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Good Guy Russia?

Doubt it.

After weeks  and weeks of watching the tragic and criminal events in Syria that has caused millions to seek refuge from their own country, and countless thousands perishing sadistically at the hands of its leader, the United States was faced with heavy choices: ignore war crimes, negotiate diplomatically to end said war crimes, or strategically destroy troves of chemical weapons with calculated air strikes.

Eschewing leadership by example (i.e. Bush & Co.), President Obama decided – while certainly having his own ideas about what action to take – to follow the law set forth by the Constitution and go through the proper legal channels to let Congress represent the people of America.

Tuesday, after calling for Congress to begin its inquiry and debate over whether to strike Syria and take out the threat of more chemical holocaust, the President announced that diplomacy just may win out in the matter and negotiations are underway between allies of the United States with the full cooperation of Russia and China.

Cue internet:

And so, the Good Guy Putin ‘story’ began.

Not so bloody fast – also I can find some memes too, ma’am!

A long, long time ago … last month … Vladimir Putin was being himself (read a total asshole), and decided to pretty much outrage pretty much everybody for one reason or another.  He has a horrible record on human rights, a horrible record on gay rights, horrible record on free speech, steals sports rings from people, pouts during meetings, harbors alleged criminals, and is an all around jackass.

The threat was very, very real that President Obama (the United States) would not attend the G20 Summit in Russia, and there even were rumors that the United States may pull out of the Olympic Winter Games because of Pootie’s bad behavior.

  • President Obama has cancelled a planned summit with Vladimir Putin amid mounting US anger over Moscow’s decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden.
  • “The crackdown on freedom of expression since Putin re-emerged as leader is extremely troubling and disturbing,” said Samir Goswami, managing director for Amnesty International’s Individuals and Communities at Risk program. “There has to be a larger conversation at the IOC level, but also among the global community. At what cost are we producing these Olympics?”  Since Putin’s re-election in 2012, over 5,000 people have been arrested in more than 200 protests over anti-gay laws, according to figures from Amnesty International. In addition to the law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors,” Putin has also signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children to gay couples and to individuals living in countries that allow gay couples to marry. He also signed a law in June that classifies “homosexual propaganda” as pornography.  Those moves, ahead of the Olympics, sparked demonstrations around the world with protesters’ demanding boycotts of Russian vodka and even the Olympic Games.
  • President Obama will be in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 5–6 for the G20 summit. However, the White House has canceled a bilateral visit to Moscow and a meeting with President Vladimir Putin after Russia granted Edward Snowden, a fugitive former National Security Agency contractor and secret national security documents leaker, temporary political asylum.  Moreover, for the past two and a half years, Russia has been America’s major opponent around the world, from Syria to Iran to Europe. Nonetheless, it is possible to improve U.S.–Russian relations, but both sides have work to do.

MMMkay. Now that we have our little recap, let’s address this ‘Good Guy Putin’ nonsense.

Here’s how it probably went down:

Obama: Mr. President (Putin), look, I’ve done everything I can think of to not ‘tread on you’ but you’re really starting to piss me off.  I’m thinking of not even showing up for the G20 because you’re being such a jerk.

Putin: Fine. Whatever you say.

Obama: Fine. But, don’t forget, some shit’s about to get real in Syria and you’re gonna look like a total idiot if you won’t even bother to help with a crackdown on major war crimes.  You’re just gonna make us look militarily stronger than you all over again.  I know we are, and you know we are, but do you really need to have your nose rubbed in it? Alright, have it your way, I’ll come to the G20, but this is the last time and don’t come crying to us if you need something. I’m serious this time.

Putin: … …

U.S. president says his administration is skeptically exploring Russia’s proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control; adds he doesn’t foresee Congress vote on strike in ‘immediate future.’

Obama:  I don’t wanna talk about this again.

And that’s the way I see it.

Either way …