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Robert Gates on Putin's "ruthless pursuit"

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Former Secretary of Defense and Former CIA Director Robert Gates recently published in the Opinion column. "The Wall Street Journal" a rather long article entitled “Putin's Challenge to the West” (“Putin’s Challenge to the West”). In it, he argues that Russia will "challenge" not only the Crimea or even all of Ukraine, but will go further. Why so? And because Putin, it turns out, “has long been offended” by the West, which broke the USSR.




The President of Russia, in the opinion of the former Pentagon chief, has a long-term resentment towards the West. He is outraged that the West has won the Cold War. In particular, Putin blames the United States for the collapse of "his beloved Soviet Union." This decay, says Gates, Putin calls "the worst geopolitical catastrophe of the XX century."

V. Putin presented his "list of complaints" on March 18 in a speech in which he declared "the annexation of Crimea by Russia" (English original: the annexation of Crimea by Russia). According to Putin, Russia was humiliated in the 1990s: there was an economic collapse, and NATO expansion, where the Warsaw Pact countries were drawn, and much more, up to the current attempts by the West to accept Ukraine and Georgia into NATO and the EU. But at the same time, Putin is unhappy that Western governments, businessmen and scientists - well, absolutely everyone is teaching Russia, explaining how to conduct its business at home and abroad.

Robert Gates writes that Mr. Putin is seeking to restore global power and influence of Russia, as well as to draw into the orbit of Moscow those independent states that were formerly parts of the Soviet Union. However, Gates believes that Vladimir Vladimirovich does not have “an obvious desire to recreate the Soviet Union.” On the other hand, Putin wants to create Russian spheres of dominant influence: political, economic, and also to strengthen in the field of security. Moreover, the Russian president has no "grand plan or strategy", but only a "ruthless pursuit". And he also has “patience,” notes the former defense minister.

Mr. Putin is playing a “long game” that he “can afford.” Indeed, in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, he can legally remain president until 2024, reminds readers of Gates. Today, Putin is "ruthlessly" restoring "order" (in the original quotation marks: "order") in Russia, ignoring the protests at home and abroad and arranging reprisals against representatives of the "emerging Russian democracy."

In November last year, by clicking on “economic levers” and showing “political muscles”, Putin forced Viktor Yanukovych to stop the Ukrainian agreement with the EU. As a result, Putin’s favorite Mr. Yanukovich “was removed from power,” but Putin himself seized the Crimea, and now the world is witnessing “military movements” in eastern Ukraine.

Gates writes further that, according to Mr. Putin, Ukraine is important for Moscow as a pro-Russian bloc not only because of its size, but also because the future Russian empire originated in Kiev more than a thousand years ago. Putin will not be satisfied until the pro-Russian government is restored in Kiev.

Gates writes that Putin has “a completely different view of the world than the leaders of Europe and the USA.” The Russian leader "does not share the respectful attitude of Western leaders to international law, to the inviolability of borders, which, according to Western opinion, can change only in the process of negotiations, due process and under the rule of law."

According to Gates, Putin is indifferent to "human and political rights." If the West is based on the principle of mutually beneficial relations between nations, then for Mr. Putin, Robert Gates notes, every deal promises a loss to someone. On the one hand, the advantage, therefore, the other must lose. According to Putin, the acquisition, preservation and accumulation of power - this is the essence and meaning of the game. So thinks the former US Secretary of Defense.

How can the West confront such a man? It turns out that there are ways.

The West must enter into a long strategic game that Putin is playing on the periphery of Russia, Gates writes. Through Western influences, Russians should learn that Putin’s world view and goals will significantly weaken and isolate Russia.

Gates also offers practical tools for influencing Moscow. In his opinion, it is necessary to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas supplies. In addition, Russia should impose "really" serious economic sanctions. Finally, NATO allies on the border with Russia should be strengthened militarily.

Further, the former head of the Pentagon proposes to reduce Western investment in Russia. He also speaks not only against Russia's participation in the G-8, but also for excluding it from other international forums (“involving respect and legitimacy”).

Well, of course, ex-Secretary of Defense reminds President Obama that the US defense budget should be restored to the level proposed for 2014 by the Obama administration a year ago. We can not allow a sharp reduction in defense spending.

However, so far, notes Gates, with displeasure, "the reaction of the West was anemic." US unilateral financial sanctions would not be effective in the absence of European cooperation. Well, except that Russian banks will suffer some damage ... According to the ex-Minister of Defense, the gap between Western rhetoric and actions taken in response to aggression is “as huge as an abyss”. The West seems to be giving a signal to Putin: unless he introduces troops into Eastern Ukraine, the West will not apply any further sanctions or punitive measures. Russia's seizure of the Crimea de facto will remain without consequences, Gates writes, if not to consider “a handful of Russian officials” who suffered from the sanctions.

