Vladimir Putin is probably more popular in right-wing political circles than Barack Obama. I don’t need a poll to back that up. I talk to people. I read their comments and opinions. America is entering very dangerous waters.
Putin knows of his growing popularity and he is seeking to capitalize on it for political purposes.
What is wrong with trusting the President of Russia more than Barack Obama? Nothing I suppose. I’d trust a death row inmate to babysit my kids before I’d trust Obama to have my best interests at heart. But you must understand… That’s not saying much. We need to keep Vladimir Putin in perspective and a lot of Americans seem to be falling for his charm. That’s dangerous. That’s exactly what he wants. He smells weakness and he is moving in.
The entire Putin letter can be found here. But I want to pick out just a few paragraphs so you can understand what kind of deadly game we are involved in.
A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the past few days. The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.
Gee that’s great, but why would Putin, or Assad for that matter, agree to this when they know that the Rebels have chemical weapons? Would you agree to that? If this had happened in America and we were battling Al Qaeda would you allow our military to give up weapons that Al Qaeda was in possession of?
No way. I wouldn’t and you wouldn’t either. It’s all propaganda.
Putin basically proves it is propaganda with this paragraph:
No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.
So again I must ask, if the Rebels have chemical weapons then why on earth would Assad be willing to get rid of his cache of chemical weapons? It would seemingly put Assad at an immediate disadvantage, wouldn’t you think? Maybe Putin is going to re-supply him. 🙂
I don’t care what the international laws of war are. If my enemy has chemical weapons then I am going to have chemical weapons to counteract them. It would be stupid not to.
Another paragraph that strikes me is this one:
The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.
The Iranian Nuclear problem? Really? Shut up Putin. AFP reported yesterday:
Russian President Vladimir Putin will offer to supply Iran S-300 air defence missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday.
It’s not that his words aren’t true, but do you really think a man who is selling weapons to Iran really cares about “the Iranian nuclear problem?” Come on. That AFP article came out the same day as Putin’s op-ed.
I examined every word of his op-ed and I doubt it was written by Putin. It is a carefully crafted sales letter in my opinion. He even closes the letter with Christian references. Why is that noteworthy? Well simply put, he is targeting a specific audience when he does that. I believe that audience was right-wing patriots.
Just because a man is right it does not mean that you should trust his intentions. Putin is making a hard play for the hearts of Americans. Edward Snowden is a perfect example of that.
Maybe some day Putin will earn my trust but I doubt it.
What we need to remember about Putin, Obama, Assad and any other world leader is that they do not get to where they are by being choir boys. They sell their soul a little more each day to sit in those seats of power.
Don’t trust any of them.
I’m not lining up to kiss Putin’s backside and I’m a little disgusted that a lot of people seem to be doing so.
The lesser of two evils is still evil.