CBC’s “The Passionate Eye” presents The Putin System – a point-of-view documentary that presents an ominous view of what Putin is willing to do to make sure Russia regains its place on the world stage. Make no mistake. Putin is a strong,clever,tough leader who has many friends in the world.
America and other Western nations’ efforts to vilify and isolate Putin and Russia will not work. Western sanctions have largely backfired and hurt the West as much as Putin and Russia. Putin has become closer to China, Iran, Brazil, Turkey (a NATO member) and India. He is hardly isolated and enjoys a worldwide standing far above President Obama.
One of Putin’s long term goals is to replace the Petrodollar as the world’s reserve currency. The reserve status of the US Dollar gives Ameica a tremendous advantage in world trade. Putin plans to carry out trade in currencies other than the Dollar. Sanctions have pushed Putin to accelerate these efforts.
Russia recently announced a series of large deals that will bypass the dollar and be carried out in local currencies. The largest of the deals is a $400 Billion pipeline that will connect the world’s largest supplier of gas and oil (Russia) to the world’s largest consumer (China). It is doubtful if this deal would be made at this time without Western sanctions pushing up the timetable.
The Putin System chronicles the remarkable life of Putin, a tough, young leader who is not afraid to make harsh decisions and holds a not so secret purpose. He plans to restore the old Russia of his dreams to what he believes is its rightful place in the world. Putin has long understood nations that control the world’s supply of energy sources will dominate world affairs. Control energy and you have power.
The Putin System is directed by Jean-Michel Carré in association with Jill Emery for the French production company Les Films Grain De Sable. It’s a video well worth watching.
Dimity Orlov is someone worth listening to. His blog, http://cluborlov.blogspot.com , posted the full text of a political speech made by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 24,2014 that says it’s time for adult leadership and Russia will lead the way. Hate him or Love him, when you compare Putin’s speech to the propaganda, half truths, and lies favored by Western politicians it is easy to see which psychopaths are adults. (All world leaders are psychopaths)
Washington must be scared. Sanctions are not going to work and are pushing Russia into forming a power block of nations tired of the double standards of the United States. Our failed foreign policy is there for the entire world to see.
Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over
Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin’s speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn’t get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don’t think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill’s “Iron Curtain”speech of March 5, 1946.
In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. Previously, the game of international politics was played as follows: politicians made public pronouncements, for the sake of maintaining a pleasant fiction of national sovereignty, but they were strictly for show and had nothing to do with the substance of international politics; in the meantime, they engaged in secret back-room negotiations, in which the actual deals were hammered out. Previously, Putin tried to play this game, expecting only that Russia be treated as an equal. But these hopes have been dashed, and at this conference he declared the game to be over, explicitly violating Western taboo by speaking directly to the people over the heads of elite clans and political leaders.
The Russian blogger chipstone summarized the most salient points from Putin speech as follows:
1. Russia will no longer play games and engage in back-room negotiations over trifles. But Russia is prepared for serious conversations and agreements, if these are conducive to collective security, are based on fairness and take into account the interests of each side.
2. All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all. And the entity that destroyed them has a name: The United States of America.
3. The builders of the New World Order have failed, having built a sand castle. Whether or not a new world order of any sort is to be built is not just Russia’s decision, but it is a decision that will not be made without Russia.
4. Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but is not opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified.
5. Russia has no intention of going fishing in the murky waters created by America’s ever-expanding “empire of chaos,” and has no interest in building a new empire of her own (this is unnecessary; Russia’s challenges lie in developing her already vast territory). Neither is Russia willing to act as a savior of the world, as she had in the past.
6. Russia will not attempt to reformat the world in her own image, but neither will she allow anyone to reformat her in their image. Russia will not close herself off from the world, but anyone who tries to close her off from the world will be sure to reap a whirlwind.
7. Russia does not wish for the chaos to spread, does not want war, and has no intention of starting one. However, today Russia sees the outbreak of global war as almost inevitable, is prepared for it, and is continuing to prepare for it. Russia does not war—nor does she fear it.
8. Russia does not intend to take an active role in thwarting those who are still attempting to construct their New World Order—until their efforts start to impinge on Russia’s key interests. Russia would prefer to stand by and watch them give themselves as many lumps as their poor heads can take. But those who manage to drag Russia into this process, through disregard for her interests, will be taught the true meaning of pain.
9. In her external, and, even more so, internal politics, Russia’s power will rely not on the elites and their back-room dealing, but onthe will of the people.
To these nine points I would like to add a tenth:
10. There is still a chance to construct a new world order that will avoid a world war. This new world order must of necessity include the United States—but can only do so on the same terms as everyone else: subject to international law and international agreements; refraining from all unilateral action; in full respect of the sovereignty of other nations.
To sum it all up: play-time is over. Children, put away your toys. Now is the time for the adults to make decisions. Russia is ready for this; is the world?
Text of Vladimir Putin’s speech and a question and answer session at the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s XI session in Sochi on 24 October 2014.
Russian President Putin has Europe over a barrel. Europe depends on Russia for a large percentage of its energy needs. With Winter near European solidarity on sanctions is likely to erode.
France’s ambassador to the U.S. said sanctions were the only weapons used against Putin as “we were not ready to die for Ukraine”. He calls for even more sanctions.
