posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 02:11 PM
Originally posted by AceOfBase
Aelita, can you really say he is a failed president?
Yes I can.
Hasn't Russia done much better under Puting than under other recent leaders?
Which ones? The geriatric patients of the Brezhnev era, the clueless Gorbachev, or the alcoholic Eltsin (who should be tried for high treason). You
see, the baseline in Russia is way too low. I give you that Putin at least looks decent (although he's a lousy public speaker according to me), and
he has a black belt in martial arts. That's all.
And, outside of Moscow the living standards are pretty bad. Nobody want's to talk about it. How can a retiree survive on $40 or even $100 a month
pension, if the prices are roughly comparable to the US (at least in Moscow)? How can one buy the most necessary medicine?
The Russian population is shrinking. I call it a genocide.
The economy realy seems to be growing and I think it was growing even before the spike in oil prices.
A well know fact -- all the growth can be attributed to oil production. This is severely wrong. The nation doesn't produce much. Just pumps oil.
I think Russia also does have a better standing and more respect in the world than under other other recent leaders.
How so? What did Russia accomplish in the international arena in the past 5 years? NATO is on its doorstep... War in Checnya has no end in sight.
Other conflict abound...
As far as backing the wrong leaders in Georgia and Ukraine, he just didn't do as good a job backing his guys as the US did in backing theirs.
That's a failure all right.
[edit on 7-12-2004 by Aelita]