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Obama Plays Judas: America Betrays Eastern European Allies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               In a stunning reversal of US Policy, the Obama Administration scraped the Eastern European Missile Shield to appease the Russian Strongman; Vladimir Putin.  Obama has stabbed Poland and the Czechoslovakia in the back in a transparent move to appease the Russians in advance of his upcoming meeting with President Medvedev.  During the Russian war of aggression against Georgia during the Olympics the Poles and the Czechs bravely agreed to allow the placement of a new missile defense system on their territory.  The Russians immediately placed both countries on their enemies list and unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse on both nations even while continuing to intimidate the Ukraine and beat up the Georgians. 

At the time, it was stated that the missile shield was necessary to protect against rogue nations like Iran, but everyone knew that it was to counter the growing Russian belligerence in the region. Russia goes ballistic whenever its formerly subjugated states indicate they would rather risk their existence as a people, and a nation, to join NATO rather than continue under Russian tyranny. 

Poland is already in NATO but they were told any such installation on Polish soil would be target number one for Russian Nuclear Weapons in the event of war. 

Nations such as the Ukraine and Georgia risk their freedom to try and join NATO because the Russians are quite willing to use force to keep them in their zone of terror.  The Polish President refused to accept a call from Obama, and later refused to accept a call from the senate confirmed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  I’ve seen no public reports as to whether the Poles talked to the “Foreign Policy Czar” or the “Polish Czar” or the “Betrayal Czar” (We have so many Czars it’s difficult to know who’s really running the show in any given arena of policy since the cabinet, like the constitution and the congress,  is just for show these days.) 

            In essence Obama has ceded all of Eastern Europe to Russia’s dream of reconstituting the old Soviet Empire. Imagine a criminal thug-ocracy of a new and economically improved Russia taking over the Soviet Empire of satellite states and “spheres of influence” consisting of puppet states run by and for the Kremlin. 

Not since Yalta has the world seen such a foolhardy betrayal and sacrifice of a vast section of eastern Europeans; who believe in freedom and democracy far more than the current President of the United States.  At Yalta, Roosevelt was exhausted from the Great Depression, World War II, and having been elected for 4 terms as president.  It begs the question: What’s Obama’s Excuse for this stunning and incompetent display of weakness and appeasement before a wanabe dictator like Putin?

Barak Husain Obama has just dashed the hopes of freedom for all for all of Eastern Europe and has clearly demonstrated that, not only won’t we fight for them; we won’t lift a finger for them.  With friends like the United States, and NATO:  the Eastern Europeans would be well advised to make the best deal they can with Putin and end resistance to Russian demands. This action serves to underline what Obama proved with his earlier betrayal of Israel in the face of the Iranian threat:  The United State under the Obama Administration can’t be believed or counted on and all of our allies are now very much on their own.  The Lights are on in the White House but there’s nobody home.

Obama seems so preoccupied with remaking the United States into a Socialist State that he can’t be bothered with foreign policy until it becomes a crisis. The world has long accepted the view that if Hitler had been stopped at Munich and not appeased by the world powers then World War II may well have been avoided.  Obama’s shameful betrayal of Easter Europe is the “Munich” of our times and it’s quite likely we will see the same results. 

Putin must be overjoyed by now…..

There’s no such thing as a Russian Sphere of Influence: There’s only a Zone of Terror for Former USSR Territories

 

 

