Peace Through Putin?

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Russian Prime Minister Putin meets with his supporters

Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, I would never have expected it. After all, whether they call themselves “Russians” or “Soviets” or even “eternally vigilant sentinels against the decadence of the capitalist pigs of the West” (or whatever), they’re still not exactly the guys I’d go running to in a diplomatic pinch. Their President-for-as-long-as-he-wants-so-quit-asking, Vladimir Putin, who acts like a James Bond movie villain but looks like the villain’s badass henchman, used to be the top spook at the KBG, for crying out loud. This is a guy who put a really crappy punk rock band in prison not for being really crappy, but for being political. Putin is no friend to liberty. I don’t think I’m over the line suggesting that Putin is really just Vladimir Lenin without the goatee, Josef Stalin without the mustache, Leonid Brezhnev without the eyebrows, Mikhail Gorbachev without the birthmark and even Boris Yeltsin without the drinking problem. I also don’t think I’m over the line in suggesting that Putin would love the comparisons.

When I was born, Brezhnev had the big chair in Moscow. I remember his passing; and I remember the two doddering despots who replaced him, Konstantin Chernenko and Yuri Andropov, dragging the world to the very brink of nuclear war. Indeed, during my preteen years, the United States and the Soviet Union came as close to irradiating the planet as they had since 1963. The USSR even tried to murder Pope John Paul II. But then the walls came down. Germany reunified. Most of the Warsaw Pact slave states bolted for space in NATO. We even played patty-cake with the Russian Army in the former Yugoslavia.  Yet there was never a moment in which I thought it could happen.

At no point from the coldest nights of the early 80s to the brightest days of the early 90s did I ever think the world could again edge toward the brink of global disaster and that we would watch the Russian president, who is every bit the dictator his Soviet predecessors were, save the day from the brainless bumbling of the President of the United States.

On that note, welcome to the New World Order, version 2013. President Barack Obama decided to flex his muscles, picked Syria for the same reasons he opposed war in Iraq and promptly painted himself into a lonely corner. A year after issuing his now self-disavowed “red line” threat and a week after face-planting in front of the entire planet following a catastrophic war-wing failure, Obama was left watching our top allies head for higher ground. Poor President Peace Prize wanted to line up with al-Qaida’s junior varsity, and it took Vladimir bloody Putin to reel him in.

I’m done being outraged by the daily drumbeat of disgrace that has defined Obama’s occupation of the Oval Office. I just watched the supposed leader of the free world fall on his face, only to have the leader of the “less-free” world pick him up, dust him off and send him on his way. I’m not outraged. I’m mortified.

–Ben Crystal

P.S.: I just watched the President’s address on Syria. If his goal was to contradict himself, lie and take credit for things with which he had nothing to do, then he succeeded in spades. If I have to account for spending 15 minutes watching the speech when my time in front of St. Peter arrives, then I am royally screwed. Maybe I can get away with Obama’s Syria speech strategy. I’ll blame former President George W. Bush.

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • independent thinker

    Another good one Ben Loved it.

    • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

      You are wrong.

      I am very disappoint by this article.
      The article is awful Because it’s entirely nonfactual. The thinking is significantly subjective rather than objective.

      It’s not based on the real and true FACTS, but on the time of the old “cold war” subjectivity.

      “Identifying Putin with Lenin, Stalin, Brezhnev, et al., is like identifying Obama with Washington, Jefferson and Adams.” – Steve Pearson (please read full Steve Pearson’s comment to this article above, on the Facebook Conversations)

      You have just to compare what the Korrupt Kenyan Kriminal already did for American People with what Vladimir Putin did for his, Russian People.

      The Ben’s article just underlined his ignorance on the subject and his laziness to do some research.

      Ben mentioned Konstantin Chernenko and Yuri Andropov.
      As the Soviets’ “leaders” they played NONE role in the USSR politics.

      Yuri Andropov was in “power” only 15 months (12 November 1982 – 9 February 1984), but from the February of 1983 he was in the hospital (12 months!!! of the 15).

      By the “official” February, 1983 report Andropov suffered total renal failure. In August 1983, he entered the Central Clinical Hospital on a PERMANENT basis, where he would spend the remainder of his life. His aides would take turns visiting him in the hospital with important matters and paperwork.

      But the reality was that his “medical” condition was caused by the gun shot in the kidney’s area by Yuri Brezhnev (son of Leonid Brezhnev) People knew that from the INSIDERS’ REPORTS.

      The GAZETTE, Montreal, Friday, November 18, 1983 “Andropov shot, wounded by Brezhnev’s angry son, says London
      http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19831118&id=uZA0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=TqUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1047,4364908

      Konstantin Chernenko was in “power” only 13 months.

      As I said, I am very disappointed by this Ben’s work.

      • Robert Messmer

        We must have read different articles because no where did I find any statement or even hint that Mr. Crystal’s intent was to write a scholarly history of Soviet/Russian dictators/world saviors. So he referred to Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko as two doddering despots, big deal. To answer that they played “NONE” role in USSR politics is not quite the truth either. Yuri “Andropov dismissed 18 ministers, 37 first secretaries of obkoms, kraikoms and Central Committees of Communist Parties of Soviet Republics; criminal cases on highest party and state officials were started. For the first time, the facts about economic stagnation and obstacles to scientific progress were made available to the public and criticised.” In addition he stopped work on all space based weapons and was in office when KAL-007 was shot down. Not too shabby for someone who was “only” in office for 15 months and played no role. As to the supplied link to the Montreal Gazette, yep it published a story – based on a story from the London Daily Express – based on rumors. Sorry but not very convincing, especially since supposedly the shooter was back at work the next day. I could be wrong, I wasn’t there but then neither was either of the reporters writing the stories and it sure wouldn’t have been the first time a newspaper had simply made up a story. Konstantin Chernenko was in ill health when he was elected to take over at Andropov’s death. (Doddering, anyone?) He was not as active as Andropov in that his only major personnel change was to discharge the Chief of the General Staff. But he did agree to resume arms control talks with the US, negotiated a trade pact with Red China, and boycotted the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Not much but certainly more than none.

        Neither of you were upset with Ben saying that Putin “acts like a James Bond movie villain but looks like the villain’s badass henchman.”

        What was missed by all the ones complaining about the lack of facts, is that the real and true FACTS are the “old “cold war” subjectivity.” That is why Ben was so mortified to see the leader of “The Evil Empire” save our President and just possibly averting WWIII. Saving the world from war should have been done by our President, not by Putin.

        • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

          Good work to copy from the Wiki and paste.

          “Yuri “Andropov dismissed 18 ministers, 37 first secretaries of obkoms, kraikoms and Central Committees of Communist Parties of Soviet Republics…” and bla-bla-bla. You even do not know what “obkom” or “kraikom” means.

