Skip to comments.Ralph Peters: A Czar Is Born...
Posted on 08/14/2008 1:38:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
THE Russians are alcohol-sodden barbarians, but now and then they vomit up a genius.
Prime Minister - and now generalissimo - Vladimir Putin is Mother Russia's latest world-class wonder.
Let's be honest: Putin's the most effective leader in the world today.
That doesn't mean he's good news for anybody - not even for the Russians, in the long run. His ruthless ambition and gambler's audacity may end terribly.
But, for now, give the devil his due: After a long string of successes, from his personal mastery of Russia's government and media to his coldblooded energy brinkmanship, Putin has capped his performance with a stunning success in Georgia.
Not a single free-world leader currently in office can measure up to Czar Vladimir the Great.
Following his turnaround of Russia from bankrupt kleptocracy to flush-with-cash autocracy, he's now openly determined to restore Moscow's old empire.
And he's getting away with it.
As a former intelligence officer, I'm awestruck by the genius with which Putin assessed the strategic environment on the eve of his carefully scripted invasion of Georgia.
With his old KGB skills showing (he must've been a formidable operative), Putin not only sized up President Bush humiliatingly well, but precisely anticipated Europe's nonreaction - while taking a perfect-fit measure of Georgia's mercurial president.
Putin not only knew what he was doing - he knew exactly what others would do.
This is intelligence work at the hall-of-fame level. (For our part, we had all the intelligence pieces in our hands and failed to assemble the puzzle.)
On the military side, the months of meticulous planning and extensive preparations for this invasion were covered by military exercises, disingenuous explanations - and maskirovka, the art of deception the Red Army had mastered. The Russians convinced us to see what we wanted to see.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Putin wouldn’t have the Obamalon for lunch.... heck, he’d not even consider it a snack.
What is it about the Bushes that makes them naive about their enemies, foreign and domestic?
Some of those lines are word-for-word identical to those in Michael Reagan’s article discussing Putin.
Peters is right. Putin’s ruthlessness and grand strategy have been first-class.
Putin ran circles around the west, including the USA.
If he decides to confront the US over the long term, it'll be a dangerous time for all of us.
"Evil Genius" is apt.
I like Ralph Peters in general but ...
This piece is a bit like Chris Matthews saying Obama makes his leg tingle in its gushing admiration for Pootie-pute.
We weren’t going to fight a land war in Asia over a place whose name most Americans associate with peaches and a baseball team.
And sizing up the Georgian leader? Just what the hell was HE going to do when faced with the Russian tank columns?
Putin is ruthless and all the rest, but do we have to call him an “evil genius”? Can’t we just say he’s an opportunist and ruthless and leave it at that?
As the always-perceptive Ralph Peters wrote in the New York Post, Putins latest venture not only sized up President Bush humiliatingly well, but precisely anticipated Europe's nonreaction -- while taking a perfect-fit measure of Georgia's mercurial president.
When the Berlin wall came down and we had a new openness, she said “Don't buy it for a minute. This is the beginning of a new era of misery. They just let the dogs loose.”
Putin would use Obama as a toothpick!
Very perceptive - others said this at the time, but not very many!
I’ve often wondered this myself. Especially after Bush senior was betrayed so malignantly by his own domestic enemies.
This is painful, but true.
Bush junior never seem to get it that his enemies would go to any length to destroy him. He actually thought they would work with him.
Putin ping, if you ever look here any more.
In an interview with the Guardian, Belkovsky repeated his claims that Putin owns vast holdings in three Russian oil and gas companies, concealed behind a “non-transparent network of offshore trusts”.
Putin “effectively” controls 37% of the shares of Surgutneftegaz, an oil exploration company and Russia's third biggest oil producer, worth $20bn, he says. He also owns 4.5% of Gazprom, and “at least 75%” of Gunvor, a mysterious Swiss-based oil trader, founded by Gennady Timchenko, a friend of the president's, Belkovsky alleges.
Asked how much Putin was worth, Belkovsky said: “At least $40bn. Maximum we cannot know. I suspect there are some businesses I know nothing about.” He added: “It may be more. It may be much more.
Even if he has 10 %, or 1 %, of the above it is serious money.