A few hundred NATO troops held a half hearted exercise near Georgia, and now the Russians are holding a massive exercise in the Caucasus, that their own spokesman, compares favorably to the size and scope of military maneuvers in Soviet Days.  As you recall, the Russians attacked Georgia during the Olympics while Bush and Putin were watching the games in China.  The Georgians had requested NATO membership and had made it clear that they wanted to break with Russian dominance and go their own way as an independent country.  The Ukraine was in the same frame of mind and it’s clear that most of the former territories of the soviets would prefer to be separate and independent from the Russian colossus. Russia’s love for its former soviet era, which it now calls its “sphere of influence”, is clearly a case of unrequited love as the former territories have made clear to both the Russians and the world.  While the world, in theory, supports these aspirations; the EU and NATO have made it clear that they have no intentions of going to war to support their independence. European support is whatever can be had from empty words and European leaders cowering before the Criminal Empire of Vladimir Putin.  The United States, under George W. Bush, was far more verbose in supporting the Georgians and the Ukrainians and even the Polish who agreed, despite Russian Threats, to base an anti missile system in their country that had the Russians Seeing Red, if you’ll excuse the pun.  Bush made it clear that the Russians would not annex their old stomping grounds by crushing the dreams of independence of the Ukraine and Georgia or any of the other formerly subjugated territories.  Things were tense for a while with showy military moves by both Bush and Putin and much squirming and hand wringing by the NATO alliance and the EU.

Times have changed.

In the age of Obama we have a president who wouldn’t lift a finger to support the peoples uprising in Iran for fear of not being seen as sensitive to Islamic culture and as not respecting the regime of despotic clerics against whom the people were rioting.  The Kremlin has been watching with wonder, no doubt, as Obama ingratiates himself to Iranian leaders who hold him in open contempt while throwing traditional alleys like Israel and Egypt under the bus.  Obama has been so intent on “dialogue” with the tyrannical Iranian Regime that there’s no Arab/ Islamic backside in the Middle East he hasn’t kissed in the first six months of his presidency. He’s bowed and scraped before the Saudi King and he’s badmouthed the country he’s supposed to be leading throughout the region, all in the interests of respecting Islamic culture by holding our American culture in contempt. I’ll say it again: The Russians are Watching this Farce and once they’re sure that the naive community organizer from Chicago really believes the stuff that comes out of his mouth: how can they fail to realize that the time to reassemble the Soviet Empire, this time an openly Russian Empire, is now!  Obama, like his sophisticated European Counterparts, has no intention of stopping the expansion of the Russian Criminal Empire under Putin and the worst they would do is send a snotty diplomatic note!

So the Russians are having a very large and forceful military exercise in the Caucasus as the leaders of the former Soviet terror state look on with the horror that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu experienced when he realized that America’s first Black President would indeed abandon Israel. Just as Jimmy Carter made a disastrous mistake by letting the Shaw of Iran fall to the crazy Islamic clerics; so now Obama is setting a wide range of mistakes, as policy, that like Carters errors, will haunt us for decades.  I can imagine a time, coming soon, when Israel acts unilaterally to destroy the Iranian Nuclear Weapons program and midway through the crisis the Russians claim that Georgia fired a spitball at them and comes in to quell “anti Russian Terrorism” across the length and breadth of Georgia and Ukraine.  In their wake they’ll have iron clad mutual defense and economic treaties signed by newly installed leaders who are lap dogs of Putin. Those who strive for freedom from the Russian bear are in for a new wave of repression and tyranny from Russia just as certainly as Ahmadinejad will keep his job as the leader of the Islamic State of Iran.

When Putin realizes that Obama, and his socialist minions, have adopted a new American Isolationism with respect to the worlds thugs it’s a lead pipe cinch that he’ll reassemble the old Soviet Empire and get Obama to apologize to Putin for sending a snotty note. Obama is out to remake America in the image of Carl Marx and Malcolm X and his foreign policy will be, as the French President observed, naive and weak.  Putin would be crazy to let this opportunity pass him by.  Just watch.

Here’s a piece from Fox News about the Russian War Games:

Russia Holds Major War Games in Caucasus

Monday , June 29, 2009

 

 

Thousands of troops, backed by hundreds of tanks, artillery and other heavy weaponry, began rumbling through the North Caucasus on Monday, as Russia began its largest military exercises since last year’s war with Georgia.

