Russian President Vladimir Putin last week wrote a rare New York Times op-ed addressing the American people. The op-ed was crafted to discuss bilateral relations and the Syria issue during a particularly delicate time in U.S.-Russian relations. The 1,000+ word editorial touches on the Russian POV on Syria, but also has a bit of criticism for Americans, ending on a note lecturing Americans for thinking they are "exceptional."
Putin specifically cites a moment in U.S. President Barack Obama's public address on Syria:
"I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is 'what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.' It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation."
Putin's lecture on American values was met epically from a rather unlikely source: Heritage Foundation President and former Republican Senator Jim DeMint.
In a crisp open-letter to Putin, DeMint points out that America has made mistakes, but that we're not about to be lectured from a corrupt Russian president who has mostly ignored the rule of law in his own country.
Well played, Jim DeMint.
Well played indeed, sir.