          “Sorry but not very convincing, especially since supposedly the shooter was back at work the next day. I could be wrong, I wasn’t there”

          Yes, you weren’t there. But I was. And yes, you are wrong. Andropov was in office only 3 months. The rest of the 12 months he was at the hospital, where he could not get out of bed, except when he was lifted onto a couch while his sheets were changed.

          Andropov dismissed and fired old members of government. What surprise. Stalin after Lenin executed all who was with Lenin. Nikita Khrushchev cleared government from the Stalinists. Leonid Brezhnev fired all who worked for Khruschev. Or barry soetoro placed his thugs on all government positions.

          “Konstantin Chernenko was in ill health when he was ELECTED to take over at Andropov’s death.”

          He WAS NOT elected. He was SELECTED. You can’t elect if you can not to choose if on the ballot there is only one name. For the 70 years of the USSR existence there ALWAYS was only ONE “candidate”. And from the 1980s people stopped to go to the Precinct Polls. So the Poll Workers went to people homes with the ballot-boxes and beg “voters” to cast their vote. (Yes! If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the mountain.)

          Since when Russia is labeled “”The Evil Empire”. What precisely Russia did or does that is evil?

          Russia is NOT a Soviet Union. Putin isn’t a communist, and the communists are not in power today in Russia. The communists are in opposition to Putin. The Russian Communist Party is highly critical of the policies of Mr. Putin. Mr. Putin won presidential elections with 65% votes; Communist Party’s competitor got 17.7% with the 64% turnout to the polls.

          I like thoughtful comments, even if I do not agree with. But I do not like the comments, which are plagiarized from “wiki”.

          Please read Steve Pearson’s comment on the Facebook Conversations.

          But any way, thanks for your opinion.

          • Robert Messmer

            You’re right in that I do not know what “obkom” and “kraikom mean and furthermore I don’t care what they mean. To discharge that many ministers and first secretaries is to have an effect on Russian history, rather you wish to admit it or not.

            Since you witnessed Yuri Brezhnev’s attempt to kill Andropov why didn’t you say so instead of giving us a link to a paper that used another paper’s story based on rumors?

            True for 70 years only one candidate and for those same 70 years any time there was a “change” in leadership it was always reported as an election.

            You claim there were no facts in Mr. Crystal’s article but even you admit that all the people he listed as past/present leaders of the USSR/Russia did exist and did hold that position. Nowhere in the article, which quite clearly was never intended to be a scholarly thesis on Russian history, did he claim that the two Andropov and Chernenko were great leaders, just that they too occupied the position. So there is a fact.

            The USSR was indeed, at least, alleged have tried to kill Pope John Paul II. Another fact.

            The Berlin Wall did come down. Another fact.

            Most (some) of the Warsaw Pact countries did join/ask to join NATO. Another fact.

            And I will give you another fact that Ben didn’t, I saw (on television) Nikita Khrushchev pounding his shoe on a podium shouting that the USSR was going to bury the US. A fact that did not and will not come to be.

            I also like thoughtful comment even if I don’t agree with them. But I do not like comments that attempt to dismiss other’s comments with statements that it is entirely nonfactual just because you do not like the facts used.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            1) You do not know what “obkom” and “kraikom mean and you don’t care what they mean.

            So how can you be right about the things you have no idea about.

            2) To discharge that many ministers and first secretaries is to have an effect on Russian history, rather you wish to admit it or not.

            I am sure you know what means “A new broom always
            sweeps clean”

            New boss always removes old vassals and replaces them with the own loyal ones.

            3) “To discharge that many ministers and first secretaries is to have an effect on Russian history, rather you wish to admit it or not.”

            No. That is totally incorrect regarding the Soviet Union. During the 70+ years NOTHING changed in the Gov’t structure. And it’s the matter of fact and not what “rather I wish to admit it or not.” Leaders changed, but not IDEOLOGY.

            The change happened just when Michail Gorbachev came to power – “Glastnost”, “Perestroika” and Berlin Wall”.

            4) Please point Where I said that I “witnessed” the attempt to kill Andropov?

            We knew that from the Gov’t insiders/whistleblowers and from the Hospital’s as well. I provided you with the paper link to show that foreigners also knew that fact.

            5) It does not matter how it was reported (“Elections”). The simple logic tells you that if on the ballot only ne candidate, so we could not ELECT from. We did not have choice.

            6) If the article was never intended to be a scholarly thesis on Russian history than there is no need to link ALL Soviet leaders (ALL communists) to the Russian anti-Communist leader. That was my main point.

            7) “I also like thoughtful comment even if I don’t agree with them. But I do not like comments that attempt to dismiss other’s comments with statements that it is entirely
            nonfactual just because you do not like the facts used.”

            Again, please point what FACTS I provided are nonfactual. Your reply is totally incoherent and contradictable, which just exposes your total ignorance on the subject.

            And I like you do not like when comments do not reflect the TRUE facts, HISTORICAL facts.

            Next time please, first do your research and then try to “correct” me. I am from there. I lived thru all that events. And if your arrogant machismo does not let you to accept that you are wrong, so I feel sorry for you.

            Best wishes,
            Alondra, Proud Naturalized Citizen of America.

          • Bob666

            Now that was funny Porko!

            “And I like you do not like when comments do not reflect the TRUE facts, HISTORICAL facts.”

            Yes,You-Tube as your “factual” references?

            Facts-not propaganda, that is how we do it here in the west.

            Or let me remind you-no truth in the news & no news in the truth……………………….

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            No one reads your porkeria. Even Karoly, KG and otheres Libtards. Disqus deletes your your Crap.
            So Keep squeaking Mentally PERVERT PSYCHOPATIC MANURIAL FLY.

          • Bob666

            Yo “Porkeria”,

            “No one reads your porkeria. Even Karoly, KG and otheres Libtards. Disqus deletes your your Crap”

            You know this how??

            Kind of like your comments that Karolyn and I were behind the post to you under assumed names-You had proof and we are waiting for it..

            Face it, you would tell a lie if the truth sounded better.

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            Keep squeaking MANURIAL FLY of the 13 generation out of 14

          • Bob666

            Yes rump roast,
            That is 13th generation Yankee Doodle pure breed American. We bailed your sorry A$$ out in WWII-remember that!

            Don’t forget it ruskie!

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            Keep squeaking MANURIAL FLY of the 13
            generation out of 14

          • Robert Messmer

            In response to my comment about the story based on rumors I pointed out that it didn’t sound plausible that someone attempted to murder the leader of the country and was back at work. “Sorry but not very convincing, especially since supposedly the shooter was back at work the next day. I could be wrong, I wasn’t there.
            Yes, you weren’t there. But I was.” So now you are saying no I was only someplace in the country and am also relying on the same rumors. Based on the history there is no way that anyone who tried to kill the leader would not be shot… excuse me tried and convicted before being executed.

