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) 2000 WorldNetDaily.com
On Monday, President Clinton said that America can "do business" with acting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite Putin's KGB background and his sinister program of building up Russia's military, Clinton said, "What I have seen of him so far indicates to me that he is capable of being a very strong, effective, straightforward leader." In keeping with this favorable view of Putin, Clinton's State Department recently welcomed the new friendship treaty between North Korea and Russia. The rabid North Korean Communists have long promised death and destruction to America. But there is no reason to worry. A new friendship treaty between Russia and the most openly insane regime on the planet is okay with President Clinton. After all, Vladimir Putin is in charge of Russia. And Vladimir Putin is a good guy. "Based on what I have seen so far," said Clinton on Monday, "I think the United States can do business with this man." (Even as "this man" extends his friendship to the crazies in Pyongyang.)
Perhaps President Clinton should remember what happened in January. Putin's Unity Party, the largest "moderate" faction in the Duma, joined with the Communists to form a new ruling majority. Because of this, Russia's democrats and liberals were defeated. Reform was thwarted and the Soviet economic system, still largely in place, was given yet another lease on life.
Despite this obvious betrayal, Clinton holds up Putin as a "straightforward leader." In this context, we must forget that Putin was a KGB careerist. We must forget that Putin was the chief of Russia's dreaded secret police. We must forget that Putin rose to power through a fraudulent and bloody war in Chechnya -- made to order. President Clinton has set us an example of forgetfulness, saying, "I think the United States can do business with this man."
Putin is an alliance-builder. He builds alliances with the North Korean and Russian Communists. He builds alliances with the Chinese and Iranians. But this is only the beginning. There are many countries that need Putin's friendship, for example, the former republics of the Soviet Union.
In early January, Putin became the Chairman of the Council of CIS heads of state. In other words, he became the ostensible chief of the former Soviet Union (now called the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes all the former Soviet republics excepting the Baltic states). Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, a leading Communist, said, "It is evident to everyone that Russia is the CIS locomotive. It is good for a locomotive to have a firebox full of coal. At present, the locomotive has a low efficiency, but Putin has the energy and the strength. Let him boost our locomotive."
And behold! The first boosting of the Russian locomotive has begun. The Kremlin recently announced that Putin's dear friend, Pavel Borodin, will direct the phased absorption of Belarus into Russia. Even as Putin is the Chairman of the Council of CIS heads of state, Borodin is the State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus union. To what end?
According to Borodin, the Russia-Belarus union is only the beginning. A much larger unification is actually underway. Borodin released a policy statement last week, which admitted, "The various states that emerged in the former Soviet space are fated to live together. While Europe integrates, we shall integrate. ..."
Borodin claims that this new combination of states will "not become a Soviet Union, but a union nonetheless." The security implications are staggering. According to a leading Russian military analyst, Viktor Kremenyuk, the Russian-Belarus union "strengthens the Russian Federation's strategic position in Europe, enabling Russia to advance to the Polish border and face NATO along that line."
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko believes the Russia-Belarus union paves the way to a Slavic super-state. According to Lukashenko, this new super-state will include Serbia and Ukraine. If such a union can be accomplished, Moscow's territory would suddenly extend from the Pacific to the Adriatic. Think of it! NATO's involvement in Kosovo would retroactively become an act of war against Russia, since Kosovo would then, technically, belong to the Kremlin.
"What I have seen of him so far," said Clinton of the acting Russian president, "indicates ... that he is capable of being a very strong, effective ... leader."
America should notice, in this context, that the integration of Belarus with Russia is a military integration. And this seems to follow a definite pattern. Prime Minister Putin has declared himself in favor of Russia's overall militarization. On Monday, Itar-Tass announced that Russia is "increasing its military orders in the defense industry." Russia's ammunition, shipbuilding and electronic industries have increased over 40 percent since a year ago. The reason for the increase, said the Itar-Tass story, was "the government's decision to build up defense orders ... keeping up the high pace of military production growth."
"I think the United States can do business with this man," said President Clinton.
Meanwhile, a large Russian-directed military exercise is taking place in the supposedly independent republics of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The name of the exercise is "Shield-2000." It involves aviation, paratroopers and artillery. The exercise is part of Putin's program of integrating the former Soviet military districts (in the outlying republics) with the Russian General Staff.
Even more interesting, Putin signed a decree last weekend, which appears to reestablish a system of political commissars in the Russian army. Of course, the secret police never stopped spying on military officers, but now the spy network will be extended and enlarged. Decree No. 318 calls for "the elimination of negative phenomena within the army environment" and calls on the FSB to especially monitor "unsanctioned army contacts with the press."
Putin is a militarist. He loves the Russian army. On Putin's first day in office, he signed a decree entitled "Readiness of Russian Citizens for Military Service." This decree authorized three hours a week of military training to students in state schools.
Then there is Russia's new security doctrine, authorized by Putin and published in January. It accuses the United States of seeking global domination. It also cryptically refers to a group of unnamed countries that are allegedly seeking to weaken Russia economically, militarily and politically. "An open campaign has been unleashed to destabilize the situation in Russia," says the Russian document.
It seems that Moscow is employing official code-language to mark out the United States as an enemy. In this context, a number of Russian generals have stated that the Chechen rebels are clients of NATO, that the Chechen crisis is an attempt by the U.S. to break up the Russian Federation.
Besides its unabashed paranoia, the Kremlin's new security doctrine says that the army must "ensure that the (Russian) economy is socially oriented." In other words, the army must guarantee that the economy remains socialist. It should be noted that the Soviet army was similarly charged with "defending socialism." However vaguely the commitment is worded, Russia's new military doctrine apparently clings to the country's socialist past.
It cannot be denied, after all this, that Prime Minister Putin has presided over a transition period in recent Russian history. He is openly building up Russia's military readiness and military industry. He is reconstructing, piece by piece, the old communist bloc.
Despite all this, President Clinton has said, "I think the United States can do business with this man."
But why would we want to?
J.R. Nyquist is a WorldNetDaily contributing editor and author of 'Origins of the Fourth World War.'
-- Sergy (email@example.com), February 17, 2000
Will this mad man in the oval office actually stand down from his 8 year superman rush? He is on a power trip that is going to be hard to kick, Clinton is addicted to power and it doesn't matter if the power destroys everyone around him as long as it give him his power rush! What next!!!!!!!!! McCain???????? It is only getting worse, and the world of the American is "We've never been happier and better off!" Then humpty-dumpty fell off the wall...and all the Janet Renos' and Commies couldn't or didn't want to put America back together again.
-- S BRyan G III (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 18, 2000.