Everything old is new again: Moscow celebrates May Day in Red Square for first time since 1991

posted at 11:21 am on May 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

A perfect symbol of Putinism, borrowing the nationalist element in old Soviet pageantry for his own fascist ends. Ideologies come and go but Russian expansionism is forever.

You wanted a “reset,” America? You got it.

Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Red Square on Thursday as part of May Day celebrations in the first such display of Soviet-era-like ceremony since 1991 – the year the Communist Soviet Union dissolved.

“For the first time, stages will be filled, and five thousand (labor) veterans will stand on the tribunes of Red Square,” Sergei Chernov, chairman of the Moscow Labor Union Federation, was quoted by ITAR-Tass as saying, ahead of the march, which is being seen as part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to stoke patriotic feelings following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

As many as 2 million people were expected to be on hand for the event organized by Russian labor unions, which are mostly loyal to the Kremlin. In the end, about 100,000 people participated in the celebration, some holding signs saying: “Let’s go to Crimea for vacation” and “Putin is right.” Russian flags fluttered through the crowd.

I’m not sure what to make of the actual crowd count falling so far short of expectations, especially since popular support for Russia is so much a part of the propaganda machine in eastern Ukraine. Could be that Putinistas are simply waiting for the Victory Day parade next Friday, marking the defeat of Nazism in World War II, to really let it all hang out. That’s been bigger than May Day since the USSR collapsed and figures to be even bigger this year, since it’s an overt celebration of military power and gives the Kremlin an easy opportunity to recycle their “Kiev has been seized by Ukrainian Nazis” disinformation. Putin’s expected to spike the football by visiting Crimea that day, because of course he is.

I wonder if he’ll swing by Donetsk or some eastern city too. Because that part of Ukraine is all but gone now.



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This curtain feels kinda cold.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

This conflicts Obama. He likes Shari, but also Communism. So, does the Koran lets you redistribute wealth?

Oil Can on May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Today is the 6 year anniversary of the passing of my beloved Dad. I’m sure he can’t believe what we have become since his passing.

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Ah, back to the BAD part of the 1980′s, when the commies would parade obsolete weapons down the town square and wave red flags…

Since we are in contact with the 80′s, could we have their President back?

Reagan and St. John Paul II got rid of the Soviet Union.

Obama and Francis I are bringing it back.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Smart Power!

Hey, the last time we had a resurgent Russia, weak president/commie, national malaise… we got Reagan. Think we can pull it off again?

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Reset indeed.

WisRich on May 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

This curtain feels kinda cold.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

And heavy. like iron.

HotAirian on May 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This conflicts Obama. He likes Shari, but also Communism. So, does the Koran lets you redistribute wealth?

Oil Can on May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Not to worry, Soros will have Jarret and Poedesta tell him what to think.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

This curtain feels kinda cold.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Maybe it needs to be ironed.

ElectricPhase on May 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Hey, the last time we had a resurgent Russia, weak president/commie, national malaise… we got Reagan. Think we can pull it off again?

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I pray that we can.

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I cant believe they are acting like a 20th century country in a 21st century world?

Walter L. Newton on May 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

And heavy. like iron.

HotAirian on May 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

kinda rusty… but that can be fixed, comrade.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Smart Power!

Hey, the last time we had a resurgent Russia, weak president/commie, national malaise… we got Reagan. Think we can pull it off again?

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I don’t see it happening. Reagan was the greatest leader since the Founders. If you are lucky you get one of those a century.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I’m sure that the knowledge that everything Reagan accomplished in the cold war has been completely reversed makes Obama as giddy as a schoolgirl.

Obama’s having another “Mission Accomplished” party in the White House today based on this news.

Meople on May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Could be that Putinistas are simply waiting for the Victory Day parade next Friday, marking the defeat of Nazism in World War II, to really let it all hang out.

So that’s why Putin is going to be in Crimea on the 9th!

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Obama’s having another “Mission Accomplished” party in the White House today based on this news.

Meople on May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Obama celebrates by donning mom jeans and spiking a flat football.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

And we can celebrate “Cinco De Quattro” in three days.

Sven on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m sure that the knowledge that everything Reagan accomplished in the cold war has been completely reversed makes Obama as giddy as a schoolgirl.

Obama’s having another “Mission Accomplished” party in the White House today based on this news.

Meople on May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

What they have done to this Country…………………..they should all be in jail.