            Sorry but based on your statement, ” The article is awful Because it’s entirely nonfactual.” I thought you meant what you said. But now you state your main point was that you object to the link between the previous leaders to the current one. It would make it easier for all if you would actually state what you mean.

            Ben sees facts his way and you see facts your way.

            Live long and Prosper,
            Robert, Proud Natural Born Citizen of America.

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            Your totally disjointed and illogical comment just proved how pathetically and stubbornly stupid and ignorant you are.

            What a ridiculous way out of the ill-informed assertions: “Ben sees facts his way and you see facts your way.”

            The problem with that is that Ben did not offer any FACTS, just the names.

            The real FACTS do not change from the Ben’s or your “vision” or wish. The History has the FACTS.

            You are pathetic loser, who is coward to accept that.

            Best wishes,
            Alondra, Proud Naturalized Citizen of America.

          • Robert Messmer

            At least I didn’t claim to have witnessed something that I was not there to see, unlike you.

            Have fun.

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            You are a stubborn LIAR.
            I NEVER claimed “to have witnessed something that I was not there to see”. Do not put your stupidity into my mouth.

            Educate yourself and learn how to lose with dignity. STUPID Pride and LIE are sins.

            May God give you a WISDOM.

          • Robert Messmer

            Sorry but you are wrong. You did make that claim. ” Yes, you weren’t there. But I was.”
            Why don’t you learn to discuss things with dignity?

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            DELUSIONAL L I A R !!!

          • Bob666

            Yo Robert,
            Two things to remember with this one:
            First, she is never wrong-everyone else is.
            Finally, Facts, truth and reality are of little consequence to her unless they meet her agenda. Porkfest is a propagandist-it is hard wired in her DNA.

            You would have greater expectations to ask her to jump to the moon than to tell the truth.

          • Robert Messmer

            LOL thanks, Bob. At least I am in pretty good company.

          • Bob666

            Yes Robert, you are in good company.

            Pork fest pretty much believes that all of us are going to hell and I have to envision that hell would be reading her post several times a day for eternity. She and Mr. Putin will of course have ring side seating at the pearly gates.

            Yes, that would be an accurate description of hell.

  • Devasahayam

    Second time in history that Soviets/Russians managed to trump Democruds/Dhimmicruds — the first was in 1966 with “Tashkent Agreement” (albeit this failed miserably within five years), which was probably why LBJ sent USS Liberty to help Nasser in 1967 (attempt backfired badly).

  • peter

    Putin or Obama? Take your pick Ben. I certainly do not and never will believe anything that exudes from the mouth of Obama, so picking which one is worse makes it very difficult for me. Perhaps we will all know within the next year or so, but meanwhile I think we should all just pray for some decent folks to emerge on the scene. For me Obama is just not the one I am afraid and Kerry plus Hillary make me shudder to think what lays ahead. Run to Putin or Obama? I pick the twit from Britain thanks.

    • Don 2

      At least with Putin, you know who you are dealing with. Obama is all about slight-of-hand, deceit, cover-up, non-transparency, lies, and using children to further his agenda.

  • Al Chemist

    Gotta hand it to Putin, he appears to be an expert at manipulating Obama. Of course, since Obama does not have a clue, and never has had a clue, that is perhaps not a great accomplishment. In addition, that manipulation appears to have worked on several (left leaning) members of the House and Senate.

    • Warrior

      I just learned that the reason putin got a leg up on “the janitor” is because “snowden” had a file in his computer titled “2008 Hope and Change” and in this file putin discovered the 1972 “first edition” of “obamacare”! That’s it, tricky dick, you are finally cleared!

  • Warrior

    I wonder how much “blow” and smoken a “little weed” the janitor n chief had to do this past week? Uh, for “clarity” purposes I’m sure!

  • Bill

    Great article, Ben

  • dan

    the half-wit / half-white pretender in chief was in usual petulent form….
    making Bush look like a cagey diplomatic strategerist in comparison….
    and I ended up rooting for Putin

    • John Cherish

      Liberals used to like to mock Bush and how stupid he was etc. Their chosen one really didn’t look too bright this week ( about as bright as a box of burned out light bulbs I would say) This is what you get when a community organizer runs a country

  • nunya

    At this point I am like, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take another vacation at taxpayer expense!!!
    I have to agree with Ben, I am mortified and EMBARRASSED that the grinder-monkey-fool dancing on that former KGB member’s “organ”, is the CIC.
    P.S. I laughed my ASS OFF about a week ago when some Russian political troll called our embarassment (o-bouche-bag) a, “monkey with a hand grenade”!

    • John Cherish

      I don’t think it was a political troll that said it but it was off the cuff comments made by Putin about what he thought about Obama and their press picked up on it. I happen to agree with whomever really made the comment. He is “like a monkey playing with a hand grenade with his foreign policy”. It’s almost as if its he is telling the world ” I am the Nobel Peace prize winner and I say we should bomb the hell out of Syria because they crossed the global red line” Fact is as it is obvious to everyone in the world he just took US respect down a notch and allowed Putin a real leader by the way put Obama in his place

  • hungry4food

    WAKE UP PEOPLE FOLLOW THE OIL BUSINESS Its all about this !!!!!!!

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/conspiracy-theories-making-sense-obamas-claims/

    http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-not-about-the-chemical-weapons-it-s-about-the-syrian-pipeline

    This
    is the corporation Genie Energy ,

    http://www.idt.net/about/press/story.aspx?id=41777

    This
    story tells the connection between Genie and the Terrorists who have been
    funded for overthrowing Syria , this is about as bad as treason gets . This is
    why we see the Cover up enabled from both side of the isle !!!!!!!

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-has-granted-oil-exploration-rights-inside-syria-in-the-occupied-golan-heights/5346959

    Russia is going to Fight to keep this Pipeline going to Europe because
    they need a Long Term energy solution to their stagnate energy supply !!!!!

    This Syrian War is a Pipeline Dance among the Global Elites !!!!!!!

    Russia wants to be the Supplier to Europe but Needs the energy from
    the Middle east regions that they are Associated with to make this happen , http://www.downstreamtoday.com/news/article.aspx?a_id=39600&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

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  • Vigilant

    “…the United States and the Soviet Union came as close to irradiating the planet as they had since 1963.”

    Try 1962.

    Otherwise, an excellent read.

