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The Value of Putin [VDH]
National Review ^ | 2/11/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 02/11/2014 10:19:14 AM PST by Servant of the Cross

Putin ends up existing to warn us in the West of what we are not.

Vladimir Putin has the world’s attention this week. The circumstances will remind everyone that reset with Russia is dead. Its working hypothesis — that it was the George W. Bush administration, not the Putin regime, that had either inadvertently or provocatively offended the other’s sensibilities — was invented before the 2008 election on Obama’s partisan and political considerations, not empirical observation.

Under reset, the incoming Obama administration, more nuanced than the outgoing Bush administration and drawing on more enlightened thinking, would appeal to the better angels of Putin’s Russia. The more complex Obamaites would help enlighten the Putin autocracy to the fact that the U.S. and Russia had common interests in improving free trade. We really both wanted to calm world tensions while discouraging proliferation, combating terrorism, working with the United Nations, quelling international crises, and promoting human rights. Once Russians had been tutored about America’s good intentions, we could undo (“reset”) the damage done by the swaggering braggadocio of the interventionist prior administration. Misunderstanding and ill feelings, not ill intentions and malfeasance, were Russia’s sins.

And what is the result of reset? It is open Russian promotion of the Syria/Hezbollah/Iran axis that was active in Iraq and is now more so in Syria. It is Russian obstruction at the U.N. of most American initiatives. It is another round of strangulation of the former Soviet republics. It is satisfaction that a frustrated United States has been reduced to appeasement instead of taking serious steps to thwart Iranian nuclearization, as Putin eggs Iran on ... It is more internal oppression of a brutal sort. And it is a gratuitous delight in exposing the Obama administration as sanctimonious and weak...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: agitprop; putin; putinsbuttboys; vdh; victordavishanson
The value of Putin is the blatantly obvious contrast with the sanctimonious and weak occupier of the WH ...
1 posted on 02/11/2014 10:19:14 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
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To: Deb; Sir Napsalot; Kaslin; neverdem; EXCH54FE; 2ndDivisionVet; Rummyfan; smoothsailing; Hojczyk; ...

VDH ping ...


2 posted on 02/11/2014 10:20:09 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Hillary “Leave ‘em for dead” Benghazi Clinton said she applied “smart power”.

Unless you were an American needing help, that is.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 10:21:42 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Servant of the Cross
The burden of maintaining the peace falls on us (because we're the only ones who can do it) ... and to maintain that peace requires strength ... President Ronald Maximus Reagan
4 posted on 02/11/2014 10:31:25 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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5 posted on 02/11/2014 10:37:02 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Food for thought as we look at these two characters now on the world stage:
In the course of his research for Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Harper Collins), Joseph Pearch traveled to Moscow to interview the writer. The excerpt below is from that interview:

Solzhenitsyn: In different places over the years I have had to prove that socialism, which to many western thinkers is a sort of kingdom of justice, was in fact full of coercion, of bureaucratic greed and corruption and avarice, and consistent within itself that socialism cannot be implemented without the aid of coercion. Communist propaganda would sometimes include statements such as 'we include almost all the commandments of the Gospel in our ideology.' The difference is that the Gospel asks all this to be achieved through love, through self-limitation, but socialism only uses coercion. This is one point."

Solzenitsyn added, "Untouched by the breath of God, unrestricted by human conscience, both capitalism and socialism are repulsive."

As the concept of America's philosophical foundations, rooted in its Declaration of Independence from coercive government and adherence to belief in Divine Providence, "endowed by their Creator" rights, "laws of nature and of nature's God," and "Supreme judge of the world," as this concept is systematically erased from the American mind by censors of textbooks and the public square, then comparison and analysis such as this attempt by Hansen is difficult to evaluate.