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

And we can celebrate “Cinco De Quattro” in three days.

Sven on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Mexican Flag burning day!

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I don’t see it happening. Reagan was the greatest leader since the Founders. If you are lucky you get one of those a century.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I almost wonder what you think of Lincoln.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Obama is losing the cold war. Amazing idiot and enablers.

the_nile on May 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

In Putin’s defense, it took Hitler a couple of tries to get National Socialism off the ground!

socalcon on May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Obama celebrates by donning mom jeans and spiking a flat football.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

HAHA, that mental picture is hilarious and at the same time incredibly depressing.

Meople on May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Could be that Putinistas are simply waiting for the Victory Day parade next Friday, marking the defeat of Nazism in World War II, to really let it all hang out.

So that’s why Putin is going to be in Crimea on the 9th!

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Specifically 9 May is the 70th anniversary of the Russians recapturing Crimea by taking Sevastopol.

I wonder what the filthy rat-eared wonder is going to be doing next Friday.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Mexican Flag burning day!

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

That’s now a hate crime. In fact if you wear a US flag T-Shirt on Cinco de Cinco that is also a hate crime. But you can burn all the US flags you want. Crazy country.

Oil Can on May 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Obama is a Marxist. There is no Cold War.

faraway on May 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Quick , mobilize IRS to target dissenters!

the_nile on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

A perfect symbol of Putinism, borrowing the nationalist element in old Soviet pageantry for his own fascist ends. Ideologies come and go but Russian expansionism is forever.

Just a reminder: Victoria Nuland and the EU supported an anti-democratic coup and the installation of a junta in Ukraine.

The junta’s domination of Eastern Ukraine is the furthest East that fascism has penetrated since Hitler.

I don’t like to see Communist flags flying either. But I can see why, at this turning point in history, the Russian government likes to remind its people that fascists have been rolled back from Russian territory before.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I almost wonder what you think of Lincoln.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Worst President EVER. He did the damage to the Constitution that enabled the Progressivism Disease to take hold. He changed us forever from a consensual Union CREATED by the States into an autocratic Federal State. He also prosecuted the War of the Northern Aggression rather than see his own power diminished and was directly responsible for the most American deaths in war in our history. When I die, if I meet Lincoln, I will know I am in Hell.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

While Russia and China prepare for WWIII…we focus on an NBA owner…

PatriotRider on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Obama celebrates by donning mom jeans and spiking a flat football.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Oh please! It’s the White House. I’m sure they pull out the commemorative plates with images of Marx, Engels, Stalin, Mao, etc. Hang some red crepe paper streamers. And have a giant party with all their union buddies.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I wonder what the filthy rat-eared wonder is going to be doing next Friday.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

mosque and prayers come to mind…………….

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Yet, there’s no basis for some people’s claims that Putin wants to reassemble the old USSR.

RI_Red on May 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

And we can celebrate “Cinco De Quattro” in three days.

Sven on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

A celebreation of being deadbeat debtors.

News flash – the Mexicans lost the war…to the French.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

You wanted a “reset,” America? You got it.

This needs to be a major meme in any 2016 campaign. No, really.

Brandabar on May 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Disinformation, which is what Russia invented and obama practices to perfection, is the PC term for lies.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

…Smart Power!…Red Power!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I don’t see it happening. Reagan was the greatest leader since the Founders. If you are lucky you get one of those a century.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM
I almost wonder what you think of Lincoln.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Both truly great Presidents but in different terms, Reagan had much more to deal with in the foriegn policy world than Lincoln. But both showed greatness as a leader and communicator.

Sven on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Two marxists

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

You wanted a “reset,” America? You got it.

This needs to be a major meme in any 2016 campaign. No, really.

Brandabar on May 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

“at this point, what difference does it make?” is a good one too.

the_nile on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Lenin’s daughter

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Happy May 01, red world of sardines. You all deserve to be consumed by the sharks.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Ronald Reagan was about defeating Communism (both abroad and the “creeping” variety infesting Western countries), not about smashing Russia regardless of whether the Russians were Communist or not.

The Soviet Union died about a quarter of a century ago.

If there is a new Cold War it will be because there is a cultural Marxist in the White House, not in the Kremlin.

And again, the Marxists will have started it, by pushing revolutions which may be propagandized as “democratic” but really aren’t.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Everything old is new again: Moscow celebrates May Day in Red Square for first time since 1991

You wanted a “reset,” America? You got it

…will Hillary…be in the parade?

