Got back from seeing The Winter Soldier with theyeatthemweeping and oh maaaaan it was good and hit on a bunch of narrative stuff I love. Good...
Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin aide long known as Mr. Putin’s strategic “gray cardinal,” told a Moscow daily that he was honored to be included but has no bank accounts abroad.
"What interests me about the United States are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg and Jackson Pollock. No visa is needed to access their works. So I’m not missing anything," the tabloid quoted Mr. Surkov as saying.
There are people on this site who think that “Ah, well, yes, that is all very good, but have you possibly considered that the U.S. has intervened in other countries, eh????” is some brilliant, game-changing observation, and that’s fucking adorable.
Well, it is, considering America’s role is one of the moral ‘global policeman’.
America and the West operates from a self-proclaimed position of morality. The fact that, say, Obama was planning on obliterating large swathes of Syria last year is pretty important to a discussion on the sovereignty of nations and the roles powerful nations take in protecting or damaging said sovereignty.
America is playing the role right now of righteous global policeman - the tasteful pics of Barack ‘I’m really good at killing people’ Obama wistfully staring out of the Oval Office window, on the phone to Putin, desperately looking for his own iconic Cuban Missile Crisis moment.
The talk about ‘respecting sovereignty’ when the US has spent a decade stripping Pakistan of it’s own - one example among many.
The fact that America does exactly the same thing - only infinitely worse - is incredibly important to global affairs currently being painted as ‘good west’ and ‘evil Russia’.
When the discussion is moral, stones and glass houses is very much important. When the US drops it’s moral manifest destiny perhaps realpolitik can begin; until then, what America does is very much important in what America deems ‘unacceptable’.
“It’s really 19th century behavior in the twenty-first century,” Kerry said of Putin ordering Russian military forces to move into Ukraine.
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests,” he said.