Meanwhile, R. Gates believes that no one wants a new cold war, not to mention a military confrontation. “We want Russia to be a partner, but this is obviously impossible under the leadership of Mr. Putin. He challenged, which is not limited to the Crimea or even Ukraine. His actions challenge the entire order that has developed since the end of the Cold War, including, above all, the right of independent states to join those and do business with those whom they choose. ”

Putin’s activity, Gates notes, came at the most unfavorable time for the West. Europe is weakening and has significant economic ties with Russia. The United States has been in a state of war for more than a decade, and as a result, the leaders of both parties faced growing isolationism among voters. Gates notes that the Crimea and Ukraine are far away, and the public understands their significance for Europe and America a little.

The former secretary of defense advises American leaders to take on the "burden of explanation."

"The aggressive and arrogant actions of Vladimir Putin," concludes R. Gates, demand from Western leaders "strategic thinking, bold leadership, and steel determination - immediately."

It seems to add as a commentary, a manifestation of “strategic thinking” among Western leaders would be a desire to abandon the new cold war and the military confrontation, which in fact one way or another R. Gates preaches. From 2006 to 2011 years, this man was not the kitchen, but the Pentagon. And his recommendations to strangle Russia with sanctions, which supposedly intends to seize not only Ukraine, but also something else (not named), very much resemble a clear desire to unleash a new cold war. And the councils to strengthen the allies of the United States in NATO militarily and to cancel the planned cuts in the US defense budget are nothing but an obvious message to the new arms race. And behind this race, as you know, the ominous ghost of military confrontation always looms, which Mr. Gates allegedly does not want ...

Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. JoylyRoger
    JoylyRoger April 11 2014 07: 53
    +26
    it is striking that Western politicians begin to grow wiser only after resignation. Former ministers, former financiers, former military. So you look, and Obama, when he becomes a former, will also become wiser (although hardly)
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov April 11 2014 08: 09
      +45
      According to Gates, Putin does not care about “human and political rights”. If the West is based on the principle of mutually beneficial relations between nations
      It was he who joked about the principles of the West, do not pay attention laughing

      Meanwhile, R. Gates believes that no one wants a new Cold War,
      And after reading his suggestions above in the article, for some reason I thought that he was for both hands.
      1. serega.fedotov
        serega.fedotov April 11 2014 08: 37
        +8
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        And after reading his suggestions above in the article, for some reason I thought that he was for both hands.

        Of course, Za, and the US military-industrial lobby is so dreaming about it! Since the increase in the defense budget against terrorism is no longer clear!
        In general, "the capitalist will do anything for the sake of 200% profit!
        1. Fin
          Fin April 11 2014 10: 52
          +3
          The US defense budget should be restored to the level proposed for 2014 by the same Obama administration a year ago. A sharp reduction in defense spending cannot be allowed.

          First he painted which Putin was cunning and bloodthirsty, and lobbied the interests of the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex. Everything is old as the world. In the 2000s there was no enemy, but there were terrorists and it started.
          1. Dilshat
            Dilshat April 12 2014 00: 34
            +5
            No wonder the French gave them such a statue at one time.
        2. biznaw
          biznaw April 13 2014 13: 14
          +2
          They dream ... Sooner or later, the guard will get tired and the nutty major will throw boots on the console ...
      2. Stalevar
        Stalevar April 11 2014 08: 44
        +46
        ignoring the protests in the country and abroad and arranging reprisals against representatives of the “emerging Russian democracy”
        It turns me off from talking about this s.r.a.s. of democracy !!! This has become a curse)). If democracy is called infringement of human rights, destruction of peoples, rampant homosexuals, oppression of freedom of speech, total surveillance, then n.a.h.r.r.e.a. me your fucking democracy!
        1. bahdos
          bahdos April 11 2014 15: 40
          +6
          Totally agree!
      3. Sunjar
        Sunjar April 11 2014 09: 33
        +18
        I read and neighing periodically over his statements. Do they really think that no one remembers (including their own country) what the US and EU did themselves?

        Quote: Gates
        Moreover, the Russian president does not have any “grandiose plan or strategy”, but there is only “ruthless desire”.


        This is a hint that Putin personally and the Russians as a whole are not able to implement global plans in the long historical perspective, unlike the USA and the EU naturally (here they are strategists so strategists)

        Quote: Gates
        not paying attention to the protests at home and abroad and arranging reprisals against representatives of the "emerging Russian democracy."
        The Russian leader “does not share the respectful attitude of Western leaders to international law, to the inviolability of borders, which, in the Western opinion, can be changed only through negotiations, due process of law and the rule of law.”


        Oh how? It turns out that democracy is just emerging. Somewhere, something I missed is visible, but not only me, but the whole country. Respect for international law? The West? Rule of Law in the West? This is why they are organizing public persecutions against the American employees of "Russia Today", that is why they put Russian journalists on the list of restricted to travel to the West. And where is democracy, freedom of conscience and speech? But what about the scandals with the concentration camp in Guantanamo (according to the signs, this is a concentration camp, not a prison)? But what about illegal wiretapping of heads of state, including allied ones? The Empire of Lies still cannot calm down. Well, dig your own grave further. All the same, both the US and the EU are going to drain the backstage into the toilet.

        In general, Putin needs to send another message through their own newspapers with relevant comments and recommendations.
        1. Albert1988
          Albert1988 April 11 2014 18: 17
          +5
          Quote: Sunjar
          I read and neighing periodically over his statements. Do they really think that no one remembers (including their own country) what the US and EU did themselves?