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Disinformation, which is what Russia invented and obama practices to perfection, is the PC term for lies.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Team MSM-obama is very good at this, but it only works internally.

the_nile on May 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Disinformation, which is what Russia invented and obama practices to perfection, is the PC term for lies.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Speaking of lies……jay carney is about to have the daily debriefing…….

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Time for the U.S. to double on on Cinco de Cuatro. That’ll show ‘em!

de rigueur on May 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

double down… sigh…

de rigueur on May 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Speaking of lies……jay carney is about to have the daily debriefing…….

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

You can tell when he is lying, he has a little smirk. During the press conference he is always smirking.

Sven on May 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

And in Los Angeles there are May Day parades for illegal aliens.

bw222 on May 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

In Putin’s defense, it took Hitler Obama a couple of tries to get National Socialism off the ground!

socalcon on May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

bw222 on May 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Funny how all the signs and banners look mass produced.

Did International ANSWER stage this march too?

PattyJ on May 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Funny how all the signs and banners look mass produced.

Did International ANSWER stage this march too?

PattyJ on May 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Who do you think staged ANSWER? They’re merely coming home to roost.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

What time does the Pennsylvania Ave. May Day Parade start?

CTSherman on May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

kinda rusty… but that can be fixed, comrade.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

But the 20th Century wants its Iron Curtain back. Containment policies are so last century– don’t you know. Smart power means you put sanctions on their bullet imports and wait until they run out of ammo./

KW64 on May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Did International ANSWER stage this march too?

PattyJ on May 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I think it was the SIEU.

bw222 on May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

And in Los Angeles there are May Day parades for illegal aliens.

bw222 on May 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

They are called undocumented voters. /s

Oil Can on May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I knew you were going to say that. It was a play on words and you took the bait.

Both truly great Presidents but in different terms, Reagan had much more to deal with in the foriegn policy world than Lincoln. But both showed greatness as a leader and communicator.

Sven on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I agree. Different times, calls for different needs.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

KW64 on May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I need my iodine pills.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

…goddamn America!…………..”I didn’t hear that in church!”

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I admit if the new government brought to power by the Ukrainian coup was clearly made up of honest, honorable good guys, concerned to be fair to all and not a potential threat to (e.g.) ethnic Russians in Crimea, things would have been different.

But they’re absolutely not. They’re corrupt oligarchs and thugs.

I watched the footage from Kiev for months before the coup, as these “protestors” showed off what manner of thugs they are, in the face of so much police restraint it made you feel sorry for the police. These are not good guys!

On values, Ronald Reagan’s America clearly represented good, and the atheist, Marxist Soviet Union clearly represented the opposite. Now it’s Team Gay Marriage (love it or get fired) versus Team Orthodox Christianity. That’s different. Russia is a country moving away from evil; Barack Obama’s America is a country moving toward it.

And I don’t believe a word Barack Obama’s State Department says. They are lying all the time. They are seriously lying. And they don’t deserve a presumption of honestly when they knock over a democratic country and start up a cold war with Russia, which is no longer Communist.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Meanwhile we are grappling with this

First World Order Problems (part 4)

School officials who suspended a boy in Anne Arundel County last year after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun said they took disciplinary action against the second-grader because of ongoing classroom disruption, not his imaginary weapon.

The “incident” occurred 14 months ago.

Yesterday’s hearing took six hours and included lawyers.

The hearing merely provides the school board with a recommendation but it could be weeks before that recommendation is determined.

The child was 7 at the time of his “crime.”

Oh! And the school essentially made up a whole list of reasons why the suspension occurred- it just wasn’t the pop tart gun. The parents never heard of any of this alleged pattern of misbehavior until this hearing.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

If there is a new Cold War it will be because there is a cultural Marxist in the White House, not in the Kremlin.

And again, the Marxists will have started it, by pushing revolutions which may be propagandized as “democratic” but really aren’t.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

True. Putin isn’t trying to bring back communism, just the Evil Empire. It’s Obama who is trying to create the Soviet Union.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The “incident” occurred 14 months ago.

Yesterday’s hearing took six hours and included lawyers.

The hearing merely provides the school board with a recommendation but it could be weeks before that recommendation is determined.

The child was 7 at the time of his “crime.”

