>>>>Get Real 04commented 52 minutes ago
The Last Word’s “discussion” of Putin and his op-Ed was appalling and left me wondering about your ability to offer any sort of thoughtful treatment of contemporary Russia. You are 2-3 decades behind the times. I am a professor of Russian politics at a major U.S.university, I have lived in Russia and have been regularly visiting it since 1982. I had the good fortune to be the 1st American to conduct an uncensored, live, across-theUSSR, call-in radio program in July 1989, and since then, countless Americans have been heard or read uncensored on TV, radio, and in newspapers. This is true for U.S. leaders and politicians, as well as academics and average citizens like me. To The Last Word’s sarcastic comment about President Obama being able to author an op-Ed in a Russian newspaper that would go uncensored I would reply: YES! Russians have access to our ideas and perspectives, even granting there are real problems with their media! Time to GET REAL about today’s Russia. Having just been in Russia a few weeks ago, I can tell you Russians are aware and upbeat, the middle class is growing, the IMF just moved Russia past Germany as the world’s #5 economy, and even the birthdate is up! We need to move beyond the sort of cartoon-character stereotyping of Russia that was dominant in today’s The Last Word presentation.
I am a regular viewer of The Last Word, I think it is the best political analysis program on American TV, and its treatment of American politics is sophisticated and nuanced. However, its treatment of Russia has been stunningly outdated ad primitive! I am so disappointed.
Watching The Last Word on 9/11/13 reminded me of watching Soviet tv news in September 1982. Russia is not the USSR, and Vladimir Putin is not Leonid Brezhnev!<<<<
Publius911 to Putin : You're right.
Haven't been, for almost 5 years now. But that will change.
Check back around November 2016...
Putin does an end-run around President Narcissus Obunga...
Putin is a lot smarter than Bork Obunga.
Putin’s an insincere bastard, but you have to give him credit. He’s trolling all of us with a cold, straight face. This article looks like it could be written by Barack Obama himself, circa 2007.
The only thing exceptional about America today is that we have a government that is running it into the ground. The rot never stops and almost every action is guaranteed to have us asking, What the eff?
When we fail, the world fails. Badly.
Sadly, your nation and its predecessor succeeded in corrupting our institutions. You were part of those efforts, weren't you? The result: the low information voters who elected Obama twice.
Well, the whirlwind about to reap millions of lives across the world is partially your doing, Mr. Putin.
To bad we can turn back the clock, eh?
America used to be “exceptional.” But that was back before the country slid into the gutter of corrupt, one-party statism and a noxious culture of depravity. Socialism, fag-marriage, dope, and open-borders. America is a pathetic, embarrassing shell of what it used to be.
President Obama ,needed only to be reminded of Libya Still Struggles
Here’s a look at where things in Libya stand today:
Zeidan’s government appears to be on the verge of collapse. Critics say he has failed to rein in militias and Islamist groups, or to end a strike by workers and guards at oil facilities that has crippled the economy of North Africa’s largest oil producer.
Security is still fragile. A car bomb went off Wednesday near the Foreign Ministry building in Benghazi. There have been drive-by shootings, bombings and kidnappings. The Washington Post reports:
“Even minor disputes escalate into frequent gun violence on the streets. Kidnappings and armed robberies are increasing, and government officials and others have been assassinated with guns and bombs. Militants and arms smugglers easily cross poorly protected borders shared with Niger and Chad.
Is Egypt repeating the same mistakes that led to its political impasse?
A body appointed by Egypt’s interim government to rewrite the country’s constitution met for the first time today. Critics are warning it looks set to repeat the mistakes of the past few years.
Obama Destroyed Egypt,Obama Destroyed Libya.Now imagine if Obama fire missles into Syria ,he will have created another civil war there and nobody will know who are the good guys/bad guys. Obama should stop while he is behind.
The funny thing about Putin saying that is that collectively we all know he’s full of s***
It kinda makes me feel better about the world.
Putin doing to the United States what Ronald Reagan did to USSR.
It’s not the content of his message, but the fact he has a voice in America that is apparently recognized as an alternative to Obama’s. A politically recognized Statesman, none that we have, would seize upon this disparity and address the weakness and failure Obama has brought upon the Country.
Vlad is growing tired of dealing with schoolchildren.
We helped create the beast, we accepted the terms and the UN Charter is "the law of the land". So, while we can pass all the authorizations we care to, that authorization will be a violation of US Law - I could care less about "international law" - and our soldiers would be operating under illegal orders.
So, if Obama is REALLY serious, he needs to quit the UN and renounce the charter. I hope he remembers though that NATO is only required to aid us if we are not the aggressor - me thinks we would be awfully alone. No JF'nK, France doesn't count.
For once: Putin’s right.
Just like when he invaded Georgia?
Regardless, I'm enjoying a bit of schadenfreud watching him run rings around Obama and Kerry.
"Ass-kicking ex-KGB operative," indeed!
Thanks for writing Vlad...and thanks for giving our little dick tater a headache to last for eternity. But honestly..you owed it to the American people to help correct this misdirected ship, since your countries old 60’s KGB subversion tactics helped to grow us millions of little drug induced marxist spoiled brats.
That said, don’t think for a minute that you can now be “king” of America. Try to step into that role and the still exceptional, free, American people will give your cute little chest a titty twister to remember. Thanks again. And have a nice day.
Well, sure we’re special!
Next year, we and our children are all going to be sent 3-foot-tall trophies if we submit our income tax forms. Those who don’t, will get 2-foot-tall trophies and 10-20 years in prison.
Hey pootie... concentrate on obama and leave Americans alone or we will kick your ass again after we purge ourselves of an impacted DC turd.
Zerobozo, Kerry, McAnial, and Grahaministry are now totally irrelevant in the real world outside of the beltway.