Far better to go with the devil you know than with the devil you don’t. Vladimir Putin is the devil we know. He is a known entity, a worthy adversary and even somewhat predictable. America should cheer his victory; it could have been much worse. The second place candidate, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, is a devoted follower of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. He is a man of great personal ambition and a man who, to this day, holds Lenin and Stalin in great esteem as his heroes.
Joseph Stalin is credited with the murder of 20,000,000 Russian people. He left the living so impoverished they had to be fenced in to prevent them from leaving their homeland. Putin rightly feared that if his opponent Zyuganov ever came to power he would emulate the policies and methods of his heroes with the same horrible results. Vladimir Putin didn’t cry for joy because he won. KGB directors aren’t given to that. He cried tears of relief because Zyuganov lost, tears on behalf of the Russian people.
Make no mistake; Putin is no friend of America. But as enemies go, he should be the enemy of choice.
The world blew up this morning at about 8 o’clock. There is nothing left. According to the New York Times, women, children and minorities suffered the most. Vladimir Putin vowed he would restore the Soviet Union, even though it is now scattered in fragments somewhere in space. Chavez says America did it, of course. Obama blamed it on Bush.
“The United States are gone, all 57 of them”, noted President Obama, then added “Well, at least it’s a complete transformation. My only wish is that Martha’s Vineyard could have been spared”. The insurance industry is in a panic as you might expect; they had exclusion clauses for losses due to war but not for this.
Al Gore termed it an environmental disaster. He said it never would have happened under his administration. He held his home state of Tennessee responsible. “My own friends, the people who knew me best let me down. If I had carried Tennessee the Supreme Court would not have been able to revoke my election.” The Sierra Club expressed concern that the fracturing of earth into a collection of asteroids presents a threat to already endangered species on the other planets. “If one of the big chunks, like Africa for instance, hits one of the smaller planets the impact will be devastating”, a representative explained.
Harold Camping called in long distance and said excitedly, “I called it! I was just a little bit off on the date”. Paul Krugman insists it could have been prevented if the government had only raised taxes and spent more money. But when asked how in the world (excuse the passé expression) that would help, all he returned was a silent grin. On the political front, the 99% are enraged. The group is protesting that their rights have been denied because they no longer have any place to demonstrate.
The good news is Palin channeled Ronald Reagan and reports that he smiled and said “Take heart. I have unshakeable faith in the resourcefulness of the American people. A great hill will be rebuilt and the United States will shine brightly from the top of it once again”.
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From the Washington Post
MOSCOW — A nasty spate of anti-Americanism set off by Vladimir V. Putin has grown into waves of attacks aimed at the new American ambassador and Russian opposition leaders, raising questions about the future of U.S.-Russian relations.
The attacks started just before the December parliamentary elections and have intensified as the March 4 presidential vote approaches. Although widely viewed as aimed primarily at a domestic audience, they have grown shriller and more aggressive, provoking debate about whether Russia is deliberately giving a cold shoulder to President Obama’s effort to promote more productive relations.
A main target of the attacks is Michael McFaul, the new ambassador, a longtime democracy advocate and Russia expert who as a top aide to Obama has been an architect of what the White House calls a “reset’’ with Moscow.
Barack Obama cozied up to to the Russians and and tried to convince them we should be friends now that we share the same ideology. Putin didn’t buy it, of course.