Oh! And the school essentially made up a whole list of reasons why the suspension occurred- it just wasn’t the pop tart gun. The parents never heard of any of this alleged pattern of misbehavior until this hearing.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

That isn’t the mark of a collapsing civilization, it’s the RESULT OF THE COLLAPSE.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I remember May Day 2006…

-Barack Hussein Obama

ITguy on May 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

In related news:

Moochelle wolfed down three Red Lobster all-you-can-eat specials to show solidarity.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Putin knows nationalism makes people feel good about themselves and their country. Meanwhile we feel depressed about ours. The Europeans celebrate May Day. Someone was complaining that England does it on a Monday which is when all their bank holidays are instead of the day it should be. It goes back to a pagan celebration. You’re supposed to have a bonfire.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Oh please! It’s the White House. I’m sure they pull out the commemorative plates with images of Marx, Engels, Stalin, Mao, etc. Hang some red crepe paper streamers. And have a giant party with all their union buddies.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The Regime’s Designated Liar Jay Carney has Soviet propaganda posters decorating his house. It’s an old Democrat Tradition that goes back to 1917.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

In related news:

Moochelle wolfed down three Red Lobster all-you-can-eat specials to show solidarity.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

RAAAAACIST!

COMMONER chain restaurant Lobster is WAY below what is acceptable to feed to the portly schoolchild-starver. She had a dozen cases of lobster (along with the chef) FLOWN IN from Boston and scarfed THAT down.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Hey, Obama really is like Reagan!

brentspolemics on May 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Who knew flexibility had a color associated with it?

Goode olde commie red.

Murphy9 on May 1, 2014 at 12:26 PM

RAAAAACIST!

COMMONER chain restaurant Lobster is WAY below what is acceptable to feed to the portly schoolchild-starver. She had a dozen cases of lobster (along with the chef) FLOWN IN from Boston and scarfed THAT down.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

She scarfed down the lobster AND the chef? Man, I knew the Obama’s were vile, but resorting to cannibalism is a new low.

But I’m not surprised.

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I’m sure it’s nothing more than a coincidence that all this crap is going down while President Mom Jeans is at the helm…

Dopenstrange on May 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Who needs Moscow, when we have communists right here in the USA?

May Day Greeting 2014

by: Communist Party USA
May 1 2014
tags: May Day, International Workers Day, CPUSA, Labor, May 1
MayDay

The Communist Party USA salutes the working people of all nations on this May Day, International Workers’ Day.

On this May Day, the working people of our world confront immense tasks. Powerful corporate interests, and the governments which serve them are on the offensive against the working class and its allies, imposing austerity measures, privatizing public services and slashing social programs that were created by decades of working class struggle and on which many lives depend.

In the United States, right wing lawmakers slash food stamps for the millions who are unable to properly feed their families,

The assault on workers is accompanied by an assault on the environment. Big oil companies and others continue to destroy our planet, depleting essential resources while increasing global warming and putting the future of humanity in peril, in their insatiable drive for profits.

The offensive of capital also is bringing very great dangers to world peace. From Venezuela to the Middle East to Ukraine, the drive for profits is behind the stoking of international conflicts, with an increased danger of war.

But the workers of the United States and the world, along with their allies, are up to the tasks with which this dire situation presents them. Unity in the struggle can curb and finally end the power of the forces of big capital which act with such disregard for the vast majority of the human race and for the planet itself. We will build a socialist future!

The Communist Party USA, on the occasion of its 95th anniversary, salutes the working people of all nations on this Mayday, and calls for:

An end to exploitation.
An end to racism, national chauvinism and anti-immigrant oppression.
An end to the exploitation of women, youth and LGBT people.
Freedom for the Cuban 5, and an end to U.S. persecution of socialist Cuba, Venezuela and all other nations which are struggling for their liberation.
Full protection of the natural environment.
An end to war and the peaceful resolution of all national conflicts.

We hope you join us this May Day for a online video chat about Socialism in the USA as part of our Convention Discussion period.

Imagine Living in a Socialist USA: An online conversation
May 1, 2014
8:00pm Eastern (GMT -4:00)
bit.ly/MayDaySocialism

PHOTO: May Day, New York City 2010. PeoplesWorld

ITguy on May 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Re-education

Philly on May 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

RAAAAACIST!

COMMONER chain restaurant Lobster is WAY below what is acceptable to feed to the portly schoolchild-starver. She had a dozen cases of lobster (along with the chef) FLOWN IN from Boston and scarfed THAT down.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Hey!

