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.

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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?

Mark Adomanis, Wiggling and Squirming

It’s a telling commentary on how far and how fast Vladimir Putin has has fallen that even hardcore Putin apologists like Mark Adomanis are now scurrying to abandon him in order to save their own reputations.

In a recent op-ed for the Moscow Times, Adomanis concedes that the European Union’s cutting Russia off from investment cash will deal a devastating blow to the Russian economy.  He admits that even as Russia’s economy grinds to a screeching halt, the EU’s action will choke off the lifeblood of the economy, making borrowing vastly more expensive and therefore unattainable to many small businesses. He admits that the Russian finance sector is “largely at a standstill already,” before the new round of sanctions have even taken effect. The obvious result is recession.

Adomanis mocks Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who actually claims with a straight face that massive worldwide economic sanction are a good thing for Russia.  It’s a neo-Soviet jaw-dropper if ever there was one.

But Adomanis also feels compelled to write this in the second paragraph of his piece:  “It is possible, of course, that the Europeans will lose their nerve.”  That’s wishful thinking, and smells of desperation.  Adomanis has been writing for years that the EU would not be capable of imposing sanctions like those he now sees before him, most particularly because Russia’s fossil fuel might would prevent it.  Now, the utter frivolousness of Adomanis’s prior views have been exposed for all the world to see.

Indeed, conspicuous by its absence is any effort at all from Adomanis to confront his prior bogus analysis of Russia.  His claims about the strength of the Russian economy have been proved totally false, just as his claims about the impotence of the West have been. And most importantly, for years Adomanis has done what he could to provide cover to Putin as he consolidated his malignant regime in Russia, claiming and implying that Putin was not the evil force that Republicans like Mitt Romney claimed.

Adomanis smugly mocked Republicans like Romney and Palin, who correctly predicted Russia’s incursion into Ukraine while Adomanis did not, in a supremely juvenile and immature fashion. He’s now trying desperately to walk it all back and jump on the bandwagon driven by Romney and Palin, but it’s much too late. Adomanis has no credibility left, as the entire Russophile community does not. Putin has pulled the rug out from under them, and all they can do is fall.

Top 10 Howlers from Putin’s July 22 Speech

Here are the top 10 rolling on the floor, jaw on the floor howlers from Vladimir Putin’s July 22 address to the Russian security council FOLLOWED BY OUR COMMENTS.

10

“Any nation that is part of an alliance gives up part of its sovereignty.”  EASY FOR HIM TO SAY SINCE NOBODY WANTS AN ALLIANCE WITH RUSSIA.

9

“At the same time, they present Russia with an ultimatum: either you let us destroy the part of the population that is ethnically, culturally and historically close to Russia, or we introduce sanctions against you.” HE’S SAYING THAT ANY TIME RUSSIA CAN’T PARTITION RUSSIANS FROM ANY COUNTRY, IT’S GENOCIDE; YET NO ETHNIC GROUP IN RUSSIA IS ENTITLED TO PARTITION.

8

“This is exactly why Russia supported the [UN] Security Council Resolution proposed by Australia.”  RUSSIA OPPOSED THE RESOLUTION, DEMANDING IT MAKE NO REFERENCE TO ANY BLAME OF RUSSIA.

7

“However, attempts are clearly being made to destabilize the social and economic situation, to weaken Russia in one way or another.” HE’S SAYING THAT THE MH17 ATTACK WAS AN ATTACK BY THE WEST ON RUSSIA.

6

“We are particularly relying on civil society for effective help in improving the system of state governance with regard to ethnic policy and educating young people about the spirit of patriotism and responsibility for the fate of their Fatherland, which is particularly important.”  HE THINKS THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IS TO BE AN INSTRUMENT OF STATE PROPAGANDA.

5

“Our second important challenge is protecting constitutional order.”  HE OBLITERATED CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER BY SEIZING THE PRESIDENCY FOR LIFE.

4

“We should finally call on the Kiev authorities to comply with elementary norms of human decency.”  HE’S SAYING THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE IS COMPRISED OF BARBARIANS.

3

“True, they held elections after the takeover, however, for some strange reason, power ended up again in the hands of those who either funded or carried out this takeover.”   HE’S SAYING THE  ELECTED GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE IS ILLEGITIMATE BUT HIS OWN ELECTIONS ARE FLAWLESS.

2

“As I have said, we will do everything in our power, but this is absolutely insufficient.” HE’S ADMITTING RUSSIA IS IMPOTENT.

1

“We, on our part, strictly comply with the norms of international law and with our commitments to our partners.” THEN LIGHTENING STRUCK HIM DOWN!

The Worst Week of Vladimir Putin’s Life

PutinshameJust. Wow!

What a truly appalling week Vladimir Putin just had.

He started out the week being booted out of the FIFA tournament in Brazil, which Russia will host in four years. His team only managed to score two goals in three matches despite being fortunately placed in one of the weakest groups in the tournament. Only three teams in the entire tournament scored less, and his hated rival the USA, hardly a world soccer power, advanced to the knockout round.  To add to Russia’s shame, its coach (highest paid in the world, and not Russian) tried to blame the debacle on a laser pointer.

Then Pooty watched as not just Ukraine but also Georgia and Moldova signed a formal treaty with the European Union, something Putin has been furiously struggling throughout his presidency to avoid.  Not one but three important pieces of post-Soviet space permanently severed their relations with Russia, vastly diminishing Russia’s prestige and influence in the region and vastly increasing the power of the West.  Putting the boot in, a newly swaggering Europe actually began issuing ultimatums to Putin.

And then to round things out, more spectacular disaster in space.  First Putin’s much-ballyhooed new rocket program, which was supposed to allow Russia to send missiles into space without need of Kazakhstan, using a base on Russian soil, humiliatingly failed to function.  And then one of Russia’s last early-warning military satellite simply stopped working while in orbit.

It’s impossible to imagine a worse week for Putin, and when you combine it with the increasingly bleak prospects of the Russian economy you have what well may be the worst week of Putin’s life.

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.

Putin Drags Russia back into its Failed Past

One of the big stories out of Russia last week was the barbaric country’s efforts to block Syrian human rights atrocities from being adjudicated by the international criminal court.  In doing so, Russia stood with China against the entire UN  Security Council and most of the civilized world.

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews Russia’s litany of aggression and corruption, of which the Syria outrage is only the latest example.  Vladimir Putin, a proud KGB spy, is dragging his country back into the dismal failure of the past, openly provoking the USA in to a new cold war and corruptly diverting huge flows of badly needed capital towards military power and to line his own personal pockets.