          But in this regard, I get the impression that American politicians in this matter are like an ill-mannered child: they themselves hit someone in the children's sandbox - they swelled with pride - how cool we are, but how did someone find them who could beat them up - so immediately "complain to mommy" that "he is fighting" - a kind of "innocent" inability to analyze his own behavior.
          So it's time to grow up and learn to take into account the interests of others, otherwise Putin will have to write articles in the Times regularly - for educational purposes)))
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      5. Lunic
        Lunic April 11 2014 09: 48
        -12%
        Robert Gates is quite a respected person in the military and political circles.
        CIA product. He was recruited as a student.
        Excellent analyst and expert on the USSR
        However, the CIA under his leadership "screwed up" the collapse of the Union.
        His department was accused of distorting the facts and exaggerating the power of the USSR.

        Minister of Defense:
        An excellent commander and an excellent leader (former).
        He took care of the soldiers as a father, than earned himself full respect!
        An experienced politician and knows what he is talking about.
        He and Putin are very similar in some way ..
        If he says something, then you need to listen. In vain does not throw words into the wind.

        Another thing is that he is not in power now and, moreover, is "slightly" offended by the current US leadership.
        1. mirag21x
          mirag21x April 11 2014 13: 21
          +14
          Are you in your mind, dear ...! How can you compare V.V. Putin and this monster! Have you ever seen or heard that Vladimir Putin trampled his opponents, "partners" in the mud !? Maybe you heard that Vladimir Putin made such speeches, or, like Gates, promoted "DEMO ... racy, killing peoples and ravaging countries, all over the world !? It's the same ...! Don't be smart! Think with your head!"
          1. asar
            asar April 13 2014 15: 29
            +1
            mirag21x
            Totally agree with you! Think with your head first! Think!
        2. Ulairy
          Ulairy April 11 2014 18: 43
          +3
          Quote: Lunic
          However, the CIA under his leadership "screwed up" the collapse of the Union.

          How? They "so" did not delve into where Ryzhkov was heading? Have you seen what kind of strength Yeltsin gained? Have you noticed how empty the counters in the USSR in the 90th? How did the republics start to separate and what pro-Western policy was Shevardnadze pursuing? Hmmm, really, all the CIAs are little kids, drawing their own diagrammatic scribbles:
          "The USSR will fall apart by 2050, boo-boo-boo."
          "Uh, turn on the TV, it's already collapsed!"
          "WTF !! ??"
        3. me
          me April 12 2014 09: 56
          +4
          Great analyst? Western and European liberalists rivet such articles every day. Putin then, Putin, some kind of primitive reasoning, however, designed for primitively minded citizens of their countries.
        4. smart Fox
          smart Fox April 12 2014 17: 19
          +2
          That's right, he is an expert on the USSR, where former combine operators were in power. But these combine operators long ago ruined the Union. but in Russia, specialists in the CIA are rather weak. (Stalin was cool, you can’t say anything, but Mr. Gates is unlikely to have found his rule)
          All their trouble is that they judge others by themselves, and the mentality of the Russians is different.
          Uh, excuse me, and what major battles did this military leader win?
          An experienced politician, only the former.
          So everything is in the past, and Russia lives in the present
        5. asar
          asar April 13 2014 15: 27
          0
          Understood nothing! You have listed his "merits"! So what?! R. Gates is another "product" of the US establishment (how many there were, clever people pouring dirt on us, where are they! And Russia, as it stood, still stands!) (Slowly, periodically, slipped under the table with laughter!) times, more carefully! All that R. Gates said is just another chatter on the topic "What good we are, but in Russia they don't obey us!"
        6. Yurban
          Yurban April 13 2014 18: 49
          0
          Woodpecker. I do not understand the course of your thought.
      6. Alex89
        Alex89 April 11 2014 10: 44
        +5
        Yeah, the level of hypocrisy surpasses Comrade Gates. His little article is designed for American hamsters.
      7. mirag21x
        mirag21x April 11 2014 12: 57
        +6
        Yes, this Gates, deceitful goat face !!! Provocateur and brainwave !!! Let him buy a rooster at the market and explain to him for their filthy democracy! V.V. Putin is a man with a capital letter, a true son of the Russian land, sent from above to save the cradle of mankind, Russia, the only stronghold of virtue on our land ... . times ". Preserved and increased! These are not big words, look around, the USA and the hedgehog with them, entangled everything and everyone with their dark networks, instilling in everyone antihuman, perverted concepts ... Their main weapon is lies and cynical treachery! But the highest human wisdom is to distinguish good from bad.
        1. PATTIY
          PATTIY April 11 2014 17: 48
          +2
          Quote: mirag21x
          USA .. entangled everything and everything with its dark networks, inspiring everyone with anti-human ..

