There is lots of idle chatter these days about Russia and Putin…..did he or didn’t he?
What most Americans do not know is the Putin has been part of the post-Soviet government from the first days…..he was a subordinate to Yeltsin, the popularly elected president of Russia. He was a KGB operative that wanted to win the Cold War…is he still pursuing that end?
Putin has done more to influence political ideology in Europe and the world than did his predecessors in the USSR…..and it is growing…..
Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia’s strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0. He may be succeeding.
Twenty years before Vladimir Putin began his ingenious campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, his predecessor as Russia’s president stood on a dark street near the White House. In his underpants. Looking for a pizza.
It was September 1994, and Boris Yeltsin was in Washington for a state visit with his new friend, President Bill Clinton. The Soviet Union had collapsed just three years earlier, and a relationship was blossoming between the U.S. and Russia, one that held the promise of burying decades of hostility. Russia’s abrupt transition from communist dictatorship was chaotic, but a fragile democratic process and nascent capitalism were taking hold. U.S. officials entertained visions of a Western-friendly Russia as a partner in a stable and secure Europe. To that end, Clinton and Yeltsin had built an alliance on the shared goal of preventing a revanchist security state from taking power in Moscow and returning the U.S. and Russia to a Cold War state of hostility. During one early visit to Moscow, Clinton told a young audience to “choose hope over fear” and “find a new definition of Russia’s greatness.”
There is a wealth of opinions on what the actual situation is all about….some think he interfered in the election and others do not see any problem with Russia (something I never thought I would hear another American do….take the side of Russia over their own)…..
But as the song says…”the times they are a changing”……makes me think of the Manchurian Candidate (the original not the piss poor re-make)…if confused then watch the original and you will see what I am going on about.