I suppose everything really is about how you say something, and not what you’re saying. I just read about Russian President Putin and his “accusations” that our government wants to be the sole superpower in the world so as to force other nations to do what we want.
In a speech in Germany, which one U.S. senator said smacked of Cold War rhetoric, Putin accused the United States of making the world a more dangerous place by pursuing policies aimed at making it "one single master."
Attacking the concept of a "unipolar" world in which the United States was the sole superpower, he said: "What is a unipolar world? No matter how we beautify this term it means one single center of power, one single center of force and one single master."
He also said:
Nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law."
Huh?? Is any of this the least bit controversial? I mean, this is the exact crap the neo-cons have been spewing for years. They think America should use its position of economic and military dominance to shape the world in their image. And they don’t think that international laws should constrain us from doing so.
How is this controversial, when it’s the very basis of what they insist we should be doing? If anything, the controversy should be that they’re doing this crap, not that Putin’s mentioning it. And again, it’s not just that the neo-cons think we can do this, but they insist that we must. That it’s our duty to reshape the world as we see fit, and they attack anyone as cowardly and anti-American for not agreeing with them.
And who was that one U.S. senator who complained about Putin’s speech? Why, none other than Joe Lieberman, one of the punk-asses who think we should be invading everyone who looks at us funny. Does he really think we need to obey international standards? Does he think we need to ask permission before enacting our plans upon the world? Would he prefer other nations to stand up against our decisions? Of course not. And neither do any of the neo-cons. That’s what makes them neo-cons.
And let’s face it, these jerkoffs really did have a more realistic agenda back in the Cold War days and probably could use a dousing of cold water to help sober them up. Because Putin’s also correct in saying that these “unipolar” policies are dangerous, and it would be nice for there to be some other power structure to put a check on the neo-cons’ goal of world domination. Back then, they at least had the respectable goal of stopping the Soviets when they played their game of Risk. But these days, it’s like they get to make-up whatever the hell rules they want and refuse to allow reality to even slow them down. And while they were dangerously wrong before, they’ve really pulled-out all the stops this time.
But I guess it’s just no fun when they hear this stuff from other people. Sort of how it’s ok for a fat dude to make fun of his weight, but not ok for the rest of us. It’s like the stuff that Cheney spews out just sounds weird coming from Putin’s mouth. But I suspect their real complaint isn’t that he’s saying these things about America, but only that he’s saying it like it’s a bad thing. They wouldn’t disagree with a word he’s saying, if only he didn’t make it sound so negative.