August 4, 2014

Putin Is Not Our Problem

President Obama Negotiates with Russian President Putin

Herbert E. Meyer was the Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council during the Reagan administration. He has some common sense advice on how the US should handle President Putin.

From the American Thinker:
[...]Simply put, we should make clear to the Russian business executives and oligarchs who are the target of Western sanctions that Putin is their problem, not ours. These people may lack the spark of political genius or the high-minded patriotism that drove our country’s Founding Fathers -- but they aren’t stupid. It won’t be long before a bunch of them get together for a quiet conversation -- perhaps in a Moscow board room, more likely on a yacht anchored off the Cote d’Azur -- to, um, decide what might be best for Russia’s future.

Since subtlety doesn’t work with Russians, the president and his European counterparts should also make absolutely clear that we have no interest whatever in how these people solve their Putin problem. If they can talk good old Vladimir into leaving the Kremlin with full military honors and a 21-gun salute -- that would be fine with us. If Putin is too too stubborn to acknowledge that his career is over, and the only way to get him out of the Kremlin is feet-first, with a bullet hole in the back of his head -- that would also be okay with us.

Nor would we object to a bit of poetic justice.... For instance, if the next time Putin’s flying back to Moscow from yet another visit with his good friends in Cuba, or Venezuela, or Iran, his airplane gets blasted out of the sky by some murky para-military group that somehow, inexplicably, got its hands on a surface-to-air missile.


LL said...

By all measurable standards, Putin is a better leader than Obama is.

Just saying.

WoFat said...

What LL said.

sig94 said...

Obama is cute and snugly though and only craps on the White House carpet once a week.

LL said...

I feel as though he dumps on me Montezuma's Revenge style --- daily. Then again, if you listen to the press secretary it's just a warm, thick rain.