The Caucasus 2009 war games are being seen by many experts as a warning shot for nearby Georgia, where the government says it has rearmed armed forces and where NATO recently wrapped up its own exercises.

Experts say the exercises may also be signal to the United States that Russia will give no ground on its efforts to maintain an exclusive sphere of influence in Georgia and other former Soviet republics. The games run through July 6 — the day that President Barack Obama arrives in Moscow for a highly anticipated summit with Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev.

Defense Ministry official say more than 8,500 troops will take part, along with nearly 200 tanks, armored vehicles, 100 artillery units and several units from Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet.

The exercises, which are being personally overseen by Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of Russia’s General Staff, are structured around a theoretical crisis situation that spirals out of control into open fighting, the ministry said.

Tensions remain high between Russia and Georgia, which lost authority over the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia during the war in August. Russia has been building military bases, storage facilities for supplies and roads in the two regions, which Moscow recognized as independent, and around 6,000 troops are based in each region.

Moscow has been openly hostile to Georgia’s ambitions to join NATO and has signaled that it would not tolerate any other ex-Soviet republics from joining the alliance.

Still, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has not backed down on his drive for NATO membership and his efforts to draw closer to the United States.

Last month, NATO wrapped up a month of its own training exercises in Georgia, though just a few hundreds troops participated. Despite the small size of the games, Russia was irked, calling them a provocation.

Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov was quoted by Russian media on Monday as saying that the Caucasus 2009 exercises were adjusted as a result of the NATO games and would be “quite major, as compared with those that were conducted in Soviet times.”

NATO and Russia over the weekend agreed to resume military ties that had been frozen after the Georgian war.

As World Depression Worsens Social Unrest Threatens the Stability of Governments

 

 

Here’s a story from Reuters UK about some of the problems going on in Russia.  Many governments are in the same boat, including the UK, and that’s why the CIA is including an economic section in the Presidents Daily Briefing because it considers the Depression a National Security Threat.  Friendly governments can be destabilized and unfriendly governments can be driven to rash actions while the world founders in deep economic distress.

Russia’s Putin warns against economic protests

By Oleg Shchedrov


NOVO-OGARYOVA, Russia, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned opposition critics on Friday not to use the economic crisis as an excuse to challenge his government and told them to abide by the law.

Unrest across Russia over economic upheaval has been muted, with the biggest protests so far taking place in the Far East port of Vladivostok where hundreds were arrested in January demonstrations over car tax.

Speaking at a meeting with leaders of Russia’s dominant political party, United Russia, ahead of regional elections this weekend, Putin said that criticism of the Russian government during a crisis was allowed, but only within the laws.

“If opposition actions go outside the law, it means they are not pursuing the goals of improving people’s lives, but their own selfish goals and the state has the right to defend itself properly,” Putin said at his residence outside Moscow.

Russia has tight controls that restrict opposition groups from holding rallies or marches without official sanction. Applications from groups like chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov’s ‘Other Russia’ movement are frequently rejected.

Putin and other senior Russian officials have criticized “people’s revolutions” in ex-Soviet Georgia and Ukraine which propelled pro-Western leaders to power through street protests.

“We won’t allow events to happen like in some other countries, to which I will not point a finger now. At the same time, we won’t limit lawful forms of protest,” Putin said.

ELECTORAL TEST

The ballot will mark the first electoral test for Putin since the global slowdown hit Russia last summer.

Opposition groups this month started a series of protests across Russia and are hoping to expand their limited base of support to those affected by the dramatic slowdown in the Russian economy that has sent unemployment soaring.

After a decade of steady growth, the economy is set to shrink by at least two per cent this year, which economists say will push up the jobless rate, now standing at over 8 percent.

Putin’s comments were dismissed by opposition figure Ilya Yashin of the newly-formed Solidarity group who said authorities define any criticism as a threat to national interests.