  • DyeDiet

    You paragraph about Putin shows that you know NOTHING about Russia and Russian history except the weary cliches. Pathetic. But I doubt you really know your own history very well. You sound exactly like another American exceptionalist who feels it was your right to eradicate thousands civilians by dropping nuclear bombs to Hiroshima, it was your right to starve to death ~ 500,000 Iraqi children through your sanctions, igniting false-flag Vietnam war and dozens of other wars and covert operations for installation loyal dictators in South America and Middle East ever since WW II till today in Syria. This is nothing but the bloody politics with purpose of the world domination and the global dictate. What kind of “personal liberty” can you talk about? You better wake up. I do hope you aware of what Project for the NEW AMERICAN CENTURY is about (http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm). Ah, you don’t know? Study it! Undoubtedly, the United States are not a dove of peace. So what the hell makes you so sure that America is somehow so much better than other nations of the world???? No better than the German exceptionalists 80 years ago. Same arrogance, same blindness, same reckless, same ignorance but more killing powers. All you can do is mocking on other nations. What makes you sure that Bush was better than Obama or, that next president will be better one than the current??? And why do you think, the really best presidents of this country were assassinated?????? (FYI – I voted for Ron Paul…. but this country is NEVER ready for real change).

    • speedle24

      Now tell us exactly what the dye diet consists of please. Or is it possible you are getting your hallucinogens from other sources? In any case I hope you are in a padded room.

      Here is a thought exercise for you DyeDiet. It is not the homo sapiens occupying the space between the borders of Canada and Mexico that are “better” than other countries. It is the system of government established over 200 years ago and the culture of freedom and prosperity it fostered that is superior to all others. That’s right, the word is “superior”, or “exceptional” if you prefer.

      And as a side note, you showed yourself to be a historical moron with your comment about the Hiroshima bombing, so I really didn’t pay that much attention to anything else you said. You have a nice trip there DyeDiet.

      • TML

        speedle says, “It is the system of government established over 200 years ago and the culture of freedom and prosperity it fostered that is superior to all others.”

        That’s all fine and good if we were actually following that system of government that changed the world, but it seems obvious that we are not. America isn’t the only democratic free nation anymore, and barely standing economically on a house of cards (err, paper money). What dye diet said isn’t wrong, and if we want Russia to stop looking like the good guys compared to us, I think we need to return to the principles (particularly foreign and monetary policies, I believe) of that great republic engrained in our Constitution and Bill of Rights 200 years ago (which I believe is the point/purpose of Mr. Crystals rant, as erroneous as some parts of it might be).

        • speedle24

          No, Dye Diet is not right. I am surprised that someone who recognizes the greatness of the Constitution and Bill of Rights can support the notion that “Hiroshima” was an American sin, and that Americans “starved” (good grief) 500,000 Iraqi children, or comparing the United States with Hitler’s Germany. Exactly what the hell is “right” about any of that?

          You are correct to infer that we are not currently following constitutional law and in fact that the current gangster government is trying to unravel it, but that is not the gist of what DyeDiet is saying.

          • DyeDiet

            Do not try to misinterpret me – I mean what I am saying:

            Estimates of [children] deaths due to sanctions [against Iraq]:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_Iraq

            – 350,000 excess deaths among children “even using conservative estimates”, Slate Explainer, “Are 1 Million Children Dying in Iraq?”, 9.October 2001.[44]

            – UNICEF: 500,000 children (including sanctions, collateral effects of war). “[As of 1999] [c]hildren under 5 years of age are dying at more than twice the rate they were ten years ago.”

            – Zaidi, S. and Fawzi, M. C. S., (1995) The Lancet British medical journal: 567,000 children.[48]
            – “Richard Garfield, a Columbia University nursing professor … cited the figures 345,000-530,000 for the entire 1990-2002 period”[46] for sanctions-related excess deaths.[47]

            Even KGB did not kill that many children….

          • speedle24

            I’m not trying to misinterpret you Diet. I am simply saying you are full of crap. These stupid statistics are not related to U.S. military actions in Iraq. Most of these deaths would have occured without an American setting foot in the middle east. Non sequitur

          • DyeDiet

            And you are full of your exceptionalism so you refused to accept uncomfortable facts…. The statistics is not stupid – it is bloody [genocide] and it is a direct result of the US sanctions against a country. But you don’t give a s-t.

          • speedle24

            Sanctions??? Tell me exactly how sanctions directly kill children. How far down the field can you go in assigning blame? Are you trying to say that 500,000 Iraqi children died of starvation? Get real

          • DyeDiet

            We can always pretend we have nothing to do with the consequences (even unintended!) of our politics. That is what politicians always do. I assume you do not want to look at the article in Wikipedia “Sanctions against Iraq” AND a diagram in the paragraph “Infant and child death rates” which would answer your question. The WHOLE my point is very COMMON: No one is perfect under the sun, And, yes, I have to fully agree with Putin in his statement about “exceptionalism” – not only this is dangerous (what we know from the history of “excxeptional” nations), this is also IMMORAL. Do not be fixed on Iraq – this is only ONE dirty secret of our politics. You can also look (google it) into the “History of the US military interventions” to realize what the idea of “spreading democracy” costs to the world. You ask me “to be real” – I am. And all I am asking everybody – do not be duped by sweetened speeches of our politicians who play their games with us. Oh, yes, it is very flattering to think we are “exceptionsl” but, let us wait till other nations of the world will recognize us an exceptional nation.

          • speedle24

            We are talking across purposes Diet. You are suffering from bad conscience as a citizen of a country that has (in the execution of its foreign policy) indirectly or directly caused the death of innocents. Although I would take exception to your conclusions on these things on many levels, I recognize that you feel this way and probably think that all American governments are evil as a result.

            However, that (how various governments have handled foreign policy) is not what “American Exceptionalism” is all about. Rather it is about our unique constitution and the prosperity and advancement the people working in the free enterprise system under that constitution have accomplished in a very short (230 years) period of time.

            It has nothing to do with the government that happens to be in power at any given time. Those other nations (especially Russia) that are so eager to kick us at this moment in time when we happen to have an incompetent moron in the White House are in fact envious of the U.S. and would trade places in 3 seconds. This is not about politicians with “sweetened speeches”. American exceptionalism is simply a matter of fact.

          • DyeDiet

            Well, man, I see your point and, of course, I am aware of the basic principles of our SYSTEM – it is NOT even a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. In theory. But in practice, in the reality, our Constitutional Republic has been eroding since 1913 when our president Woodrow Wilson intimidated by bankers has signed the infamous Federal Reserve Act into the law. Since then our dollar value was eroded by 97% the Nation is bankrupt and it is no longer a “land of free.” Needless to say that since 9/11/2001 we, as a nation, are no longer “free and prosperous” as we gave up our liberties in exchange for the false feeling of “security.” Therefore the fact of our exceptional foundation is the glory of our past. I disagree – it IS quite important what kind of government we have at any given time. Governments do always tend to be corrupted, no exceptions, people – do not. Our pledge as citizens is to protect our EXCEPTIONAL CONSTITUTION even when our government does not care. Because if we do not – tomorrow you wake up in tyranny. And sadly, this is what I see the things are moving to….. Instead of bringing peace, we are the only country in the world which is ALWAYS at war. Think why….

