One thing that has always pissed me off about Americans is not that they think their country is exeptional, that is perfectly understandable; we think Britain is exceptional, natives of France, Germany Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, all the rest of Europe, Turkey, India, the Arab nations, Egypt, Morocco, everywhere that has a sense of nationhood and a well developed national culture people rightly think their country is exceptional. No, it’s that when Americans, especially politicians and journalists, start banging on about American exceptionalism, they expect us to agree with them or at least grant them exemption from local customs and traditions relating to good manners.
So when a politician with a cruel streak like Vladimir Putin punctures their bubble we must suspect he is playinmg mind games with Obama again, trying to goad Bammy into ordering an attack on Syria without United Nations approval maybe.
The Russian president article warning America against military intervention in Syria was published on The New York Times website late Wednesday, triggered and outrage among the American chatterati (who you may remember launched hate bombs against President Dubya when he spoke of American exceptionalism).
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez said the piece made him almost want to throw up (but as Menendez has a track record for hiring teenage prozzers and throwing up on them, which makes Cyril Smith look a pretty ordinary sort of guy) we can’t be sure which way this should be taken. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he was so insulted it gave him a hard on. With a name like boner, we’d guess everything gives him a hard on.
Putin said he wrote the article to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.
But his last paragraph in which he disputed the idea of American exceptionalism appeared to be more about slaughtering sacred cows.
In a reference to President Obamas address on Tuesday night, in which he said that while America cant be a global cop, it ought to act when in certain situations.
Thats what makes us exceptional, Obama said. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.
Huymility? America? Told you Obama was a cupid stunt.
Putins answer to that was:
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation, he wrote.
He concluded with the line, We are all different, but when we ask for the Lords blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
Obama himself ignored questions about the op-ed on Thursday but his chief spin doctor, Jay Carney, said that Putin has a right to his opinion, before stating that America is an exceptional nation as if it were an indisputable fact.
Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned Putins views on equality.
What I found interesting was the closing when he says when we pray to God he judges us all I dont know exactly what his words are but he says `we are all Gods children. I think thats great. I hope it applies to gays and lesbians in Russia as well, Pelosi said.
Actually gays and lesbians are equal in Russia, why do American politicians think these groups should not be treated like shit the same as everybody else.
What I found interesting about the athieist Putin’s comments was that reference to God. How far into his cheek was his tongue I wonder.