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February 27, 2013

There Are No Coincidences, Comrade

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 11:14 pm

John Kerry-Mr. Kyrzakhstan-has been meeting with Sergei “The Tarantula” Lavrov.  He has given the Russians much amusement with his assertion that Americans have the right to be stupid.  The guy is a walking gaffe. He is already leaving his mark.  Sadly, the mark is on America’s forehead.  Thank God he is only SecState-imagine if he were president, which but for Ohio would have been reality!

But Kerry is not the only witless wonder in Obama’s new cabinet.  One can only imagine what idiocies Hagel will utter in the coming days.  When growing up, I remember being told that anyone could become president.  I don’t know about that, but I do know that if you are a rather dim anti-Semite you can become Secretary of Defense

Given the palpable cluelessness of the new national security establishment in DC, it is no coincidence, comrades, that the following events occurred precisely when Kerry was meeting with Lavrov:

1. The sole defendant in the Magnitsky case was acquitted.  And he was only accused of “negligence.”  The stone cold killers (thieves who killed to cover up their theft) were not even formally accused.

2. A Republican House member who voted for the Magnitsky Act was denied a visa for a trip to Russia, where he was to have discussed the Act, among other things.

Lavrov has already humiliated Kerry with his “I’m too busy talking to the foreign minister of Guinea to take your call regarding the NoKo nuke test” gambit.  These two moves are rubbing Kerry’s nose in the manure pile yet again.

The scary part is not that Lavrov is doing this.  The truly scary part is that Kerry seems oblivious to the fact that he is getting a manure facial.  Given his obliviousness, Lavrov will certainly serve up another treatment at the first opportunity.

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  1. Mr Kyrzakhstan? Qu’est-ce que c’est?

    And ‘anti semite’ is quite a heavy charge to throw against Hagel. I haven’t seen reports of him having made anti-semitic comments. It’s possible for a person to like Jewish and Israeli people, and be an opponent of Israeli foreign policy and policy towards the Palestinians. I’m living proof of this, and calling me an ‘anti semite’ is tantamount to asking for a serious, sustained bruising, at the least.

    I’m a friend of the blog, and I hope we can meet some day, probably on the sidelines of an academic or industry conference. I’ll avoid talking about Israel and Hagel!

    Comment by Regulator on lunch break — February 28, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

  2. I find it hard to believe in Lavrov’s anti-americanism, given that his daughter graduated from Columbia and lives in the States.

    Comment by So? — February 28, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

  3. You can’t be serious, So? Quite a few Russians who are overtly anti-American or anti-West have children in American or British schools, and residences in the west. Sort of like 911 hijackers who went to strip clubs.

    And let’s consider Astakhov, the leader of the campaign to ban American adoptions of Russian children, who has just engaged in an outrageous propaganda campaign worthy of Goebbels in the aftermath of a death of a Russian boy adopted by Texans-a campaign shown today to be a mountain of lies.

    Said Mr. Astakhov got his law degree in the US. By your logic, he should be wearing an American flag lapel pin and singing Yankee Doodle Dandy. Instead, he is the highest profile anti-American political figure in Russia today.

    Or are you claiming that Lavrov’s, Astakhov’s, etc., anti-American rhetoric is just cynical political posturing. If that’s true, to whom are they appealing? The logical answer would be a virulently anti-American domestic political audience. And if that’s the case, if they don’t actually believe what they say, because their personal and family experiences mean they know better, it doesn’t really matter. Because they are willing to say things that they know not to be true in order to benefit politically.

    Put differently, whether they are anti-American principals or anti-American political agents is a distinction without a practical effect.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — March 1, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

  4. Yes, it’s all just cynical political posturing.

    Comment by So? — March 3, 2013 @ 12:25 am

  5. Regulator on lunch break: Did you think that Hagel’s charge against the “Jewish lobby” amounted to a charge of disloyalty against US Jews?

    Comment by Phil Rothman — March 4, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

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