          The whole scheme is clear. There is no enemy - it is necessary to invent it.
          "divide, play off, rule!" or - "dominate, rule, humiliate".
          Choke on the territory of kovi. Like all enemies of the State of Russia.
      8. Brother77
        Brother77 April 11 2014 14: 13
        +3
        Yes, this gates is headless with disagreement, he contradicts himself, or lies like most Westerners, or he probably studied poorly - he knows his own history (the newest) about the borders and democracy there, well, in a word, an old man who is sick with a head that he’s listening to these and rewriting articles about them .. waste time in vain ..
      9. Constantine
        Constantine April 11 2014 17: 14
        +1
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        According to Gates, Putin does not care about “human and political rights”. If the West is based on the principle of mutually beneficial relations between nations
        It was he who joked about the principles of the West, do not pay attention

        Meanwhile, R. Gates believes that no one wants a new Cold War,
        And after reading his suggestions above in the article, for some reason I thought that he was for both hands.


        I laughed here too wassat Generally funny article wassat
      10. xtur
        xtur April 12 2014 21: 21
        +1
        > He was the one who joked about the principles of the West, never mind

        very ancient traditions in the West rhetoric - the art of speaking, arguing, persuading. They have rhetoric is part of classical education beginning from ancient Greece and Rome.
        This is a tradition of communication between educated people and the people - it means a tradition of hiding their intentions and interests behind the words, phrases and turns that lead the masses and allow them to achieve what politicians / educated people need.

        Because their speech is an encrypted message for their own, for those who are in the subject, outwardly looking like a beautiful speech. Such texts definitely do not need to be understood literally in order to understand their true meaning. one must proceed from what they attack, what they distort, and we must proceed from the fact that these are not random errors, but deliberately hovering over the wattle fence.
    2. Silent_23
      Silent_23 April 11 2014 08: 15
      +12
      The more they speak out in favor of Russia there, the more you understand what kind of D.I.B.I.L.Y. (state officials) are to say the least. They are simply talking nonsense, and against their background is a genius of GDP.
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      2. Tarpon
        Tarpon April 11 2014 08: 45
        0
        It seems that they are just paranoid.
        1. nika407
          nika407 April 11 2014 13: 31
          +4
          Quote: Tarpon
          It seems that they are just paranoid.
          Rather, they simply hate Putin to the point of madness and are afraid of him, he terribly annoys them.
          1. asar
            asar April 13 2014 15: 36
            0
            Yes, let them rage! Russia is on the rise! What terribly annoying them! We are not Libya, not Yugoslavia!
      3. elmonje
        elmonje April 11 2014 10: 12
        +3
        Well, it is enough to read about "strategic thinking, bold leadership and steely determination" to understand that pensioner Gates was inserted by another koldvarin drip. They have a fashionable drug there, sometimes it even seems that it contains more heroin than nostalgine. In general, this topic should be completed as usual - the caravan, the dogs and the wind. The curtain.
    3. mamont5
      mamont5 April 11 2014 08: 36
      +7
      Quote: JoylyRoger
      it is striking that Western politicians begin to grow wiser only after resignation. Former ministers, former financiers, former military. So you look, and Obama, when he becomes a former, will also become wiser (although hardly)


      And what did he say smartly? Proposed the same double standards policy. When the US and NATO wage war and change governments in countries - this is the restoration of democracy, and when Russia tries to stop NATO and regains its own lands - this is a neglect of existing borders.
      To listen to such dolbyatyatlov is not to respect yourself.
    4. NIVH
      NIVH April 11 2014 08: 42
      +6
      Well, if you are in power, then there is an adviser for every case and you don’t need to think much ... It then comes to my mind - how wrong I was!
    5. Sterlya
      Sterlya April 11 2014 08: 43
      +5
      Quote: JoylyRoger
      it is striking that Western politicians begin to grow wiser only after resignation. Former ministers, former financiers, former military. So you look, and Obama, when he becomes a former, will also become wiser (although hardly)

      Excuse me. Something I did not notice the mind in his words. or i can't read between the lines belay
      1. The point
        The point April 11 2014 13: 23
        +1
        Quote: Sterlya
        Excuse me. Something I did not notice the mind in his words. or i can't read between the lines

        it's all about thinking style
    6. Alez
      Alez April 11 2014 08: 56
      +6
      Wherever dreamers and dreamers go. One beer is brewed on honey and on unknown herbs, this one smokes along the way, but not tobacco. Get drunk smoked and let's dream, fantasize.
    7. Letun
      Letun April 11 2014 08: 58
      +4
      Quote: JoylyRoger
      it is striking that Western politicians begin to grow wiser only after resignation.

