After Putin’s bashing op-ed in the New York Times last week, Senator McCain was so distressed, he decided he absolutely had to respond. I missed it somehow, but apparently, he threatened to publish his response in Pravda (because, just in case you didn’t know, Pravda is a widely-read and highly-regarded newspaper in Russia, as the New York Times is in the US. Or so he thinks..?).
I was amused by his suggestion, taking it as mere demagoguery… but clearly, he wasn’t kidding. Neither was Pravda’s editor, who took him up to the challenge and offered to publish his response.
It came out earlier today, both in Russian and in English (since, you know, he’s also targeting the international audience) and makes for a fun read. It really feels like watching an international boxing match (just substitute Rocky and Drago with McCain and Putin… though I am aware that this analogy can’t go far). And in terms of public diplomacy, it is yet another disaster.
Image from: Foreign Policy