But Dead Lobster lets Moochelle belch as loudly as she can to rattle the light fixtures.

As long as she does so off-peak hours, of course.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

She scarfed down the lobster AND the chef? Man, I knew the Obama’s were vile, but resorting to cannibalism is a new low.

But I’m not surprised.

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

If you hear low drumbeats in the background you’d best not be near Moochelle’s knife and fork.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Don’t worry.

Obama’s got this.

Good Lt on May 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

She scarfed down the lobster AND the chef? Man, I knew the Obama’s were vile, but resorting to cannibalism is a new low.

But I’m not surprised.

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

LOL…

Well, it wouldn’t surprise me if she hadn’t scarfed down a fetus or two by the look of her. Malia and Sasha were the lucky ones that got away.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

If you hear low drumbeats in the background you’d best not be near Moochelle’s knife and fork.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The force of her SCOWL alone can kill.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

You wanted a “reset,” America? You got it.

Excellent, AP. This and Benghazi is why Killary will never be our president.

John the Libertarian on May 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I’m sure it’s nothing more than a coincidence that all this crap is going down while President Mom Jeans is at the helm…

Dopenstrange on May 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

It’s not a coincidence, in two ways.

First, he’s not minding the shop, in foreign policy terms. It’s easy for someone else to start him moving in a warlike direction. France and Britain attacking Libya is a good example: Barack Obama tagged along. Syria is another example; it was easy to get him started on a diplomatic offensive to begin bombing. I say Ukraine is another example. I never said Barack Obama started this; Victoria Nuland (of Benghazi infamy) started this, and Barack Obama tagged along.

Second, he’s lethargic and disengaged, so while he will attack you and even wipe you out like Gaddafi if he doesn’t meet resistance, if there is active opposition he may back off. And clearly Putin has noticed that, so Putin is kicking up all the fuss he can, even though objectively Russia is out-gunned by America.

Three examples of “strong boss” foreign policy presidents, who were very different from Barack Obama:

1. Ronald Reagan (of course): if he thought something was irrelevant to American interests, he backed away from it, regardless of loss of face (e.g. Marines bombed in Lebanon); if he thought something was in the American interests he went toward it and could not be deterred.

2. Richard Nixon: like him or hate him, on foreign policy he had his mind on the job. If he thought something made sense strategically, like kissing up to China, he went for it regardless of how bizarre it seemed to other people. He also had a strong Secretary of State. Underlings in the State Department were not free to start their own wars and drag Kissinger and Nixon along after them.

3. Eisenhower: again, very cautious, not big on high military spending, quick to yank the chain on allies of he could not see a clear benefit for America in what they were doing, but a man whom nobody in their right mind would mistake for a bluffer.

None of these men would have generated the kinds of problems Obama is creating for himself.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I guess they want to celebrate the Gulags and abundance of consumer goods on the shelves during the good old days.

SC.Charlie on May 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

So they didn’t mean reset relations… They meant reset the Russian government.

Thanks Obama… mission accomplished

(And don’t think for a second it hasn’t occurred to me that Obama hasn’t just allowed this to happen but been complicit)

Skywise on May 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

All Capitalism’s fault. (or so I was told)

WryTrvllr on May 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

ITguy on May 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world.” ~Our Lady of Fatima

pannw on May 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I shouldn’t blame everything on Victoria Nuland, because there’s also these guys:

In a crass and ill-timed intervention, the unelected president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has warned Vladimir Putin that the EU intends ultimately to control every country on the western flank of Russia.

In an interview with De Standaard newspaper, Van Rompuy speaks about his “dreams” that all the Balkan states will join the EU. He calls it an “inspiring thought” that in the long term “the whole of European territory outside Russia” will be tied in some way to the EU.

He admits he does not know if there is public support for such a move, “But we do it anyway.”

Van Rompuy’s comments, released in the midst of the tensions which have followed moves by Brussels to put Ukraine on the path to EU membership, give credence to Putin’s fears that ultimately the EU intends to put its tanks on Russia’s lawn.

That’s expansionism all right: EU expansionism.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

You gotta read this report by pro-Russian academic Andrei Fursov over at. It’s a real mind-blower. It’s quite long (10K+ words; I’ve excerpted about 1500 words here) and a little off the rails at times, but he hits the right nails on the head. It mainly focuses on Ukraine but also touches on broader Russian / Western tensions.

