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How to Solve the Putin Problem
American Thinker, by Herbert E, Meyer

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Posted By:magnante, 8/4/2014 7:15:42 AM

Especially when dealing with Russians, subtlety gets you nowhere; you must tell them, bluntly, what you want to happen. For example, when someone asked President Reagan to explain the objective of his Cold War strategy he replied: We win, they lose. As President Reagan might have put it: Well, here we go again.... Last month’s shoot down of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has made clear to just about everyone -- certainly to President Obama and even to some of Western Europe’s most feckless leaders -- what should have been obvious a long time ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a

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Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/4/2014 7:26:58 AM     (No. 9952474)



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Reply 2 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/4/2014 7:27:27 AM     (No. 9952477)

Putin wants to build-up his nation. Obama wants to and IS tearing down ours. What does this tell you?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 8/4/2014 7:50:49 AM     (No. 9952516)

I suggest we try electing a real American as President.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: geoguy, 8/4/2014 8:51:23 AM     (No. 9952593)

0bama doesn´t get it nor does he have it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 8/4/2014 9:33:44 AM     (No. 9952642)

Obozo doesn´t have a clue about anything. He is following orders given by Valjar and the czars. He reads from the teleprompter but has no clue what he is saying. If someone changes some script from the teleprompter and all of the sudden he begins reading - let´s say results of some sport event - he wouldn´t even notice that.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/4/2014 9:48:41 AM     (No. 9952653)

1. Herb´s right
2. Putin did not shoot down NH17
3. The White House did, in another spectacularly evil attempt at a false flag

*notice I did not say Obama shot down MH17. Why? Because Obama is a heavily sated narcissistic wanna be mouthpiece and nothing more ..

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mark34, 8/4/2014 9:54:20 AM     (No. 9952662)

Putin is not a problem; so there is no Putin problem that needs to be solved. The title of the article should be: "How to Solve a Problem that doesn´t Exist."

Putin is the new international bogeyman, to be blamed for most of current world problems, real and imaginary.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: nekochan, 8/4/2014 10:03:21 AM     (No. 9952669)

I think that obama got a knockout punch FROM Putin. Pathetic thing is that he doesn´t realize it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: horacer, 8/4/2014 10:12:03 AM     (No. 9952677)

Obama won´t stand up to Putin. If we had an unbridled energy sector in this country we could threaten to flood Europe with cheap natural gas. Obama doesn´t comprehend true economic warfare or the importance of a strong America.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/4/2014 10:15:52 AM     (No. 9952684)

Putin isn´t the real problem, he is the straw man. Obama and his cohorts are the problem. They mean to destroy a once free America. Once you fully understand that, everything else is clear and you know where to fully vent your anger.

I don´t think it is accidental that foreign, American hating people, are crossing our borders at this moment. It isn´t an accident of history, it is a planned and approved invasion.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHBoatwright, 8/4/2014 10:19:59 AM     (No. 9952688)

Appoint Putin as POTUS.
That´ll fix ´em.
After a week dealing with Congress, he´ll take the next banana boat back to Moscow.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MickinPhoenix, 8/4/2014 10:51:17 AM     (No. 9952723)

Reply #2 gets it!!!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: M2, 8/4/2014 11:35:47 AM     (No. 9952779)

Putin doesn´t have a problem. Just ask him.

...what should have been obvious a long time ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a serious threat to world peace.

Obama is a bigger threat: By being a pacifist, he has made Putin stronger. By making Putin stronger, he has made every other nation Russia´s targets.

If we had a strong POTUS, a real leader, Putin wouldn´t have dared to be as aggressive as he has been and will continue to be unless Obama is finito in America.

This is the kernel:

...thugs like Putin don’t stop because they’ve been punished or because they see the error of their ways. Thugs have a high tolerance for pain, and they are incapable of changing their behavior. They keep going until someone takes them out -- permanently -- with a knockout punch.

That applies equally to Obama. He is a thug. But in his case, he hasn´t been punished, he hasn´t "seen the error of his ways", and he won´t change his behavior until someone brings a knockout punch to his power.

Now who is going to do that?

...we should make clear to the Russian business executives and oligarchs who are the target of Western sanctions that Putin is their problem, not ours. ...they aren’t stupid. It won’t be long before a bunch of them get together for a quiet conversation...

