Amid Russian airstrikes, a Putin craze takes hold in Mideast
BEIRUT (AP) — Amid the ornate walls of Damascus’ famed Omayyad Mosque, preacher Maamoun Rahmeh stood before worshippers last week, declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin a “giant and beloved leader” who has “destroyed the myth of the self-aggrandizing America.”
Posters of Putin are popping up on cars and billboards elsewhere in parts of Syria and Iraq, praising the Russian military intervention in Syria as one that will redress the balance of power in the region. SOURCE
Is Vladimir Putin a hardline Communist at heart? Probably so.
Is Vladimir Putin a great leader of the Russian people and has he improved their lot in life substantially? I would have to say yes, at least according to the following link.
During Putin’s first premiership and presidency (1999–2008) real incomes in Russia rose by a factor of 2.5, while real wages more than tripled; unemployment and poverty more than halved. Russians’ self-assessed life satisfaction also rose significantly.
And this link.
As Russia’s president, Putin and the Federal Assembly passed into law a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. As Prime Minister, Putin oversaw large-scale military and police reform. His energy policy has affirmed Russia’s position as an energy superpower.
Has Vladimir Putin made Barack Hussein Obama look like an ineffectual fool, buffoon and all around *girly-man*? Yes he most certainly has!
While Russia has risen under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, be that good or bad, the fact remains; Russia is now the preeminent power in the world as we, the United States have been laughed at, made fun of, devalued and have lost nearly ALL respect on the world stage due to a combination of the ineptness of Barack Hussein Obama, the Democratic and Republican Parties and their all-around inability to agree on ANYTHING and advance the United States back to its once esteemed position of unquestionable world leadership.
The Russian leader is winning accolades from many in Iraq and Syria, who see Russian airstrikes in Syria as a turning point after more than a year of largely ineffectual efforts by the U.S.-led coalition to dislodge the Islamic State militants who have occupied significant parts of the two countries.
Putin has made Obama, and his idea of U.S. military strategy and tactics look ridiculous in Asia. I say this with great sadness, but I have to believe that at least some of it goes back to what is referred to as *Charlie Wilson’s War* and is being done to return the damage incurred by the breakup of the Soviet Union after they were forced out of Afghanistan.
The reactions underscore that while the West may criticize Putin for supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, there is some relief in the region at the emergence of a player with a coherent — if controversial — strategy.
Do I believe Vladimir Putin is a great leader? Not really, I believe he is a dictator that is feared more than respected and he has used that fear to get what he wants and as an aside, he helped the Russian people.
Do I believe Barack Hussein Obama is the most disastrous person to ever hold the office of President? Yes I do, I believe it with all my heart, much akin to Nero and the story of how he fiddled as Rome burned.
Would I want to live under the thumb of a Russian leader and his style of leadership? Absolutely NOT, but it would be a welcomed relief if we, the people of the United States, had a leader with the courage to actually LEAD and make decisions, not excuses, and one that had the political and business acumen necessary to bring this nation back to a position of greatness.
That is NOT going to happen until Obama is gone and depending on the election of 2016 and whether the Dems win or the GOP runs a Milquetoast candidate, we may continue to lag FAR behind as a formidable world power for many years to come.