Putin Lashes Out

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Putin’s allegation notwithstanding, Hillary Clinton did not encourage this uprising against corruption, admirable though that might have been. As of this writing, the State Department had not even commented on the Russian protests. This would be in keeping with the Obama administration’s policy of offering only muted criticism of Russia’s internal repression.

From the onset, the administration seemed to believe that it could curry Russian favor through a combination of strategic concessions and diplomatic indulgence. On the strategic front, the administration pointedly scrapped Bush-era plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, which was strenuously opposed by Russia, settling instead for upgrading existing missile defenses in Europe to focus on short and medium-range ballistic missiles from the Middle East. In the diplomatic arena, the administration cultivated good relations with Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s former deputy and his successor as president, believing him to be a modernizer and a reformer who could nudge Russia toward political reform.

It is now clear that the administration has failed on both tracks. While Russia initially welcomed the concession on missile defense, it has since reversed course and stepped up its belligerence. Just last week Russia opened an anti-missile radar station in the Baltic Sea area of Kalingrad. A purely symbolic move given that Europe’s missile defense systems pose no threat to Moscow, it nevertheless carried an unmistakable message of Russian rigidity. The administration’s courtship on Medvedev meanwhile came to naught for the simple reason that he has never been the real authority figure in Russia. Power has always resided with Putin, a fact confirmed earlier this year by Medvedev’s docile agreement to step aside so that Putin could resume his office.

Those mistakes are clear. The danger now is that the administration could bow to Putin’s latest rebuke by turning away from Russia’s growing opposition movement. While that movement remains disorganized, and may never become a powerful enough force to oust Putin, it represents a wholesome awakening in the country to the damage that Putin’s authoritarian regime has done both to Russia’s political system and its body politic.  It would be a shame if Putin’s ridiculous charges of subversion convinced Clinton and the rest of the Obama administration that it should remain silent as the Russian government attempts to snuff out the welcome sparks of opposition that its latest electoral theft has kindled.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Criticism of the elections in Russia would be quite legitimate if it originated from a more "electorally advanced" nation. However, given the grotesque lawlessness of the 2008 "impostoral" election in the US, and of the currently unfolding his 2012 "re-election", madam Clinton should rather shut up (and better focus on "celebrating" homosexuality truly internationally).

    Yes, in Russia they screwed the statistic a bit here and there to 140%, or may be imported a few Black Panthers and ACORN activists to invigorate their poll stations: who could blame them for such innocent monkey-tricks?

    True, Russians do require a voter ID, which is a bit racist…

    Yet all the above is a mere childish prank in comparison to pushing a contender for the presidential post without any papers, who in his own biography acknowledged prior loyalty to foreign nations, and who happened to be an identity thief and forger. No questions asked in 2008. Or rather the questions are taboo since then.

    And now the electoral commissions of the States are on the way of enlisting a notorious impostor, thief, and fraud Obama/Soetoro again, as though it is business as usual and nothing has been learned. After all, he did pay the $1000 fee and fill in the application properly. Who can ask for more…

    Anyway, if America wants to give Russia a lesson of a good election practices, America is not in the best shape in the moment (having soiled its own pants). It would be much better to learn the lesson from Russia's past:

    • Fred Dawes

      You can see all to well, thank you.

    • http://english.pravda.ru/history/29-11-2010/115965-liberalism-0/ Xavier Lerma

      I could not have said it better myself. You get my vote for America's news anchor.

    • cali

      You hit the nail on its head! Yes, I agree, Hillary has no room to talk when it comes to the integrity of election; her past included lots of corruption, incl but not limited to the sale of national security issues in return for campaign donations to her husband.
      The election fraud committed by democrats is well documented, including the current attempt by obama's man to once again steal the election by concocting fake reason for not requiring an ID to vote.
      There's an old saying "before you try to remove the log in someone eye, remove your own first so you can see the error of your own ways"!
      Clinton, and her sidekick should remember that!

  • vlondo

    l am very sorry but if one wants comprehensive and reasonably straight news – particuarly about what goes on in the West – one goes to RT. Says a lot about the state of things in the West that no mainstream Western media player will report a lot of what goes on here in the West. l could even venture that the mainstream media conglomerates should be made to forfeit the special status they enjoy because they do not report facts.
    Furthermore Western governments and mainstream political parties in general have entered into spoken and unspoken agreements with the media to deny any unbiased coverage of rightwing polirical parties. The western media is anti freedom, anti freedom of speech and a willing accomplice of the liberal/socialist elites who rule everywhere.
    The Western mainstream media is utterly discredited and RT is looking pretty good indeed from any vantage point in the West.

    • Fred Dawes

      Thank you.

    • mlcblog

      what is RT?

  • StephenD

    You see what they're fighting for don't you? They are angry because the resurgent Communist Party didn't get a fair shot. As if having them back in would be any different than what Putin is doing anyway. OF course, Hillary and her boss would probably rather have out and out Communists to deal with rather than the likes of Putin who wears a facade.

  • mrbean

    Chezwick_Mac is right when says: " You see what they're fighting for don't you? They are angry because the resurgent Communist Party didn't get a fair shot." Hillary Clinton siding with Communists should not be new, : Professor Tommy "The Commie" Emerson, her mentor at Yale, got Hillary Rodham(Clinton) her first job assigned to the CPUSA financed defense lawyer Charles Garry in the Black Panthers Bobby Seale murder trial. The defense was funded by the Communist Party USA . Professor Tommy "The Commie" Emerson also got her her law internship as the personal law clerk to Robert Truehaft, the head of the CA CPUSA and the Chief Counsel for the entire Communist Party USA. She not only worked for him as his law clerk for a year, but lived with Trueafts, who were both carding carrying CPUSA members.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It may all be political theatre of Hillary's part to make herself look like a true
    lover of the people. It is the people of Russia that did not get a shot at a fair
    election and they suffer under the criminal enterprise of arch enemy Putin
    who has gulag in his veins and would gladly murder any and all opponents.

    But when considering who is calling the kettle black Hillary has her own ambitions
    and profits from what ever happens unless that would be a KGB assassination
    which seems unlikely. Remember Hillary is under the council and guidance of
    the Muslim Brotherhood and may be Putin is not to their liking and things could
    change with all of those Muslims surrounding Russia, time will tell………….William

  • Fred Dawes

    I Think we could be looking at the start of the third world war?
    face facts do you really think that our political system is fair? AND UNDERSTAND ONE OTHER FACT Old mother russian is under attack by 100 million muslims and if you think that is Nut's do any of you remamber a school that was attacked?

    by the way do you think our political system is not Ragged? if yu think our system is great just look at Obama and old Newt and open your own eyes.

  • Kyra

    I thought hijab Hilary is busy bending over for the OIC. Who knew she was such a good multi tasker?