Without doubt, the re-unification with Crimea is a very important landmark. In a recent TV interview I said that this is genuinely the end of the disgraceful era which began in Malta on the 2-3rd Dec 1989, when Gorbachev surrendered absolutely everything to Bush, even what wasn’t asked for. After that everything possible was given up. Rays of hope began to appear later, during the Putin administration. There was the war of 08.08.08. But later we failed to support Libya. Although we did put the foot down at Syria. But this is all far away from Russian lands. But Ukraine and Crimea – this is a completely new situation. We started to re-take our territory, little by little. Started doing as the Muscovite princes did in the 14th, 15th century, what the first Romanovs did, and the Stalin system in the 1930s, all of which was: leaving the historical zone of defeat.

Yeltsinism gave raise to a whole stratum of people, whom our president called national-traitors. That is, the fifth column – in the authorities, in business and in the media. In particular, they revealed themselves during the events in Crimea.

The Americans need controlled chaos and civil war in Ukraine. The Europeans need Ukraine whole – a market where they can dump all kinds of junk. A market for cheap labor, on top of everything else. It is truly an unexploited consumer market to be opened up with 44 million people, now minus Crimea.

The West’s aggression against Syria was the first really serious military phase toward re-drawing the geopolitical map of the Middle East. Libya doesn’t count here. That had to do with the fact that Libyan oil was very important for the Americans. But Libya and Syria are different countries with different potential. The American offensive against the Russian Federation and China in the Syrian theater failed. That plus the presidency of Putin forced the Western elite to look for other maneuvers. They started looking for where to attack, and Ukraine came up, because in Ukraine an explosive situation had developed on all levels: amongst the oligarchs themselves, between the oligarchs and the population. It would have been a shame for the Americans and Europeans not to exploit that.

Thus we are talking about a historical information-psychological sabotage, whose purpose is to establish Russophobic Slavs. They are the means to separate Ukraine from Russia and to oppose Russia as a kind of anti-Russian ‘Rus’, as a free, democratic Ukraine of the Western empire. This was all devised under the intelligence services of Austro-Germany and Kaiser Germany, followed by the intelligence service of the Third Reich, later the CIA and BND.

Plan “Minimum”: the West establishes a Slavic, anti-Russian, pro-Western (American) empire. Constant pressure on Russia, provocations by various means. If Russia reacts – tell everyone that “the huge totalitarian Russia is harassing the free Ukraine.” The same template was used on Yugoslavia in the 1990s: “Those poor Albanians, victims of the evil Serbs.”

Plan “Maximum”: same as when the German Nazi Reich was established in the 1930s. Set up the forces, which, if necessary for the West, will take on the decisive part of the war against Russia. Some will say: “What a nightmare! How are you supposed to go to war against Russia?” There are different situations. Who in Europe could wage war against Russia? What’s needed is a kind of “pit bull terrier” state, which would be prepared to start at least a local conflict, to show the weakened Russia how events could develop.

Nearly every aggression which Russia has endured in the last 200-300 years always came from the West. There was almost no aggression by Russia in the West. Only two points: the liberation campaign against Napoleon, which, by the way, should have been ended in 1813, without going beyond our own borders.

As Arnold Toynbee noted: “The West’s policy toward Russia is one of aggression.” He wrote, “The Russian expansion is of a defensive nature.” The end goal of the North-Atlantic (NATO / U.S. / EU) elite has always been the elimination of Russia. In this respect one of the most visible leaders of Soviet intelligence was right when he wrote: “What the West needs from Russia is that it not exist.” That was strategic. Tactically, in 1991 the West could have begun the dismemberment of Russia. But with China already rising, it didn’t seem like a good idea. Besides, they decided to harass Russia over the course of, say, 20 years. During which time Russia managed to get on its feet again. Ukraine, as designed by the puppet-masters across the ocean, was to be an oligarchic, anti-Russian state. But only a quasi-state, because even post-Soviet Ukraine was not a fully independent state.

What else will the Westernization of Ukraine mean, if it comes to pass? Well, the East and South-East of Ukraine are industrially developed regions. These areas are modernized. The West of Ukraine is agricultural. It’s clear, the EU doesn’t need or want Ukraine’s modern industries: They are competitors and they have to go. They don’t need Ukraine’s atomic energy either. What they need is a place to store atomic waste.

