Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Putin: The New Neo-Con Ideal

Perhaps some neo-conservatives are getting ready to shift their loyalties from Israeli Likud to Russia's Vladimir Putin.
If Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were president of the United States, would Iran try to build a nuclear bomb? Would Pakistan provide covert aid to al-Qaeda? Would Hugo Chavez train terrorists in Venezuela? Would leftover nationalities with delusions of grandeur provoke the great powers? Just ask Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili, who now wishes he never tried to put his 4 million countrymen into strategic play.

In January I urged Americans to draft the Russian leader to succeed George W Bush (Putin for president of the United States, January 8, 2008). Putin's swift and decisive action in Georgia reflects precisely the sort of decisiveness that America requires
Of course, neo-cons always have the option of moving to countries they admire.

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