Skip to comments.Ted Cruz on Putin: "There Is Very Little That Should Be Intimidating About A Thug"
Posted on 02/27/2014 5:54:32 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
HUGH HEWITT, HOST: Are you watching much of the Olympics, Senator Cruz?
SEN. TED CRUZ: You know, Ill confess I have been on the road so much that I havent had a chance to sit down and turn the television on.
HH: Well, Ive got to ask you, even you cant go an hour without seeing Putin. When you see Putin, what do you think, Senator Cruz?
TC: Look, I think the direction he is taking Russia is very problematic. Its problematic for Russia, its problematic for America, and for the world. He is systematically oppressing his people, but he is also taking advantage of President Obamas foreign policy blunders to expand Russia influence, and I think he is bound and determined to do as much as he can to expand Russias sphere of influence and attempt to reassemble the old Soviet Union. You see the pressure theyre putting on Georgia, you see the pressure theyre putting on Ukraine. Its dangerous, and unfortunately, President Obama is doing nothing effectively to counteract it.
HH: Now a young President Kennedy went to negotiate with Khrushchev in Vienna long ago and far away, and the measure that Khrushchev took of the young former Senator was not good, and we had the Cuban Missile Crisis. If you or any other young American leader sat down with Putin, I mean, this is a tough character. Do you think you could actually negotiate with him?
TC: Well, the only negotiations that a Putin or any other bully understands is a negotiation from strength, and that, unfortunately, is not something that the Obama administration has ever tried. In fact, they seem to systematically alienate our friends, abandon our friends and accommodate and appease our enemies.
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Senator Cruz: The Free World Stands with the People of Ukraine - February 20, 2014 - "The people of Ukraine need to know that the free world stands with them as they protest the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych designed to destroy their constitutional rights and drive their country into the sphere of influence of Vladimir Putins resurgent Russia."
"More than two decades ago, Ukraine finally threw off the yoke of Soviet domination and embarked on a path towards greater integration with the West."
"The United States should fulfill its historic tradition of speaking out forcefully on behalf of those who cry out for freedom and against those who would silence them."
Wow. I agree with Cruz on Putin being a thug. However I am in the minority on Free Republic. Most on here think he is a great leader. I NEVER have and never will. Cruz and I are right.
I don’t know...a thug with the worlds largest nuclear arsenal at his fingertips is pretty intimidating in my book...
The US government is responsible for the greatest genocide in world history, of it own babies.
and if you want to talk about oppression... lets talk about the ongoing and excalating US oppression against people of faith (especially Christian faith)
That I respect that is more a statement about how bad our leaders have become than it is a reflection of how I feel about Putin.
Putin is guilty of genocide against innocent Christian civilians in Georgia. Putin is a murderer and oppressor of Christians.
Cruz's statement sounds like Reagan's on Afghanistan.
But you can't call Putin a thug. THAT’s RACIST.
Women who want them will always be able to get an abortion.
As a Christian, I do not feel oppressed in the USA.
Putin is not looking after his nation’s interests at all. He is only out for himself. He’s become rich stealing form his own people. Putin is a traitor to his nation and the enemy of his own people.
I completely disagree with your premise. Most on here DON'T think he's a 'great leader'. He's a KGB Marxist. A thug.
However, regarding the style, characteristics, strength, etc. of a leader, the head of the Kremlin, juxtaposed with OccupyWH is exceedingly preferable ...
You can be a great leader and a thug. Obama is a horrible leader and a thug.
Putin seems to be a patriot and dedicated to doing everything in his power to make Russia the most powerful and influential country in the world. Obama hates America and is doing everything in his power to make Russia the most powerful and influential country in the world.
Two thugs working for the same team. One a patriot, the other a traitor.
Cruz is absolutely correct.
Hows our's doing?
I actually think he's both. You can't argue that he has been a very successful leader, when he took over, Russia's economy had fallen to near third world status, the currency was in free-fall and infrastructure which was poor even in the Soviet era was now in a state of near total collapse. He's reduced unemployment and poverty and turned Russia into an economic powerhouse with a large and growing middle class, paid off the national debt, rebuilt and modernized the infrastructure, and after all that they still run budget surpluses most years, he also rebuilt and modernized the military, and restored a sense of national pride among the people.
But then there is the thug side. For one thing, unlike Boris Yeltsin, he made clear from day one that he had no intention of playing ball or becoming an ally of America and the West. He put the formerly free press firmly under the thumb of his government, imprisoned and sometimes even murdered political opponents, and rewrote the constitution to essentially give his party a permanent lock on power. Yet, sort of like Hitler, the Russian people seem more than willing to look the other way because of the good he has done in rebuilding Russia.
