Skip to comments.Of Pre- and Post-Modern Poseurs ... VDH
Posted on 03/23/2014 11:57:36 PM PDT by Rummyfan
Vladimir Putin thinks he has a winning formula to restore the global clout of the old Soviet Union. Contemporary Russia is a chaotic, shrinking, and petrodollar-fed kleptocracy. It certainly lacks the population, the vast resources, and territory of its former communist incarnation. For Putin, restoring a lot of the latter without necessarily the former failed communist state makes sense especially if he can do it on the cheap with passive-aggressive diplomacy and not getting into a shooting war with the far more powerful U.S. If there is a downside for Putin annexing the Crimea in the short term, no one has yet to explain it.
To pull his aggression off, he has adopted most of the repertoire of the proverbial dictator. Threats of a preventative war are leveled, mostly to protect Russian-speaking minorities in former Soviet republics. Plebiscites follow, with the usual 90%-plus results. Thugs and goons are sent in to remind the population that the Russian army may follow.
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Obama has to be full of conflicting emotions. On one hand there is Russia, the nation Obama was raised to admire while on the other hand there is Putin, a man who makes fun of Obama.
Maybe Obama gets thrilled by being treated mean by Putin.