“This is an indicator of the nervousness of the authorities which understand how huge is the probability of public unrest,” said Yashin. (Reporting by Oleg Shchedrov and Aydar Buribayev, writing by Conor Sweeney)

 

Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:28pm GMT

Gog Rattles His Saber from North Pole: Russia wants Arctic Resources

 

While Russia sends submarines to plant Russian flags in the Arctic seaweed; President Obama is said to be preparing to propose an 80% cut to American and Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles.  In the backdrop the NATO alliance Secretary General wants NATO and Russia to practice joint search and rescue missions in an effort to build trust among the Arctic community. And the Russians?  The Russians are assuring everyone that they will “respond” to anyone that tries to “militarize” the Arctic.  The implication is that they will match any military units tit for tat, and perhaps a wee bit more, that find their way into the Arctic which the Russians have largely claimed as their own.

It makes sense that Russia would go after the Arctic because they have clearly been following a strategy of extending their influence over every oil producing region on earth.  They’re building new bases in the Middle East, supplying Iran with nuclear fuel, and reactors, (arguably fomenting a regional war in the Middle East)  having joint exercises with oil rich Venezuela and now have claimed the oil rich Arctic.  Russia is trying to gain a lock on world oil supplies as a matter of national policy and perhaps as a club to hold over the head of the west at some future time.

Consider the following article from Reuters: http://uk.reuters.com/article/gc07/idUKTRE51M3ES20090223?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

Russia “will respond” to military moves in Arctic

“When there is a proposal, there will be a discussion,” Interfax quoted Makarov as saying. “It is much too early to speak about that now.”

Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:43am GMT

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will respond to any attempts to militarize the Arctic, the head of the country’s armed forces was quoted as saying on Monday during a visit to Abu Dhabi.

“Overall, we are looking at how far the region will be militarized. Depending on that, we’ll then decide what to do,” Interfax news agency quoted General Nikolai Makarov, the head of the General Staff, as saying.

Makarov was in the United Arab Emirates for an international arms fair.

Last month NATO Secretary-General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer suggested the alliance and its strategic rival Russia could mount joint search-and-rescue exercises in the oil and gas-rich Arctic region.

He also raised the question as to whether NATO should consider increasing its focus on the region, saying that it was necessary to build confidence and trust among the five Arctic states — four of which are NATO members and the other Russia.

Moscow has claimed jurisdiction over most of the Arctic and last year a Russian mini-submarine dived to the seabed and symbolically planted a Russian flag to claim it.

NATO members with Arctic Sea coastlines are Canada, the United States, Norway and Denmark via Greeland.

Makarov also said Russia had not yet received any official proposals from Washington on significant cuts in strategic nuclear forces.

The Times of London reported earlier this month that President Barack Obama would convene ambitious arms reduction talks with Moscow, aiming to slash the number of intercontinental nuclear missiles on both sides by 80 percent.

Energy Wars II: Putin Disrupts Energy to Europe and Blames Ukraine

Its seems we’ve been down this road before.  It was the energy wars last summer that tipped us into dangerous economic times culminating in the subprime and banking meltdowns as people watched energy prices spiral out of sight.  With the global economic collapse, the price of energy has dropped like a rock, doing considerable damage to the economies of oil producing nations; especially the Russian Federation.  I can’t count how many times and how many days the Russian Stock Market had to close and how much damage has been done to the Ruble since the whole mess began but its doing more damage in Russia than the United States.  Granted that our turn may well come but the Russians are facing economic conditions that may challenge the stability of the Russian Government.  That’s pretty bad.

Now we’re in a position where the Russians, who feel they have nothing further to lose, are sticking it to the Europeans and blaming the Ukraine who, along with Georgia, may be the first couple of appetizers that Putin permits himself after Obama takes office on the 20th of January. The Russian Strongman says the Ukraine is stealing energy from the Russian pipeline and thus the integrity of their energy supply system to the rest of Europe is compromised.  Doubtless they’ll want to station Russian Troops soon to make sure the pipeline is not tapped so they can become a reliable energy supplier to Europe once the Ukrainian aggression is dealt with.  It’s for Europe’s own good and everyone is supposed to imagine a Europe where Russia didn’t keep the energy flowing.  Surely that’s worth the life of the Ukraine which everyone knows is Russian anyway.  (Just like Georgia is really Russia!) 

