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2011-12-15 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Putin regrets that USSR did not fight
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Posted by tipper 2011-12-15 09:40|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [953 views ]  Top

#1 What. A. Putz.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2011-12-15 12:23||   2011-12-15 12:23|| Front Page Top

#2 Less a case of seeking to make a silk purse from a sow's ear, more like trying to turn cancer into candy...
Posted by M. Murcek 2011-12-15 12:33||   2011-12-15 12:33|| Front Page Top

#3 At least the Botox/Plastic Surgery helps him say that with a straight face.
Posted by dk70 the scantily clad 2011-12-15 12:34||   2011-12-15 12:34|| Front Page Top

#4 Like the McCain bash, it's a remark designed to appeal to a sector of his voter base.

Not that tactics like that have been used in the US....
Posted by Pappy 2011-12-15 13:04||   2011-12-15 13:04|| Front Page Top

#5 I think he's sincere, Pappy---he really wants to rebuild the Russian Empire.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2011-12-15 13:31||   2011-12-15 13:31|| Front Page Top

#6 Hat tip to Drudge for this picture. I think it makes him look a little puffy. Not that I'm as trim as I used to be...

Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2011-12-15 13:41||   2011-12-15 13:41|| Front Page Top

#7 Ice cold eyes though.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2011-12-15 13:42||   2011-12-15 13:42|| Front Page Top

#8 Putin encourages compliance from the President of the Ukraine with a dental drill.

... oughta be part of the rantburg stable of representative images.
Posted by OldSpook 2011-12-15 13:50||   2011-12-15 13:50|| Front Page Top

#9 Russia was once a great power, now they have an economy about equal to Italy and the value of their oil and natural gas reserves is diminishing as North America becomes an energy exporter.

I think there is a bit of hurt pride in his bluster as well as trying to convince the riotious folks in Russia to concentrate on a foreign enemy.

After the fall of the wall Russia could have become great, another Germany. Instead under Putin they tried to be another USSR and that's just not possible in the modern era.
Posted by rjschwarz 2011-12-15 14:17||   2011-12-15 14:17|| Front Page Top

#10 If Putin is paying attention to tweets, he's got too much time on his hands:

He saved his most vicious comments for Mr McCain, the US senator, however after clearly taking huge offence at a tweet composed by the US politician which read "Dear Vlad, The Arab Spring is coming to a neighbourhood near you."
Posted by Zhang Fei 2011-12-15 16:45||   2011-12-15 16:45|| Front Page Top

#11 Ithink he's sincere, Pappy---he really wants to rebuild the Russian Empire.

I don't doubt it. However, he has to keep his voting base happy to do so.
Posted by Pappy 2011-12-15 18:57||   2011-12-15 18:57|| Front Page Top

#12 **** cough **** cough **** cough ....

Posted by JosephMendiola 2011-12-15 21:10||   2011-12-15 21:10|| Front Page Top

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