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The genius of Vladi­mir Putin
WaPo | September 26, 2011 | Ralph Peters

Posted on 09/27/2011 8:34:09 AM PDT by Daffynition

There is one incontestably great actor on the world stage today, and he has no interest in following our script. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — soon to be Russia’s president again — has proven remarkably effective at playing the weak strategic hand he inherited, chalking up triumph after triumph while confirming himself as the strong leader Russians crave. Not one of his international peers evidences so profound an understanding of his or her people, or possesses Putin’s canny ability to size up counterparts.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: enemy; gog; kgbputin; putin; russia; thug
Corruption R US.

In the decade since assuming power from Boris Yeltsin, Mr. Putin has closed every avenue through which people might peacefully and legally select or even affect their government. Political parties are his plaything. Television networks are under state control. Demonstrations are banned or tightly circumscribed. The judiciary is cowed. In many ways, Mr. Putin has recreated the Soviet system, down to the ludicrous displays of adulation from the audience at his party congress Saturday.

1 posted on 09/27/2011 8:34:13 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
KGB Putin thinks the "COLLAPSE" of the communist Soviet Union was the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th Century"!

"the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century" -Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the collapse of the Soviet Union...
"World democratic opinion has yet to realize the alarming implications of President Vladimir Putin's State of the Union speech on April 25, 2005, in which he said that the collapse of the Soviet Union represented the 'greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.'
http://www.hooverdigest.org/053/beichman.html
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"'The Black Book of Communism,'; a scholarly accounting of communism’s crimes, counts about 94 million murdered by the supposed champions of the common man (20 million for the Soviets alone), and some say that number is too low."

Forgetting the Evils of Communism: The amnesia bites a little deeper
By Jonah Goldberg, August 2008:
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZmY0MjI1MDgyYjg1M2UwNDMzMTk2Mjk5YTk0ZTdlMWE=
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2 posted on 09/27/2011 8:37:41 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

Just curious - how do you FReepers think Sarah Palin could handle Putin?


3 posted on 09/27/2011 8:38:22 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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To: Daffynition

Did Communism Fake Its Own Death in 1991?
American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2010 | Jason McNew

In a [] 1984 book [New Lies for Old], ex-KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn predicted the liberalization of the Soviet Bloc and claimed that it would be a strategic deception. ..."

"Golitsyn's argument was that beginning in about 1960, the Soviet Union embarked on a strategy of massive long-range strategic deception which would span several decades and result in the destruction of Western capitalism and the erection of a communist world government."

"Golitsyn published his second book, The Perestroika Deception, after the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991. This book contained further analysis of the liberalization, in addition to previously classified memoranda submitted by Golitsyn to the CIA. The two books must be read together to get a complete picture of Golitsyn's thesis."

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/01/did_communism_fake_its_own_dea.html

4 posted on 09/27/2011 8:38:26 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition
We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multipolar world,” Chavez told reporters during a visit to Communist China, one of many. His “new world order” includes [RUSSIA], China, Iran,... and a significantly weakened United States, he explained.

Resurgent Communism in Latin America
by Alex Newman, March 16, 2010:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/world-mainmenu-26/south-america-mainmenu-37/3122-resurgent-communism-in-latin-america?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=
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From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060727/51913498.html
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From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/HI29Ag01.html
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"Joint war games are a logical outcome of the Sino-Russian Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 2001, and reflect the shared worldview and growing economic ties between the two Eastern Hemisphere giants."

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed092605a.cfm
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President Obama and Venezuela dictator Hugo
Chavez at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.
Note the "soul bro" handshake. (my caption)

Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/04/17/2698451-obama-chavez-shake-hands-at-americas-summit
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Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama

Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko

"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"

http://www.france24.com/en/20090402-russias-medvedev-hails-comrade-obama

April 1, 2009:
"Obama, Medvedev pledge new era of relations":
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090401/wl_afp/usrussiadiplomacynuclear_20090401152002
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5 posted on 09/27/2011 8:39:07 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition
The Soviet Union is a beast that will never be slain. It's head was cleaved from its body and yet the thing grew a new head. It looks different but it is the same beast. Given time it will grow too large and corrupt to sustain itself and the cycle will repeat.

The difference this time is the man Putin. He learned, watched, waited. He has solidified his power and will be a presence on the world stage for a long time.

6 posted on 09/27/2011 8:41:29 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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To: eCSMaster
Just curious - how do you FReepers think Sarah Palin could handle Putin?

She is going to need some serious advisatory help, as just about any candidate would. Folks very knowledgeable on Russia and their tricks. People like Fred Thompson, Dick Cheney, etc.

7 posted on 09/27/2011 8:44:44 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

The US media has no clue. They eagerly plant photos of the Russian Marxist “Action Man” biking, flexing and posing.

Reminds me of the wussy UK press’ portrayal of Prince Charles during his pre-Diana period.

Our ‘free press’ is a tool box of fools. No depth, no digging, no dedication, no duty.


8 posted on 09/27/2011 8:47:54 AM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - but He is watching you.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The Soviet Union is a beast that will never be slain.