Putin has nothing to lose and potential civil unrest so he may as well do some territorial acquisition because he and Russia have already paid the price for the invasion of Georgia and perhaps for taking over Ukraine as well.  Taking some of the key former soviet assets like Ukraine and Georgia would do much to cement his strangle hold on European Energy supplies.  He might just figure that the economic and diplomatic fallout can’t get much worse so he may as well take over some countries for fun, and scare the pants of the Europeans and maybe scare oil prices back up, which can only help Russia.  What is Bush going to do in his last few weeks as President?  What’s Obama going to do other than exactly what guys like Sarkozy tell him?  In other words, why not finish what he started and just see if he can’t come out of this with higher oil prices, wipe the egg off his face and test Obama at the same time. Russia has nothing to lose by fomenting a war with Ukraine and perhaps Georgia at this time and everything to gain.

This event may well signal the resumption of the oil wars and Putin and his thugs are behind it.  The western economies are hurting and they’ll do anything to keep the energy flowing including turning a blind eye to the rape of Ukraine and Georgia.  That’s the bet that Russian Strongman Vladimir Putin is making and it would appear that it’s a good bet.  Europe won’t help Ukraine any more than it helped Georgia and Obama won’t do more than a stern diplomatic note that means nothing. 

Just when you thought energy was returning to sane levels it may well spike once again on significant threats to supply beginning in the Ukraine and perhaps spreading to the Middle East if the current war widens.  Here we go again.

Consider these clips from a Fox News Article and read the whole article at this URL:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,476565,00.html

 

At least two Bulgarian cities were totally without gas Tuesday, and nations like Turkey were turning to Iran to bolster their supplies, as a natural gas crisis looms over Europe after a contract dispute between Russia and Ukraine led Russia to shut off gas supplies to seven countries and reduce gas deliveries to several others.

The shortfalls came one day after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered Alexei Miller, chief executive of the Russian state gas company Gazprom, to cut supplies shipped through Ukraine by amounts equal to those Russia claims Ukraine has “stolen,” AFP reported.

“Start reducing it from today,” Putin told Miller in a meeting at Putin’s residence.

Miller said the debt Ukraine owes Gazprom is still above $600 million, but said: “If they continue to illegally take gas it will soon be billions.”

In a sharp turnaround, the European Union blasted Russia and Ukraine, saying the sudden cutoff to some of its member countries was “completely unacceptable.” Just a day ago, the EU was trying to downplay any problems from the gas dispute.

The energy dispute sharply escalated Tuesday when six countries on the other end of the pipeline network running from Russia through Ukraine reported a complete shutoff. Russia supplies Europe with about a quarter of its gas, 80 percent of which is shipped through Ukraine.

Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments. Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers and urged consumers to use gas sparingly in their homes. Bulgaria said it had enough gas for only “for a few days.”

Moscow and Kiev, meanwhile, blamed each other. Naftogaz said Gazprom had sharply reduced its shipments to Europe through pipelines crossing Ukraine, triggering the cuts. Gazprom accused Ukraine of stealing gas shipments intended for other nations.

Kiev denied it was stealing Russian gas. It said was using some of its own gas as fuel to transport the rest of the Russian gas to Europe. Naftogaz says Gazprom is obliged to provide this gas but is refusing.

KGB Putin gets Economic Root Canal: Economic Prosperity is the Cornerstone of Power

 

 

             Vladimir Putin who until recently was riding high on the tidal wave of rising petroleum prices has fallen into the abyss of being an international pariah which has exacerbated the economic problems confronting Russian Federation.  Putin has had an amazing approval rating from Russians because he’s made the trains run on time and he’s used his petrodollars to remake the Russian Economy from the ground up.  The Russians suffered under the hapless Yeltsin who never managed to get a handle on economic policy and until recently the economy was booming and the stores had goods to sell.  Not so today.

