Skip to comments.Russians Say Anti-U.S. Attack in Libya Vindicates Their Position
Posted on 09/12/2012 10:31:16 PM PDT by WilliamIII
MOSCOW Upon learning of the violent death of the United States ambassador to Libya on Wednesday, many Russians responded with variations on I told you so.
Russia has long argued that the West should not support popular uprisings against dictatorships in the Middle East lest Islamic fundamentalism take hold. Vladimir V. Putin, then serving as prime minister, was especially enraged last fall after an angry crowd killed his ally, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, an event he later condemned as a repulsive, disgusting scene.
Since then, Russia has blocked Western initiatives to force Syrias president, Bashar al-Assad, from power despite a bloody crackdown on the opposition. Russians responses to the storming of the American Consulate in Benghazi underlined the deep policy divide. A prime-time news report pointedly juxtaposed images of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevenss death with Colonel Qaddafis, pointing at their similarities, then cut to footage of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacting to the Libyan leaders death with a cursory wow.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Margelov said that passions had been stoked by the uprisings and that they splash out in the form of terrorist acts or massacres of nonbelievers or an attack on embassies and consulates.
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Good argument. One that romney should be making. Putin = Romney on middle east policy? Perhaps
I believe most of the people on this forum would agree with the Russians on this one.
I would trade The Disaster for Putin any day.
Russians are many things, stupid isn’t one of them, they learned from Afghanistan.
They also learned from Serbia/Kosovo, George Soros, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
And frighteningly, the Russians never forget.
Boy do I hate it when I have to agree with a despot like Putin.
“Russia has long argued that the West should not support popular uprisings against dictatorships in the Middle East lest Islamic fundamentalism take hold.”
Good advice sometimes comes from the most unexpected sources.
It would be wise to remember what the Russians did when Lebanese Muslim terrorists kidnapped a Russian diplomat in Lebanon, adding him to the dozen or so western diplomats that had already been kidnapped and held for years.
Democracy and Freedom for Muslim countries equals a Jihadist superstate that will most likely lead to the destruction of US cities.
Hmmm. The Arab Spring didn't turn out as intended, did it?
If the gutless Repubs would have defunded barry’s unconstitutional war...and yeah, the Russians are right about all of it, sad to say. They know a thing Orr two about terrorism and despots.
And we knew it would not.
Russia learned about radical “freedom fighters” from Chechnya.
Russia is a geopolitical adversary, meaning that almost everything we try to do globally they try and oppose...So we try and put pressure on Iran, they fought against crippling sanctions. We tried to get tough language at the U.N. and action against the brutality of [President Bashar] Assad in Syrian, they instead send attack helicopters to Syria. I mean, Russia has been opposing us in political circles for some time.” -Mitt Romney, September 10, 2012
I don’t think Romney and Putin would necessarily agree, although Mitt is known to change his mind.
I just have a feeling there’s a little more than “I told you so” on Putin’s part. Holding coats, or using proxies, I wouldn’t be surprised to find his fingerprints on it.
The Russkies are right.
But their logic falls apart if what Obama really wants is what they fear - that Islamic fundamentalism take control of countries in the wake of militant muslim uprisings.
And that is exactly what his goal is.
Sure casts an ironic light upon December 1979.
What IS it about weak dimowhit “presidents” in the Ovular Orifice and Islamic revolutions? Hmmm.
Russians are many things, stupid isnt one of them, they learned from Afghanistan.
And I bet they’re not paying $4 a gallon for gasoline, either.
Well, it didn’t have to be like this.
We should never had taken the position we did in the first place. It isn’t so much that the Russians are right as it is that we are so, so wrong!
And it’s not just Obama. Who in the Republican party has been the biggest advocate of helping the Arabs rising up against their dictators?
Why John McCain, our very own nominee in 2008. Either of these fellows being elected back in 2008 would have brought us to this point.
If Republicans weren’t FOR every military intervention (Syria, Lybia) this would mean drilling home the “I told you so” message would be an absolute winner. Unfortunately the Republicans have been on board the whole way. To be fair, Rush, Hannity were not on board but they aren’t politicians. This was predictable as it was happening. Also, Romney and Ryan aren’t drilling home that it’s the policies that led to this but that’s probably because they don’t particularly disagree with the policies (so sad)
What was this McAnus doing at the GOP convention? Ironically it was the NVA that saved this fellow's reputation. Previous to capture he was known throughout the service as a drunken, disorderly, dumb, unskilled, unsafe, but well-connected disgrace to his usually disheveled uniform and was best known for frequently getting lost. Who the hell keeps making him a Senator?
Yeah, I voted for him.
Putin isn’t nearly as bad as what many Russians are accustomed to. Especially the older ones....
IIRC, A finger a day off one of their members was sent until the Russians got their diplomat back.