      Have you read the whole article about? Something I did not understand in what place R. Gates "grew wiser"? Where did you say that the Western world respects international law and does not send its troops into the territory of other states? He wrote frank nonsense there.
    8. The point
      The point April 11 2014 13: 20
      +1
      Quote: JoylyRoger
      it is striking that Western politicians begin to grow wiser only after resignation. Former ministers, former financiers, former military. So you look, and Obama, when he becomes a former, will also become wiser (although hardly)

      all of them are strong in the back mind. wassat
    9. huginn
      huginn April 11 2014 14: 43
      0
      Something Gates didn’t get any smarter! As he was an ardent Russophobe, so he remained!
      1. MBA78
        MBA78 April 11 2014 16: 14
        +4
        roosters never shone with their minds ... they played rooster billiards on eggs ...
      2. asar
        asar April 13 2014 15: 37
        0
        What else can we expect from him ?! The grave will fix the "hunchback"! (Maybe!)
    10. Stalnov I.P.
      Stalnov I.P. April 11 2014 15: 46
      +2
      American clowns, led by a curly-haired garbage lad of Negro origin, American nationality, you look at your Yellowstone National Park, the bison ran, you know why, a volcano, and so in a conflict, one good bomb would be enough to blow in the states, according to American experts 200 million irreparable losses, Canada is completely, and the states are erased by 2/3 from the face of the earth, I’m not bloodthirsty, only one request, well, don’t go to us and that’s it.
      1. MBA78
        MBA78 April 11 2014 16: 26
        +1
        Something like this already happened ...
        In October 2012, something happened that scientists still cannot explain. An unidentified flying object flew into the mouth of an active volcano. It is located in Mexico, called Popocatepetl.
        From the video, it became clear that the object has the shape of a cylinder, its speed is incredible, so you can’t judge exactly about the shape of course. The head of the object has a dark color, the structure is dense. So think about UFOs or not.
        www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_o6sNEwqPw
    11. WKS
      WKS April 12 2014 10: 34
      0
      I carefully read the article, but did not notice much intelligence. The usual blinkered amerikos. If there were more such "minds", they would sooner burst.
  2. omsbon
    omsbon April 11 2014 07: 59
    +4
    Gates also notes that Crimea and Ukraine are far away, and the public understands little of their significance for Europe and America.


    But we understand well, and therefore to hell with you in both hands, and not the Crimea with Ukraine!
  3. DesToeR
    DesToeR April 11 2014 08: 00
    +7
    His actions dispute the entire order that has developed since the end of the Cold War

    Everything else from Gates - blah, blah, blah
  4. Name
    Name April 11 2014 08: 00
    +1
    I am sure that the actions of GDP are by no means "Aggressive and arrogant ..." as Gates says, and balanced and very thoughtful! An urgent meeting of G7 on Ukraine’s issues after Putin’s message speaks for it.
    1. mirag21x
      mirag21x April 11 2014 13: 42
      +4
      Correctly! They are afraid of him like hell! And this is the surest indicator that Vladimir Putin leads Russia in the right course! All their filthy little world were alarmed, but whispered, ghouls! Sanctions come up from impotence, it’s ridiculously simple ... It seems that the brains are stuck from fear! Tea is not Iraq, this is not for you to hang Hussein! Sniff, on whom you bark, stinky dogs!
  5. Romeohihnic
    Romeohihnic April 11 2014 08: 01
    +1
    Well done B In Putin, we’ll go west, we will support 1000 000 Russians.
  6. Counter
    Counter April 11 2014 08: 02
    +21
    Mr. Gates would probably be very surprised if he found out that many ordinary citizens of Russia have the same grievances against the West as the Russian President, who in the West in the press, in words, is trying hard to 'separate' from the rest of the country ... And these offenses in all directions are completely justified, and by its interference in the affairs of our closest neighbor, the West has already crossed the 'red line' altogether!
    1. Kurkin
      Kurkin April 11 2014 09: 09
      +8
      Well, they are stupid p.ed.do.s.s. as Uncle Zadornov says. Therefore, they really believe that Putin is a dictator ala Stalin and that the Russian people live under constant oppression and repression. Moreover, they are convinced of this by all sorts of bulk, pieces and other liberals. Let them think so. Then there will be a surprise! )))
  7. Giant thought
    Giant thought April 11 2014 08: 02
    +1
    Wolf in sheep's clothing. We know their exhortations. One cannot believe anything said. Putin correctly bends his line. Double standards mattresses already got everyone.
  8. torrr38_41
    torrr38_41 April 11 2014 08: 07
    +7
    In particular, Putin blames the United States for the collapse of “his beloved Soviet Union”

    This Gates is not at all friendly with his head, URO.
    His actions dispute the entire order that has developed since the end of the Cold War, including primarily the right of independent states to join those and do business with those they choose

