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Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin
CNN ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Newt Gingrich

Posted on 03/25/2014 4:49:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

(CNN) -- "If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles." -- Sun Tzu, "The Art of War" (circa 500 BC)

It is time to take Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously. We must develop serious strategies for dealing with a serious man.

Putin has been in charge of Russia since 1999. He is arguably the most effective leader in the world today.

The Obama administration's foreign policy, meanwhile, has variously offered Putin a "reset" photo op, likened him to a "slouch ... like that bored kid sitting in the back of the classroom," and most recently, uttered meaningless protests while he annexed the territory of a sovereign state. Monday's cancellation of the G8 summit in Sochi, Russia, was really the minimum that could be done. Of course the United States and its allies could not go forward with the meeting as if nothing had happened.

The symbolic, tactical approach which is the hallmark of the Obama foreign policy is dangerous, delusional and utterly incapable of understanding or coping with a serious leader like Putin.

Indeed, there is a growing danger that the combination of strong words and weak actions (the essence of symbolic liberalism) will lead Putin to believe he can continue to incrementally rebuild the Russian Empire by gradually absorbing various pieces around the periphery.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: newtgingrich; obama; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko

1 posted on 03/25/2014 4:49:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Putin: Like taking candy away from a sleeping baby.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 4:52:41 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Jim Robinson
That’s only part of the quote from Chapter 3 of The Art Of War. The rest reads as follows:
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
Any guess as to Obama’s level of knowledge of the enemy, much less his own forces?
3 posted on 03/25/2014 5:00:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Jim Robinson

Putin is a Russian nationalist and fulfilled a Russian nationalist goal of reincorporating Crimea into Russia. Nationalism is the antithesis of the globalism championed by the “progressive left”. That was his real offense.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 5:10:13 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Jim Robinson

If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
Same source.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 5:18:19 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Olog-hai

...Like you stated...


6 posted on 03/25/2014 5:20:49 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Jim Robinson
Meanwhile. inside the mind of obama....


7 posted on 03/25/2014 5:31:55 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Jim Robinson
Obummer is going to keep poking a stick into Putin until Putin lashes out and blows Obummer's cover as the 100% fraud that Putin knows he is. The only reason Putin hasn't done it yet is that Obummer is serving Putin's interests as a totally feckless adversary. But, even Putin has his limits. The latest poking was Obummer calling Russia nothing more than a ‘regional’ power.
8 posted on 03/25/2014 5:40:00 PM PDT by iontheball
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To: 353FMG

perhaps the US glorious leader can bring his teleprompter to the next meeting or checker/chess match with Putin and digest the wisdom of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli. Nope. Fear instead Obama will be trapped by writings of Dante.

It’s amazing how Putin and terrorists gain so much with little or no engagement in conflict while Obama loses so much because of his hubris.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 5:47:22 PM PDT by snoopy 'n linus
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To: iontheball

Putin has too much to gain by simply maintaining his cool while Obama continues his craziness. Don’t scare the fish away.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 5:49:36 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: iontheball

..........I also believe the Mossad “has the goods” on Obama and is holding it until he refuses them something when war breaks out. You might say, more or less, “it’s their trump card”.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 5:53:05 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Jim Robinson

strangely enough... I fear Putin FAR less then 0bama.

at least Putin is honest


12 posted on 03/25/2014 5:56:47 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Jim Robinson

Good analysis.

Sad when one can look at the thinking of Putin and compare it with the words and actions of our current president and realize that Putin, for all his shortcomings, loves Russia and wants to preserve and grow the Russian peoples.

Obama is an enemy of the American peoples.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 5:58:47 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: iontheball

well yea... russia is a regional power...

Cuba is in the region


14 posted on 03/25/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Jim Robinson
Gingrich nails it in his analysis, but I'm not sure he has the basic goals that are US Interests at the forefront.

Historical Russia (no, not the Soviet Union) does have legitimate interests beyond it's current borders. For us to deny that, or worse to attempt to deny them to Russia, does risk existential war.

For what? So that Estonia can be in the German sphere of influence? Georgia too?

Ultimately the Russians are rational...or none of us would be here today. The balloon would have gone up in the 60's or 70's.

Must we have the Western World inhabit all of the Eastern world too?

If anyone contends we must, I ask...WHY?

And if it's "Freedom and Democracy"...why not the Central African Republic?

