Putin's Russia: 'Evil Empire' 2.0?

Putin's Russia: 'Evil Empire' 2.0?

Joined: July 1st, 2009, 7:37 pm

June 18th, 2012, 2:50 am #1

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Uploaded by ForaTv on 9 Nov 2010

Complete video at:http://fora.tv/2010/10/04/Uncommon_Know ... vis_Hanson

Why have Russian-American relations been on shaky ground over the last few years? According to military historian Victor Davis Hanson, it's all thanks to an "angry" Vladimir Putin. Hanson argues that Russia deliberately sets itself at odds with American policy not out of rational self-interest, but because of a sense of lingering Cold War enmity against the United States.

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Beginning with an explanation of why the post-Cold War New World Order is rapidly breaking apart, Victor Davis Hanson sees a world where nations are returning to the ancient passions, rivalries, and differences of past centuries. In light of this world transformation, Hanson looks at key challenges the United States faces around the globe: in Europe, Asia, Russia, Mexico, and Iran. - Hoover Institution

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian, professor of classics, and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of more than a dozen and a half books. His most recent volumes are Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, which Dr. Hanson edited, and The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, a volume of Dr. Hanson's own essays.

Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge.

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Joined: March 12th, 2002, 11:40 pm

June 18th, 2012, 7:37 am #2

Without watching your video, though I generally agree with the thesis that the post-Cold War world order is breaking down, and we are returning to ancient-style great power rivalries, it is totally ridiculous to blame it all on Vladimir Putin, who has massive popular support in Russia (read my post about the Western statistical study of popular opinion in Russia). The truth is that the vast majority of Russians dislike what America stands for today, and Putin is simply using the popular anger with America (which is widespread not only in Russia, but across the world) for his own political purposes. The only one to blame for this is the US and the criminal anglo-amerikkkan elite, which had a chance in the the 1990's to build a fair and just world order, but instead resorted to criminal aggression, false flag attacks, and terrorism, and has built a totalitarian oligarchical police state in the US and EU.
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