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BILL STEWART

Understanding Your World

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 11:28 pm, Sat Mar 8, 2014.

I doubt whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is clinically delusional, though German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright seemed to have suggested as much during the current Ukraine crisis. It may well be true, however, that Putin’s long-standing desire to restore Russia to its former greatness has seriously impaired his judgment.

By all accounts, Putin is a very intelligent man, cold and calculating. But those qualities alone, contrary to the views of some Republican leaders, do not necessarily make him a better or stronger leader than President Barack Obama — or Merkel, who is playing a crucial role in this latest standoff between Russia and the West.

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4 comments:

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 2:24 pm on Sun, Mar 9, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 569

    "Who is the delusional one?" Answer; John Bolton

    If there's a war to be had, or made, Bolton's your guy to gin-it-up. One of the same uber-hawk/clowns that helped cheer-lead for the Iraq invasion, he offers as much foreign policy smarts and finesse as a nuclear sledgehammer. Known as "the moustache of doom", his main job now is to preach for U.S. military expenditures when and wherever possible, particularly when it involves giving Israel more American Billion$. He's also a dependable-idiot on Fox News when Netanyahoo needs bellicose back-up, calling for the annihilation of Iran. Shorter Bolton = "kill 'em all"

     
  • Cynthia Martinez posted at 1:11 pm on Sun, Mar 9, 2014.

    tigerlily Posts: 27

    See also:
    http://tinyurl.com/nam7eyf

     
  • Cynthia Martinez posted at 1:01 pm on Sun, Mar 9, 2014.

    tigerlily Posts: 27

    "Because he [Putin] is paranoid about the West, he undoubtedly sees a Western hand in the events."
    Yeah,
    he's totally paranoid about the West ...that must be the reason. After all, it's not as though the US government just recently spent five billion dollars to promote regime change in Ukraine, or anything.

     
  • Michael Murray posted at 7:48 am on Sat, Mar 8, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 62

    Here is what John Bolton, (former ambassador to the U.N.) had to say and it seems pretty accurate.

    "I think Putin knows that he has the high cards, militarily, economically and politically, and he’s prepared to use them," Bolton said. "He gave us notice of his strategy seven or eight years ago when he said, in what is now one of the most frequently repeated quotes from his leadership in Russia, when he said, ‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.’

    "It’s clear he wants to re-establish Russian hegemony within the space of the former Soviet Union. Ukraine is the biggest prize, that’s what he’s after. The occupation of the Crimea is a step in that direction."

    Putin has the background of a KGB Colonel. He controls much Europe's energy supply. He is being lectured to and threatened by a civic organizer. Who is the delusional one?

     

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