“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Putin, Underestimated by Bush, is a Present and Future Danger.

Gone our the days when the Soviet Union was ruled by doddering old men but controlled by a vast communist interwoven bureaucracy and a central committee with tentacles in all aspects of Russian society. Gone.

Today, Russia is a far more dangerous place under the growing cult of Putin. It is fanciful to believe that Russia is slowly dissolving and diminishing into the future. It has been obvious to a few and will soon be clear to many that a new Soviet-Lite is evolving and ascending.

The Russian democracy experiment has collapsed and attempts at western inclusion were as vaporous as George Bush's view into the Putin soul. Caution, military preparedness, energy independence, patience and the expectation of worse days ahead would serve the West far better than sentimental wishful thinking. Plan accordingly.

Putin touts new nuclear weapons against US
By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow Telegraph
Last Updated: 2:37am BST 19/10/2007

President Vladimir Putin has announced plans to build a new generation of nuclear weapons after accusing the United States of harbouring an "erotic" desire to invade Russia and steal its natural resources.

Delivering one of his most belligerent anti-Western tirades, Mr Putin also suggested that America and its allies had concocted a fake assassination plot to prevent him from visiting Iran this week.

President Putin has plans to bolster the country's nuclear arsenal
Casting himself as a pugnacious but benign defender of national sovereignty, the president told his people during a live television phone-in that only Russia's military prowess had prevented the country from suffering Iraq's fate.

But he delivered a relatively conciliatory message on America's plans to station a missile defence shield in Europe - proposals which Russia hotly opposes.

The subject of Western plots was first raised by Alexander, a mechanic in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Was it right, Alexander wanted to know, that certain American politicians considered Russia's refusal to share its natural resources "unfair" — claims he bizarrely attributed to Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state.

"I know that such ideas are brewing in the heads of some politicians," Mr Putin replied. "I think it is a sort of political eroticism which maybe gives some pleasure but will hardly lead anywhere.

"The best examples of that are the events in Iraq, a small country that could hardly defend itself but which possesses massive oil reserves. Thank God Russia is not Iraq.

"It is strong enough to protect its interests within the national territory and, by the way, in other regions of the world. What we are doing to increase our defence capability is the correct choice and we will continue to do that."

On the subject of missile defence, however, Mr Putin was more measured. "The latest contacts with our American colleagues show that they have indeed given some thought to the proposals we made and they are looking for a solution to the problems and for ways to ease our concerns," he said.

Nearly eight years into his presidency, Mr Putin has grown steadily more assured and nationalistic in his public performances and the annual phone-in is clearly an event in which he revels.

As questioners fretted about Western machinations and Russia's uncertain future when Mr Putin steps down next Spring, the president was always on hand, like a cross between an emperor and a deity, to grant petitions, answer prayers and dispense advice and encouragement.

Not once was an unsettling or controversial question asked — a fact that drew scorn from the Kremlin's dwindling band of critics. "It was unbearably boring and openly narcissistic," said Yevgeny Kiselyov, a political commentator.

"It was all staged from beginning to end. If he is a president and not the Tsar, why don't we hear the opinion of those who don't vote for him?"

Russia's already rapid rearmament would be stepped up even further, Mr Putin promised. Ambitious plans to bolster the country's nuclear arsenal — as well as its conventional military hardware — were well underway.

They include new missile systems, modernised nuclear bombers and submarines. "We have plans that are not only great, but grandiose," he boasted.

To drive home this message, the broadcast was interrupted to show a test launch of Russia's newest intercontinental ballistic missile.

"The anti-western rhetoric is aimed at voters, philistines who like to believe that Russia is surrounded by enemies intent on keeping the country on its knees," Mr Kiselyov said.

"For them, Putin is the only man who can defend us from these vicious enemies."


  1. Yeah, and he's got them Bear Bombers, too. He's just a pandering, populist politician who understands his minions, impeccably.

  2. The hit men, quite capable one must add, in 'Michael Clayton', which we just saw, look a hell of a lot like Poooty.

  3. Many, many "futurists" predict global war over oil as the major oil fields decline, and world oil shortfalls reach the ten, and twenty million barrels/day range.

    I can understand a Russian worrying about being attacked for their oil reserves. It wouldn't be the first time, right?

    I can even understand how they might be concerned that a missile defense system in Poland would be a threat. After all, a man with a Sword, is a sever underdog against a man with a Sword, and a "Shield."

    Sometimes "Paranoids" are Right.

  4. To quote DR, "I told you so" (in a post back during Israeli-Hezbollah War). But nobody could hear anything other at the time other than DR saying, "I told you so". In fact, you can boil about 25% of his posts down to those four words - I told you so.

  5. Bush might have made "pooty-poot" a deal. No missile defense if Iran shuts down it's centrifuges. Pooty might have been delivering the bad news to whatshisname. (but, I doubt it, though, don't you?:) I'm tired.

    Bush did seem strangely confident about the Poot's trip to Tehran, though.

  6. Wow, ain't that something? Amazin!

    I bet if you dozed off, and flew your spaceship into that you would be in for a long (or, maybe, short) day. :)

    Nite all.

  7. I wonder if there may not be some advantages to the Russians from having the Soviet Union break up. After all, it must have cost a lot and spread them pretty thin. On the other hand, now they have NATO up close, and China rising. What's sad is they are slipping away from anything resembling having a real voice of the people. But, you never know what will happen, so look on the bright side I quess. Putin seems to be popular, unlikely as that seems from a western point of view. The Russians just don't seem to ever have had anything resembling a ground up democratic movement. Took a long time to establish Parliament in England, and make it stick. Nite.

  8. Hey! j willie is back!
    Nothing to add to the conversation, though. Seems that I still drive his thought processes.

    Not that he's be wrong to tell us I'm usually right, about being right.
    Just that me being right, most of the time, while being the most important thing for him to write about, does not concern most anyone else in his "fan club".

    I'm sure that he joins with US all in honoring our victorious troops and their long march, home.

    5,000 Coalition troops home for Christmass
    30,000 for the Fourth of July!

    If the Team 43 had only stepped up sooner. We'd have been done, sooner.

    Vctory, it tastes so sweet.
    Pass it around, so we all get a taste, will ya?

    Hoorah! hoorah!
    The men will sing, the boys will shout
    the ladies, they'll all put out
    Johniie is marching home!!!

  9. Rufus: Bush might have made "pooty-poot" a deal. No missile defense if Iran shuts down it's centrifuges.

    Too bad the deal expires on January 20, 2009.

  10. It's in their DNA according to a new theory by President Bush. You'd think he'd have seen that when he looked into Poooty's pretty blue eyes.