A Plea for Caution From Russia

It is dangerous for any country, including America, to see itself as exceptional, whatever its motivation.
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You are aware that the USA allows stalker gangs to openly poison people?

That was effectively also practiced in the mid 20th century in Europe by another people who considered themselves exceptional.

0 2017-03-19 03:05:35 - Avraam J. Dectis

Mr. Putin actually expects us to react to sentences he writes such as "The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not." with a straight face? He really believes that?

He makes good points regarding the potential intervention in Syria. However, he would have been far more persuasive had he avoided the urge to jump on the morality high horse in the process.

1 2017-03-18 10:07:24 - Jane

Yeah, umm.... our human rights record isn't so rosy either. Just because it takes one to know one,that doesn't lessen or change insights or reality.

If you're going to punish your kid/employee/citizen by spanking/firing/warring, don't you think it's important to know that they were really the one needing the punishment, and not their brother/co-worker/insurgents?

It makes a difference.

0 2017-03-16 10:06:20 - Geo Williams

To President Putin with all due respect,

America is exceptional but not because of its foreign policy, but because the people that comprise her. I take exception to your statement Mr Putin and hope one day you will find the flaw in it.

We have a lot of issues to work out between our countries but to suggest that you have some wisdom greater than ours on human rights is complete bologna. The snow is ash Mr. Putin.

In other matters, I agree with you Mr. Putin. The United Nations is the right forum for these debates. Lets get creative. The normal modus operandi is untenable and other solutions must be explored. Monroe Doctrine? No way, this is a global economy and every country has interests that are eternally entwined, but I agree the United States should back off the trigger and sit back down. There is a time for force and a time for negotiations. The influence of the Neocons is all to prevalent in our recent foreign policy. There is a balance to be struck. Although we are an exceptional society we are a flawed one as well, but forever evolving.

I believe we can become stronger partners. It's a long road ahead, but the journey starts with one small step. America should take that first step with Syria and Russia should take a walk with us.

In closing, i would like to wish the people of Russia best wishes, fond memories and all your worldly desires. We are all more alike than we are not.


1 2017-03-15 21:26:18 - RHDII

Please see my post above, with a link to an article that discusses evidence that the sarin used on August 21 was an accident in the course of rebels transporting the material, which was sent to them by the Saudis.

0 2017-03-15 14:15:50 - marina

"No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization."

Mr. Putin, do you mean like your country did in Afghanistan in the 1980's? So much for your credibility. The U.S. has done this kind of thing in the past as well, so I do not purport the U.S. to hold the moral high ground, but for you to make such an assertion now is truly laughable,

1 2017-03-15 04:12:25 - JonW

Whether or not he has a real concern for world peace, his actions will have a better effect thereon than would have had another American war. The USA keeps rushing into wars without bothering to acquaint itself with the people it so enthusiastically kills and terrorises and then stands back in shocked surprise when things turn horribly messy.

0 2017-03-13 18:06:51 - Ronée Robinson

Thank God somebody gets it. The New York Times is subscribed to by, for the most part, degree carrying lefties who never gave a thought about fighting for the freedoms they enjoy. No, they pranced around campus while others fought for them. You shouldn't be surprised though by their admiration of Putin, these same folks are now running over to Russia on their Club ABC tours. Let them go, let them stay, goodbye!

0 2017-03-12 15:22:02 - albert holl

I have to agree with Putin on most parts, that a diplomatic solution is better than one acquired by force. I also agree with you about Russia's inhuman LBGT-laws. BUT, before you judge, remember that you live in a country where CREATIONISM is considered a science and taught as such in schools (not all states, I know). And I don't tend to make this comment a political statement, but the Republican party consists of probably the most anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-human politicians there are. I hope the US opens its eyes to the fact that this "Syria-intervention" is a desperate attempt to enter a conflict, because we all know how much some people earn by it.

By intervening in Syria WITHOUT support by the international community, you jeopardize and frankly disrespect everything that the veterans of World War II fought for. Has the previous sacrifices not taught you anything?

A worried European

1 2017-03-11 12:26:02 - Joonas

An excellent address by Putin to the American people. As a country, we love to divert our attention to evils happening elsewhere. The most horrendous evils happen right here in the United States of America. We love to "police" the world because that is far easier than policing ourselves. And when we "police" the world, we feel good about ourselves, pat ourselves on the back and call ourselves "exceptional". We are by no means exceptional. We kill our own children, our own people, right here in homeland, faster than any war or external terrorism inflicted upon us. We are our own biggest enemy.

