Confession

I’ve developed a guilty admiration of Vladimir Putin. He does what’s best for his country and doesn’t give a crap what the world thinks; which is the complete opposite of what the people running our own country are doing.

Now, let me be clear,  I don’t support all of Putin’s policies … (e.g. suppression of the press… double plusungood)… But putting his country’s strategic and economic interests first is something conspicuously absent from the regime of President Momjeans.  Momjeans went into the START talks with the goal of eliminating America’s nuclear weapons, Putin went in with the goal of securing a strategic advantage for Russia.  Both sides got what they wanted, but who really won?

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  1. b-dob

    It’s amazing how liberal guilt (or maybe just disdain for success that exists alongside those who fail) and the Marxist desire to create an “even playing field” will cause even the most powerful man in the world to actively work against his (and his peoples’) own best interests. This is truly a dark and sickening chapter in American history.

  2. Cylar

    GoY, that’s an interesting perspective on Comrade Vladimir. I hadn’t considered it before, but it does explain why he’s so popular over there, despite his apparent attempts to slide Russia back toward communism – bringing back the hammer & sickle color guard for the army, cracking down on opposition press, invading Georgia, etc etc. Why anyone expected different from a former KGB operative, I have no idea.

    I don’t really buy into the notion that what Putin does, really is best for Russia. The Russian people may think that, and the man may even believe it himself, but what’s really best for Russia would be an open, transparent political structure that stresses freedom above all else. Not one that sits around waxing nostalgic about the Soviet times, threatening pro-western ex-Soviet countries (Georgia, Ukraine, etc) and buzzing American aircraft carriers with jets.

    I’ve confined myself to looking at the man through American eyes. I’ve believed for some time now that what Russia really needs is a dynamic, pro-Western leader, preferably someone who was still a kid when the USSR was still around.

    In other worse, someone too young to fondly remember the “good old days when Russia was feared and respected.” Someone who instead looks back on the old communist times as a period of repression, fear, backwardness, and needless provocation of the West.

    I often wonder if Russia will ever be led by anyone else, at least as long as Putin is still alive. He seems intent on making sure he cannot be removed or replaced by the democratic process.

  3. I think you make excellent points Cylar. And my own points about Putin were intended less as praise for a man who is, in most respects, too authoritarian for my tastes, than they were respect for a man who views international relations with hard-eyed realism; in contrast to the hippie-dips in the White House and State Department.

    Can you picture Vlad going on a multi-nation apology tour? Groveling before Middle Eastern despots and begging forgiveness for his country’s past “arrogance?” I can’t.

  4. Cylar

    I understand that, GoY, and I knew exactly what you were doing. You were merely pointing out that Putin leads Russia without spending a lot of time worrying about how the nation is perceived by others.

    And no, I can’t see the man gallivanting around the world begging forgiveness, despite Russia’s nearly 1,000-year history of imperalism, unprovoked aggression, and oppression of its own people. The Soviet period was merely the worst of all that; a cursory glance at Russian history reveals that the czars weren’t much nicer.

    I remember a few years ago, a man named Jean Le Pen ran for the prime minister’s job in France. While campaigning, he went around saying that he wanted glory for France and wasn’t particularly interested in what the rest of the European Union had to say about his country. (I can only imagine how he would have dealt with rioting and other bad behavior by France’s immigrant population.) He made it pretty clear that he was some kind of French nationalist, interested only in his own country and not in international perception.

    I read all of this and thought, “Would that America had a leader like that.” Needless to say, the weenie-fied French public didn’t elect this so-called right-wing extremist. Too bad.

  5. Don’t you think you could find a democratic president with no tyrannical bent to admire, one who also works in the best interests of his country? Start with Uribe of Colombia, maybe. Or maybe all of the elected officials of Honduras.

    Putin locks rivals up and arranges kangaroo courts to send them to Siberia for extended terms; he has his ex-pat political enemies poisoned (sometimes they die, sometimes they don’t quite) and he actually MURDERS (well, that is a kind of suppression) journalists. And that’s just the beginning. I think it’s totally creepy when Americans, conservative and otherwise, find tyrants admirable.

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