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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Love Of Putin And The US Right

Russian President Vladimir Putin: hero to some in conservative America despite his clear Cold War Era leadership. The man is as regressive as any member of the GOP and only moderately more dangerous to the world at large. Let there be no mistake, conservative America is dangerous to our nation and increasingly dangerous and baneful to international well being.           


Summary At the White House, President Obama said the U.S. government is "deeply concerned" by reports of Russian "military movements" and warned any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty would be "deeply destabilizing." Russia kept silent on claims of military intervention, even as it maintained its hard-line stance on protecting ethnic Russians in Crimea, a peninsula of Ukraine on the northern coast of the Black Sea.


Vladimir Putin was flanked by the two parliamentary speakers as he signed the law annexing Crimea
For Putin an Russia (with his 8 ls per cent approval rating): "Let the good times roll."

Fox News 10 mths ago

Summary "There will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine," he said, without specifying what those costs might be. "We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," Obama said.
Now let's visit with the "Dark Side." Yes, I am speaking of the ever-present drum of anti-Obama rhetoric for the Right. As we review what follows, try to recall any instance of US governance that proved more favorable for the Right while proving President Obama wrong you will not find enough of a case to occupy scant seconds of your thought processes. The American Right is a regressive self-destructive entity that thrives-off the social divides in the US. Divides that could easily lead to US wars, increased poverty and the death of the US middle class. Yet, you vote GOP with regard for what follows. 

Mind you, the Russian economy is withering under the grips of international sanctions in response to Putin's Geo-po;iica ambitions. Well before the vice grip set-in the usual suspect GOP mouth-pieces chimed-in for a chorus of "we love Putin."

LA Times

Marco Rubio
“We cannot ignore that the flawed foreign policy of the last few years has brought us to this stage, because we have a president who believed but by the sheer force of his personality he would be able to shape global events,” Rubio said. 
Sarah Palin 
“Obama, the perception of him and his ‘potency’ across the world is one of such weakness,” Palin said. “Look it, people are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.” 
“While his stance as a defender of traditional values has drawn the mockery of Western media and cultural elites, Putin is not wrong in saying that he can speak for much of mankind.” Buchanan wrote. “... He is seeking to redefine the ‘Us vs. Them’ world conflict of the future as one in which conservatives, traditionalists and nationalists of all continents and countries stand up against the cultural and ideological imperialism of what he sees as a decadent West.”

Yahoo News

McCain on Obama and the Ukraine..
"....McCain had blasted the Obama administration as "cowardly," and criticized the president for attending two Democratic fundraisers in New York late Thursday instead of focusing on the international crisis."
Adam Kinzinger
"Adam Kinzinger, a Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News that Obama needs to be "very clear-eyed" about the Russian threat and "call Putin out by name." 
"I hope President Obama shows the same moral leadership today that President (Ronald) Reagan showed in 1983," Kinzinger said, referring to Reagan's blistering speech four days after a Soviet fighter jet shot down a Korean Airlines passenger plane that strayed into Soviet air space."
Lindsey Graham
 Senator Lindsey Graham said years of weak Obama diplomacy and passive responses to crises like Syria have emboldened the world's aggressors. 
"I'm not blaming the United States for shooting down the airplane," Graham said Thursday. 
"I'm saying that the foreign policy of President Obama is allowing conflicts to grow in scope and nature, and that the longer these things go the more people get drawn in."
Rudy Giuliani (the supreme conservative bloviator)

The infamous Guiliani video

Now, a look at what the American Right embraced with full blown machismo and lust for jingoism.

Wait, do not believe your eyes an ears, this is not happening!

In March of 2014, the US and European countries struck a death knell to Putin and the Russian economy. Putin continued with his (Sarah Palin) "bear wrestling" and the impact of his machismo-Cold War leadership led to what follows.

Global Post 

As the chart below notes, US leverage on Russia via trade is limited, although Europe’s large imports of Russian gas and oil potentially offer a lever if replacement supplies can be arranged. But oil and gas supply chains are notoriously difficult to reroute, and the United States’ exports of its own suddenly copious gas to Russia-dependent Central and Eastern Europe are years away.

That has led many to suggest that by targeting Russia’s state-owned banking sector, the international community can punish with reasonable precision a group that’s abetted Kremlin policies, often enthusiastically.
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Putin's Ruble suffers like a bear ready to "tap-out."
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A visit with a recent LA Times piece drives my point home like s jack hammer. 

If you want a more basic and less satirical ream try CNBC

Russia situation 'extremely grave': Trichet

I have focused on the Russian economy post Crimea not so much to criticize the Russian people. My take-away from the piece is a square and honest look at the fallacy of the American Right. Or should I say, those who spent significant time and energy snuggling up to the Russian leader who is by any definition a regressive Cold War relic. He is a dinosaur who shares firm footing with many American conservatives. They are all mired in tar-pits reaching, grabbing and yelping for a time long past.

Additional reading via NPR

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