The Guardian: On Syria, Putin is a modern Machiavelli – and that's a good thingSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 23:14
The Guardian: On Syria, Putin is a modern Machiavelli – and that's a good thing
The Russian president's New York Times op-ed was a scathing indictment of Barack Obama's morality-based foreign policy
theguardian.com, Friday 13 September 2013 11.29 EDT
This week, Vladimir Putin outflanked Barack Obama on his home turf. The Russian president's scathing op-ed in the New York Times did more than simply leave the American president looking "rudderless and outplayed at every turn", as Max Hastings wrote in the Daily Mail. What shot the piece to the top of the international conversation was its merciless inversion of a long-standing American truism: that the good guys can do no wrong.
Instead, here is our American hero – the compassionate, liberal former professor of constitutional law who once opposed the war in Iraq – now on the verge of bombing a sovereign country without UN approval while the wily old villain plays the part of peacemaker.
Reading Putin's article was like having "someone whom you personally loathe call out all your personal flaws and be annoyingly accurate about it" confessed a frustrated Fox News reader in a comment on a story about Putin's statement. "I can't stand the guy. But nearly everything in it I agreed with".