Called “Putin’s Army”, it features a video of a blonde student called Diana who struts along Moscow’s streets in high heels and a black suit before scrawling “I will tear my clothes off for Putin” on a white top in red lipstick and starting to undo her clothes
For an old POL and Cold Warrior, former Russian President Vladimir Putin sure knows how to appeal to the youth vote.
But, what happens if you don’t vote for him?
You be the judge.
The 20-year old photo depicts two world leaders – US President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev – in Moscow.
But, according to the man who took the photo, it also captures Mr Putin disguised as a tourist.
Pete Souza, now President Obama’s official photographer, captured the moment when he worked for President Reagan during the political thaw that soon ended the Cold War.
Mr Reagan took a stroll around Red Square accompanied by the Russian leader, who then introduced him to a group of tourists.
In an interview, Mr Souza recounted being surprised at the “pointed” questions these supposed tourists asked the US leader.
They included searching enquiries on the state of human rights in the US.
The identity of the man on the left of the photo – complete with camera round his neck – was later revealed and “verified” to Mr Souza as none other than Mr Putin.
Looks like Putin to me.
But, the Russians deny it – of course.
Just like in Poker, Russia has called Baracack Obama’s bluff regarding missile defense and Iran.
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev on Tuesday showed willingness to discuss the US-planned missile defence system opposed by Moscow, but without “haggling” linking it to Iran. Medvedev was commenting during a visit to Spain on an alleged offer by US President Barack Obama to halt the defence system if Iran could be convinced to give up nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
The New York Times earlier reported that Obama had sent a secret letter to Medvedev.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid, Medvedev welcomed the “positive signals” coming from the Obama administration with which he hoped to reach “agreements.”
“Haggling,” however, was not “productive,” Medvedev said.
If the Obama administration showed “common sense” in proposing a “common shield against all types of threats” and reconsidered its plans of a missile defence system which could target Russia, Moscow would be prepared to negotiate, Medvedev said.
The New York Times reported earlier on its website that Obama last month offered a halt to the US-planned missile defence system opposed by Moscow if Iran could be convinced to relinquish nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
Citing US officials speaking on condition of anonymity, the Times reported that Obama sent a secret letter three weeks ago to Medvedev.
The offer was described as offering Russia an incentive to help the US and other Western powers achieve a halt to any Iranian programmes that could lead to military nuclear capabilities and long- range delivery systems for warheads.
If the Iranian threat were removed, the US could forego the missile defence system, the letter was described as saying.
Does the United States look WEAK or what?
Barack Obama is a ROOKIE and the Russians know it and are playing him like a fiddle. Now, will Hillary who will meet with the Russians on Friday be able to save some face for America?
Exit question: Wonder if Obama will NOW change his negotiations with American enemies without preconditions APPEASEMENT policy?
President Obama is writing Russia to bargain away missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic for what?
Talking to Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Mullahs?
Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran’s nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.
U.S. President Barack Obama made the proposal on Iran in a letter to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, Kommersant said, referring to unidentified U.S. officials.
Iran’s controversial nuclear program was cited by the U.S. as one of the reasons behind its plans to deploy a missile base in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic. The missile shield has been strongly opposed by Russia, which views it as a threat to its national security. The dispute has strained relations between the former Cold War rivals, already tense over a host of other differences.
The leaders have exchanged letters and had a telephone conversation since Obama was sworn into office in January, Kommersant said. The first high-level Russia-U.S. meeting will take place later this week, when Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Geneva.
Moscow has not yet responded to the proposal by Obama, the paper said, adding that a decision was unlikely to be made during Lavrov and Clinton’s meeting.
Frak, the USA and Europe have been talking to the Iranians forever – to no result.
This is crazy nutsoid policy by the Obama administration. It drives a wedge between our NATO European allies and the Eastern Block nations of the former Soviet Union who want no part of Russia or missile threats from Iran.
Divide and conquer is the OBVIOUS Russian ploy here. No wonder Vladimir Putin is winking to Dmitry Medvedev above.
To think the Far LEFT actually thought President George W. Bush was stupid.
If the shoe fits Obama.
Flap certainly does not feel safer tonight.
President George Bush at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday August 11, 2008News item: Georgia ‘overrun’ by Russian troops as full-scale ground invasion begins
While President Bush is hanging out with the American athletes in China, Vladimir Putin heads to North Ossetia to lead the invasion of American supporting democratic Georgia.
Now, the President warns Russia to pull back in Georgia.
A little late to the dance – as usual for Bush.
The United States must take serious action against the Russians, including Russian expulsion from the G-8, exclusion from the World Trade Organization and acceleration of missile defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic. NATO should immediately invite Ukraine to apply for NATO membership and fast track the acceptance into the organization.
Meanwhile, the United States should immediately initiate trade sanctions, including bank sanctions with the Russians and tighten visa requirements to travel to the United States.
And, if Bush cannot raise to the task then he should get out of the way and let Dick Cheney run the country.
Vladimir Putin signalled the return of the arms race yesterday when he boasted of developing new nuclear weapons and warned the United States not to ignore Russiaâ€™s objections to a missile defence shield in Europe.