This is the same prayer I have about Democrats and the media; that they will get smart, get real, and get cracking telling the truth about the damage being done to America by this POTUS. Their keisters are on the line, too.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: richwill, 8/4/2014 11:36:06 AM     (No. 9952780)

I clearly remember similar incidents occurring during the earlier cold war. Putin is using the Stalin paradigm.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: The Advocate, 8/4/2014 11:47:09 AM     (No. 9952800)

Substitute Obama for Putin and the article makes sense.
Wall Street has been feeding at the Obama trough while Main Street hard working Americans have lost one third of their net worth.
Obama has been importing gang affiliated disease ridden illegals and terrorists for his thug army in his War on America.
Obama/Holder gave guns to Mexican gun cartels to kill law abiding Americans and Mexicans and gives the criminals sanctuary in America.
Obama instigated civil war in Libya and forced long time Arab ally Mubarek into a cage in support of Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama WH chastises democratic Ally Israel and sends " humanitarian"/s aid to terrorist Hamas.
Who´s is the real enemy of America?
Who directed the MH 17 flight into a War Zone for a False Flag?
Putin had NO benefit- Obama and his ilk did- look a squirrel!
Crimea has been Russian for centuries.
Why argue over foreign borders when Obama fails to secure USA border?
Strengthen America first.
Unlike Obama, Putin supports Christians.
Benghazi - Obama´s and Clinton´s betrayal of America.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: ocho reales, 8/4/2014 11:51:03 AM     (No. 9952803)

Herb was good until the last paragraph when he suggested that Putin´s plane be shot out of the sky. Talk about STUPID! That´s really stupid. I agree that an internal coup could do the trick with the right players.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/4/2014 1:00:50 PM     (No. 9952867)

First, the American voter needs to elect real leadership that can competently run a country rather than sell their votes to the highest bidder.

Second, shutdown trade with Russia worldwide. Particularly oil. That would be a huge mesaage.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/4/2014 1:47:27 PM     (No. 9952930)

Meyer makes a good case. The only way Putin will go is if he is cashiered by Russia´s oligarchs. If their lives become too unbearable on account of his bull in a china shop routine, they´ll know what to do.

I´m afraid there´s a better chance of Putin´s demise at the hands of fellow Russians than of Zero´s own Waterloo at the hands of fellow Democrats, who are either too crooked or too stupid to turn him into a bad memory. (Republicans by themselves cannot rid the Nation of Obama. To do that they´d need approximately twenty-five more in the Senate, which won´t happen anytime soon, if ever.)

Given enough time and enough misery, both Russia and China will work their way toward freedom as America passes, going the opposite direction toward totalitarianism. It´s difficult to be optimistic surrounded by so many willfully ignorant, greedy fellow citizens.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dvc, 8/4/2014 8:40:32 PM     (No. 9953409)

After working in Russia and with Russians for a decade, it is clear that the government there is tightly integrated with their mafia and the oligarchs. The oligarchs pretend to see themselves as latter-day capitalists, claiming to be no different than Rockefeller, Carnegie or Ford. Of course, this is totally looney, but as they are getting older, they are reaching for ways to pretend to be normal rich people, and are trying to shed their thug/murderer/thief image so they can pretend to be respectable in front of their kids and families.

This is the sanest plan ever offered, and is very likely the only thing that actually has a chance of working.

Some of the posts show we are attracting some amazingly loopy folks here these days.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: FormerDem, 8/4/2014 10:31:11 PM     (No. 9953486)

Putin isn´t a thug. If he were, the NYT would be behind him. They hate him. He must be OK. it is kind of political comfort food, for us to rehearse how right we were about Stalin or Brezhnev. But calling the Russians the same old names is just whistling in the dark. It isn´t helpful re what we face today. Putin is up against something, and we may be next. He isn´t a thug, and the Malaysian Air thingy is very puzzling. There were two. How could that be about Ukraine?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/4/2014 10:54:06 PM     (No. 9953499)

He overlooks the fact that Putin is popular within Russia. If the oligarchs took him out, they would be facing a lynch mob.
He needs to be contained which requires a lot of work - something the USA administration will never do.

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