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Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Putin

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Both energy companies and consuming countries who still think appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin will solve their long term problems need to think again. Hillary Clinton’s tough talk about why we must stand up to energy fascism is spot on and needs to be carefully heeded.

The West and China have undoubtedly benefited from cheap energy supply for decades and I know it is hard to give up that luxury. But Europe is now facing unpleasant choices, and the United States must back up their ability for steadfastness both in words and deeds. The first step is for President Obama to make it clearer that he intends to share American energy resources, even if it means higher energy prices for Americans. That is what it means to be an alliance of democracies.

I get it. We don’t have the physical facilities right now to export our natural gas to Europe. But we do have a giant government controlled Strategic Petroleum Reserve that is filled with light sweet crude that we are unlikely to need over time given our own rising domestic production of the same quality of crude oil. The President needs to let our allies in Europe know publicly that we are willing to lend them this oil, to stretch out their own strategic stocks, if the need arises. American consumers and businesses need to rise to that occasion. We should be too embarrassed to say out loud that prices at the pump or American petrochemical profits are more important to us than our steadfast commitment to Europe in these dangerous times. Why is the business community not on this same page? Is Hillary Clinton the only one in America who understands the danger that Vladimir Putin poses?

The US administration (and everyone else) has been too silent on the energy part of the problem with Russia. “Responsible” world leaders are telling themselves that they are trying to avoid an energy crisis that could cripple the global economy. But it would be better to have an energy crisis and, albeit expensively, reconfirm our commitment to alternative energy and advanced automotive engine design than to give up our individual freedoms and allow a revisionist Putin to drive the world order into chaos. The world needs to reduce its reliance on Russian energy dramatically over time and stomach the short term consequences of such a decision.

In today’s world of cyber-attack and advanced weapons systems, we cannot afford to leave energy fascism in place. President Putin has revealed himself in so many ways, first in 2006 with the hint that he could cut off energy supply over a democratic election result in Eastern Europe that he didn’t like, and now with the accidental downing of ML17. Do we need to know whether the Russians are responsible for the innocent people killed? It is enough to know that Russia has the ability to intimidate us all into submission to know we have to do something about it. This link is to an article that articulates many of the ways Russia has used the energy weapon in the past.

I say us all because the actions of Vladimir Putin don’t just threaten Ukrainians, they also threaten Americans like myself.

For example, if it turns out that Russia could consider giving missiles to a party that would “accidentally” shoot down civilian aircraft and then without Russia also vociferously condemning that act and then doing something really definitive to make sure it never happens again, then international travel will, sadly, abruptly end. That will hinder global economic activity as much as an energy supply cutoff, as we learned after September 11.

I am already finding myself wondering: Will I be safe to travel to other countries if I have to fly over Russian air space, over airspace with Russian military clients, or over airspace where Russian weaponry is simply sold for profit to line the pockets of Putin’s inner circle of friends?   I don’t even like the idea that I have to consider such a concern, and I am saddened to think that there could be an accidentally partitioned world that I would be leaving to my children because our generation wanted the economic benefits that came with cheap energy. I suppose there will be an app soon for what flights don’t travel over Russian client airspace.

And what if Putin doesn’t like my blogging? If we keep emboldening him, would Vladimir Putin try to silence Western journalists through digital bullying? Are we certain Putin will stop at the East Ukrainian border to hinder freedom of speech?

I can imagine a world where a leader like Putin could try to make a cyber-attack against the Houston Chronicle so they drop a columnist. I doubt it would be successful (we are Americans and we will stand up to that kind of fascism) but honestly, like Hillary, we need to show that we aren’t afraid. We need to stop pandering to the Russians out of concern about energy supplies. In considering energy supply ahead of other values, we take our civil liberties and way of life for granted.

There is much more at stake here than energy prices. Americans need to stand behind our President as he offers to share our energy with Europe.


47 Comments on "Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Putin"

  1. MSN Fanboy on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 2:31 pm 

    As opposed to American Fascism…

  2. barabba on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 2:33 pm 

    zionist puppet whore!