    They arranged tv.a.r.i and in the territory of the USSR dancing to their own tune, by means of a mass pop culture, advertising, and green papers alien to us, and when WE were tired of this and at the end we decided to go our own way and out of our mind US are accused of all mortal sins, and poison with their sixes.
    There is no r.v.o.l.o.ch.i, Putin whatsoever, but OUR and N.E.H.R.E.N. roll a barrel at him when they themselves are snout in the fluff am
  9. rugor
    rugor April 11 2014 08: 07
    +3
    They just want grandmas for military needs, that's all, simple and obvious. Without a strong external enemy, the Western world cannot exist. China did not fit this role, but they have taken the same course.
  10. Svetovod
    Svetovod April 11 2014 08: 08
    +3
    Greedy rats and sly foxes always blame the victim of these dirty tricks for their dirty tricks. And "again 25" - "Putin's challenge to the West (l) y". Well, yes - Putin wants to seize Europe and the United States, Russia is small for him!
    Actually, the West is making a call, Putin has accepted the call and answered with dignity. It warps and outrages the world's gopniks - for them it’s a bastard.
  11. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN April 11 2014 08: 11
    0
    Keywords-can afford bully
  12. Lyton
    Lyton April 11 2014 08: 13
    +1
    It would be better if Mr. Gates and his comrades looked after the order in their own house, and did not climb into someone else's garden with their charter, they were disgusted with anyone to fight victoriously against Canada, so she assiduously assaulted them.
  13. Stinger
    Stinger April 11 2014 08: 27
    +1
    Generally disgraceful. Putin "ruthlessly strives" and violates the outrage, while the normal boys
    more than ten years at war
    .
  14. Papania
    Papania April 11 2014 08: 32
    -13%
    Gates is the same pido ... like other politicians. However, if what he writes about Putin is at least a little true, then I will be behind him with arms and legs.
    1. sv68
      sv68 April 11 2014 11: 53
      +4
      plug in your head is not a small child. a gay with a letter Tc at the end is a product of his own side and like many politicians in the United States, he is an ordinary false hypocrite.
  15. avia1991
    avia1991 April 11 2014 08: 33
    +3
    "From 2006 to 2011, this man ran not the kitchen, but the Pentagon."

    Let's start with this! It turns out, h..lo, all recent years preparing a coup d'etat in Ukraine, now has the audacity to justify his actions with the "Russian threat"! And why are you so afraid of us, gentlemen, Americans? Is it because they are used to measuring everyone "by themselves"? Not allowing that people can be NORMAL, unlike you, and act, proceeding not so much from their own economic benefits, but professing universal values! You, gentlemen, Amer politicians (as well as many others), besides your own pocket, are not interested in anything - that’s why you do not see beyond your own nose!
    ..And by the way, LET US AFRAID! But those who are weaker will more actively reach for us.
  16. rassel0889
    rassel0889 April 11 2014 08: 40
    +1
    Stupid people don’t understand that offense is not only with Putin.
  17. JVN
    JVN April 11 2014 08: 41
    +2
    ... the former Secretary of Defense reminds President Obama that the US defense budget should be restored to the level proposed for 2014 by the Obama administration a year ago ...

    Here is the main idea
  18. die1981
    die1981 April 11 2014 08: 41
    0
    It is necessary to crush these Americans! That would sit there at home and not blather.
  19. Singularist
    Singularist April 11 2014 08: 43
    +1
    And did this person previously hold the posts of Minister of Defense and Director of the CIA? As a business executive, he can be understood - increased funding for his department, new combines and seeders of democracy, etc. And the rest is like a child in a sandbox. Sincerely sorry for our former fellow citizens, having left for the USA, they urgently need to be rescued from these senility.
  20. bylec
    bylec April 11 2014 08: 44
    +5
    In the west, the crisis and Russia is slowly starting to rise from its knees.
    But after all, this is a mess at US everything is skewed and you want to develop
    Trade something to build there and generally want to live normally but you
    Probably forgot the good Anglo-Saxon tradition of shitting
    Somewhere later, blame the other for this and start calling everyone
    Behave decently.
    Really, when they muddied with the European Union and Ukraine, they didn’t
    Did you know how it all will end? They all knew for that and muddied
    The only thing they did not guess the exact scenario here and fell into a lap
    With foam at the mouth they began to recall the long-forgotten word international
    Law and decency completely unknown to them.
    Now I have a new task for mattresses (this is their favorite)
    Dip into your allies and preferably deeper
    Blame Russia for all the deadly sins and then leave
    On a white and white horse and at the same time it’s natural to weld dough.
    Something like this
  21. erased
    erased April 11 2014 08: 49
    +1
    On the topic of the United States, NATO and their aspirations. I refer to the article in the "Independent Military Review" of April 4, 2014. The article "Umbrella from the" dark forces ". The true background of the American missile defense system."
    That's where everything is well and clearly written-why and why. War is said to be on the verge. and not with Ukraine and not for the eastern regions. Who cares - read. There are answers to many questions.
  22. nod739
    nod739 April 11 2014 08: 51
    +1
    ... the former Secretary of Defense reminds President Obama that the US defense budget should be restored to the level ....,

    “We want Russia to be a partner, but this is obviously not possible under the leadership of Mr. Putin. .... His actions dispute the entire order that has developed since the end of the Cold War, ..... "

    .... Finally, NATO allies on the border with Russia should be militarily strengthened ....

    in other words - to develop relations with Russia according to the concept: we give you strength in the underbelly, and you give us resources - "oil in exchange for food."
    aha - nothing new, you are going the right way, comrades, for this trend has the other side of the stick, the crisis of capitalism is growing stronger, die quickly
  23. w2000
    w2000 April 11 2014 09: 01
    0
    How did these Pindos jackals get. All the same, it was necessary to hit them in 1983 with all the nuclear missiles that we had.
  24. Ilja 22
    Ilja 22 April 11 2014 09: 05
    0
    He also speaks out not only against Russia's participation in the GXNUMX, but also for its exclusion from other international forums (“implying respect and legitimacy”)

    They exclude Russia from B8 and it automatically becomes disrespectful and illegitimate ??

