Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent criticism of American exceptionalism is being taken as a serious affront to Americans who still believe that America is a force for good in the world, and that our ideals and contributions have made us exceptional on the world stage. Yet, we would not expect anything else from the likes of Putin or any other Russian president for that matter.
In a speech denouncing America's, and the West's, approach to conducting global affairs, Putin said that "our Western partners headed by the United States prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun. They have come to believe in their exceptionalism and their sense of being the chosen ones. That they can decide the destinies of the world, that it is only them who can be right."
What is shocking here is not that these are Putin's words, but that they mirror the very political philosophy of our own Barack Hussein Obama. It is almost as though Putin found an old Obama speech and paraphrased it for the latest war-of-words being waged between the opposing leaders. However, we need not worry about Putin's words heating up the exchange. Conversely, Barack Obama might very well hail this momentous occasion as and end to the new Cold War now that Putin shares his own disdain for the United States of America. This could be the start of a long and fruitful relationship between East and West. Now that Putin and Obama both believe in eroding America's place in the world, there are no longer any points of contention between Russia and the United States. These two leaders can now both get down to business and start hastening America's decline together. Some might say that this was the plan all along.