Russia is Ruled by a Psychopath
In a speech on January 28th before the World Economic forum in Davos Switzerland, Vladimir Putin declared in his 8th paragraph that he would not criticize U.S. economic policy. He states: “Regardless of their political or economic system, all nations have found themselves in the same boat.” Then in the 9th paragraph, he scathingly attacks the U.S. stock market, making no reference to the fact that the performance of the Russian market has been twice as bad and ignoring the sorties by nuclear bombers he has ordered against American targets, as well as the virulently anti-American rhetoric has has been spewing out for months.
That is only the beginning of the insanity.
He then states: “The concentration of surplus assets in the hands of the state is a negative aspect of anti-crisis measures in virtually every nation.” But not Russia, of course.
He claims: “Russia is one of the major exporters of a number of food commodities.” He doesn’t name single such commodity or customer. Was he thinking of Polonium Tea, maybe?
He asserts: “I believe the 21st century is an economy of people, not of factories.” This is convenient, of course, because Russia is faced with a massive industrial recession. But Putin seems to have overlooked the fact that his nation’s population is projected to fall by one third over the course of the next fifty years. And just what is an “economy of people,” anyway? Isn’t this, in fact, gibberish?
He condemns military spending, ignoring the fact that Russia is massively increasing military spending.
He equates what he calls “Georgia’s adventurous sortie” in Ossetia to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Gaza.
And he closes by stating: “Trust and solidarity are key to overcoming the current problems and avoiding more shocks, to reaching prosperity and welfare in this new century.” This from a man who cannot keep his own word from the 8th to 9th paragraph. Moreover, he appears to have forgotten that he himself is a proud KGB spy nobody trusts.
After his speech, Putin participated in a Q&A with Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computer. Dell asked Putin: “How can we, as an IT sector, help you broaden the economy as you move out of the crisis and take advantage of that great scientific talent that you have?” Putin, who had just admitted in his speech that Russia was too dependent on its raw materials sector, responded by sneering in a deeply disturbing, unhinged manner: “We don’t need any help. We are not invalids. We are not poor, we don’t have limited mental capacities, we are not a nation of pensioners or a developing country.”
To put it mildly, Russia is ruled by a psychopath.
As if for emphasis, even as it was being reported that Russia intended not to go forward with its efforts to install offensive nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad, it was also being reported that it intended no such thing. Meanwhile, the ruble plunged to a historic low of nearly 34:1 against the dollar, having lost nearly 42% of its value against the American currency in less than six months. As of January, this puts Russia on pace to record nearly 30% consumer price inflation in 2009. More proof of Vladimir Putin’s economic brilliance and fundamental trustworthiness!
International judgment on Putin’s maniacal rant was as swift and unequivocal as that of the currency markets. Niall Ferguson, a Harvard University history professor attending the conference, stated: “The idea of the Russians lecturing the West about how to run the economy is absurd. It gives this whole event at Davos a surreal quality.”
They’re laughing at your “prime minister,” Mr. & Mrs. Russia. Laughing.
And indeed, even the benighted people of Russia themselves are getting clued in to some extent. Robert Coalson reports:
The Levada research center has released a new poll showing that the percentage of Russians who feel the government can improve the situation in the county continues to fall. While 44 percent agreed with this statement last July, by August, it was 36 percent; in November, it was 31 percent; and the survey this month put the figure at 22 percent. Thirty-two percent said the government cannot improve things.
Russia is a nation governed by madmen. The world must finally stop and take notice.