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Comic: McCain-Putin smackdown

Johnny Russia

When The New York Times published a not-so-obliquely-critical-of-the-United-States op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. John McCain thought to himself, "This will not stand!"

Rather than lobby his Senate colleagues to launch a volley of ICBMs at Russia, the Arizona Republican fought fire with fire, contributing his own op-ed to Pravda.

So there, Vlad!

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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“Relations between us have passed through different stages.”

— Russian president Vladimir Putin, in U.S.-Russian relations