Putin Goes Postal

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews Vladimir Putin’s recent frenzy of wilding, threatening the West with nuclear war in front of a group of Russian youth  and openly siding with the terrorist rebels in Eastern Ukraine, rebels who are no different than those who sought to break Chechnya away from Russia. It’s another incredible new low for ne0-Soviet Russia, one from which the country will not likely recover.

Cleaning up McFaul’s Mess

For the first time since Barack Obama entered the White House, America finally has a competent and qualified ambassador to Russia in Mr. John Tefft, a tough and seasoned defender of American values in Eastern Europe.  Obama’s first two choices for the job, John Beryl and Michael McFaul, left our Russia policy a smoking ruin, a horrific mess for Tefft to start cleaning up.

“Russia is part of the European culture. And I cannot imagine my own country in isolation from Europe and what we often call the civilised world. So it is hard for me to visualise NATO as an enemy. I think even posing the question this way will not do any good to Russia or the world.”

Those were the words of Russian “president” Vladimir Putin to BBC interviewer David Frost back in March 2000, just as Putin first took the formal reins of power.  Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul recently tweeted them (sloppily without linking to the source material) as if for the purpose of showing that his “reset” policy towards Russia was not nearly as insane when it was implemented as it now appears.

The question Putin was referring to was: “Do you see NATO as a potential partner, or a rival or an enemy?”  In order to believe that Putin might not see NATO as an enemy, one had to disregard Putin’s entire life history and all of his actions since joining the administration of Boris Yeltsin in Moscow precisely three years before the Frost interview.

And that, incredibly, was exactly what Michael McFaul was prepared to do when he assumed office in December 2011. It was one of the lowest moments in U.S. diplomatic history, following on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s humiliating use of a “reset button” physical prop to announce the policy that was incorrectly labeled in Russian.

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Is Ukraine Putin’s Vietnam?

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld documents Vladimir Putin’s escalation of the crisis in Ukraine as he invites the world to consider World War III.  Russia’s naked, shameless, bloodthirsty aggression comes on the heels of similar moves against Georgia, and leaves Russia an isolated pariah, viewed by the world as another North Korea, Syria or Cuba.  Is Putin leading his nation down the road to Russia’s Vietnam?

Barbarism Unbound in Putin’s Russia

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder points her finger directly at the citizens of Russia as bearing the primary responsibility for the absolutely barbaric missile attack on the civilian passenger airliner MH17 over the skies of Eastern Ukraine. Now, the entire world is rapidly turning against Russia, and sees Putin for the ruthless thug he is.  But what the world also sees is that the people of Russia support Putin by an overwhelming majority, and as such they are just as guilty is he is in the murder of 300 innocent people including entire families and nearly 100 children.

The Putin Juggernaut and its Appeasers

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld analyzes the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s final assault on the Russian Internet.

And on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog, Kim takes former U.S. president Jimmy Carter to task for his gross acts of appeasement of Putin, helping Russia down the road to totalitarian dictatorship and failure.

Has Russia gone Rogue?

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld shows how Russia is hypocritically embracing exceptionalism even as it condemns that same attitude among Americans, and using racism and military aggression to prove to the world how very exceptional Russia really is by attacking and seeking to subjugate its neighbors just as Hitler tried once to do.