Bloomberg: “Blaming the U.S. and Europe for an economic crisis gripping his country of 144 million and warning the slump could drag on for two years, Putin today signaled a sustained standoff over Ukraine.
“He believes that the economy is capable of withstanding the shock,” said Alexei Makarkin, deputy director of the Moscow-based Center for Political Technologies. “Putin’s psychology is very simple. From his point of view Russia has made concessions for years and to no effect.”
Putin held his annual press conference, speaking to hundreds of reporters for more than three hours.”
Opinion: Tell the Russian czar not to worry, Barack Obama is on the job – and like most Democrat presidents before him, dictators are a protected species.
Jack Kennedy cancelled US support of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. The invading force of Cuban civilians was slaughtered within three days by the Cuban armed forces under the direct command of Prime Minister Fidel Castro, who went on to 60 years of dictatorship.
In 1980, Fidel Castro decided to empty Cuban jails and asylums by allowing 125,000 criminals and dissidents to leave on the Mariel Boatlift, President Carter did nothing while the streets of Miami were riddled with crime.
Bill Clinton was so fond of Yasser Arafat in the 1990’s that the will-to-power thug spent more nights in the Lincoln bedroom than … Lincoln.
Cuba was struggling in 2002 when Jimmy Carter visited the Castro brothers giving a glimmer of hope to the economically struggling nation, and Raul was tickled pink, “We received him warmly,” reciprocated Castro. “Now, I reiterated to him our respect and esteem” … “Jimmy Carter was the best of all U.S. Presidents.”
Who can forget 2009 and the Iranian revolution when young Iranians carried signs in English begging President Obama to get rid of the thug-ocracy that was impoverishing the nation? Obama said he “didn’t want to meddle.”
In 2013, Hasan Rouhani became president of Iran and with a few well-placed smiles was able to get billions in sanctions relief and endless talks so that the Ayatollahs could build nuclear bombs.
Fast forward to Tuesday, the Castro regime was on its last legs due to their chief benefactors’ (Russia and Venezuela) oil economies plummeting, and whamo – amigo, Batman, best friend to dictators and despots, Barack O, rides in to save the day.
Iran wil get the bomb, Raul and compatriots can expect tons of American dollars, and Putin can rest assured that somehow, someway, Barack will be there to help.
It’s in the DNA.