Putin’s preening

It is a sad day for U.S. foreign policy when Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer turned president of Russia, can pretend to assume the high moral ground in international relations.

The man who been bullying his neighboring countries of Chechnya and Ukraine, who is an ally of thugs like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, spoke to the citizens of the U.S. this week through an op-ed article in the New York Times. He cautions the US government for its willingness to “undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa” with a military strike in Syria.

He denies the Syrian Army had anything to do with the deadly gas attacks on Syrian people, blaming it on the opposition forces, “to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists.” He hints that the opposition forces are now planning an attack on Israel.

He ends his article by chiding President Obama for suggesting the idea of American “exceptionalism,” and piously ends with “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Oh, please!

In Thursday’s Journal editorial page, columnist Joel Brinkley rightly referred to Putin as one of the most hypocritical of world leaders. It is worth another read.