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Pat McMahon

Retro Russia

Does it seem at all coincidental to you that premier puffer Putin, all swollen with Cossack pride after winning the Olympic medal count, now decides to flex and display Russia's military superiority?

Just because "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is returning doesn't mean that we all have to enter "the way-back machine" to time-travel back to the Cold War days of Khrushchev and Brezhnev.

The world has to keep in mind that this is Russia and not the Soviet Union. Much of life there is similar enough that the confusion is easily understood. But it's clear to virtually every other country that the country is led by someone whose primary consideration is not what's best for the Russian people, but what makes Putin look "fantastic" - with or without a shirt.

It's why he reveled in the credit he got for brokering the Syrian chemical weapons deal. He's not a fool and he doesn't want to look foolish to the rest of the world. So strategically he can't create another Chechnya. So let's take a breath, express our strong objections, and wait for the image of Arnold Schwartzenputin to self-destruct.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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