          • speedle24

            You are talking a whole different set of issues here Diet, and I have to say I agree in concept with most of them. And I am not saying it is unimportant what kind of government we have at any given time, because this government is trying to destroy the very tenants that make the country “exceptional”. On this we can agree. We will have to agree to disagree about the proper or improper uses of the American military and strategic political initiatives with regard to the rest of the world.

          • DyeDiet

            OK, now I agree with you too. Thank you. See, this is another simple proof that peaceful conversation is more efficient for understanding, co-existence and problem solving than any acts of war; be it sanctions (which always hurt people, not dictators) or distant bombing or full scale military operation and, besides, it dos not cost ANY money to a nation to discuss and listen. By now the damn “war on terror” has brought our Nation to the state of political impotency and economical bankruptcy. For this sad reason I do not see why to conclude that America won the fight against Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. As crazy as it can be, now we seem to side with Al Qaeda. What a nonsense… Whether anybody ever will be held accountable for the damage that was made to our Nation as a result of that irresponsible politics? The only politician who has been bravely talking to the Nation about all these issues for many years was Ron Paul (R)… Now what is left for me to do? I pray God for us to never be involved into bombing Syria.

      • DyeDiet

        Obviously you are not the one who has guts to admit that the Constitution of the United States of America is routinely ignored by the American government and you obviously not the one who took time to grasp what Project for the NEW AMERICAN CENTURY (PNAC) which is signed and supported by the TOP US officials is about. For if you did, you would be ashamed and confused to learn about what PNAC stated just exactly a year before tragic 9/11 attacks in the document titled “Rebuilding America’s Defences” (available as PDF file):

        “Further, the process of transformation [towards the New American Century], even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and CATALYZING event – like a new Pearl Harbor. Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” Good luck with your overblown self esteem, your brick arrogance and deliberate ignorance.

    • Robert Messmer

      Would you mind posting the link to proof of 500,000 Iraqi children starved to death? No matter what search parameters I put in I get no results. BTW the link you provide for New American Century comes back as 404 not found.

      • TML

        The claim comes from here I believe…

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0uvgHKZe8

        • Robert Messmer

          Yes but no proof as its states “we have heard” that is rumors. And using the link furnished by DyeDiet shows that it was UN sanctions, not USA sanctions, responsible for what in the article is estimated from 100,000 to 500,000 for all causes during a 10 years or so span of time. Also pointed out in the article from the link, in the northern areas of Iraq where the UN was administering the aid program (Oil for Food) the mortality rate for children was actually brought down below pre-war level. The reason same results were not achieved elsewhere is because the government was trying to use “innocents are suffering” to get sanctions removed. Don’t forget that the sanctions were part of the on-going diplomatic efforts as opposed to rushing into war. Those Democrats screaming about give diplomacy a chance (10 years isn’t a chance?) were thereby calling for starving even more children. And how come when its Obama diplomatic efforts get one chance and that with a war threat still on the table?

      • DyeDiet

        You can google for PNAC – no problem to locate the site….

      • DyeDiet

        Also google for “Sanctions against Iraq” (or find in Wikipedia:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_Iraq
        (references to documents are given in the bottom of the article)

        ESTIMATES OF DEATHS DUE TO SANCTIONS:

        Estimates of excess deaths during the sanctions vary widely, use different methodologies and cover different time-frames.[31][38][39] Some estimates include (some of them include effects of the Gulf War in the estimate):

        Mohamed M. Ali, John Blacker, and Gareth Jones estimate between 400,000 and 500,000 excess under-5 deaths.[40]

        UNICEF:
        500,000 children (including sanctions, collateral effects of war). “[Asof 1999] [c]hildren under 5 years of age are dying at more than twice the rate they were ten years ago.” (As is customary, this report was based on a survey conducted in cooperation with the Iraqi government and by local authorities in the provinces not controlled by the Iraqi government)[41]

  • Tony

    Dear Mr. Ben Crystal,
    you are not very sharp person. Your knowledge of the world history is limited and on the surface biased due to the brainwashing right wing propaganda from the Cold War. You know nothing really about the history. You are judgmental and like to assume without taking in account any actual fact. But I am not blaming you. You are trying to make living and you chose the right auditory for your ability to write and analyze. You have a bunch of brainwashed idiots as auditory who do not know even as much as you do and you flourishing in this environment. Congratulations.

    • Frank Kahn

      Well, mr. brainiac, please enlighten us low life morons on the truth then. Please help all of us stupid conservatives understand how Obama was not a blithering idiot, that stepped on his own manhood, when he drew a red line in the sand. Explain how the “brainwashing” of freedom of thought is as bad as the “brainwashing” of government hypocrisy. Explain how, it was not, probably, the start of a major world war. Explain how Putin did not diffuse the untenable position of our president. And, since all liberals are so enamored by statistics, explain why the majority of the citizens of this country, and the entire world, are wrong when they are against the arrogance of Obama’s position. If we go by statistics, and majority rule, that liberals always push as right, then Obama was DEAD WRONG. And, by extension, anyone who supports him in this (you) is also dead wrong.

      • Tony

        Hi Frank,
        you post is exact conformation of my statement about brainwashed “idiots”. I am not a liberal, I am not supporting Obama to hit Syria. I just made observation on the mechanism by which the brainwashing process working over and over again based on believes and manipulations and of course unbelievable ignorance and luck of curiosity to check the facts. Ben is relatively smart guy ( comparing to you) as far as He makes good money on this garbage He is publishing. His memory (since He was bourn) about the leaders of other countries and assumptions about what people (much bigger than Him) think and do is pathetic and He knows this, but He is using this approach because He is aware about your existence.

        • Frank Kahn

          The word is confirmation not conformation. And my post was not, in any way, confirmation of your idiotic ranting. Obama sucks. He is pathetic. He has no leadership skills. He has no foreign policy ability. He is dangerous to the nation and the world. He is a lying, racist, elitist bastard.

          • Deerinwater

            Don’t forget he’s half white!

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            Deer, he chose his BLACK half and totally disregarded the WHITE.

          • Frank Kahn

            Since none of my complaints has anything to do with his personal genetics, your statement is worthless.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            I am disagree with you, Frank. He has a very good resume for the “leadership” – the citizen of the World has very impresive resume: great experience in the Community organising, membership in the muslim brotherhood, the 20 years membership in the Church of the Hate, member of the Chicago Gay Club. Just look in waht great company he is http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/washington-insider-obama-member-of-chicago-gay-mans-club/

            But I am agree with you on something: Yes, he is pathetic satan’s bastards.

          • Frank Kahn

            I am curious what country you are from. I believe you mentioned immigrating here.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            I am from Belorussia (which means White Russia), now it’s officially the Republic of Belarus. It was one of the 15 States of the former USSR, now it indepentent. But I am 50% Spaniard and 50% Belorussian.

            Belarussia borders with Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia. We speak Russian.

