I was going to put up some snarky photo-shop pic, but, I thought, what the heck? This is a pic from a recent meeting of the two heads of state.
Some fallout against Trump, last night, was that people seem to think he “praised” Putin by saying Putin is a better leader than Obama. Today, Pence doubled down and stated, “I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country”. Now we have people’s heads aspinning!!!!
To this, my mouth is left agape. I’ve thought about how to form these statements to make people understand what is being stated and what isn’t being stated.
Now, I’m going to have to reduce my verbiage as if I’m talking to one of my grandchildren. For most regular readers here, please don’t take offense.
Being a good, effectual, and even “strong” leader doesn’t mean your are a nice person, or even a good person. It simply means one is a good, effectual, strong leader.
When Trump, Pence, or anyone else for that matter describes someone as a good leader, or a strong leader, they are referencing their capabilities to lead. Both Trump’s and Pence’ statements are ….. well …. inarguable!!!!! That doesn’t mean they think Putin is a swell fellow, it means they believe him to be a much more effectual leader than Obama. By any measurement of leadership, he is. Putin remains popular among his people, he has united them in the cause of Russia. He projects strength. Contrast this to the divisive nature of the Obama administration, to the weakness Obama projects.
Can anyone imagine Putin going to foreign soil and calling his Russian citizens “lazy”, as Obama just did? You see, that’s not what leaders do. You extoll your charges! If correction is needed to don’t broadcast it to the world, and you definitely don’t criticize your charges to other parties! If words and actions mean anything, and they do, then one knows that Putin is dedicated to the cause of Russia and the Russian people. We may disagree with the way he goes about his leadership, I certainly do, but, it is unquestionable that Putin puts the causes of Russia above all else. Obama, OTOH, has left millions of Americans wondering if he even likes us or this nation. I’m pretty sure Zero has a great disdain for many of us.
You know who are some of the people world history regards as great leaders? People like Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, even Ghangis Khan, in many, many ways can be regarded as a great leader. I could name countless more, and we can all argue each effectiveness and debate various metrics of the people listed, but, I really, really, really hope I don’t need to beleaguer the point.
You know something else which strikes me? Both leftards and supposed conservatives alike seem to have forgotten that long ago time when George Bush and Vlad Putin had a decent relationship. Why? Because they had a mutual respect for each other and each other’s perspective. Vlad didn’t play with George because he knew George didn’t play. George didn’t play with Vlad because he knew Vlad doesn’t play. Vlad clowns Zero at every turn.
One of the things mentioned as people recoil to the concept that Putin is a better leader than Zero is the Ukraine/Crimea debacle. I find this particular line pretty interesting. As reader may recall, I adamantly opposed the Russian actions in this regard. But, their actions are understandable.
To quickly recap the events. The West, (with the US’ knowledge, encouragement, and aid) was responsible for the ouster of a democratically elected head of the Ukraine. He was pro-Russian. Corrupt? Perhaps. But, we inserted a pro-European Ukrainian head of state, who seems no less corrupt. There are millions of ethnic Russians in the Ukraine. There is a military port Russia uses in Crimea. It’s their only military port which is ice-free year around.
Again, I thought there were much better ways to resolve this issue, but, I understood Russia’s actions. If one can’t understand a nation acting in the interests of said nation, then, you’re probably not going to vote for Trump anyway. But, there’s the explanation of someone asserting that Putin is a better leader than Zero. Vlad puts his country first, Zero insults the American people.