Putin is cracking down on abortions, Obama is promoting them.
Clinton murdered innocent Christians and their children at Waco, and Obama is taking his sodomite encouragement worldwide.
If it comes down to Putin or Obama, i’ll take Putin.
Putin’s rabid aggression has marginalized and isolated Russia on the world stage. Russia has no friends. Putin’s stupidity has made enemies out of all of Russia’s neighbors. Just look at the anti-Russian backlash which he has provoked in Ukraine. Putin has disgraced and humiliated Russia.
Then get the hell out of Texas and go to Russia where you belong, comrade.
Russia’s economy depends on the oil trade which Putin has nationalized. Russians don’t benefit from Putin’s control of the gas and oil industries, he and his corrupt gangster cronies do.
...the Obama administration...seem to systematically alienate our friends, abandon our friends and accommodate and appease our enemies.
Cruz nailed it.
Well, that explains his not being afraid of Obama, don’t it?
If you do not feel the oppression of Christians in the US, you must live in a very fortunate part of the US. The veto of the bill in Az. takes away the rights of Christians everywhere to chose who they associate with and do business with. I know it only applies in Az. but it will spread across the nation.
The oppression of Christian views and who they are forced to associate with has been going on for a long time. In certain churches the Word of God has been twisted so much as to be unrecognizable. If one is not watching and listening very closely it is hard to pick up on and if one does not know the Bible well, much can become easily bastardized. I have seen it in action and have noticed that the ones spreading this are well intentioned but ignorant of what they are doing. I will say it out loud, it is mostly women and some former men.
I hope your area remains untouched and unpolluted by these ignorant useful idiots.
Thank goodness none of that happens here.
Very relevant to compare and contrast the empty threats and horrible results around the globe of the 0bama 'foreign policy' versus the words of Senator Cruz.
Me neither. BTW, what are we frogs doing in this pot, and is it getting warmer in here?
I am glad the USA has not nationalized oil companies the way the kleptocrat Putin has done to Russia. The idea that we would be looking out for our own interests if our leaders were more like Vladimir Putin is pretty laughable. The bastard from Kenya only dreams of getting away with what Putin has.
I feel like some are oppressed .by way of home schooling laws in some parts of the country and by business law in some parts of the country. I also feel like we are much closer to being oppressed than we were say 5-10 years ago.
We are also forced to fund a lot of things we hate, like big education's Godless anti American agenda, especially in colleges, and so on. That's not oppression per se, but it's on the road
Meanwhile Team Soetoro is bound and determined to do as much as they can to contract America's sphere of influence and disassemble our Constitutionally based republic.
KGB trumps Community Organizer all day long.
I can certainly agree with the things you listed-—and we need to do all in our power to STOP IT NOW!
However, I don’t see anyway but the ballot box to change it—and then I start thinking about our dumbed down education system in this country today-—and yes, it is depressing ...
So we should copy their communism ways?
Not sure how you concluded that. Did you read the thread?
It’s very important we do at the ballot box all we can do to stop it. Important we pray also. Those may not stop it.
Thus, other alternatives are going off grid invidually, moving to a more liberty minded state individually or another nation - etc. Obviously different folks have different options, but there are indeed oppressive winds a blowin ..and most will not admit it til it’s too late for them.
Maybe they are not a majority, but there is an alarming number of people on FR who absolutely swoon over Putin & get weak-kneed every time they see their favorite dictator with his shirt off (which is quite often).
Oh ... that explains it! These must be some of Cass Sunstein's internet band of girlyman infiltrators ...
I view Putin very much in the mould of Vito Corleone; he’s analogous to a Mafia Don, a “Godfather” if you will. His office just happens to be in the Kremlin, instead of Palermo, or Queens.
Everyone who wants to be anyone in Russia has to let Don Vladimir “wet his beak” a little. It’s basically a kleptocracy. And like a good Don (the fictional Vito or Michael Corleone) he knows on how to put on a good show; the mask of the devout, church-going man, caring, always ever-so-reasonable.
For those of you can who recall the legendary “baptism massacre” at the end of the original “Godfather” - oh yeah, I could totally see Putin doing something like that.
Without a doubt in my mind whatsoever.
If it comes down to Putin or Obama, ill take Putin.
You can have him. Defect.
Most intelligent comment yet. Pinochet was a thug, but damn was he good for Chile. I don’t think anyone swoons over Putin, but they respect that he’s an effective leader (look at what we have!) And admire his stand on certain issues. That being said, there is a lot of room for criticism. There are leaders like this around the world.