          • Frank Kahn

            Thanks for the response. I actually knew about Belarus, I have some friends from Ukraine and Moscow. I know that you would speak a Slavic language, but was not aware it is pure Russian. The Ukrainians language is close but there are many subtle differences in the words. I also have interacted with Bosnian people and their dialect is different too.

    • http://opinionated-american.com Opinionated American

      Ok I am listening. Mind you I study history. let us hear the facts. If you cannot give better facts or shall I say clarify.See I guess I am brainwashed. Start typing. No Opinions just the historic facts. Ben has it close, Very close. Actually I believe he right on the point. Ben good article

    • speedle24

      Waiting for that history lesson here Tony. cricket cricket cricket cricket cricket

      • Tony

        Speedly,

        History is a very big subject. It is a lot of reading and searching and analyzing and you know THINKING, not just listening in good time the political pundits, televangelists, and manipulators who by the way doing this for only one reason – MONEY and POWER. (look around yourself all of your sources ?? They are your “brothers” ( same wealth, same connections, job, houses etc. like yours – YOUR CIRCLE????). One lesson is not enough, besides it is probably a waste of time for me and probably for you. You are built this way Speedly not much I can do.

        • speedle24

          Gobbledigook Tony. You have said nothing. Not having witnessed “history”, we all depend upon what we read and are told by others. I listen to most all opinions and use my own brain to separate the logic from the bullsh–.

          My question is who or what is “manipulating” your thought process? Based upon what you have said it seems you are driven by envy of those who seek money and power, and will endorse any philosophy that condemns same.

          Your problem is that you probably can’t distinguish the difference between the attainment of money and power through one’s own hard work and that attained through illegal, immoral or political means.

          You see Tony there will always be those who rise to the top. It’s the nature of life. All we can do is harness the competitive instincts that drive us to excel by keeping government out of the competition. That is the only way to avoid corruption and favoritism. If you have no desire for money and power you can opt out of the game. Just don’t try to mandate your philosophy on the rest of us.

    • Robert Messmer

      The article is not intended to be a history lesson. The description of Putin and comparison to past leaders of that part of the world is opinion, just as you gave your opinion that Mr. Crystal is not very sharp. So I ask you, was not Putin an agent with the KGB? Was not Code Pink a really crappy punk band? Was not the USSR suspected/accused of trying to have Pope John Paul II killed?

    • Robert Messmer

      The article is not intended to be a history lesson. The description of Putin and comparison to past leaders of that part of the world is opinion, just as you gave your opinion that Mr. Crystal is not very sharp. So I ask you, was not Putin an agent with the KGB? Was not Code Pink a really crappy punk band? Was not the USSR suspected/accused of trying to have Pope John Paul II killed?

    • dan
  • http://opinionated-american.com Opinionated American

    The real threat is very touchy. There are 3 players. Russia, China and Iran. All three players have the means to retaliate and destroy our fleet. But why is that Putin allowed Obama an exit? I am convinced that this is a step closer to war. Japan talked to the U.S for weeks and warned the U.S about an attack in the late 30’s and 40’s. History shows results also how it ended. Hope you see this point.

  • Guest

    Obviously, one can’t have a “One World Order” unless all nations can be forced to be brought under it’s jurisdiction. And the one sure way of achieving this goal is by controlling the world’s supply of oil. Iran is the largest independent oil producing nation, which refuses to join “OPEC” and come under the control of the Oligarchs of the West, and mainly sells its oil to countries such as Russia and China. Iran has a protective pact with Syria, and therefore, is Syria’s closest ally. The West, in its attempt to force these nations into their New World Order, are using false flag ops to give them their needed reason to invade Syria, all the while knowing that in doing so, that Iran will come to their defense, which in turn, will give them justification to also invade Iran. And notice I have not once mentioned radical Islamic terrorists, why? Because it’s nothing more than a ruse, a major cloak of distraction, mostly created by the powers of the West to give them their needed purpose to meddle in the affairs of the oil producing nations of the Middle East, while at the same time. camouflaging their real goal, which is world domination. What amazes me most is, that people believe as long there is no news coming across their TV’s warning of the possibility of nuclear war, that it couldn’t happen, when the truth is, that they may never even know what hit them, much less why. Yet the one saving grace for the moment seems to be that Putin currently has more control over the stings of the White House puppet than do the puppeteers.

  • TML

    It is definitely a blow to Americans prestige when Putin sounds more rational and reasonable than our own President(s), but that didn’t start with Obama. We should take that as a wake up call to taking more responsibility in the government that is ‘of the people, for the people, and by the people’. It’s time to start electing our own competent officials rather than settling for ‘coke or pepsi’ brands you’re given to vote for in the two-party system (which is nothing more than two wings of the same bird of prey), while you contemplate the next episode of American Idol.

    That said, I don’t think you’re giving Russia its due respect. A country that is now a democratic constitutional federation after it learned communism was a failed policy (the hard way), and have been leaning more and more since 1991 to privatization and a more capitalist economy (they’ve just reached a point where the oligarchs are in competition with the government officials, which really isn’t much different than what we have in America today if you think about it. We just call them Crony Capitalists because government and oligarchs work together instead of fight.). I’ve not seen anything terribly bad about the guy, is actions, or his word… but then, I’m not Russian. But most of what I have heard him say was respectable (particularly concerning international relations).

    Anyway…

    “This is a guy who put a really crappy punk rock band in prison not for being really crappy, but for being political.”

    You’re talking about Pussy Riot who stage topless demonstrations. Putin didn’t actually have much to do with that anymore than Obama would be responsible for topless protestors getting arrested here… especially if they did it in a church, as Pussy Riot did.

  • Bob666

    * * *

    Modern Love
    by Vladimir V. Putin

    They say love is like a polar bear. If you want to take it in your arms and hug it, first you must be sure that it is properly drugged. Or perhaps love is like a tiger. If it escapes from the zoo and starts charging at you, you must shoot it with a tranquilizer dart. Whether it is a polar bear or a tiger, though, one thing is true: you must make love drop to the ground, preferably with some kind of drug, or it will maul you to death and eat you.

    I was lonely, vulnerable. I had just come off a relationship that had seemed so promising, but now she was far away, in Siberia. It is true that I had sent her there, but the fact remained: I was alone.

    Did I mention that love is like Siberia? I should have, because love can be quite cold sometimes. And it also can seem very far away, which Siberia is. (Unless you are in Siberia yourself.)

    So there I was, lonely and vulnerable, the tranquilized polar bear of my heart lying in an unconscious white furry heap at my feet.

    And that’s when I saw her. On TV.

    I had never seen such a beautiful face, such a lithe and lissome frame. I had never seen such a delicate and precious creature as this, and I have hang-glided with endangered cranes.

    I summoned my houseboy, Dmitri, who joined me in front of the TV. We watched in silent wonder for a minute or so, and then I asked him, “What is she doing?”

    “I believe in America that is called ‘twerking.’ ”

    “I must have her.”

