Comments on: Strong or weak, bully or buffoon? Will the real Russia please stand up? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: bluepanther http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-107522 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:01:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-107522 A narcissist article, like many of the comments also. Why is it that so many westerners assume only western actions or reactions or opinions count? The dark underside to this is that this attitude denies agency to Russians, or Ukrainians for that matter. Nobody paid much attention to Ukraine when it was wasting away under a corrupt extremely pro-Russian government. The Russians heavily influenced, if not outright controlled, everything that Ukrainian government did, which included negotiating and almost signing a minor long-term trade agreement with the EU. And now it’s coming out the Russians were always in on and kept informed about these negotiations. In fact before this crisis, there was plenty of talk in official Russia about hooking up in some way with the EU. The puzzling question is why did Moscow go hysterical when their Ukrainian puppet was on the verge of signing this agreement? Why did they make the idiotic decision to try to pull the plug at the last minute? The Ukrainians to their credit finally had enough and swept away the puppets and Russia reacted even more hysterically, ending up with an isolated and very expensive to subsidize and maintain Crimea and an even more worthless scattered belt of rust-belt towns on the eastern edge of Donbas. The Russians broke it and now own it. And they themselves removed from the Ukrainian political sphere the most hide-bound pro-Russian regions that always acted as a brake on Ukraine’s westward ambitions. Now Ukraine is the most consolidated and pro-western it has ever been. So much prattle by propaganda trolls and naive western commentators about CIA plots and all that. Perhaps it was most sinister and ingenious CIA among the top echelon of Russian policy makers to make them shoot themselves in the foot…

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By: RunForIt http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106843 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:07:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106843 Some analysts believe Putin is being aggressive because ordinary Russians overwhelmingly want their leaders to create an empire, expand and dominat etheir neighbours.

Rather than eductae them, he goes along with whatever makes for short-term popularity.

So… it seems we’re dealing with the Russian people, not just their leader. And that’s rather sad.

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By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106383 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:59:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106383 Russia is becoming irrelevant under Putin. Foreign investment cash is headed out of Russia, rather than into it. Technological talent, business talent, marketing talent, film and entertainment talent, literary talent…. all leaving Russia to other countries. Why would they stay in Russia and be 30 years behind?

Putin is babysitting a giant empty K-mart and thumping his chest on the roof.

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By: PeterLoneTree http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106219 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:44:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106219 “Strong or weak, bully or buffoon? Will the real Russia please stand up?”
Will the real Michael Kofman please stand up?

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By: smiley1 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106156 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:07:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106156 What confuses the West is that Russia and Putin have been models of self discipline and restraint in the face of Western economic aggression. It confuses the West that Russia is surviving their economic onslaught, an onslaught unprecedented in history. Russia has always been underestimated by her enemies.

What country has a military history in other countries like America.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of _United_States_military_operations

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By: ajrolaf http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106134 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:38:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106134 Author seems to forget that Ukrainian revolution was paid by US and that they chose
new government. As for Putin, he tries to protect interests of his country. Imagine
if Putin put strategic missiles in mexico or Canada. NATO pushed too far. They didnt have any clear threat except few jihadists and it is not good for business.
Now with Russin in their sight they can spend trillions and nobody would dare to question since they protect them. Author thinks that if Russia is weak they should stand down. He forgets that Russia, like Iran or China , cant do this, because their people dont like to be humiliated.

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By: Whitrix http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106113 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:46:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106113 Why russians like Putin? Maybe because he improved their lives.

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By: norcalguy101 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106075 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:22:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106075 Ah this is great! Thank you so much Reuters for returning the comments to your articles.

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By: charles73 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106064 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:35:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106064 This article should be titled:

“Seems like nobody understands Putin and Russia – and neither do I.”

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By: Neurochuck http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/17/strong-or-weak-bully-or-buffoon-will-the-real-russia-please-stand-up/#comment-106059 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:23:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=36538#comment-106059 A perhaps overly simplistic view would be that the US military industrial security complex with its associated think tanks and politicians have to keep the money flowing in.
Americans have “been there, done that” putting hundreds of thousands of troops including reservists all over hostile deserts and religiously backward populations in unwinnable wars for the benefit of oil field services and logistics corporations and others.
Russia is worthy of taxpayer funding for new high technology weapons and sales to allies etc from a bigger share of GDP for “protection”.
Putin can probably count on the Russian people to rally behind their leadership and make sacrifices when under threat.
It is all a racket.

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