March 27, 2017

Putin Envies The Clinton Body Count

Not that I think that Vladimir Putin is Mr. Congeniality but, gee, doesn't it seem funny that Russia is now facing protests before an election? Kinda like anti-Trump protests over here?

Huh, I wonder...
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for 15 days after the largest anti-government demonstrations for at least five years energized President Vladimir Putin’s critics as presidential elections loom.

Navalny was imprisoned by a Moscow court on Monday after being convicted of disobeying police and fined 20,000 rubles ($352) for organizing an unsanctioned protest after more than 1,000 people were detained in a wave of demonstrations in cities across Russia on Sunday. Despite draconian laws forbidding unsanctioned rallies, at least 60,000 took part in more than 80 protests, according to the independent Ekho Moskvy radio station.
Are Russian politics a corrupt cesspool? Oh yeah.
But our own brand of American politics stink just as bad.
Gee, journalists are getting killed or imprisoned in Russia? How awful!
Tell that to Vince Foster, Ron Brown, and Seth Rich and perhaps thirty or forty others.
Sorry, you can't. They're dead.
 Just ask yourself a question... how many people that you have known personally have been murdered?  I know two, both were cops. IMHO Putin has a lot of work to do if he is to catch up to the Clinton's body count.
[...]“This is just the start, and the culmination will be nearer to the presidential elections,” Vladimir Milov, one of the opposition leaders, said in a blog posting Monday. “Now our task is to force them into concessions.”
Doesn't this all sound familiar? Story here.

Putin is convinced that Hillary used her position as SecState to influence protests in Russia before a general election.
When mass protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin erupted in Moscow in December 2011, Putin made clear who he thought was really behind them: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

With the protesters accusing Putin of having rigged recent elections, the Russian leader pointed an angry finger at Clinton, who had issued a statement sharply critical of the voting results. “She said they were dishonest and unfair,” Putin fumed in public remarks, saying that Clinton gave “a signal” to demonstrators working “with the support of the U.S. State Department” to undermine his power. “We need to safeguard ourselves from this interference in our internal affairs,” Putin declared.
It really is ridiculous that the Obamas, the Clintons and their media surrogates are complaining about other countries messing with our election when the US has a storied past doing the exact same thing to just about every one else.
[...]While the days of its worst behavior are long behind it, the United States does have a well-documented history of interfering and sometimes interrupting the workings of democracies elsewhere. It has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.

The most infamous episodes include the ousting of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 — whose government was replaced by an authoritarian monarchy favorable to Washington — the removal and assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961, and the violent toppling of socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende, whose government was swept aside in 1973 by a military coup led by the ruthless Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

For decades, these actions were considered imperatives of the Cold War, part of a global struggle against the Soviet Union and its supposed leftist proxies.
Pot. Kettle. Black. Some assembly required.

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