The Revenge of Geopolitics
How Putin Keeps Outsmarting the West
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  • Andrew Allison

    I’m probably going to get myself into a lot of trouble for this comment, but IMHO, Putin has a great deal in common with Ronald Reagan, namely a clear vision of what he wants his country’s future to be vis a vis others. Contrast this with the triangulation, poll-following and sheer incompetence of those who succeeded Reagan. If you don’t know where you want to go and are not willing to make the effort to get there, nothing much going to happen. Putin’s objective is to re-establish Russia as a Great Power. All else,and especially underestimating him (history repeats itself) is irrelevant.

    • Corlyss

      One element of similarity does not a great deal make.

      • Andrew Allison

        I beg to differ. The ship of state needs a firm hand on the tiller and to have a destination in mind, otherwise it drifts aimlessly. Russia has it, the EU and US don’t

        • Corlyss

          Of course I agree the EU is a total waste of space. But it matters if the hand on the tiller suffers from narcissistic grandiosity totally out of sync with the tenor of the facts and the times. You can’t seriously think Putin is more creditable simply because he’s brutal and ruthless while Obama is an oversized smurf. The system of governments of our respective nations makes a difference, ya know.

  • Boritz

    To effectively oppose Putin our leadership would have to exhibit the same character on the international stage that he does: A prideful, aggressive and cunning promotion of national self-interest; the exact opposite of their actual ideology.

  • Anthony

    See Zbigniew Brzezinski on Charlie Rose (February 20, 2014) vis-a-vis Putin, EU, U.S., geopolitics, etc.

  • Corlyss

    “Neither the American policy makers nor the European ones who stumbled into this bear trap are stupid,”
    That’s assuming facts not in evidence.

    • John Stephens

      That’s begging the question so hard that this article should be on a sidewalk somewhere banging a tin cup.

      • Tom

        Actually, they’re not stupid…that’s why they keep doing these particular really dumb things. Stupid people would either say “why should we care?” or “Send in the Marines!”

      • Corlyss

        Interesting imagery, John.

  • lukelea

    The inimitable Steve Sailer covers the story here. With all due respect to WRM, who runs him a close second, Sailer has got to be the best journalist in America, at least in my humble opinion. I suspect that lot of mainstream journalist, who read him on the sly, know it too, if not out loud, at least in their hearts. Enjoy.

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