15 posted on 03/25/2014 6:16:55 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Jim Robinson

Putin sees that Sheriff Taylor is out of town and it’s Deputy Barney Fife on the job. He’s got a 3 year window to git ‘r done.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 7:03:17 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: iontheball; Jim Robinson

obama has reduced the U S to a regional power

but he wont stop until we are powerless


17 posted on 03/25/2014 7:31:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Jim Robinson

GOOGLETRNASLATE:
Golden Lion WARNING! Putin’s FSB is preparing a new separatist demonstrations in the south and east. The purpose of the Kremlin - to the south and east 8 referendum on secession , the federalization of all southeastern Regional centers and the introduction of Russian as a second state capture regional administrations, elected pro-Russian majority in council, disobedience Kyiv , creating its own, outside the control of Kyiv authorities , appeal to Putin military assistance and the failure of presidential elections on May 25.

Security Service, Interior Ministry, then you have the time to source all of arrested separatist leaders that incite people, otherwise we will have in the south and east of the “Crimean scenario” and lose another 8 regions. All very seriously.

Should immediately eliminate Ochag separatism, otherwise they will only grow. Center for secession - group in contact “Antymaydan” and its satellite group”

Referendums in 8 areas.” They incite separatist at weekly meetings and initiate separatist “referendum ».


18 posted on 03/25/2014 7:45:52 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: allendale

BS. Putin cares about Putin period. Putler is just using Russian nationalism as an excuse to take over Europe and the drunken serfs who elected him are just eating it up. They have no understanding of true patriotism. You can rant and rave all you want about globalists, Soros, and the New World Order, but Freepers are smart enough to see through your water-carrying for you hero Uncle Vlad.


19 posted on 03/25/2014 7:49:12 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

You signed on in Sept of 2013. It is growing more apparent that you are pushing an agenda. It might surprise you to learn that Freepers are more discerning than your simplistic crap and accusations.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 7:51:04 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: allendale

You are correct and the quotes from his speech in Gingrich’s article prove the point. What’s interesting and fresh to me is that Putin’s speech is not something like the speeches of our domestic “leaders” that have been tested on focus groups, consultants and poll takers, but goes straight to the point.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 7:54:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: sten

BS. Putin is a lying commie. Are you still hoping the Russians nuke our cities so you can take over?


22 posted on 03/25/2014 8:11:34 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: Mariner

If the Russians are rational (your words) then stopping them now, while it is relatively easy, will not lead to “existential war”.

However, the Russians consider everything they do, geopolitically, to be “defensive”, regardless of whether anyone else sees it that way or not. Gingrich is correct in pointing this out. Putin’s own words about centuries of “containment” are the key.

Now, the difference between C.A.R. and Ukraine or Estonia is that we have (well, HAD, since we evidently are “without honor”) a very serious security agreement with Ukraine, not to mention that the majority of the people there understand and quite sincerely want to be a Western style democracy. Estonia is even more serious a security commitment (NATO ally) and is a rather well functioning “Western” democracy and economy in fact. C.A.R. is the opposite, with even its
Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye saying it is a “non-state”.

The ramifications of the US abandoning these commitments is devastating: It not only encourages aggressions now and in the future, but even worse, unless a Russia / China axis becomes totally dominant, quickly, it almost guarantees at least a mid-scale nuclear war down the line.


23 posted on 03/25/2014 8:14:31 PM PDT by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: Paul R.
" a very serious security agreement with Ukraine"

A Presidential signature on a document isn' t worth squat. Everyone in the world knows that.

Without Senate Ratification of a Treaty the USA did not commit to anything concerning Ukraine.

Asw for the majority of the Ukrainian people, they voted for a pro-Russian president in a free and open election.

As for NATO? We need to STOP it's expansion, and now. NOBODY in the US wants to go to war to defend Ukraine or Georgia.

Yeah, we have to honor our commitment to the Baltics, Romania and Bulgaria (really, Bulgaria?), but we needn't make such folly worse.

24 posted on 03/25/2014 8:27:48 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: MHGinTN

The only agenda I am pushing is the pro-American one. I don’t go throwing around nutty conspiracy theories which undermine the fact that Russia is displaying naked aggression towards its neighbors.


25 posted on 03/25/2014 8:50:23 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: Mariner

Sigh. If that is the thought process, then indeed we are a worthless people, and deserve what we will reap. If a formal agreement reaffirmed by multiple Presidents is meaningless, then Treaties are not far behind. After all, if a Treaty has become unpopular within the U.S., who the heck is going to make us honor it? Estonia? The U.N.?

