September 26, 2017

FLASHBACK: Putin Was For Targeted Airstrikes Before He Was Against Them


In an NY Times op-ed published yesterday, President Vladimir Putin is all like, “Military strikes are bad. Really bad. President Obama is mean!”, and so-called progressives like Katrina vanden Heuvel and Prof. Jelani Cobb are eating it up like tasty pudding. But look at what Putin wrote in (ironically) a NY Times op-ed in 1999 (h/t Jim Roberts @nycjim):

Reluctantly, we have intervened. Our immediate aim is to rid Chechnya of those who threaten the safety of Chechens and Russians. We also seek to restore civil society to the Chechen people, who have been victims of deprivation, living in the grip of armed criminal gangs for years.

American officials tell us that ordinary citizens are suffering, that our military tactics may increase that suffering. The very opposite is true. Our commanders have clear instructions to avoid casualties among the general population. We have nothing to gain by doing otherwise. The Chechen citizens, after all, are our citizens too. Our land and air forces strive to target only opposing armed forces. The whole reason we chose accurately targeted strikes on specifically identified terrorist bases was to avoid direct attacks on Chechen communities.

  • Miranda

    Two-faced summabish.

  • Kennymack1971

    But this dude is the EmoProgs new patron saint. Okay then.

    • That’s what happens when you take a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” approach to political discussion.

    • pamelabrown53

      Not only the EmoProgs but the wingnuts too. I felt like I had been sucked into a black hole of crazy when I couldn’t discern any difference between , say Katrina vanden Heuval and Rush Limbaugh. Definitely a disturbance in the force.

  • MsKitty
    • So the editorial page editor Andrew ROSENTHAL made the final decision to run Putin’s op-ed? I bet if Syria was using chemical weapons against Israel, ROSENTHAL wouldn’t have let that piece see the light of day.

      Yeah, I went there.

      • edp4bho

        Yeah, I went there.

        And I’m damn glad you did. Now, can this get spread, Sepia? Past time to fight fire with fire (I don’t tweet ).

  • Look what the NY Times wrote about Putin in 2007:

    Focusing on Putin and freedom of the press
    Published: Thursday, May 24, 2007

    Reporters from around the world who will gather in Moscow next week
    are poised to stand up for their colleagues in a country where
    journalism and journalists are increasingly under attack. The 1,000 news media representatives plan to establish a commission to finally
    investigate the growing number of unsolved murders of journalists in
    Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

    Russia is now the third deadliest country for journalists, after Iraq and Algeria, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    Since the year 2000, when President Vladimir Putin was first elected, at least 14 journalists have been murdered because of their work. None of these murders have been solved.


    • Miranda

      But you got mofos so quick to bash PBO they are defending a man that kills their overseas peers with not a second thought about it.

  • nellcote

    A spokesman for Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) told the Washington Post late Wednesday that police have located records about a murder victim who Booker says died in his arms and will turn them over to the National Review on Thursday.

    The National Review announced earlier Wednesday that it would file a lawsuit against Booker, the city of Newark and the Newark Police Department for access to public records about the death of Wazn Miller, who Booker says was shot and died in his arms in 2004.

    James Allen, Booker’s mayoral spokesman, also provided the Post with a comment from former Newark police director Anthony Ambrose backing up Booker’s story. Ambrose said he remembered Booker had “blood all over his hand and on his arm” when he arrived at the scene, and was told by observers that Booker had rendered aid to the victim.

    “I recall him staying by the victim’s side until he was transported to the hospital,” Ambrose said, as quoted by the Post. “Unfortunately, the individual did not survive.”

  • JB20005

    It’s really nice of the NYT to give Op-Ed space to the president of a country that jails and murders journalists.

    ODS is real.

  • rigoletta

    Yeah this peace loving mf.

    I’m glad things didn’t get to the point where we were bombing Syria but this is bs.

    • pamelabrown53

      “peace loving mf” got to spew his propaganda just like he was writing…er, I mean his American PR was writing for Russian state owned media “Russia Today”.

      Here’s what I don’t get: why didn’t the NYTs publish a companion piece refuting all the lies/hypocrisies? I’d say it’s because the MSM is a sinking ship and the first casualty is truth and journalism. They’ve voluntarily demoted themselves to lies and innuendo and sensationalism for clicks and eyeballs.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • gn

    If you want to know who came up on top on #Syria, look at who got everything he wanted. Obama wanted disarmament, and he got it. #caseclosed

    The end. The rest is just bs and people jockeying to save face and as per usual, trying to deny the political and diplomatic finesse of the President.

  • gn

    Why his ratings are in the toilet:

    Now that Chris Hayes has endorsed Putin’s NYT’s OP-Ed, can we expect him to have Putin or Greenwald on his show tonight?

    • Hol’ up! He endorsed it???

      • gn

        He said Putin’s awful and the op-ed is trolling but it’s giving us a “little taste of what it feels like to other country’s citizens to be lectured at by US.” …

        I hardly ever watch MSNBC any more these days because of nonsense like this.

        • So Hayes is on some “Get Back” bs. *smh* Rationale like this is why the left stays losing.

  • Guest

    Oh my lord….

    Sammy Sosa y’all. Self-hate is real.

  • Aquagranny911

    This has all gotten so deranged & insane that I’m feeling like I am back working in the hospital mental unit again. Actually, a lot of those folks had a better grip on reality than our media seems to.

  • JB20005

    “Putin’s troops still occupy annexed Georgian territory after he invaded in 2008. My memory may be bad; was there a Security Council vote?”

    -Garry Kasparov

  • gn

    h/t TheObamaDiary

    what a stunning reversal: not one bomb’s been dropped, not 1 US killed and press just mauling Obama vs. 2 yrs it worshiped W’s Iraq’s fiasco

  • gn


    Can we do a massive trade with Russia? They can have the boneheads defending Putin & we’ll take all the people he’s locked up for no reason.

  • aleth

    Painful to witness. Makes you dislike certain white folk, they never change. The media is owned by corporations. Corporations have control in Russia. That is Alec’s goal in America. The media is complicit in it. So by all means necessary prop up any white man just like the Kate Middleton was propped up to be psuedo first lady or some standard of beauty but that failed. They couldn’t thins a better White man than Putin? Really an autocrat, KGB member, poison extraordinar, Syrian best friend, anti gay lgbt, anti journalist folk is propped up. ayeee ..white America you gotta do better. You are showing the majority of the world what you are made of and it ain’t pretty.