But is he right? Entering into a cold war with Russia is dangerous. Putin is not the type of leader to back down. Now going beyond sanctions, the effort by the US and Saudi Arabia (The Saudis cut production) to punish Russia by lowering oil prices may backfire. Income from energy sales is all important to Russia. The Russian chess master and poker player may find a way to raise tensions and oil prices. One thing for sure. We’re back in the cold war game.
‘Poker Player’ Putin Bluffed and Won, French Envoy Says
By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg
Vladimir Putin has outmaneuvered his opponents and humiliated Ukraine by continuing to back pro-Russian separatists and flouting a cease-fire, making it crucial that sanctions on Russia remain firm, France’s ambassador to the U.S. said.
The Russian president “has won because we were not ready to die for Ukraine, while apparently he was,” Ambassador Gerard Araud said yesterday at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington, in remarks he said represented his personal opinion. Echoing the view of other European envoys in Washington, Araud expressed concern that the Ukraine conflict has hit an impasse, leaving Putin the winner by default.
While many observers have called Putin a geopolitical chess player, he said, the Russian leader is more a “poker player really, putting all the money on the table, saying, ‘Do the same,’ and of course we blink. We don’t do the same.”
Standoff in Ukraine
The economic sanctions against Russia must stay in place to prevent Putin from going further, said Araud, who moved to Washington in September after serving as the French ambassador to the United Nations.
“The question is there on the table: When is Putin going to stop?” Araud said. “That’s the reason that we need to keep the sanctions” because, “let’s be frank, it’s more or less the only weapon that we have. We are not going to send our soldiers in Ukraine. It does not make sense to send weapons to the Ukrainians, because the Ukrainians would be defeated real easily, so it will only prolong the war” and lead to a “still bigger Russian victory.”
Araud said that while it was natural to expect Putin to be “more open and reasonable” after the cease-fire agreement was reached Sept. 5, the opposite proved true. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was reduced to thanking Putin at joint remarks in Milan. Poroshenko is “kneeling in front of Putin with the cord around his neck and saying, ‘You know, you have won,’” and Putin is still not backing down, Araud said.
“We know that Russian weapons are still flowing to Ukraine and, as you know, the separatists are still fighting and incidents — there are multiple incidents on the border,” he said.
Asked about the delivery of two French Mistral-class helicopter-carrying assault ships sold to Moscow, a 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) deal signed in 2011, Araud conceded there are no good options for his government. The first ship was to be delivered this month, but the French government put the deal on hold Sept. 3 over Russia’s armed incursions in Ukraine.
No Good Choices
“Whatever we decide is a disaster for us,” Araud said, again expressing his personal view. On one side, he said, lies France’s credibility as an arms supplier who delivers on contracts, and on the other, the difficulty of delivering a weapons system to Putin, who might use it against Ukraine or a European ally.
The Mistral contract requires a refund of money paid by Russia, plus penalties estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars for non-delivery. Cancellation of the contract would be a blow to the French shipyard, where many jobs would be lost, Araud said.
Vladimir Putin is stripping America of its superpower status. And he’s not using bombs or tanks to do it! Putin is an extremely clever guy who had a remarkable rise to power. He should never be underestimated. It’s thought by some that Putin is a chess master while President Obama is still working on checkers. What do you think?
Putin is orchestrating an ingenious yet devastating, decades-long plan to control the global energy trade—the largest source of demand for the dollar and bedrock of American might and prosperity.
Should Putin win, it could nuke the US economy and cost the average American dearly. The stakes have never been higher, and we’ve never been more vulnerable.
This epic struggle that will define the decade and century to come is detailed in the eye-opening new book, The Colder War.
Who has the most manly image, Vin Diesel or Vladimir Putin? Both men look like someone you don't want to mess around with.
But when it comes to real power, I'd take Putin. Sorry Vin, but your bad ass stuff is made up in Hollywood. Vladimir's stuff is world class strongman scary. He has a herd of Russian bears as backup. And no one wants to rumble with that.Not even NATO.
Vin Diesel Challenges Vladimir Putin To The Coldest Of Cold Wars
By Alisha Grauso
If there’s one thing Vin Diesel does well, it’s completely owning the social media game. But if there’s another thing Vin does well, it’s being a total badass on screen.
But he basically managed to combine his two superpowers and threw in a huge pair of brass balls for funsies, because Vin completed the Ice Bucket Challenge…and publicly called out Russian President/Iron-Fisted Overlord Vladimir Putin to do the same.
One does not simply challenge Vladimir Putin to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, bro. Next thing you know, he’ll be pulling a Ukraine on us and rolling tanks up in this bitch.
That, or he’ll accept Vin’s challenge and do it while HALO jumping out of an Ilyushin and landing bare-chested on the back of a grizzly bear before riding it straight into an icy Siberian lake. Because Putin likes photo ops.
You have to admire the way he gets right to the point. No lead-in, no explanation, just all business. I also like that he didn’t mess around when it came to choosing his friends or people he found funny – nope, he went straight for three of the most influential people in the world. Putin, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Goodwill Ambassador/actress/director Angelina Jolie. There’s really no way to aim higher.
Considering the ALS Association is an American nonprofit organization, I highly doubt the cantankerous Russian President will be joining the cause any time soon. On the other hand, he might do it just to prove to Vin, he’sthe more manly of the two manly men.