    Days passed. With Dmitri’s aid I sought her out. We tried Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. I sent her a Vine video of me kickboxing a tranquilized shark. No response.

    I went to St. Petersburg for the G20. All around me, people were speaking of Syria, but all I could think about was my goddess with the foot-long tongue.

    Love is like a flock of endangered cranes. It will take you soaring into the clouds, but if you are not careful it will send you hang-gliding into the side of a mountain, your brains falling to the earth in tiny gray jelly bits.

    I excused myself from the G20, saying that I was trying to solve the crisis in Syria. In actuality, I was calling Dmitri to see if she had Vined me back.

    “Have you heard anything from her?” I asked.

    “No, but I have some … discouraging news. From TMZ.”

    “TMZ? What is TMZ?”

    “It is like KGB. They seem to have information on everyone.”

    “Well?”

    “It seems that she has a boyfriend. Someone named Liam.”

    I put down the phone and looked out the window, at the gray skies of St. Petersburg. My heart suddenly felt like frozen tundra, and my love, a drugged polar bear, was about to fall to that tundra with the bear-like thud that bears make when they fall down suddenly. It was as if all the endangered cranes had suddenly tumbled from the sky, shot down by the antiballistic missiles of cruel fate. Love was a lot of things, it seemed to me, and all of them were pretty bad.

    But then it occurred to me: a love such as the one I had for the one who twerked so majestically might come around only once in a lifetime. Who was I to give up on such a love? Who was this Liam to stand in my way?

    I picked up the phone again and spoke to Dmitri.

    “I want Liam shot with a tranquilizer dart.”

    I put down the phone. Love is a lot of things, I have learned—bears, tigers, cranes—but why try to define it? When all is said and done, love means shooting at something and making it fall down. That, I have learned, is the most modern love of all.

  • Carlos

    “You have it right TML”, Putin showed up Barry and his regime for what they are, now the media will spend the next few weeks denigrating Putin. Most people watching this fiasco by Barry and Kerry ( dumb and Dumber) see how inept our chosen leaders are.
    At this same time we see the RINO’s at their best. I hope those watching will remember when voting time comes around.

    I am disappointed in Fox News and some of their reporting, they keep referring to the Assad regime as using chemical weapons, they keep referencing the evidence pointing to Assad. Has anyone seen this evidence and what is it? My question is, who has the most to gain from using these weapons, assad or the rebels, Syrian forces are winning the fight, they would have to be absolute idiots to do something like using wmd’s, the rebels have everything to gain, has anyone seen this evidence, the video’s look phony to me. Of course look how the bolsheviks used the video in the Benghazi episode, it worked then, for awhile that is.

    At this point, Putin has my vote, he is the Statesman in this matter. We shouldn’t let these jackass’s in Washington drag us into another war, let’s drag them out of the White House.
    Impeach Barry< Biden, Kerry, Boehner, Reid, Pelosi, Cantor, Graham, McCain, although you can't really blame him, his years in the prison camp has effected his thinking, Jail Hillary for past and present offenses,

    Vote out the Bolshevik's

  • Carlos

    “You have it right TML”, Putin showed up Barry and his regime for what they are, now the media will spend the next few weeks denigrating Putin. Most people watching this fiasco by Barry and Kerry ( dumb and Dumber) see how inept our chosen leaders are.
    At this same time we see the RINO’s at their best. I hope those watching will remember when voting time comes around.

    I am disappointed in Fox News and some of their reporting, they keep referring to the Assad regime as using chemical weapons, they keep referencing the evidence pointing to Assad. Has anyone seen this evidence and what is it? My question is, who has the most to gain from using these weapons, assad or the rebels, Syrian forces are winning the fight, they would have to be absolute idiots to do something like using wmd’s, the rebels have everything to gain, has anyone seen this evidence, the video’s look phony to me. Of course look how the bolsheviks used the video in the Benghazi episode, it worked then, for awhile that is.

    At this point, Putin has my vote, he is the Statesman in this matter. We shouldn’t let these jackass’s in Washington drag us into another war, let’s drag them out of the White House.
    Impeach Barry< Biden, Kerry, Boehner, Reid, Pelosi, Cantor, Graham, McCain, although you can't really blame him, his years in the prison camp has effected his thinking, Jail Hillary for past and present offenses,

    Vote out the Bolshevik's

  • Sarah417

    I am so ashamed of the people representing us in Washington. They act like two year olds. Whining and throwing tantrums and trying to put us in yet another war that no one wants. Give it up Obama, Bush, Hillary, the NWO Globalists. America doesn’t want you stinking people anymore.

    Putin has discovered dealing with the dumba$$ in the WH and his shadow government is to no avail. So he is appealing to the American people. I take this seriously and am very proud of Putin’s stand on Syria’s chemical weapons. It’s all about control of oil and gas in the middle east. We need to step back and take a deep breath and work on something a little more amicable. What about, now I know this is going to shake you a little, peaceful co-existance?
    I don’t care what Putin has done in his past, he is showing leadership at this moment in time that our government is incapable of. If you ask me to choose, I will choose Putin.

    America we must take a stand and get those Marxists out of the WH. We must find a leader who believes in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • usaok59

    My sentiments exactly, Ben. I am mortified by what this president has done to our country -and the world.

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    The actions loudly testify WHO is WHO. And keep in mind: Russia is NOT the Soviet Union. From the beginning Putin wanted Russia to be partners/ friends with the USA, but G.W. Bush started to lay down his conditions to Putin, which were unacceptable for Russia, because they were beneficial only for ONE side – the United States. Bush wanted the U.S. to be the Lord and Russia – Vassal. One sided and One way politics NEVER worked.

    So Mr. Putin proclaimed Russia’s INDEPENDENCE from the USA and the WEST as well.

    I watched the most his speeches and press conferences, if not all. And I can tell you with all confidence that Vladimir Putin is NOT a LIAR nor HYPOCRITE. He is talking the talk and walking the walk. He walks as he talks.

    And the Kenyan FRAUD is talking the talk, but NEVER walking the walk. His talking is LIES, LIES and more LIES.

    1) Putin has proven where he was born. Obama has spent millions of dollars to hide his birth and college records.

    2) Putin was a serious student. Obama admits to being a lazy student who engaged in homosexual activity, used cocaine and smoked marijuana. And you People are wondering WHY we are in such mess.

    3) Putin holds a black belt in judo. O’homobama was photographed wincing while watching a judo event and recently sank just TWO of 22 shots .on the basketball court

    4) Putin keeps himself physically fit. O’homobama’s most strenuous activity is golf, campaigning AGAINST his policies and lying to the American people.

    5) Putin is a hunter and marksman. O’homobama wants to ban weapons from private ownership.

    6) Putin is proud of his country and sings national anthem. O’homobama doesn’t sing the national anthem nor does he put hand over heart during singing of national anthem nor will he wear an American flag lapel pin.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmZhxltfSi8

    7) Putin married his wife for love. O’homobama’s marriage was arranged by Jesse Jackson & Rev. Jeremiah Wright (O’homobama was a member of the Wright’s “Down Low Club”, in which men engage in homosexual activity and marry JUST to maintain “respectability” in public)

    8) Putin stood tall and looked China’s leader in the eyes. O’homobama BOWED to Chinese leader.

    9) Putin stood tall and looked Saudi Arabia King in the eyes. O’homobama BOWED to Saudi King.

    10) Putin stood tall and looked Japanese Emperor in the eyes. O’homobama BOWED to Japanese Emperor.

    11) Putin has been building up and strengthening the Russian military. O’homobama has been reducing the size, might and power of the US military.

    12) O’bama welcomes illegal immigrants and gives them more benefits than many US citizens have.

    Putin has taken a strong stance against illegal immigrants:
    “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should
    respect the Russian LAWS. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special
    privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘DISCRIMINATION’.

    We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the NATIONAL INTEREST FIRST, observing that the minorities are not Russians.” (Putin addressed the Russian Parliament, Duma, 2013)

    13) O’homobama not only practices homosexuality, but advocates and promotes HOMOSEXUALITY= Dissolution.

    Putin has taken a strong stand against HOMOSEXUALS’ depraved propaganda for the Minors:

    “…Concerning the ban on propaganda of homosexuality… It’s NOT about having sanctions or punishments for the practice of homosexuality or for similar… for similar … well you know for what… (others laughing)
    It’sabout SECURING OUR CHILDREN FROM this specific “information” –
    PROPAGANDA OF HOMOSEXUALITY In some countries, also in some European states, like here Finland, restrictions on the propaganda of homosexuality is considered as unnecessary.

    “Well, DO AS YOU WISH and AVOID PROTECTING YOUR CHILDREN on this issue. We don’t want to interfere in your matters. But WE WILL
    PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THIS PROPAGANDA, like our members of parliament and our People have decided. WE ASK YOU DO NOT INTRUDE in our legislation too.” (Putin’s press conference in Finland. June, 2013)

    14) O’homobama supports adoption by PERVERTS, which is psychological, emotional and often sexual abuse of children.

    Putin has just banned the adoption of Russian orphans by foreign PERVERTS / DEPRAVED couples.

    For WHO will you vote?

    • Deerinwater

      I’ve enjoyed watching Putin address affairs with more then mild amusement over the recent years. ~ Without question, he is an able leader and statesman of high caliber. A thoughtful disciplined man that can ~and will make “hard decisions” that serves Russia’s best interest.

      On the surface, ~ this proposal crafted by Putin appears “sound” and very “doable”. ~ Anything that limits , removes or contains chemical weapons is a plus in my book.

      Putin is attempting to retain some sense of “Status Quo” as it related to future energy reserves that Russia “needs”.

      Any threat to future energy supply ~ is taken very seriously.

      But your compare and contract between these two powerful men was a bit of a disappointing read Alondra as I usually find common ground that we share with most of your posting ~ but It can’t this write.

      Putin does not have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to frame his powers.

      And just because Obama is not an “Outdoors” sort of man, ~ as I too would like him to be, ~ does in no way make him less a man.

      • Bob666

        Yo Deer,

        Putin was a former heard of the KGB and was involved in carving up the resources and industries of the USSR to his cronies-the new oligops.

        Putin is very good at enforcing his agenda and no one elses- he does not tolerate dissension or threats.

        Just ask the rock band Pussy-Riot how he deals with those who threaten his authority.

        • dan

          make that the head of the KSB and I’ll agree…
          he was only a Colonel in the KGB util he was plucked from obscurity for a leadership position (which indicates ‘leverage’)

      • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

        Deer, Thanks for your thoughts, even we are disagree on the
        Kenyan persona.

        Deer, Russia has her Constitution – the Constitution of the Russian Federation was adopted by national referendum on December 12, 1993 in the replacement of the previous Soviet-era Constitution of April 12, 1978.

        Russia does not have the Bill of Rights. But what country has except the USA?

        You wrote: “Obama is not an “Outdoors” sort of man.”

        I would not say that. He has a lot vacations and he spends a lot time playing golf.

        Also he has a “good” “indoors” time with his homosexual team. And just ‘una cosita’ between his legs puts/places him into the male gender. That’s it. NOTHING of masculinity he has. Not in his character, not in his actions (constant lying, whining, blaming and accusations)

        Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGZEzzYK0dU&feature=endscreen

        • frederik_h

          Ha, ha, ha: look who’s talking about President Obama whining and blaming and whatnot. You (spiteful conservatives) fill entire days and columns spewing your unashamed filth and LIES about the President and you still have the guts to accuse the man of being less than ‘masculine’, you bunch of ‘old hags’? Jeez, don’t make me laugh!

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            Oh, keep laughing, filthy mucky stupid Libtard. It remains to be seen who will LAUGH last.

            P.S. Do not forget to laugh loudly, but not hysterically.

  • adrianvance

    You mean President Putin? He is running our foreign policy now. I believe that is the job of the President of the United States.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative,” http://adrianvance.blogspot.com When you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • dan

    the Putin you may not know :
    KGB / FSB : what difference does it really make ?
    http://larussophobe.wordpress.com/putinmurders/

    So you think you know Vlad ? He makes the Clintons look virtuous

    but he’s still preferable to Zeroe.

  • Patricia Stovall

    I wonder what Obama meant before the election when he told Putin he will have more “flexibility” after it.

  • $36364326

    The “ELITIST” PIGS around the world are doing all in their power be the head elitist pig! which is causing the rest of humanity to be the pawns in this stupidity! ALL WORLD LEADERS! I REPEAT THIS! ALL WORLD LEADERS need to be exiled. We desperately need humans to run this world, not elitist pigs! People who actually realize what a human being is! All this stupid hyped up propaganda that the mainstream megaliars spew all over US is insanity! All politicians and world leaders are interested in ONLY ONE THING! SELF! Not the people they profess to represent. These fascist communist republican demorat, whatever you want to call yourselves are blinded by your bought and paid for scientists who will tell you whatever you pay them enough money to tell you, including the population is too much so we need to kill, murder, millions of people. This is the jist of all this tension in the world!
    Humanity can live peacefully on planet earth if it were not for selfish hypocrite politicians who try to scare US into submission and even massacres on a grand scale. Your wars on??? the myriad of stupid invented catastrophes are not new, they are not something you invented! Iron mountain report, http://projectcamelot.org/Report_from_Iron_Mountain.pdf and all the other “spooky” scientific nonsense which think tanks come up with are just that! nonsense! BUT all these scare tactics have been used on humanity throughout many civilizations! WHY CAN’T WE LEARN FROM THEM? HISTORY IS OUR BEST TEACHER!