Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Beware the Bear: Who Will We Elect?

Mr. Putin has seen to it the the Russian Bear is now back in business. I don't know about you but I see stormy waters ahead.

I'm not trying to be a Nostradamus by any means. The writing is on the wall for everyone to see; Georgia, threatening Poland, Battleships off of Cuba, Oil blackmail of Europe, the list continues to grow.

No scare tactics here... just the real world.

The campaigning end is in sight...

Whom do you think will handle the Bear more effectively.

The Russian Bear Has Awoken

Those of us that grew up in the 1960s and 1970s have an image of a dangerous Russian bear imprinted upon our brains. In 1989, the bear was declawed and our leaders promised us a peace dividend. A peace dividend made perfect sense to a public that was sick of fighting the Cold War. Being able to spend less on our military would allow us freedom to save or spend on other needs. Our businesses would be able to take advantage of new trading partners. All was right with the world.

The rise of Vladimir Putin has changed all of that. Putin recognized where the West was weak and Russia strong. He invested a lot of time and money to take control of the Russian energy industry, even throwing the original owner of the largest Russian oil company into the gulag. Putin has used an iron fist to get control over Russia. The bear is reborn. President Bush ignored the rise of Putin and it has cost us.

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