The White House has reacted to an article penned by Russian President Vladimir Putin for "The New York Times."
In the piece published late on September 11, Putin chided the United States for what he said was a tendency to use "brute force" in world disputes.
Putin also took issue with "American exceptionalism," an apparent reference to remarks made by President Barack Obama earlier this week in a national TV address about Syria.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said on September 12 that "Russia offers a stark contrast that demonstrates why America is exceptional," by supporting human rights at home and abroad.
Carney said there was "great irony" in Putin placing his piece in a newspaper, a symbol of freedom of expression, something, Carney said, that is on the decline in Russia.
Carney also said Putin was "isolated and alone" for blaming Syrian rebels for a deadly gas attack in Damascus in August.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters