Time Magazine December 2007 – Putin Person of the Year
“In 2000, he (Putin) found a country on the verge of becoming a failed state#. With dauntless persistence, a sharp vision of what Russia should become and a sense that he embodied the spirit of Mother Russia, Putin has put his country back on the map. And . . . though he will step down as Russia’s President in March, he will continue to lead his country as its Prime Minister and attempt to transform it into a new kind of nation, beholden to neither East nor West.” (Time Magazine)
# Failed because Yeltsin, corrupt from the outset and only later a drunken clown*** who made a mockery of his office, had offered his country up for plunder. “In late 1991, (then President) Yeltsin turned to the advice of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury Department who had developed a standard policy recipe for transition economies in the late 1980s. This policy recipe came to be known as the “Washington Consensus*” or “shock therapy*.” (Wikipedia) * Considered in more detail in Post A. *** There is a choice selection of some of his best performances at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9YnDirqwT4
It was in effect an open season for Corporate America and their friends in Europe to enrich themselves via a ‘fire sale’ of Russia’s assets and resources. It also marked the rise of the Russian oligarchs who eventually left Russia to buy up our football clubs and great chunks of prime-zone property in London – Moscow on Thames http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/advice/propertymarket/3322492/Moscow-on-the-Thames.html
The origins of the new cold war hostility can be found in the years following Yeltsin’s departure from the Presidency as Putin began to lead Russia back to economic and military competence, and successfully to assert an Independent Russian foreign policy. The USA then found that it was not after all quite so keen to have in Russia “a new kind of nation, beholden to neither East nor West.” In particular when Russian diplomacy frustrated Washington’s planned invasion of Syria and the bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that they had failed to achieve the “first objective” of the Wolfowitz Doctrine# and had allowed “the re-emergence of a new rival . . . on the territory of the former Soviet Union” with the power to block unilateral action by Washington. # See Post B.
The attack on Russia then began via Ukraine, with Washington spending more than $5 billion over a decade creating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ukraine and cultivating extreme right-wing Ukrainian politicians. At the beginning of 2014 the NGOs were called into the streets, and extreme nationalists and neo-Nazi elements were used to introduce violence, and overthrow the democratically elected government. All this is dealt with in detail in Post E.
I suppose that seen by the public only through one individual publication or broadcaster much of what follows might pass muster as crude propaganda, but when pulled together as a collection it is nothing more than risible.
31/1/15 Persistent and dangerous anti-Russian propaganda features regularly on the ‘impartial and balanced’ BBC. http://www.globalresearch.ca/russian-aggression-and-the-bbcs-drums-of-nuclear-war/5428842
11/2/15 Daily Mail ‘Warmongering Putin, a feeble West and chilling echoes of the 1930s’ Refers to that ‘admirably clear-sighted U.S. senator John McCain.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2948562/DOMINIC-SANDBROOK-Warmongering-Putin-feeble-West-chilling-echoes-1930s.html 14/2/15 The Economist pursuing its demonising of Putin http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21643189-ukraine-suffers-it-time-recognise-gravity-russian-threatand-counter Even war criminal Henry Kissinger sees the folly of this approach “For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/henry-kissinger-to-settle-the-ukraine-crisis-start-at-the-end/2014/03/05/46dad868-a496-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html 19/2/15## New York Times ‘Bloody retreat adds doubt to Ukraine truce’ http://en.kiosko.net/us/2015-02-19/np/newyork_times.html Wall Street Journal: ‘In Ukraine “capture or death” . . . Russia-backed troops, ignoring truce, drive out-gunned government troops from key hub.’ http://en.kiosko.net/us/2015-02-19/np/wsj.html Washington Post: ‘Rout has Ukraine pleading for help’ http://en.kiosko.net/us/2015-02-19/np/washington_post.html 20/2/15## Daily Mail: ‘Britain at the mercy of Putin’s planes’ http://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/daily-mail/front-pages-today.cfm?frontpage=40117 The Guardian: ‘Catastrophic errors by EU in Ukraine crisis’ http://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/the-guardian/front-pages-today.cfm?frontpage=40124 and ‘Russian expansion may pose existential threat, says NATO general Sir Adrian Bradshaw. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/20/russia-existential-threat-british-nato-general Independent: ‘Moscow and NATO on collision course’ http://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/the-independent/front-pages-today.cfm?frontpage=40125 and ‘Ukraine crisis: ‘One miscalculation and Britain faces an existential threat to our whole being.’ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ukraine-crisis-one-miscalculation-and-britain-faces-an-existential-threat-to-our-whole-being-10060709.html Times: ‘Thousands die as truce in Ukraine collapses . . . Putin’s bombers buzz UK in new provocation.’ http://en.kiosko.net/uk/2015-02-20/np/the_times.html
An ‘existential threat,’ WOW. This had got to be Cuban Missile Crisis stuff at the very least I thought, but as one who remembers that little affair all too well I looked in vain for anything to suggest that this was anything other than an over-blown rant from from Sir Adrian Bradshaw. But NATO has to find some way to justify its existence so perhaps we can cut the lad a bit of slack.
## It’s quite coincidental, we must assume, that all this is erupting just after the Nuland/White House project for Ukraine falls flat on its face as Poroshenko is humiliated and the prospect of peace looms in the Ukraine. 24/2/15 Much is made of Russian provocation but apparently it doesn’t constitute US provocation** when America rolls its armour through the streets of a city only a few hundred yards from the Russian border https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-8okVAekI That was in broad daylight. A more substantial display of US muscle took place in the same city by night – Stars and Stripes proudly flying. The column takes more than 6 minutes to pass. In addition to tanks and armoured vehicles there also seemed to be missiles. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/24/u-s-military-vehicles-paraded-300-yards-from-the-russian-border/ and http://russia-insider.com/en/tv_politics/2015/02/25/3859 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/british-and-us-troops-parade-300-yards-from-russian-border-in-show-of-western-unity-10069412.html To which can be added the following exercises** Black Eagle July 2014 Poland Immediate Response 17-30 Aug 2014 Slovenia Rapid Trident 15-26 Sep 2014 Saber Strike 1-26 June 2015 Poland & Baltic States Baltops 5-20 2015 Baltic Sea Noble Jump 10-21 June 2015 Poland and others. ** All just “a show of unity” apparently
10/3/15 Philip Hammond dutifully picks up the White House narrative and runs with it ‘Russia’s behaviour a stark reminder that it has the potential to pose the single greatest threat to our security.’ Yet never, ever in the Western Media is a truly authoritative voice allowed to challenge this nonsense, analyse the origins of the crisis, expose the lies and call for the evidence. It all goes by on the nod.
And in the great tradition established by former US Presidents (see Post A) the same comparisons are made between the chosen target of the attack, Putin in this instance, and the demons of the past: Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Satan or ‘pure evil’ – all the banalities are trotted out. It would be a tedious exercise to list them here, but just for the record you will find them at the bottom of the post. Before you waste time on what is no better than school playground Yah-Boo name-calling have a look at a lighthearted?? clip from Russia’s Channel One at: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/11/4347
Surely the very fact that the West can do no better than dredge up such a discredited ‘ad hominem’ approach is the best possible indication of the poverty of its argument?
And when we are warned that Putin wishes to restore the USSR of 1974, and to reassemble that Soviet Empire of yesterday, have the dunderheads who allege this really considered what that would require of him? To restore the USSR, Putin would have to recapture Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, an area the size of the United States. To resurrect the Soviet Empire, Putin would have to invade and occupy Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and then overrun Germany to the Elbe River. It really isn’t worthy of further comment.
Dear God how ludicrous can this Russophobic Putin nonsense get? “Vladimir Putin ordered Russian special forces to steal MH370 and secretly landed it at huge space port in Kazakhstan, claims expert.” Daily Mail online 24/2/15 and Indi 9/3/15 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2967157/Vladimir-Putin-ordered-Russian-special-ops-steal-MH370-plane-secretly-landed-disused-space-port-Kazahkstan-expert-claims.html and http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/mh370-putin-ordered-plane-to-be-flown-to-kazakhstan-space-port-conspiracy-theory-claims-10075299.html And it’s always ‘experts’ who come up with this sort of rubbish.
A MODEST ATTEMPT TO BALANCE THE BOOKS We are told ad nauseam that Putin 1. Lies. Compare the record of US Presidents at # below and cite similar documented instances of the same behaviour on the part of Putin – or indeed any of his predecessors (including USSR) but the drunken Yeltsin excluded. 2. Threatens the sovereign integrity of other nations. Just have a look at the list of US interventions at http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html With the exception of Crimea (where there was in fact no ‘invasion’ as Russia had 25,000 troops there under the terms of an internationally recognised treaty), what other documented examples are there of this. i.e. documented not simply alleged or part of western mind-reading exercises. 3. Breaks his word and cannot be trusted. Cite specific examples and compare the breaking of the agreement with Gorbachev that following German re-unification NATO would not expand to the east.## Ah but that was only a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ responds the US: nothing on paper. Have a look then at written treaties enacted by the US with the native Americans: how many of those were honoured in their entirety? See: http://broken-treaties-opportunity-race.tumblr.com/ or judge the intentions and reliability of the US by those international treaties from which it holds itself aloof by its failure to ratify. See: http://www.vote.org/treaties/ It ratified but broke the UN Convention against Torture. http://www.salon.com/2009/02/16/treaties/ and it repeatedly violates international law http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/america-dangerously-undermining-international-system-it-created #Google ‘US Presidential lies’ and you’ll get 57M+ hits, but even in the USA I’m sure it can’t be that bad. https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww&gfe_rd=cr&ei=6O1lVf6UK8uLOs24gZgN#hl=en-GB&q=us+presidential+lies ## Jack Matlock, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-91 has some pertinent observations to make on this at: http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2015/eirv42n08-20150220/10-14_4208.pdf He writes that Reagan himself stressed respect for the Soviet leadership and refused to personalize disagreements or to speak derogatorily of any Soviet leader, before adding that Reagan’s successors have done a thorough job of destroying the trust he created, and that in the last two years the destruction of trust has been total.
How can the Russian government trust Washington when Washington violates its word and takes NATO into Eastern Europe and places military bases on Russia’s border?How can the Russian government trust Washington when Washington pulls out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and places Anti-Ballistic Missiles on Russia’s border? How can the Russian government trust Washington when Washington initiates and funds a coup to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine and install a puppet regime that immediately expresses hostility toward Russia and the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. It is Washington’s neo-cons who have destroyed that trust with their demonization of Putin and the blame for the violence in Ukraine which they constantly attach to Russia when in fact it follows directly from Washington’s illegal intervention there. An intervention barely mentioned in the Western Media. 24/2/15 One example of the crude and ignorant nonsense that emanates from a ‘respected’ and apparently ‘authoritative’ source is examined at http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/02/24/washington-resurrected-threat-nuclear-war-paul-craig-roberts/ 13/3/15 Anti-Russian propaganda is ‘unconvincing’, because the Western narrative is false. Neil Clark (Guardian and others journalist and writer) put the whole thing in perspective: http://rt.com/op-edge/243237-eu-russia-propaganda-counter-war/ 24/3/15 The BBC’s Today programme (now so emasculated that it is reduced to little more than a sofa/magazine chat show with a parade of ‘safe’ figures from the establishment world of politics, finance or industry) reports an article in The Sun that UK is to reinforce and make significant increases to the Falklands Islands garrison to counter an increased threat of invasion by – I was on tenterhooks waiting to learn that the Russian threat had reached to the Falklands when I heard – Argentina. I was reassured though to learn that this was being done because Argentina was rearming 33 years after the Falklands war helped by Russia** – so that’s all right then. Even in the South Atlantic the paranoia persists. ** The USA leads the global arms trade with 31% of the total and exports to 94 countries. Russia is second with 27% of total sales and exports to 56 countries. http://rt.com/business/241005-russia-second-arms-exporter/
The news even reaches the Buenos Aires Herald which responds: “Attention London: Crimea has far more reason to be in Russia than the Falklands have to be part of Great Britain.” http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/185088/the-sun-uk-to-reinforce-malvinas-garrison-due-to-argentine-invasion-threat And as one the rest of the media pack joined in: “Putin’s Falklands threat” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/putins-falklands-threat-britain-boost-5388607 “Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion” http://www.cnbc.com/id/102534017 “Russia questions Britain’s claim to the Falklands as garrison reinforced” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/11493134/Russia-questions-Britains-claim-to-the-Falklands-as-garrison-reinforced.html
11/4/15 Another piece from the alternative universe inhabited by the Daily Telegraph and so much of the Western Media. “Navies counter Russian threat** with war games off Scotland.” which refers to ‘concerns that Russia has stepped up naval missions in the area . . . threats** from ‘Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine’ and “unprecedented” number of threats** to the international order’ . . . ‘the threat** of Russian aggression’ . . . ‘Russia’s conduct as “the gravest challenge to European security’ . . . ‘the security situation in the Nordic countries surrounding area has noticeably deteriorated over the past year’ . . . ‘we have to relate to Russia’s actions, not the Kremlin rhetoric.’ ** So much empty rhetoric of their own, but not one specific and evidenced instance as to nature, location and degree of the threat. You wouldn’t think they’d have the sheer bloody chutzpah to use that final phrase.
The reality of the situation with regard to Russian threats and aggression in the Ukraine generally and Crimea in particular are dealt with in the other posts.
And still the paranoia rumbles on: 1. On three separate occasions the Swedes have wasted millions in pursuit of phantom Russian subs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_submarine_incidents
2. In December 2014, January and March of 2015 the coast of Scotland was apparently approached (in international waters?) by suspected, but ultimately unlocated (i.e. phantom) Russian submarines. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11283926/Britain-forced-to-ask-Nato-to-track-Russian-submarine-in-Scottish-waters.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mod-asks-for-american-help-in-searching-for-russian-submarine-near-scotland-9966080.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11487625/Did-Russian-submarine-nearly-drag-Scottish-fishing-trawler-to-watery-grave.html Reports of sightings in Loch Ness have been dismissed by the Ministry as ‘purely speculative.’
3. Russian aircraft are identified provocatively and aggressively operating in international airspace in words that on occasion border on the hysterical: “We should all be VERY scared.” 30/1/15 For one of the worst examples of its type see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2933765/Russian-nuclear-bombers-Britain-scared.html The Tu-95s that were apparently ‘over Bournemouth’ despite being in international airspace are subsonic, antediluvian monsters that had their birth in the 1950s. They are put in a proper perspective by the BBC. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150225-the-worlds-noisiest-spyplane The many comments posted in response to this article contain some interesting reading and make it clear that even those who choose the Mail as their daily source of news still keep a hold on their common sense. By 21/3/15 the Daily Mail had apparently caught up on the latest in Russian bomber technology. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3005961/Russia-s-new-supersonic-bomber-outrun-Britain-s-best-fighter-jet.html
With references to the intruders entering UK or Irish or whatever-controlled airspace it is seldom, if ever, reported that this is international airspace, not sovereign airspace see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31530840
It’s all so nebulous and non-specific. Would it be too much to ask for one specific fully-referenced and evidenced example of act, deed or word which justifies the vague allegations. Or as that frustrated American commentator eventually said in despair: Where is the evidence? Where is the evidence? Where is the fucking evidence?
Examples of Putin’s ‘Aggressive Intentions’ and the ‘Existential threat’ from Russia. (For links see main Ukraine post) 27/11/13 Putin proposes tripartite consultations between Ukraine, EU and Russia which might have done much to defuse the situation in Ukraine. His proposals are rejected by the EU. 11/3/14 Putin’s offer of talks on the Ukrainian crisis rejected by John Kerry. 31/3/14 Putin orders partial withdrawal of troops from Russia’s southern border with Ukraine. 7/5/14 In a surprise announcement, Putin calls for rebel independence referendums to be pushed back and endorses Ukraine’s planned presidential election. 19/5/14 Putin orders troop withdrawals from the Ukrainian border following the ‘completion of spring military training programme.’ 23/5/14 Putin says Russia will respect the results of Ukraine’s upcoming election. 22/6/14 Putin makes public announcement supporting President Poroshenko’s plans for a ceasefire and calls for a ‘substantial and detailed’ dialogue between Ukraine and the pro-Russian groups. The proposal is ignored. 24/6/14 Putin asks the upper house to rescind its March 1st resolution allowing the deployment of armed forces in the Ukraine. 26/10/14 Russia accepts results of Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine. WOW that’s aggression for you! BBC’s Russophobia Plumbs The Depth See this heading in Post G.
4/12/14 Ron Paul condemns as Congress “declares war” (Res 758) on Russia http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/December/04/reckless-congress-declares-war-on-russia/ 7/1/15 The Value of an ‘Expert’ Opinion Watched CrossTalk discussing the orchestrated western media propaganda bias against Russia. http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/220315-ukraine-crisis-us-media/ Participants: Sir Anthony Russell “Tony” Brenton#, KCMG a former British diplomat who served as ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008 James Carden# contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine and a frequent contributor to The National Interest and Russia Direct. Charles Bausman American editor and publisher of Russia Insider which specialises in analysing media reporting on Russia from around the world. # Both just the sort of people one might expect to find on Newsnight*** or similar providing an ‘expert’ opinion. In the course of the discussions Bausman asked Brenton and Carden what their sources were for their information on Russia and the Ukraine. Brenton’s ‘main sources’ were BBC, Financial Times and New York Times Carden’s were Washington Post, New York Times, It’s the blind informing the blind, Goebbels being sourced by Goebbels.
And as the discussion progressed what most surprised me was the dawning realisation that these so-called ‘experts’ knew less than I did about the antecedents of the Kiev coup, the Neo-Nazi allegiances of many of the principle players, of events on the Maiden and subsequent atrocities by the Kiev regime., and of the MH17 incident. *** as indeed Brenton does outrageously – see Post F on MH17.
And it is much the same with the American ‘experts.’ Washington’s NATO Envoy “I get most info in Ukraine conflict from social networks.” http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/05/08/washingtons-nato-envoy-i-get-most-info-on-ukraine-conflict-from-social-networks/
The Putin references referred to above: Putin equated with Hitler Time Magazine: http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/01/20/igor-eidman-putin-became-a-fascist-style-leader-in-mid-2014/ Hillary Clinton: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/05/hillary-clinton-says-putins-action-are-like-what-hitler-did-back-in-the-30s/ Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/currentevents/2014/04/16/is-vladimir-putin-another-adolf-hitler/ Prince Charles: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2634400/Putin-behaving-just-like-Hitler-says-Charles-Princes-controversial-verdict-Russian-leaders-invasion-Ukraine.html President of Lithuania: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/lithuanian-president-comparisons-between-vladimir-putin-and-hitler-are-spot-on-9558551.html Enough?? There are others.
With Stalin Senior Labour MP Bob Ainsworth ‘more of a threat than Isis’ http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/15/putin-bad-as-stalin-former-defence-secretary Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey USA http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/24/u-s-military-chief-compares-putin-s-ukraine-move-to-stalin-s-invasion-of-poland.html Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/currentevents/2014/05/07/russian-recall-when-putin-evokes-stalin/ Houston Chronicle (who they?): http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/outside-the-boardroom/article/Putin-shows-his-Stalinist-tendencies-5676684.php#/0 The Spectator: http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/radio/9446992/why-putin-is-even-less-of-a-human-than-stalin-was/ And so it goes on
With the Devil: I can’t be bothered listing them. There’s a way in at: https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww&gfe_rd=cr&ei=kPTpVKWNIMGq8wepr4C4Bg#hl=en-GB&tbs=qdr:y&q=putin+devil With evil https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww&gfe_rd=cr&ei=kPTpVKWNIMGq8wepr4C4Bg#hl=en-GB&tbs=qdr:y&q=putin+evil