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The Russian Empire Strikes Back
American Thinker ^ | March 17, 2014 | Sergey Maidukov

Posted on 03/17/2014 12:41:21 AM PDT by No One Special

Vladimir Putin’s strategic and private ambitions extend far beyond the rocky and waterless Crimean peninsula reaching out into the Black Sea. These days, he is often described as an aggressive revanchist, seeking to restore the former glory of the Soviet Union. It is true -- to a certain extent.

The area within the former USSR borders is too narrow for Mother Russia. Her main goal is global supremacy.

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Of course, Mr. Putin and a great many of his retinue had once been communists. But at present they are inveterate capitalists. ...well-versed in tricky business and shady financial schemes.

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You may think that the Kremlin clique have everything they need. In this case you are wrong. They will not rest till they have got the whole world. It is as simple as that.

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Like Bush before him, Obama did not dare to confront Russia on the battlefield. As for the rest of the West, they will prefer to stay away, because too many European countries are heated by Siberian gas and too much of Russia’s money circulates through the banking system of the UK.

And Vladimir Putin understands it very well. From the bottom of his soul he despises the West and thinks it is rotten to the core.

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Over and over, he demonstrates aggression, roughness and falsity in both his foreign and domestic meetings. When Putin spices his political speeches with vulgar jokes, when he lies so easily to the international press and the public, he is showing everyone his disregard for all rules of good manners and good neighborhood.

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As Putin reclaimed the presidency in 2012, he proclaimed: “We're a victorious people. It's in our genetic code, passed down from generation to generation. The battle for Russia continues! We will be victorious!...

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: putin; russia
As they say, read the whole thing.
1 posted on 03/17/2014 12:41:21 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Idiotic editorial.

Putin, in contrast, doesn’t want to prop up failed former Soviet states.

Why give away the gas when he can charge them for it?!


2 posted on 03/17/2014 12:50:39 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: No One Special

Both Russia and China see the West as in decay and disarray and are already moving to pick up the pieces. Europe, without the US Forces to protect it would be easy meat for a resurgent Red Army. China, looking South and West is stymied only by Japan, and is working on solving that problem even now. The word is hegemony.

If the US had a strong President now we could possibly counter their moves, but with Bamster Barry, we got nothing.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 12:51:34 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Southack

Great point.


4 posted on 03/17/2014 12:53:16 AM PDT by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: Southack

“Sergey Maidukov is an illustrator working for The Boston Globe, Esquire Ukraine, Forbes Woman, Chimera, etc.
He is based in Kiev and open for work all the year round.”


5 posted on 03/17/2014 12:54:25 AM PDT by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: MarMema
an illustrator working for The Boston Globe, Esquire Ukraine, Forbes Woman, Chimera, etc.

= gay ethnic Russian ticked at Putin

6 posted on 03/17/2014 1:15:12 AM PDT by Kennard
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To: Kennard

ROFL, that was my thinking too. :-)


7 posted on 03/17/2014 1:30:59 AM PDT by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: No One Special

Hyperbolic editorial by an aggrieved author with several axes to grind. Putin might be everything the writer alleges and worse, but that is not a forgone conclusion. The Black Sea is a Russian lake and has been throughout modern history, and it is a fantasy to believe that any Russian leader would accept a hostile alliance on its northern shore. Crimea and even Ukraine are strategic territories for Russia; whether we like it or not, Putin is restoring the natural order in his region.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 7:29:50 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine
The "natural order"? It was also a Turkish lake for a quite a while, and a Roman lake before that.

The only "strategic" interest Russia has in the Crimea is to use it as a launchpad for further aggression-- the notion that Ukraine or NATO are planning "aggression" against Russia is lunatic on its face.

9 posted on 03/17/2014 8:23:14 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: pierrem15
The "natural order"? It was also a Turkish lake for a quite a while, and a Roman lake before that.

As you effectively illustrate, the natual order is that the Black Sea is controlled by the dominant regional power of the day. Those of us who espouse and defend the Monroe Doctrine in our hemisphere cannot expect Russia to watch passively while a hostile alliance (NATO) digs into its underbelly. To Russia, Crimea and Ukraine are strategic lands worth going to war over. They are not strategic to America's defense and are therefore not worth going to war over.

America is a waning superpower, militarily depleted and economically bankrupted by twenty years of ruinous, far flung wars. Our president and his diplomats must be careful not to write checks that we can no longer cash.

10 posted on 03/17/2014 11:20:59 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine
militarily depleted and economically bankrupted by twenty years of ruinous, far flung wars

Compared to Russia? Surely you jest. The primary difficulty the US faces is its internal political divisions, which has led it to elect a cultural Marxist/nihilist as President. The underlying strength of the country still remains.

11 posted on 03/17/2014 12:01:35 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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America today is not capable of projecting and sustaining sufficient military power to wage and win an all-out war in Eastern Europe against a resident major power. It would have been a Herculean task decades ago, but today we are out of Schlitz and our credit is maxed out.

On the other side, Russia would enjoy very short supply lines on its frontier, and still possesses the means to harass and deplete our long lines of supply. Critically, the Darnanelles and Bosphorus choke points that once gave NATO a strategic defensive advantage against an invading USSR would switch to Russia's strategic advantage against America's only waterborne line of supply. Such a war would be catastrophic for both sides, but ultimately fatal for America as a future world power.

12 posted on 03/17/2014 12:33:01 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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