    US unilateral financial sanctions will not be effective in the absence of European cooperation

    And now they will definitely not be effective anymore, the geyropa understands where she may be
    “Aggressive and presumptuous actions of Vladimir Putin,” concludes R. Gates, demand from Western leaders “strategic thinking, bold leadership and steel determination - immediately”

    Petrosyan lol
  25. groin
    groin April 11 2014 09: 15
    +4
    Russia cannot be understood by the mind. Only by the soul. To calculate the actions of Russia, having Russophobic brains and a soul pledged to the devil, is useless Mr. Gates.
    You can’t even imagine that the actions of your president are supported by the majority of the Russian population and not only.
  26. Black
    Black April 11 2014 09: 25
    +1
    Quote: JoylyRoger
    Western politicians begin to grow wiser only after resignation

    Where is the mind there? Sewn with white thread on a black field.
    A sharp reduction in defense spending cannot be allowed.

    That's the whole "mind". And the side dish is the same - the Russian threat, the Russian resentment, "ruthless striving."
    CYSES. ... the bombing of Belgorod - aspiration with tears of pity.
  27. oracul
    oracul April 11 2014 09: 33
    0
    I don’t even want to spend emotions on all sorts of stupidities of the former heroes of AI.
  28. Leshka
    Leshka April 11 2014 09: 37
    +1
    this is just the beginning of the end for Zapoda laughing
  29. alex-cn
    alex-cn April 11 2014 09: 38
    +1
    "In it, he claims that Russia will" challenge "not only Crimea or even all of Ukraine, but will go further."
    And why the hell to us this Mr. Adyushnik?
  30. MAKSAK
    MAKSAK April 11 2014 09: 39
    +1
    Ah, when every US state will hold a referendum and become independent ...
  31. Prapor Afonya
    Prapor Afonya April 11 2014 09: 42
    +1
    Quote: Alexander Romanov
    According to Gates, Putin does not care about “human and political rights”. If the West is based on the principle of mutually beneficial relations between nations
    It was he who joked about the principles of the West, do not pay attention laughing

    Meanwhile, R. Gates believes that no one wants a new Cold War,
    And after reading his suggestions above in the article, for some reason I thought that he was for both hands.

    He violates human rights! Which one? Western? Yes, not the people there, but the gays, but in Russia the people are in favor, and as for the oligarchs, the people do not care for them!
  32. Nitarius
    Nitarius April 11 2014 09: 43
    +1
    WESTERN-DRULILKY SURPRISE even!
  33. vasyliy1
    vasyliy1 April 11 2014 09: 46
    +1
    Dogs bark - the caravan is coming! Do not listen to what the West is telling us and continue to consider only our interests.
  34. Victor-M
    Victor-M April 11 2014 09: 46
    +1
    The principle of Western politicians is by looking in the mirror and seeing there dumb belay curve wassat and an obese face, start screaming as loudly as possible that Russia and Putin in particular have occupied the looking glass. laughing
  35. Horst78
    Horst78 April 11 2014 09: 48
    0
    Gates writes that Putin has “a completely different view of the world than the leaders of Europe and the USA". The Russian leader "does not share respectful attitude of Western leaders to international law, to the inviolability of borders, which, in the Western opinion, can be changed only through negotiations, due process of law and the rule of law».
    After THIS did not read negative
  36. fedorovith
    fedorovith April 11 2014 09: 50
    +1
    And we do not care about their opinion, since they still think something, then everything is fine, we are on the right track .. wink
  37. Bonati
    Bonati April 11 2014 10: 00
    +3
    After reading the article you understand that Russia is on the right track.
  38. GOGY
    GOGY April 11 2014 10: 03
    +1
    We want Russia to be a partner, but this is obviously, impossible, under the leadership of Mr. Putin
    Oh, you American rascals, of course, Russia will be a partner, moreover, an active one, and you idiots will be passive, and this action will be held under the strict guidance of Vladimir Putin. Perhaps a crowd of those wishing to build up to establish the same trusting partnership with you, but we will be FIRST.
  39. Rorabek
    Rorabek April 11 2014 10: 08
    0
    The first rule is infowaves: it’s a clear lie to present the truth --- “human and political rights” .. Robert Gates is a politician, and politics is a deception and a lie on a global scale ... Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan ...
  40. Rusin Dima
    Rusin Dima April 11 2014 10: 10
    0
    I can’t read Western articles, write complete nonsense, look for some causal relationships, talk about world existence, in general, it turns out like this - I come to my neighbor and begin to strangle him and at the same time I quote Plato’s expressions to him
  41. Hope
    Hope April 11 2014 10: 13
    0
    it feels like all americanoids are being fed something very poisonous, their brains are completely sintered. or is it a chronic lack of conscience. arrange massacres around the world ourselves, and then yell about the rights that Russia has violated.
    Kashchenko comrades, and treated with electroshock therapy, until they grow wiser.
  42. mig31
    mig31 April 11 2014 10: 17
    +2
    Gates is an idiot, he confuses, to write and write, different concepts, but okay, he is forgiven, he is not Russian ... We need to give the GDP to Gates a "duck", and some strange surname, GAY ... TS ... , like, quieter, gay ...
  43. Nikich
    Nikich April 11 2014 10: 17
    +1
    Gates writes that Putin has “a completely different view of the world than the leaders of Europe and the USA.” The Russian leader "does not share the respectful attitude of Western leaders to international law, to the inviolability of borders, which, according to Western opinion, can change only in the process of negotiations, due process and under the rule of law."
    Go and say it to the Serbs, Libyans, Iraqis, etc.
  44. takeshi
    takeshi April 11 2014 10: 21
    +1
    The world is getting closer and closer to Satan.
    Everybody lies, not a word of truth. The thief shouts the guard - and everyone is trying to punish the victim.
    Such concepts as honor, dignity are reliably removed with the help of vivisection.
    Through the looking glass some.

