Thursday, June 28, 2018

Putin, A Bully And A Thug Or A Great Statesman

Putin Is A Steely Statesman And Proven Leader
Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the news a great deal and the line Americans hear week after week during interviews with Washington's politicians and those entrusted with protecting our security is that Putin is a thug and a bully. This description of the former KGB officer is so ingrained in their repertoire that they seldom describe him in any other terms unless it is to add the words "dangerous or menace" into their performance in an effort to highlight the fact we should all be afraid. Clearly, the U.S. establishment loathes Putin and constantly paints him as an aggressor, a tyrant, and a killer that invaded and occupied Crimea.

Putin took power in late 1999 at a time when Russia was defenseless, bankrupt, and being carved up by a group stealing its resources in collusion with America. Putin changed that and resurrected the crumbling empire once again into a nation-state with coherence and purpose. He is credited with halting the theft of his country’s wealth by the plutocracy and restoring Russia's military strength. Putin with blunt rhetoric refused to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world under a system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders. The fact is many Russians credit him with saving Russia and Putin’s approval rating, after 17 years in power, exceeds that of any rival Western leader. His impressive strides toward making Russia great again explain why he is revered at home but he has also gained admirers in the West, despite a press that is every bit as savage to him as they are to President Trump.

Putin Portrays A Tough Guy Image
If you see the Putin image as somewhat hyped or orchestrated you are right and a "tough guy" image is what he projects. Over the years America's deep state has unleashed attack after attack upon Russia and its leader. Painting Putin as a bully and a thug and has placed economic sanctions on Russia. Much of the hostility toward Putin stems from the fact that he not only defies the West, when standing up for Russia’s interests, he often succeeds in his defiance and goes unpunished and unrepentant. Whether you love or hate the man one thing that is difficult to deny is that Putin has played one hell of a game. He has maximized the sometimes meager tools at his disposal.

Putin is a power broker and over the years we have seen him reach out and establish relationships and bonds with many countries. We can thank Obama's misguided policies and all the anti-Russian talk flowing out of America for this. Much of what we see today grows out of Putin's mid-2012 response to Obama. Our deep state's relentless effort to destroy him has failed. Putin, when challenged, ran over Obama and showed the world who ran the show in both Syria and Ukraine. The policy Obama employed has in many ways backfired and only enhanced Putin's image. It also caused Putin to turn Eastward in an effort to expand and build economic ties with our enemies. Even today the narrative of how Russia interfered in our election also rings of  hypocrisy to all those who remember how Obama threatened the UK just before the Brexit vote that if passed America would send them to the end of the line when it came to trade.

It Will Be Interesting When Trump And Putin Meet
Simply put, Putin is a thorn in the side of America's deep state and the pro "New World Order" forces. He stands as a shield against the Western progressive vision of what mankind’s future ought to be and rejects the New World Order agenda established at the Cold War’s end by the United States. By putting "Russia first" he defies progressives and speaks for those millions of Europeans who wish to restore their national identities and recapture their lost sovereignty from the supranational European Union. When pressed Putin is non-apologetic in reminding the world Russia has a huge nuclear arsenal and will use it if necessary.

Years ago, Putin aligned himself with traditionalists, nationalists, and populists of the West, and against what they had come to despise as their countries are slowly assimilated into the New World Order by the politicians they have elected to protect their culture and civilization. Casting himself as a God and country Russian patriot Putin also stands against the progressive moral decline of a Western elite that has cut its Christian roots to embrace secularism and hedonism. His supporters tend to be dubious of the claims flowing from their own government and the mainstream media which often whitewash some rather unsavory behavior on the part of their country while at the same time fixating on stories of Putin's old KGB comrades assassinating journalists, defectors, and dissidents.

The fact is Russian President Vladimir Putin not only remains popular in his own country where he was recently reelected by a huge margin but he also has admirers in nations whose political establishments are outright hostile to him. The fact is, Putin is viewed favorably by many people including millions who wish to see their nations secede from the EU. Many of these people see no problem and even their right to have their nation defined by a shared heritage, which usually includes a common language, a common faith or even a common ethnic ancestry. It will be most interesting to see if anything good comes from a meeting between Trump and Putin. working together the two countries could go a long way towards creating a far less dangerous world.

Footnote; This is part one of a two-part series. Part two will delve into things most Americans may or may not know about Russia. It will make an effort to bring a better understanding as to why the deep state continues to take a hard-line against more normal relations. 
Part two has now been published, the link is located below.

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