Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mocked U.S. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby (USN-Ret.) as a hypocritical crybaby on social media.
Zakharova referred to harsh remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin that Kirby made during an emotion-filled Friday Pentagon presser.
“I’m not a psychologist,” Kirby stated, noting he barely graduated with his history degree from the University of South Florida. The retired rear admiral added he was not, therefore, going to psychoanalyze Vladimir Putin before making what he called personal observations. “It’s hard to look at what he’s doing in Ukraine, what his forces are doing in Ukraine and think that any ethical, moral individual could justify that.”
“So I can’t talk to his psychology, but I think we can all speak to his depravity.”
Zakharova dismissed Kirby’s remarks in a Saturday Twitter post. A link to a longer lashing of Kirby, on Telegram, was included at the end of her tweet.
On Telegram, the foreign ministry spokeswoman blasted Kirby.
“Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby is losing his nerve,” began Zakharova. “He is being rude, insulting, and troublesome. He said some nonsense about the Russian President.”
She expressed incredulity about Kirby saying it was hard to look at what Russian forces were doing in Ukraine.
The Russian spokeswoman noted Kirby’s impressive 28 years of navy service included a stint as Navy Chief of Information.
“This means he was among the senior US officers who received all of the Pentagon’s information, so he was aware of literally everything,” Zakharova claimed. “He knew about depleted uranium in Yugoslavia and about the Iraq War Logs, as they now call a large body of documents testifying to war crimes committed by U.S. military personnel in Iraq.”
She credited Wikileaks for disclosing previously classified information about U.S. military actions in Iraq. Zakharova alleged reports Kirby read daily reported on thousands of civilians who died in Iraqi and Syrian villages “from the atrocities of the American troops.”
“Considering the level of the US military’s equipment, there is no doubt that he saw photographs and video footage,” she exclaimed. “I wonder, was it difficult for him to watch those inhuman spectacles?”
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