow up?

    September 14, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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