 

            The ill-advised invasion of Georgia while a military success managed to arouse the suspicion of NATO, Frighten the oil markets at a time of runaway prices, unify some opposition from former client states and recreate the cold war while making Russia look like an unstable business partner.  Many people credit the machinations of Russia, for attempting to control the entire world’s oil, as key in the petroleum crisis that touched off the subprime crisis in America.  That in turn impacted the whole world but it hit the Russians particularly hard.  The Russian Stock Market has been taken off the line for days at a time because of volatility and the banking system and the currency itself has been revealed as shockingly weak.

 

            The Russian Federation was growing the biggest crop of millionaires and billionaires on the planet and during this time Putin could do no wrong.  Life was good and when it came time to make a play for Georgia the Russian People stood with Putin, who had changed their lives for the better in so many ways.  Now the economy is in the toilet and the newly rich are watching their dreams drain away while thinking dark thoughts about Vladimir Putin.  He scared off a lot of investment dollars that are sorely needed now and he has presided over a catastrophic drop in oil revenue that fueled Russian prosperity.  Needless to say these newly rich/ newly impoverished people are not going to stay with him forever unless he fixes the economy again.  I dare say they’ll be concerned about any further military adventures that have the potential to cut into their bottom line.  An Old World totalitarian like Putin may be sadly out of place in the global economy of the twenty-first century

 

            Europe looks at Russia and wants to engage diplomatically while digesting the Russian adventurism in Georgia and once again it may come to the conclusion that Russia is still not ready for membership in the community of civilized nations.  Putin tipped his hand and even the French and the Germans must realize that he intends to reconstitute the old soviet empire with all the client states of old.  There will be economic and social consequences to be paid in the years to come as a newly wary Europe tries to come to terms with Putin’s Russia.  I suspect that the Russians and the global economic crisis will be the triggers to elevate Europe, once again, into world leadership and that this elevation will annoy the Russians.  For now the world has the USA to bemoan and cry about but on every continent the realization is spreading that America is in steep decline and that her days of world domination are coming to an end.  A Europe without American to resent, and to defend them and subsidized their lobotomizing socialism, is a Europe that will be forced to make changes for the better even as the USA undergoes its own adventure into socialism.  Europe will rise quickly, its beginning now, because if it doesn’t than the Russians will be content to squeeze the economic life out of them, and they know it.

 

           Europe, like Russia will rise again, because nature abhors a vacuum.  In the post American world the fate of many will be determined by the ancient rivalry of Europe and the Russians.  What’s old is new again.  Consider some clips from an article on Reuters:

 


UPDATE 3-Crisis will not sink Russian economy – Putin

“They allow us to preserve macroeconomic stability and therefore they will help us prevent a surge in inflation and a sharp change in the rouble rate,” he said.

Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:39am EST

By Gleb Bryanski and Denis Dyomkin

MOSCOW, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday he would guide them through the global financial crisis without the economic convulsions of the past, but acknowledged there would be pain.

Putin unveiled a $20 billion economic stimulus package and help for people hurt in the slowdown as he set out a long-term response to a crisis that has cut more than 70 percent from the value of Russian markets since May and hammered the rouble.

The crisis has dented confidence in the Russian economy and raised the prospect that popular discontent could, for the first time, seriously undermine the ruling double act of Putin and his protege, President Dmitry Medvedev.

“We will do everything, everything in our power … so that the collapses of the past years should never be repeated in our country. We will do everything in our power to defend the deposits of our citizens in banks,” he said.

BUDGET DEFICIT NEXT YEAR?

The fiscal stimulus package will include a cut in profit tax, which accounts for 8.5 percent of budget revenues, to 20 percent from 24 now, and a new depreciation mechanism that will allow firms to reduce the profit tax further.