The Russian President announced a â€œgrandiose planâ€ to restore Russiaâ€™s armed forces, which he appeared to link to the US invasion of Iraq. He described the invasion as an attempt to seize control of oil supplies and warned that Russia could defend its energy reserves against external threats.
He set out his plans during a live, televised question-and-answer session with ordinary Russians. A mechanic from Siberia raised a comment, allegedly made by Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, that it was â€œunjustâ€ for Russia to have exclusive control of the regionâ€™s oil reserves.
The United States and its NATO allies should NOT be lulled into complacency regarding Putin and Russia.
America should continue to develop new military technologies to combat the continued threat of a Russia nuclear attack.
Peace Through Strength.
And Russia has NO business continuing in the G-8.
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice prior to their meeting at Olmert’s Jerusalem residence, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert flew to Moscow on Thursday in a surprise visit to discuss Iran’s nuclear program with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who just returned from talks with Iranian leaders in Tehran.
The two leaders also were expected to discuss an arms deal that Russia is to sign with Syria, and Russia’s role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts.
Olmert’s one-day visit was announced only after Putin had returned from Iran, where he vowed Tuesday to support Iran’s pursuit of nuclear energy and warned “outside forces” â€” hinting at the United States â€” against using force against Tehran.
World leaders are experts of saying one thing and meaning another.
Is something other than what seems going on here?
President Bush said Wednesday that he wanted to get a readout directly from Putin about his visit to Iran and issued a stark warning that a nuclear-armed Iran could trigger World War III.
While in Tehran, Putin made an unspecified proposal concerning Iran’s nuclear program to the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported. Officials close to hardliners within Iran’s ruling Islamic establishment said they believed the proposal involved a “timeout” on sanctions if Iran suspends uranium enrichment.
The Iran nuclear crisis is coming to a head.
Are Putin’s bellicose statements regarding the United States a “SMOKESCREEN” for an Iranian capitulation? Or a prelude to War?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands upon Putinâ€™s arrival in Tehran. Putin backed Iranâ€™s right to nuclear energy and argued against military action, during the first visit to the country by a Kremlin chief since World War II.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands upon Putin’s arrival in Tehran. Putin backed Iran’s right to nuclear energy and argued against military action, during the first visit to the country by a Kremlin chief since World War II.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said nations shouldn’t pursue oil pipeline projects in the area if they weren’t backed by regional powers.
At a summit of the five nations that border the inland Caspian Sea, Putin said none of the nations’ territory should be used by any outside countries for use of military force against any nation in the region. It was a clear reference to long-standing rumors that the U.S. was planning to use Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, as a staging ground for any possible military action against Iran.
“We are saying that no Caspian nation should offer its territory to third powers for use of force or military aggression against any Caspian state,” Putin said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also underlined the need to keep outsiders away from the Caspian.
No surprise that Putin is snuggling up to Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Mullahs. Putin wants control and to recreate the Soviet empire of the Cold War era. Iran wants an oil-exporting partner with military hardware to exert hegemony over the Middle East.
So, what should the United States do?
- Pursue Missile defense, increase operational capability
- Kick Russia out of the G-8, making the association the G-7
- Increase defense spending, particularly for the Navy. Build more ships and submarines.
- Increase economic and political sanctions on Iran outside the United Nations
Just to name a few……..Previous:
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, right, smile as Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with an unidentified member of US delegation, unseen, at the presidential residence of Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow, Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. In a tense start to talks on a range of thorny issues, President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned U.S. officials to back off a plan to install missile defenses in eastern Europe or risk harming relations with Moscow.
In a tense start to talks on a range of thorny issues, President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned U.S. officials to back off a plan to install missile defenses in eastern Europe or risk harming relations with Moscow.
Addressing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Russian president appeared to mock the U.S. missile defense plan, which is at the center of a tangle of arms control and diplomatic disputes between the former Cold War adversaries.
“Of course we can sometime in the future decide that some anti-missile defense system should be established somewhere on the moon,” Putin said, according to an English translation. “But before we reach such arrangements we will lose the opportunity for fixing some particular arrangements between us.”
Putin also said Russia might feel compelled to pull out of a 20-year-old arms control deal unless it is expanded.
Russia will have to do what it wants to do and the United States and its allies have to protect themselves. This includes protection from the totalitarian Putin as well as Iran.
There will be more negotiation but Russia is not in a position to be dictating anything.
By the way, United States Missile Defense is operational.
Russia successfully tested a new sea-based ballistic missile Thursday after several previous failures, a naval spokesman said.
Capt. Igor Dygalo told The Associated Press that the Bulava missile hit its target on the Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka after being launched from the submarine Dmitry Donskoi in the White Sea.
Three earlier tests of the Bulava in recent years ended in failure, raising questions about the missile, which has been hailed as a key future component of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
As President Bush meets with Russia’s President Putin next week, Flap likes to remind the President of Ronald Reagan’s old adage: TRUST BUT VERIFY.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic, giving himself claim to its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth.
His audacious argument that an underwater Russian ridge is linked to the North Pole is likely to lead to an international outcry.
Some commentators have already observed it is further evidence of growing Russian assertiveness under its authoritarian president.
Is Russian assertiveness a result of Bush weakness?
They will have an interesting meeting next week.
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