    The military bloc led by the "hegemon", which started almost all wars over the past 60 years and killed just a huge number of innocent people, violated all conceivable international norms, lied to everyone and everyone on the air to achieve their goals (never blushing and without apologizing when the lie was exposed) - tells us how to respect international law.

    The world will not last so long.
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  46. elga5
    elga5 April 11 2014 10: 30
    0
    Robert Gates writes that Mr. Putin seeks to restore Russia's global power and influence, as well as to draw into the orbit of Moscow those independent states that were previously parts of the Soviet Union. However, Gates believes that Vladimir Vladimirovich does not have “a clear desire to recreate the Soviet Union” at all. But Putin wants to create Russian spheres of dominant influence: political, economic, as well as strengthen in the field of security
    And what is the president doing wrong for his country? I don’t understand something? Putin is acting in the interests of Russia in the opinion of Mr. Gates himself, and this is a violation of the world order, which so successfully, and most importantly "in a civilized manner and with strict observance of the norms of international law", was building the West after the collapse of the USSR. and "our president is to blame.
  47. Rubmolot
    Rubmolot April 11 2014 10: 47
    +9
    Russia, even the Slavs were lucky in the fact that Putin appeared on the world stage several years ago. One of the few who did not abandon their country for US dollars did not abandon their people.
    As the American "Former" confirmed, only Putin is currently hindering the United States on the way to the global domination of the world. The US will do everything to bring a new "Gorbachev" to power in Russia. Russia needs to educate a new generation, a new head of the Slavs.
    The purpose of Wolstreet's Sweet Wolves for Human Rights is clear and understandable ...

    Looking at history, from the middle of the last century, the United States proved by its behavior who they are.
    Here are their wars:
    Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War),
    Guatemala 1954,
    Indonesia 1958,
    Cuba 1959-1961,
    Guatemala 1960,
    Congo 1964,
    Laos 1964-73,
    Vietnam 1961-73,
    Cambodia 1969-70,
    Guatemala 1967-69,
    Grenada 1983,
    Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets),
    Libya 1986,
    El Salvador 1980,
    Nicaragua 1980,
    Iran 1987,
    Panama 1989,
    Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War),
    Kuwait 1991,
    Somalia 1993,
    Bosnia 1994, 1995
    Sudan 1998,
    Afghanistan 1998,
    Yugoslavia 1999,
    Yemen 2002,
    Iraq 1991-2003 (US / UK on regular basis) Iraq 2003-present,
    Afghanistan 2001-present,
    Pakistan 2007-present,
    Somalia 2007-8, 2011,
    Yemen 2009, 2011,
    Libya 2011
    US Defense Ministry - in 2005 The United States possessed 130 foreign military bases.

    For us (Slavs) one conclusion:
    There are no compromises in this situation, only a direct way to survive, to ensure the future of our generation.

    As a result, independent Russia - independent Europe!
    Colonization of the peoples of Europe by the United States began with the creation of the EU. Many peoples of Europe have already understood this.

    Well, from a historical point of view, we know that little ones - in search of security, always looking for a big, strong, reliable ...
    1. Turkir
      Turkir April 11 2014 11: 43
      +1
      You're right. Thanks for the list, it speaks for itself. good
    2. larisa gurina
      larisa gurina April 12 2014 20: 27
      +1
      good great!!!
  48. Andrey L
    Andrey L April 11 2014 11: 13
    +2
    "The aggressive and arrogant actions of Vladimir Putin," concludes R. Gates, demand from Western leaders "strategic thinking, bold leadership, and steel determination - immediately."
    Let them, better, immediately fall on the "rails" in front of the Russian Armored Train, tk. they no longer have any thinking, no leadership and determination, and only cowardly meanness remains.
  49. inkass_98
    inkass_98 April 11 2014 11: 34
    +4
    Chewing on the old gum again. "Putin is evil", "Russia is the aggressor", "Europe and the whole world are against", "Immediate sanctions", etc. etc. To hell with them, do not give a damn and forget, no place to take this nonsense.
  50. Soviet_Union
    Soviet_Union April 11 2014 11: 45
    +9
    I want to say: gates, go on. What, such a great politician or what? Your conclusions are uninteresting.