6 posted on 02/11/2014 10:43:02 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Servant of the Cross
The burden of maintaining the peace falls on us (because we're the only ones who can do it) ... and to maintain that peace requires strength ... President Ronald Maximus Reagan"

Heck even Putin looked up to Reagan.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 10:46:54 AM PST by Justa
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To: Justa
Heck even Putin looked up to Reagan.


8 posted on 02/11/2014 10:50:42 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

So long as Russia promotes Christianity defends at home and defends it abroad, I am more than pleased to see it exercise great power status. Indeed, I am relieved and grateful for its forthright sanity in the face of American relativism and hedonism. Unlike America, Russia’s not obsessed by an exceptionalist mythology that empowers it as international scold and moral bully in service of the fake religion of messianic equality.


9 posted on 02/11/2014 10:54:56 AM PST by Romulus
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To: loveliberty2
What a treasure Alexander Solzhenitsyn was! Thanks for posting. This, I think, is truly what Pope Francis is saying too.

"Untouched by the breath of God, unrestricted by human conscience, both capitalism and socialism are repulsive."

10 posted on 02/11/2014 10:55:16 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Romulus
Unlike America, Russia’s not obsessed by an exceptionalist mythology that empowers it as international scold and moral bully in service of the fake religion of messianic equality.

Oh, really?! Would you care to elaborate on this? Please do tell us more.

11 posted on 02/11/2014 10:58:08 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: F15Eagle
Unless you were an American needing help, that is.

Or a Christian in Syria.

12 posted on 02/11/2014 10:59:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Servant of the Cross

You know that photo is from Reagan’s post-presidency tour that the western MSM ignored. He gave speeches and was prominently featured in their media. He basically told them the West was not their ideological enemy and there was no need for continued animosity while extolling the virtues of free markets and capitalism.

Reagan was smart. He took the wind out of the Soviet ideology the state operated under and derived its authority from. Within months the Soviet system collapsed from the ground up. People just stop working. Gorbachev, being a true ideologue who believed in the principle of spontanaiety in peoples movements let them go.

They were not defeated by the West they just gave up fighting an enemy that did not exist. Czar Nicholas and Hitler were just ghost memories in the minds of aged Party members.


13 posted on 02/11/2014 11:21:20 AM PST by Justa
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To: Servant of the Cross

Sure.

We’re not exceptional. God has not appointed us to show the rest of the world how to live. We are not helped by the Calvinist myth of election borne to New England by Calvinists and enshrined as the semi-official American state religion. We have our own house to take care of, which badly needs cleaning.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 11:29:19 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Romulus
Fair enough. Allow me to suggest a perspective to defend "exceptional" and the resulting responsibility that Ronald Reagan espoused as our duty.

But the one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. ... Luke 12: 48

If America has been given much (i.e. natural resources, freedom, education, a large country protected by oceans, Constitution, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, etc.), is it not our obligation to pass it on and promote/defend what we can to the rest of the world? I would propose that our relative prosperity is evidence of our exceptionalism and the reason God does expect us to share it with the rest of the world.

15 posted on 02/11/2014 11:56:19 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Justa

That guy with the camera hanging on him, behind the little kid is Putin, correct?


16 posted on 02/12/2014 6:53:10 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
♩♫ ♬♪
If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits,
Putin on the ritz.
♩♫ ♬♪


17 posted on 02/12/2014 6:57:18 AM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: NFHale

Yes, is Putin.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 7:06:56 AM PST by Justa
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To: Romulus
Unlike America, Russia’s not obsessed by an exceptionalist mythology that empowers it as international scold and moral bully in service of the fake religion of messianic equality.

I agree, but what exactly is the "fake religion of messianic equality"?

19 posted on 02/12/2014 7:56:36 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: ecomcon

It’s the myth that we’re all naturally equal. It’s the idea that this notion should be spread throughout the world and held with religious fervor.


20 posted on 02/12/2014 8:02:02 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Justa

Da!! Spasebo, comrade..


21 posted on 02/12/2014 8:16:12 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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