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Tag: Vladimir Putin


RUSSIA: Little wonder Putin feels threatened

Re: “Firm response to Putin now could avert worse later” (editorial, 6-24).

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin is not to be trusted, it is understandable that he and Russia experience threat due to the ever eastward expansion of NATO.

When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, West Germany’s foreign minister assured Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not take advantage and expand ever more eastward. This assurance gave Gorbachev the ability to reunify Germany and delete the Iron Curtain.

Since then, NATO has come ever closer to the Russian borders and its security zone, with the result of Putin

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RUSSIA: Obama sends the wrong message

President Obama has called Russia “a regional power” and said that it is “acting out of weakness.”

Those statements do the opposite, psychologically, from what Vladimir Putin and Russia need to hear, and world peace requires. They impel Putin and Russia to actions that say: “No! We are not small or weak, and here is your proof!”

What should be said, in front of the United Nations, is: “Russia is great and strong, and needs no other lands to be powerful. She is already the largest nation on Earth. Her future of glory lies in new directions.”

Russia and Putin

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UKRAINE: What’s needed is US miitary backing

The old adage, “Don’t believe everything you read,” is more important to follow than ever before.

After Russian troops invaded Crimea, President Vladimir Putin told us that the troops could not have been Russian even though they had unidentified Russian uniforms and carried Russian guns. Now Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov calls Russia’s invasion “the historic decision about the reunification of Crimea with Russia.”

How many more whoppers are we going to swallow? Russian politicians are masters of twisting truth. Their slippery rhetoric aims to pacify a distracted world while they continue doing exactly what they want, which, at the

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RUSSIA: US businesses shouldn’t shill for Putin

It is obvious from his actions in Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a paranoid neo-communist.

NBC News reports that U.S. firms are employed by the Russian government to prop up its image. Among these are Ketchum, a public relations company; Alston & Bird, a law firm; and Maslansky and Partners, which specializes in tweaking language for the most favorable impression.

If these firms do not on their own choose morality over money, a boycott by new and existing clients would be in order. Russia is not the only government to employ image polishers, but egregious actions should

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UKRAINE: US may lack moral credibility on invasion

In a meeting with reporters recently, President Obama said that invading Crimea was a “violation of international law” that puts Russian President Vladimir Putin “on the wrong side of history.”

How much moral credibility does Obama have to make such a statement, since our own invasion of Iraq slaughtered tens of thousands of innocent people? Did that violation of international law put us on the right side of history?


OLYMPICS: Russian hosts deserve our gratitude

It’s difficult to believe I’m thanking Russia, as there has been very little I’ve liked about Russia, let alone Vladimir Putin, but they did keep our athletes, their families and fans safe during the Sochi games.

I wish I could feel the same if the U.S. was the one providing the security even though we have the best and strongest military in the world and our CIA is second to none. Unfortunately, they are both controlled by our present administration and State Department. They couldn’t even provide proper security for our American consulate in Benghazi.

Thank goodness our athletes were

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OBAMA: Why does he refuse to negotiate with Congress?

President Barack Hussein Obama is eager to negotiate chemical weapons policy with thugs like Russia’s top dog Vladimir Putin and Syria’s biggest butcher Bashar Assad. Obama is even ready to negotiate nuclear weapons development with Iranian mullahs.

So why is Obama reluctant to negotiate important fiscal issues with Congress like federal debt limits, entitlement reform, discretionary spending cuts, health care policies, defense spending and tax reform?

House Republicans represent the majority of congressional districts in the United States, yet Obama continues to ignore them while trusting the foreign enemy that seeks to destroy our freedom.


SYRIA: Obama administration mishandling situation

I am not impressed with the handling of the Syrian situation by this administration. The contradictions and bumbling by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama are almost laughable.

The lack of leadership by this president is catching the attention of countries like Iran, China, North Korea and others. The president was outmaneuvered by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria with a possible solution to this problem.

I wonder how the Normandy invasion would have gone if we had told the Germans what beaches we would land on and when and how many ships and landing craft we had.

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