For the first time since 1991 the West, the United States of America, they set up, covertly, an aggression against the Russian world. Because Ukraine is in the territory of the Russian world. They organized an aggression far away from their own shores. Ukraine cannot possibly be in the United States’ zone of interest. Mexico perhaps, maybe even Cuba. But Ukraine is very far away, like Iraq is. For the first time since Iraq in 1991, they decided that they could do this. For the first time since 1991, we gave the aggressor a pasting – big time. Despite all the shouting and bawling in the West, we didn’t give up, we re-united with Crimea, and, as the president said in Red Square: “Crimea has returned to its native harbor”. In spite of all the shouting and everything else.

Now there can be no doubt. The West has no brakes. In trying to solve their own problems, they’ll keep going until they hit the wall. With this marvelous re-unification with Crimea, this whole Crimean Victory, which really puts an end to a distinct era, a few problems still remain. The first problem is the incompatibility between the direction of our foreign policy toward restoring our status as a great nation and the neo-liberal economic course of the government, nominally Medvedev’s. Confrontation against the West is unsustainable on a foundation of neo-liberal economics. Enduring it is only possible on the basis of a mobilization economy. At the same time, a mobilization economy is only possible within a mobilized social system. In other words, the relations with the West which are now taking shape for the period ahead require very serious domestic changes.

The Ukraine crisis has demonstrated the unity of the people and authorities of Russia when it comes to such an important issue as bringing together the Russian world. But this crisis makes it necessary and urgent to resolve a number of issues in this country. In my view, the following issues.

Firstly: Suppression of the fifth column by political-legal measures, cut them off from the media and sources of finance, principally from the West. Secondly: Switch over to a mobilization economy, and switch to a mobilized social system, an element of which will be the mobilization economy. Thirdly: Re-format the legal sphere. Eliminate the precedence of international law over national law. (Incidentally, these international laws ironically don’t have such precedence in the UK or US. That’s something they’ve successfully foisted only upon others.) Fourthly: Strengthen the military alliance with Belarus, notwithstanding the objective and subjective complications of the process. Belarus will never do anything detrimental to Russia. Fifthly: Counteract the opponent, the aggressor, not only around our own borders, but in any part of the world where we have the possibility; establish their degree of vulnerability.

The West never ended the Cold War against Russia. The Soviet Union disintegrated, everything continued. Brzezinski spoke very honestly in one of his interviews, this was after the Cold War had already ended. He said: “Don’t fool yourself. We are not at war with communism, but with Russia, whatever it may be called.” If he´d said war against “the Russian spirit”, then he would have been practically repeating the words of Churchill, who said in 1940:
“We are not at war with Hitler, or even the National-Socialism. We are at war with the German spirit, the spirit of Schiller, so that it may never be revived.” The kind of spiritual castration that was imposed upon the Germans after 1945, that’s what they wanted to do to Russia after 1991.

Sixthly. We must roll out a powerful, massive, informational counter-attack against the North-Atlantic (NATO / E.U. / U.S.) elite. Particularly aggressive wherever they have problems. Specifically, in the Muslim and Spanish-speaking worlds.
I am working closely with the Spanish- and Arabic-language services of Russia Today. They’re doing a great job. What is meant by the Spanish-speaking audience? It’s not only Latin-America and Spain. There is a huge Spanish-speaking audience in the United States itself. That has to be exploited.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-30/battleground-ukraine-comprehensive-summary-russian-perspective

Moron Labe on May 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Oh, nooooo…Communism is dead. The Republicans told me so-Saint Reagan took down the Wall! And the Leftist media told me, too…because thinking Communism is real is actually McCarthyism and that’s a deranged way to think in this day and age.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Oh, nooooo…Communism is dead. The Republicans told me so-Saint Reagan took down the Wall! And the Leftist media told me, too…because thinking Communism is real is actually McCarthyism and that’s a deranged way to think in this day and age.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

America is continually attacking Russia, which is not Communist, and not China, which is Communist.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I cant believe they are acting like a 20th century country in a 21st century world?

Walter L. Newton on May 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It’s Russia….believe it, it’s possible :)

jimver on May 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

ITguy on May 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Thanks ITguy – I forgot what some lunatic transparency was like. We have loons in the WH but not transparent loonies. That communique really sums up “Hope ‘n Change” well.

