Let’s unpack McCain’s allegations about the Russian government:
“President Putin and his associates ….don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them.”
An interesting assertion, coming from one of the chief backers of US military intervention in Syria in the face of public opinion polls showing that his constituents overwhelmingly oppose the idea.
“They punish dissent and imprison opponents.”
And yet McCain is furious that they’ve stopped him from punishing and imprisoning Edward Snowden.
“They rig your elections.”
That’s quite a howler coming from one of the primary architects of the American incumbency protection regime, aka “campaign finance reform.”
“They control your media. … and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption. ”
Professional jealousy much? McCain’s fulminations over his inability to control media — in particular, Wikileaks — are legendary.
“How has [Putin] strengthened Russia’s international stature? By allying Russia with some of the world’s most offensive and threatening tyrannies.”
But not with the tyranny of Georgian strongman Mikheil Saakashvili. It was McCain who supported Saakashvili’s war on Russia-leaning Abkhazia and South Ossetia and rattled his saber at Putin when Russia forcefully responded.
“I believe in [Russians’] capacity for self-government and your desire for justice and opportunity.”
If only he believed in those same values for Syrians … or Americans!