XOXO, Vladimir Putin
A new president has been elected in the United States, bringing with him the possibilty for a new relationship with Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has spoken of a “new era of cooperation.” Talk is cheap, however, and Russian talk is found in the K-mart of talk. Recent days have shown just how interested Vladimir Putin’s Russia is in forming such a relationship based on deeds. The response of the Putin regime has been to:
- sign a cooperation pact with American’s arch enemy, Cuba
- announce its intention to build a naval base in Abkhazia
- pressure Kyrgyzstan to eject an American base
- ban shipments of U.S. pork
- cancel an order for Boeing airliners
- spurn U.S. mortgage debt
- aggressively seek to achieve natural gas hegemony
- just as aggressively seek imperial domination of the Arctic
- remain silent on the murder of Stanislav Markelov
- viciously gloat over American economic fortunes at Davos
- savagely attack American Michael Dell
- bizarrely tease the U.S. over the Kaliningrad missile installation
Are these the indications of a nation that wants to turn over a new leaf with the United States? Can anyone make a similar list of provocative American actions taken just after Dmitri Medvedev “succeeded” to the Russian presidency? Has America, for that matter, been sending nuclear bombers to buzz Russian military installations, as Russia is doing to the U.S.?
This man Putin is a crazed lunatic, no different from the most diseased rulers of the USSR, driving his nation to ruin by provoking the world’s most powerful nation for no earthly reason except blind hatred, just as they did.
And that’s all we’ve got to say about that.