In time, Russia will collapse. And it will be nearly complete. Guys like Putin are milking a dying country. There are ample natural resources to cash in on but the demographics are rotten. The population is getting older fast. The young women that are there either want out or don't want to be tied to a local alcoholic. The place has 15 years. Maybe.

9 posted on 09/27/2011 9:01:48 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Poison Pill
In time, Russia will collapse. And it will be nearly complete. Guys like Putin are milking a dying country. There are ample natural resources to cash in on but the demographics are rotten.

Besides their own ample resources, they will take other nations' resources when they begin expanding again.

10 posted on 09/27/2011 9:09:49 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

“Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come to rule and reign over us.”


11 posted on 09/27/2011 9:11:50 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: ETL
President Obama, who invested heavily in his relationship with Mr. Medvedev, hoping he would emerge as a true leader, another big Hussein Obama mistake.


12 posted on 09/27/2011 9:14:58 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: ETL
Besides their own ample resources, they will take other nations' resources when they begin expanding again.

Demographically dying countries don't expand anywhere.

13 posted on 09/27/2011 9:15:34 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: eCSMaster

I think your question is moot, b/c she’s not going to run, IMHO.


14 posted on 09/27/2011 9:18:01 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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15 posted on 09/27/2011 9:18:12 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Imho, Bush completely underestimated this brutal man. It’s understanding, but unfortunate.


16 posted on 09/27/2011 9:21:16 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ETL
they will take other nations' resources when they begin expanding again.

They'll try. And they'll run out of ramp.

17 posted on 09/27/2011 9:23:53 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I agree that Putin will be around for a long time, like Stalin *rule for life.*

I'll kinda miss the *Batman and Robin* images of Putin & Medvedev.


18 posted on 09/27/2011 9:27:39 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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19 posted on 09/27/2011 9:32:32 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: trisham

20 posted on 09/27/2011 9:34:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: ETL; Poison Pill

‘You’re right, my mistake. Russia has never occupied Holland. To date.’

21 posted on 09/27/2011 9:40:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Sherman Logan
Demographically dying countries don't expand anywhere.

Let's return to this issue in about, say, 5 years. OK?

22 posted on 09/27/2011 9:41:35 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

Every time I see a picture of Medvedev I have to remind myself that Dave Matthews is not in charge of Russia.


23 posted on 09/27/2011 9:48:27 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Daffynition

24 posted on 09/27/2011 9:56:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: ETL
I found a website you might enjoy; it's premise is to show images of Putin at home and abroad, and how uncomfortable they appear in the presence of Vlad. [Excuse some of the sources: HuffPost ...gag!] Even his wife and dog....

Never mind his wife, even the dog looks apprehensive. Lovely bit of Soviet-style dressing, too. Everything is made from the same cloth, even the sofa - possibly surplus military uniform. And that ‘wall’ behind them? That’s Siberia.

25 posted on 09/27/2011 9:59:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Sherman Logan
Demographically dying countries don't expand anywhere.

If you're referring to the increasing muslim population, KGB Putin could do like Stalin and get rid of loads of people real quick. And expansion is precisely what Putin and his boys have their mind on. First they'll retake their former satellite countries (Georgia, etc). Then move on from there, with their comrades in Latin America (Chavez and others) doing the same there.

26 posted on 09/27/2011 10:02:38 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Poison Pill
LOL! I've posted this series on threads B4...I love it...co-ink-a-dink? Hardly.


27 posted on 09/27/2011 10:04:21 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: JoeProBono
Huessin Obama has his Biden.......Vlad had Dmitry at the G8..


28 posted on 09/27/2011 10:09:14 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks. I’ll take a look when I have time. Leaving now.


29 posted on 09/27/2011 10:14:36 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Take a look at the birthrates and other demographics of Russia.

Their society is getting old real fast.

My point is that elderly societies, like elderly people, are much less often aggressively expansionistic than young societies or people.

Few have trouble recognizing this about young Muslim societies. I don’t see why we should have difficulty recognizing the opposite tendency for elderly post-Christian societies.


30 posted on 09/27/2011 11:30:48 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: ETL
Thank you for the excellent links you posted. [Taking me some time to go through them] ....**...countries revolted against false promises made by power-hungry “rightist” politicians and governments that sold the people on a type of corrupt capitalism peddled as free-market capitalism. While purporting to support freedom and free markets, these leaders often engage in a type of crony capitalism instead of true liberalization-oriented reforms.**

This reminds me of old v present Mother Russia where today the differences lie in the fact that the old-guard Soviet officials did not have Swiss bank accounts, London townhouses or Riviera estates.

Mikhail Khordorkovsky v Vladimir Lisin...avoiding Russian politics seems the best policy for Russian capitalists.

31 posted on 09/27/2011 11:33:36 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: ETL

Fine with me.

In fact, I think Russia is more likely to shrink than expand. Its possession of Siberia and particularly the Far East is demographically ludicrous. If not for nukes the facts on the ground in these areas would have changed quite some time ago.


32 posted on 09/27/2011 11:34:02 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Daffynition

LOL. That is bl@@dy hilarious! Thank you.


33 posted on 09/29/2011 11:20:39 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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