Chuck Ef on May 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

America is continually attacking Russia, which is not Communist, and not China, which is Communist.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

None of the two are communist. What part of the china’s market economy is communist? Just because their party is called communist party or whatever they call themselves these days, doesn’t mean their current regime is actually communist, as defined by Marx.

jimver on May 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

None of the two are communist. What part of the china’s market economy is communist? Just because their party is called communist party or whatever they call themselves these days, doesn’t mean their current regime is actually communist, as defined by Marx.

jimver on May 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Marx wasn’t against Capitalism-he saw it as a necessary stage in social and economic evolution prior to Socialism. Russia and China bypassed Capitalism and are only backtracking to fill in that gap. Socialism and then Communism is still their ultimate goal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM

We must roll out a powerful, massive, informational counter-attack against the North-Atlantic (NATO / E.U. / U.S.) elite. Particularly aggressive wherever they have problems.
Moron Labe

Cue David Blue…

I admit if the new government brought to power by the Ukrainian coup was clearly made up of honest, honorable good guys, concerned to be fair to all and not a potential threat to (e.g.) ethnic Russians in Crimea, things would have been different.

Bull, Putin wanted an ice free port and he seized on any excuse to get it.

America is continually attacking Russia, which is not Communist….
David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Bull. The Russians have been bad actors since… Well, since the Mongol invasion. It isn’t “attacking” anyone to protest them giving atomic bombs to Iran, keeping brutal dictators in power to secure their interests and invading sovereign nations to simply take their property.

Pretty sick of the neo-soviet apologists and the historical revisionists.

V7_Sport on May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

The Russians have been bad actors since… Well, since the Mongol invasion.

Russians aren’t Mongols, anymore than Germans are “Huns.”

Moron Labe on May 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

It’s hard to make out what is really going on over there.

On the bright side, I got the day off yesterday.

SupplyGuy on May 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Bull. The Russians have been bad actors since… Well, since the Mongol invasion.

V7_Sport on May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

America’s current policy may make sense if you have that much anti-Russian prejudice. Not so much if you think Russians are as good as anyone else unless they are Communist.

It isn’t “attacking” anyone to protest them giving atomic bombs to Iran, keeping brutal dictators in power to secure their interests and invading sovereign nations to simply take their property.

V7_Sport on May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Like America doesn’t do anything, like that? And I mean lately. One of the things America has done with its junta in Ukraine is take the country’s gold reserve to America.

Meantime, the Germans have a lot of their gold reserve in America, and for years now they have been asking for some of it back. It is supposed to be there, there is not supposed to be any reason for a delay, but the stalling has gone on. The Americans are all, “where is the love, where is the trust?” and the Germans are all, “where is the goddamn gold??”

The current American administration is so dishonorable I really wonder if they are going to suddenly tell the Germans, “Oh, here it is!”

In any case, sponsoring a violent, ethnically divisive coup and then driving off with the country’s gold makes a bad impression.

Pretty sick of the neo-soviet apologists and the historical revisionists.

V7_Sport on May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

During the Cold War, there were basically two theories going on. (Apart from the Marxist narrative, which was as usual pure lies.) One was the cynical version, according to which this was just one empire contending with another, maybe mixed with some traditional European anti-Russian prejudice. The other was, “no this really is a moral cause; it’s about ending Communism, and if the Russians were not Communist we would have no trouble with them.”

Reagan made option B correct. He was clearly about ending Communism. That was fine and moral.

Except here we are, a quarter of a century after the end of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, and NATO is expanding into Russian territory, and America is trying to conquer not only Western Ukraine but Eastern Ukraine, and Crimea and Sevastopol, for which Russia last had to fight against the previous lot of Nazis, not the current neo-Nazis America is sponsoring in Kiev.

We’re pursuing a Drang Nach Osten that would make Hitler envious.

And yet the Russians are supposedly the aggressors.

We are supposed to hate Russians, because they are old-fashioned monsters who are going back to Orthodox Christianity and anti-gay attitudes, whereas we are all for a “separation of Church and State” that drives Christianity out of the public sphere, and we all love “gay marriage”. (And if you don’t agree you can lose your job like Brendan Eich.)

To hell with that. I’m pretty bored with the lying propaganda, that I see even Hot Air pushing, that always starts by ignoring obvious facts like the trade deal that was people pushed on Ukraine, that would have forced it to cut all its ties with Russia, like the violent destabilization of the country after Ukraine tried to have it both ways, and like the fact that the junta is not the democratic cause of freedom but the opposite.

David Blue on May 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

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