J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., right, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, walk to a closed-door briefing on Syria with Secretary of State John Kerry, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times last week cautioning America against bombing Syria, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) apparently got really upset.

McCain is so mad, in fact, that Thursday he published an angry editorial on the Russian website Pravda.ru impugning Putin’s moral character.

Writing as if speaking to the Russian people, McCain said, “President Putin and his associates do not believe in (free speech). They don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption.”

Tal Kopan reported Thursday for Politico, “McCain’s critical op-ed on Pravda.ru, titled ‘Russians deserve better than Putin,’ was a response to Putin’s own piece in The New York Times last week criticizing American exceptionalism and arguing against action in Syria. McCain is a longtime critic of Putin and an active supporter of U.S. intervention on behalf of the Syrian opposition.”

“Putin, too, appealed directly to the public in his opinion piece, published on Sept. 11, urging the U.S. to show caution over recent events in Syria,” USA Today’s Kim Hjelmgaard wrote Thursday.

Unlike McCain, however, Putin wrote nothing overtly inflammatory in his Times article. Indeed, perhaps the most controversial idea Putin conveyed was his suggestion that the notion of American exceptionalism is a mirage because “we are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

The Russia & India Report wrote Thursday that Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the Russian News Service, “McCain is well known for being not a fan of Putin. Engaging him in debate is unlikely — it’s the point of view of someone living across the ocean.”

On Tuesday media personality Glenn Beck called for the impeachment of McCain because of the senator’s stance on sending weapons to Syrian rebels. “I personally am calling to impeach the president of the United States," Beck said on his TV show, per the Huffington Post. "This is impeachable. He is arming known terrorists, and people like John McCain should be impeached as well."

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