The announcement came as official data for October industrial output growth was revised downwards, to 0.6 percent year-on-year from the 1.6 percent released earlier, in new evidence of an economic slowdown.

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Russia could next year have its first budget deficit in a decade but the deficit would be covered by transferring cash from a rainy day fund, not from borrowing. He said the 2009 deficit may equal 1 percent of GDP.

Putin said he believed Russia’s large gold and foreign exchange reserves and the funds it had accumulated during years of high oil prices put it in good stead to weather the crisis.

The Lessons of Georgia: Putin Eyes Georgia with Anger

 

An article in The Times credits French President Nicolas Sarkozy as having saved the “family jewels” of the President of Georgia.  It would seem that the Russian Strongman Putin still harbors some hard feelings toward his Georgian neighbor.  Having failed to take Georgia fast enough to avoid the fallout of world opinion, Mr. Putin now contents himself with fantasies in the aftermath of his botched invasion.  His rhetoric is fiery and his intentions are clear; given a clear shot at President Saakashvili; Putin will have his revenge and break the democratic state of Georgia and kill its President.  Consider the following from story from The Times:

 

 

Aide to France’s Sarkozy Reveals Putin Wanted to Hang Georgian President ‘By the …’

Thursday , November 13, 2008

 

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Nicolas Sarkozy saved the President of Georgia from a threat by Vladimir Putin to depose him from power and “hang him by the balls,” according to an account that emerged today from the Elysée Palace.

The Russian Prime Minister told the French President of his plans for deposing the Tbilisi government and disposing of President Saakashvili when the French leader was in Moscow last August to broker a cease-fire in Georgia.

Jean-David Levitte, Sarkozy’s chief diplomatic adviser, reported the exchange in a magazine today ahead of an EU-Russia summit in Nice Friday chaired by the French leader and President Medvedev.

With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on Aug. 12, Sarkozy told Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia, Levitte said.

“I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Putin replied.

Sarkozy responded: “Hang him?”

“Why not? The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein,” Putin said.

Sarkozy replied, using the familiar “tu”: “Yes but do you want to end up like (President) Bush?”

Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah, you have scored a point there.”

President Mikhail Saakashvili, who was in Paris to meet Sarkozy Thursday, laughed nervously when a French radio station read him the exchange. “I knew about this scene, but not all the details. It’s funny, all the same,” said the Georgian President.

Putin’s reported remarks appear to confirm that he was calling the shots in Moscow and not President Medvedev, who was Sarkozy’s host at the Kremlin meeting.

 

While the situation in Georgia remains stable the Russian Strongman has no intention of taking this setback as a permanent situation.  There will come a day when Putin and his thugs march into Georgia by invasion or trickery, but they will be back.  Georgia is just the beginning and if the majority of the Soviet Empire is not reconstituted in the next few years I’ll be very surprised. 

These democratic states stand essentially alone and NATO has turned a blind eye to their plight.  The cold war is back with a vengeance and the cold war rhetoric will be with us until Putin has the Soviet Empire back intact.  The Lesson of Georgia is primarily one of public relations and speed of conquest and I would expect to see great improvements in Russia’s next adventures.

The Russian economy has taken a fearful pounding as the world settles into a deep dark recession if not a depression but Putin knows that the key is still oil.  He who controls the oil will control the world and the Georgian Pipeline won’t remain Georgian for long.  Putin will come at surrounding states sideways, crossways and any way but directly as he learns to intimidate his neighbors into an alliance they don’t want while managing world public opinion that is already inclined to ignore his conquests as long as he doesn’t make a mess and concurs quietly.  Once he figures it out, once he makes sure that NATO can all ways point to some threadbare face-saving excuse to ignore Russian aggression, and then Putin will have his empire and move on to the next phase of his ambitions.

The Georgia conflict is on hold but it’s far from over….