Honorable people, and countries, honor their obligations even when it may not appear to be in their short term interest. I’d try to explain again why that is important, but it seems to be beyond many. :-(

That doesn’t mean we have to send troops to Crimea. We could just return the value to Ukraine of those 5000 nukes they gave up in return for our promise of protection.

The “folly” you speak of has kept the peace for many years, for the most part, in (historically) a particularly warlike and brutal part of the world. Russia never liked it, and if they don’t like it now, that’s an argument to bolster NATO further, given Russia’s return to their historic ways.


26 posted on 03/26/2014 1:53:40 AM PDT by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: Jim Robinson; All
Inside the mind of one Ukrainian citizen? Hopefully she won't mind my reposting it here (with credit / link below.) I do not post this as documented fact, it is merely one Ukrainian's view of things:

March 25, News from Ukraine

Yesterday electricity went off in Crimea. It was feeble attempt of Ukrainian government to liberate our hostages. Now electricity is restored while hostages still in prison so the whole operation "Blackout" turned out to be another failure of Ukrainian government. Next time when electricity will be turned off it will not be Ukrainian government, it will be doing of Mr.Putin. The reason is that Putin do not need Crimea for people to live in, he needs it as territory for military base. It is very expensive for Russia to keep 2,5 million population in Crimea and pay high rates for delivering water, build power plants and lay pipe with gas. Will be really easier just depopulate the area, leaving some few hundred thousand people to provide services for Russian military. Depopulating is on the way, thousands refugees leaving Crimea now.., things like blackouts, ethnic cleansing will speed this up. In a few years there will be deserted area and no need to provide anyone with electricity and gas.

Meanwhile Ukrainian army in Crimea giving up, leaving to Russians our warships, aircraft and other military equipment worth billions dollars. Ukrainians do not resist, they armed with some sticks against Russian spetsnaz. Ukrainian military have command not to open fire. They receive command from interim president and in his turn he get this command from Western leaders. Pacifists. During Maydan period Western leaders kept saying to our opposition not to shed blood, to negotiate and prevent any violence. Eventually people couldn't stand it any longer and went ahead with sticks on armed police special forces, hundreds died and so Maydan won. It is people won, not opposition who now doing the same trying not to spill blood. I feel how degree in society is getting hot again. People very angry and now people armed. Another maydan will be a bloody mess.

If someone going to visit Ukraine this days, I really don't think it is good idea. We have armed gangs shooting police, robbing banks, robbing expensive stores by 15-20 men. Gangs armed with AK-47. This is now reality in Kiev and other cities. Situation is destabilized by fact that in addition to our bandits Russians coming in large numbers to do all sort of provocation. Our police forces do not exist. We can say that Russian invasion began.

http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/maydan/updatemarch25.html

Is it my imagination, or is the word "pacifists" dripping with disgust (and probably soon, more blood)?

I would also note that Putin would be quite clever to depopulate Crimea. This would push more ethnic Russians into (most likely) Eastern Ukraine, possibly creating more havoc (ie., reason to further intervene), and if even not, creating more regions "Russianized" enough to perhaps vote to join Russia. It would also, I assume, attempt to push out the Tartars, who apparently (in protest) did not vote in the referendum, and who would be the most likely source of trouble for Putin's forces in Crimea. The question may be, will they resist?

27 posted on 03/26/2014 2:40:30 AM PDT by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

*pssst*.

0bama is a lying marxist commie.

not sure what I’d call Putin. he’s not a commie and has stated numerous times how socialism doesn’t work... once to 0bama. Putin has also dropped taxes to promote business while 0bama is doing everything he can to undermine business and success. Putin has also taken steps to keep the homo propaganda away from children... something the fags in the US had a hissy fit over going into the Olympics. 0bama included. Putin is a world class martial artist... 0bama is a world class fool.

of course, the real difference is that Putin is a leader that works to provide for his country while 0bama works to destroy ours.

as for nuking, there are a couple US cities that would be improved with a little nuking. san francesspool and detroit come to mind. remember, Hiroshima got hit with a nuke... detroit got hit by progressive democrats. only one is still obliterated to this day.

btw, I think you’d feel more at home over on DU. that’s where the morons, pig f*ckers and paste eaters hangout.


28 posted on 03/26/2014 3:51:19 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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