Skip to comments.AGAINST ALL ODDS: WHY PUTIN IS WINNING
Posted on 04/22/2014 5:53:44 AM PDT by Hojczyk
Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of American experts on the different nationalities of what Russia regards as its rightful space, warns that a small, newer NATO ally could be next.
With a near-fully modernized strategic nuclear arsenal to give teeth to his iron will, Putin is using a low-cost, high-impact weapon against which the West has built no effective defense: political and economic subversion.
The KGB excelled at political and economic subversion, and Putin built his career practicing both.
Putin has turned Russias internal weaknesses into external strength. In presiding over the wholesale theft of the Russian economy, Putin has made the Western banking and financial systems from Zurich to London to New York dependent on his kleptocratic status quo. He has used his Gazprom gas monopoly to dominate Europe in ways his military never could.
The West has handed Putin a complete victory in Ukraine, according to a prominent Moscow journalist, who calls the recent Geneva peace agreement a complete capitulation to the Kremlin and an invitation for more trouble. Yuliya Latynina, commenting over the weekend on Ekho Moskvy radio, said the capitulation gives Putin a mandate to take as much of Ukraine as he wants.
Washington policymakers are grasping for options. The KGB respects only the strong, martyred Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya wrote in her book, Putins Russia. The weak it devours. We of all people ought to know that.
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No, Pirchner, provocative weakness is a state in which you intentionally make yourself weak - well beyond simple appearances - and you inevitably provoke others, whether they mean you ill or not, into thinking they can do whatever the hell they please.
This was a predictable as the sunrise and too many of us saw this coming.
I beg to disagree. I think he's more likely to go after Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova since they are not part of NATO, the first two are adjacent to Russia, and it would give him several warm water ports. Eventually he and NATO will face off, but I think he'll go for the easy picks first.
Because he’s fighting a whiney blabbermouth with no stick and no balls.
Belarus is safe as long as Putin’s puppet Lukashenko is in power. Same in Kazakhstan.
Wasn’t there something in the news just a week or two ago about Kazakhstan wanting to join the Russian Federation?
THAT kind of man wins.
Now the sissy faggot WE have .....
He’s winning because mac daddy is a pu**y.
The stated goals of Lukashenko and the Kazakh leader is to put back together the USSR.
USSR, Eurasia, Russian Federation... is there any difference?
Lukashenko is not a Putin puppet.
They are rivals. Lukashenko actually was hoping to link with Russia with him as the leader of a new “Soviet Union”, but Putin nixed that.
They get along out of necessiry, but that’s the extent of it.
"I understand your message about space," replied Medvedev, who will hand over the presidency to Putin in May. --Reuters
I believe soetoro handed it to him.