Just call him Vladimir “Sucker” Putin
Not long ago, Russophiles were strutting and preening and bragging about their clever ploy to bribe Kyrgyzstan with $2 billion to boot the United States out of its military base in that tiny former Soviet republic.
Oops. Last week came news that Kyrgyzstan was doing no such thing, and would pocket Russia’s largesse whilst accepting triple the former U.S. rent to allow the Americans to stay as long as they like. The Russians, fuming and sputtering in a most pathetic and neo-Soviet manner, are left with mucho eggski on their faces.
The total ineptitude of the Putin regime in the sphere of foreign policy is clear — and compared to their mangling of domestic economic policy, they look like foreign policy geniuses. This is the depth to which Russia has been brought by turning over the reins of power to unqualified KGB freaks who have no idea how to carry on diplomatic relations since they have been trained only in the use of brute force.
Tiny Kyrgyzstan is laughing at mighty Russia, having played it for a fool. It’s shown an agility and insight that Russia’s KGB goons can only dream about, and the biggest humiliation for Russia is not the money (though in these tough economic times make no mistake, that money matters). Rather, it’s the fact that once again a nation in post-Soviet space has shown how totally it has been alienated by Russia, how much it wants to have its own destiny separate from Russia — just like Ukraine, Georgia and virtually every other country in the region.
Why do they all hate and fear Russia so much? Why hasn’t Russia been able to make friends with anyone, to build its own coalition similar to NATO? The answer is simple: Russia hates all these countries, looks down on them with contempt and arrogance, sees them only as victims to be exploited, and they know it. They will not be intimidated by Russia’s size or willingness to use mafia tactics, and they are not fooled by Russia’s anti-American propaganda. Actions speak louder than words.