Plagiarist Stands by Obama

Noted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria / AP

Noted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria was once rumored to be in the running for a top diplomatic post in the Obama administration. Nothing ever panned out, but that hasn’t stopped Zakaria and his team of writers from being reliable champions of the president’s foreign policy.

Earlier this month, an individual writing under Zakaria’s byline called on Western leaders to exclude Russia from the G-8 in response to its actions in Crimea: “Russia’s membership in the G-8 should be suspended. Remember, the G-8 was created to recognize that post-Soviet Russia was behaving like an honorable member of the international community, not a rogue state.”

Some politicians, such as Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.), have argued for years that Russia’s G-8 membership should be reassessed; McCain suggested this back in a 2008 while running for president. But Zakaria didn’t think this was such a great idea back then, calling it “the most radical idea put forward by a major candidate for the presidency in 25 years.”