Ah, the Orwellian Ministry of Truth is at it again: “Russian President Vladimir Putin was declared the world’s most powerful person for the third time in a row by Forbes magazine.” With the subliminal sub-text: “Raving-partisan Forbes declares itself loony and irrelevant!”
Setting aside the issue of Forbes being qualified to “declare” any such thing, except as a rant-opinion, here’s the justification:
“The items on Putin’s resume that catapulted him back to the number one position this year included his all-time high approval rating of his constituents of an astonishing 89 percent and his bid to rebuild Russian influence abroad by bombing Islamic State forces in Syria.”
Ooooh, a dictator’s state machine declares him to be “popular!” And he’s dropped some bombs (ineffectually) in a desperate attempt to hold onto Russia’s Tartus base, it’s last vestige of empire west of Cam Ranh Bay? Well, that convinced me. But do go on.
“The world’s most powerful man has seized Crimea and waged war-by-proxy in the Ukraine despite worldwide disapproval. However, he has proven all the more powerful in the process by showing that he can essentially do what he wants with almost reckless abandon due to his level of power.”
Ah, unmentioned is the death spiral of the Russian economy, the flight of almost every cent of movable capital from Moscow to London and New York real estate, “success” at re-invigorating and uniting the NATO alliance and…
....oh yes, loss of Ukraine from the Russian sphere of influence — the worst setback to Russian expansionist policy since Boris Godunov.
While shouting about small nibble-backs like Crimea and the Donbass, fools at Fox & Forbes attempt frantically to distract from the fact that Ukraine will now never-again be a puppet of Moscow. Ukraine is desperately trying to join NATO. An event so vastly bigger than Crimea that the republican inability to notice it is prima facie proof of insanity.
As I held elsewhere: “To be clear, the Russians themselves are not as stupid as Fox & Forbes commentators. They do not ignore the devastating setback in Ukraine. They deem it to have been a hugely aggressive and successful assault on Russian interests by Barack Obama. They see him as anything but the wimp he is portrayed in right wing American press. They view him as the most aggressive and successful opponent they have faced, since Reagan.”http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/10/putin-on-rips-in-syria-chinese-troops.html
Oh but some memes only spread through repetition. The “Obama is a wimp compared to Putin” narrative is spewed so relentlessly by Fox & comrades that it has become as accepted as breathing, not only on the right but also on the left. Against such a tsunami of repetitive incantation-propaganda, I can only reiterate:
“Russians themselves are not as stupid as Fox commentators. They do not ignore the devastating setback in Ukraine. They deem it to have been a hugely aggressive and successful assault on Russian interests by Barack Obama. They see him as anything but the wimp he is portrayed in right wing American press. They view him as the most aggressive and successful opponent they have faced, since Reagan.”
Most powerful leader in the world? Do any of you out there still watch the dictator-worshipping, Saudi-owned, meme-pushing, science-loathing, confederate hate fests like Fox and Forbes? Yep… proof of insanity, indeed.