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- Published: Wednesday, 10 September 2008 12:54
- Written by Michael J. Totten
“Russia can have at its borders only enemies or vassals.” – George F. Kennan, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
“You must draw a white-hot iron over this Georgian land!…You will have to break the wings of this Georgia! Let the blood of the petit bourgeois flow until they give up all their resistance! Impale them! Tear them apart!” – Vladimir Lenin
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, looks as though it might never have been a part of the Soviet Union. It is perhaps the least communist-looking capital in the nine post-communist countries I’ve visited. Click Here to read the entire artilce by Michael J. Totten.
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This commment is unpublished.· 10 years agoThere never was a Vladimir Lenin. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov wrote under the pen name N. Lenin. While it was presumed that the N stood for Nikolai, Lenin never confirmed that. But in any case it's wrong to conflate his given name with his pen name and public persona. (Yes, I know that Wikipedia makes the same mistake.)
This commment is unpublished.· 10 years agoThere is little to no difference between the dead Soviet dream (nightmare) and the apparent resurgant Russia.
That said, the only way to deal with this new challange and it will not be easy with the cash flow from oil into the Russian Federation, is strength...not just military though that is a key component and it will require that the US rebuild its Heavy Armored Divisions from the 90s, possibly positioning them in Germay again or better yet in Poland. We need to rally NATO, SEATO and as much of the world to show a united front, a united purpose, a united cause and a united strategy. Our navies need to be rebuilt, with a heavy emphisis on sustained combat capabilities AND the boring but absolutely necessary heavy lift ability of the western navies. We must strive to keep our technilogical edge in the various Air Forces, 'spy' satallites and all of our other cool toys.
We (the West) need an immediate and comprihensive energy plan that includes drilling for our own oil, natural gas, coal and massive construction of nuclear power plants. At the exact same time, we need a Manhatten Project using government and private industry to replace fossil fuels.
We need to work hard and without hesitation on the Strategic Defence Initative. I also believe the President Reagan's idea of possibly sharing the weapon or better yet anti-weapon platform deserves serious study and negotiations...the object is to avoid a war between Russia and the West.
The West but most importantly the United States needs to permenately adopt a tax system that favors individual growth, individual freedom (from govt interferance) helps small, medium and big business...my favorite is the Fair Tax Plan, followed by Steve Forbes Flat Tax Proposal.
The West must live within its means...balanced budgets, debt paid off.
The West needs to respect Russian pride and with some imagination we may be able to find away to exploit it to our mutual benefit.
We must respect the Russian and their goals...as long as it doesn't pose a threat to its neighbors or us.
This commment is unpublished.· 10 years agoThis is an excellent first hand account. However, things in Georgia may not be as they seem http://warisboring.com/?p=1339
This commment is unpublished.· 9 years agoOur navies need to be rebuilt, with a heavy emphisis on sustained combat capabilities AND the boring but absolutely necessary heavy lift ability of the western navies. We must strive to keep our technilogical edge in the various Air Forces, 'spy' satallites and all of our other cool toys
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