0 2017-03-11 04:21:58 - Sam Brown

America is not trying to impose happiness or democracy on Syria. America is trying to keep Syria from violating international law, again, by using chemical weapons.

0 2017-03-11 02:19:49 - silencedogoodreturns

Like a message from an alternate universe, but utterly awesome. The last paragraph deserves very careful attention. It is, totally and unequivocally, true.

32 2017-03-09 20:43:38 - James

Dmitry, I appreciate hearing your point of view, especially since you are Russian American and have far more experience with Russian than most of us will ever have. I agree with your assessment that Putin is gifted and intelligent, and that he is a dangerous man.

I also agree that Putin is obsessed with catching up with the West, but I also believe that power and control are his ultimate goal. A peaceful and stable international environment does not serve Putin's interests as much as instability in the Middle East does.

Middle Eastern instability increases the price of oil - the primary driver of the Russian economy. It also allows Russia to sell additional weapons - the second driver of the Russian economy. These two are the only significant exports that Russia has, so continued war increases Russian exports and stimulates the failing economy.

I believe you are correct in stating that the US' image internationally is one of a crusader who goes to war too easily. This image troubles me, as I do not believe that accurately represents the United States' vision. I believe that the US is a great nation, whose motives are almost always noble, even when the results of our actions do not always work out that way.

I don't know the answer in Syria, and clearly, neither does Obama. But we must be wary of anything that Putin proposes, as I do not believe that his motives are pure.

0 2017-03-09 18:10:10 - Jack

Here is the line that shows that everything else Putin's ghost writer wrote is nonsense: "Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw." Had Russia not interfered in the politics of Afghanistan, had they not invaded in the late 1970's who knows what would be their situation as the seeds were sown under Russian rule and the Russians were brutal in Afghanistan, including under Gorbechev. Russia has intervened in many other countries over its history and if it were not now providing money and arms to Assad, along with the Iranians and Hezbollah, there would be no need for the US to get involved.

2 2017-03-09 05:33:37 - lzolatrov

I'm still waiting for an explanation as to how the victims of military grade nerve agents could be handled by unprotected medical staff without killing them all. That being said, while I'm sure that Putin is looking after his own interests, we should leave the idea of "American exceptionalism" in the dust of history, along with Manifest Destiny and the "white man's burden".

2 2017-03-08 18:23:39 - Ron Goodman

" It's pretty worrisome when the public starts to trust Putin more than the US President."

Or a sign of hope.

0 2017-03-08 08:52:42 - R. Bentley

Putin wants to sound like the reasonable man that he is not. He is no more than a democracy 'wanna be,' and wants to look like the peacemaker that he is not. Do not be fooled my friends. Wolves in sheep's clothing are often hunted by those smarter and more courageous than the wolf. Vladimir Putin would not recognize democracy growing in his garden.

48 2017-03-08 00:11:46 - Dorothy Collins

Putin expresses idealistic words of the benefits of peace and good works in international relations in comparison to violence and use of force but then he states something that completely undermines his apparently reasonable position.

"...No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists..." Intelligence reports and visual observations confirm that the gas attack was committed by the Syrian governmental forces, not the opposition forces. Putin is continuing to refuse the acknowledge fact that he does not wish to address.

The elimination of chemical weapons would provide Assad with a way to avoid a military strike by the U.S. and if Putin can affect that he will have helped eliminate further atrocities from their use. But his refusal to acknowledge that the threat of this force was what has precipitating the discussion of this solution and to insist that to effect that result, that the U.S. must agree to not use any force in the future against Syria makes the outcome uncertain. Without the fear of the U.S. strike and with Putin's and Assad's claims that the chemical attacks are by the opposition forces, Assad's regime can delay surrendering the weapons and to use them while asserting that the opposition forces are to blame.

0 2017-03-07 11:30:13 - casual observer

Interesting how Putin utilized our principle of freedom of speech to express himself, while this is a freedom he denies his own people...Ironic, don't you think?

4 2017-03-06 23:09:15 - K.C.

The "reaching out" is, at best, a gambit,k at worst an empty gesture. The case for diplomacy in Syria has been scuttled by bad faith actors such as Russia and China. Having drawn the conflict out by supporting and arming Assad throughout the war and resisting UN action, and now further stalling intervention from the US by offering a "solution," the Russians have outplayed the US at every turn. This most recent development is a win for Assad, a win for Putin, a loss for Obama, a loss for international law, a loss for the bordering nations who have absorbed millions of refugees, and a loss for the Syrian people. And Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned

2 2017-03-05 21:36:21 - Arjun

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