  3. steve on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 2:35 pm 

    I can’t believe how much time I waste reading this sh*t…..I guess that is why when you go back a couple of years you see different people on the comment boards…

  4. penury on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 3:03 pm 

    What a bunch of “USA USA” Bullshit

  5. Plantagenet on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 3:39 pm 

    Hillary and Obama were spectacularly WRONG about Putin. They were so stupid and naive they believed that by giving Putin a big red button that said “reset” on it, they could reset US-Russia relations to friendly after the Russians invaded Georgia. Sooo-prise sooo-prise naive stupidheads—Putin is just the same as he always was, and now he’s invaded Ukraine.

  6. shortonoil on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 3:41 pm 

    We can ship Europe a lot of our condensate production, and they can make themselves a big pile of polystyrene. That is what naphtha (pentane) is really good for. That should scare the be-dickens out of Putin. And of course Americans won’t mind the $5.00 gas one bit. Its all for God and Country!

    The really scary part is that Washington probably really believes their own BS. We should take a vote – which is going to do us in first: the end of the oil age, or the Numb Skulls in Washington. Think I’ll flip a coin before I vote.

  7. J-Gav on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 4:42 pm 

    Short – I won’t vote at all. A sap’s game.

    Putin’s “digital bullying?” WTF? NATO surrounds Russia after promising they wouldn’t move an inch eastward back when Gorbatchev was in power and (the recently deceased)Sheverdnadze the minister of foreign affairs and we’re supposed to believe these people have any cred whatsoever?

  8. J-Gav on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 4:54 pm 

    Putin’s “energy fascism?” What a load of unadulterated shite!

    They supplied Ukraine for free! for months! How long did people expect that to go on, for Christsake? No, we definitely don’t need any more Clintons in the White House. Hillary should shut up, write a book and go the way of Sarah Palin …

  9. Northwest Resident on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 5:19 pm 

    J-Gav — NATO officials had their fingers crossed behind their backs when they made that promise — so it doesn’t count. You know — games children play.

    Anyway, who knows what the real goal is when it comes to what is going on in Ukraine/Russia/Europe. Big — HUGE! — forces are at play there, and one thing we know for sure and that is TPTB are doing everything possible to keep us little people from knowing what is really going on. All is not as it seems.

  10. Feemer on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 5:28 pm 

    NOrthwest, the real goal is resources. Ukraine has gas, gas pipelines, forests, agriculture, mines, ports (it had more with Crimea, and is strategically located with relations to europe, the middle east, and russia. Ukraine joining the EU would greatly benefit Europe by expanding the market the EU can export to, while gaining many resource, key among them farmland and natural gas. Putin is pissed that the EU is so successful and is encroaching on what he thinks is still the USSR. I think the US should avidly support the EU and Ukraine and ship gas to Europe.

  11. GregT on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 7:19 pm 

    The bullshit keeps getting piled deeper and deeper. If this keeps up we’ll need an excavator to dig ourselves out. If I were to hazard a guess, they are getting ready to crash what remains of the global economy, start a thermonuclear war, and reset the globe back to about 1750.

  12. Makati1 on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 8:41 pm 

    I would call her a bull dyke*, but it would be an insult to bull dykes. This presidential hopeful is another liar in a long line of war mongering liars. But then, the US cannot seem to find any diplomatic answers that don’t require selling munitions and weapons systems.

    *Used as a disparaging term for a lesbian, especially one exhibiting behavior associated with stereotypically masculine traits.

  13. Makati1 on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 8:45 pm 

    GregT, careful! Some on here don’t see a world war, especially a nuclear one, in the future. Perhaps they think that global trade will prevent it. Funny, there was global trade before WW1 and WW2, but … Hiroshima and Nagasaki should prove otherwise. The US has precedence for nuking civilians and
    O has already said he will use them in a preemptive strike. (The psychopaths seem to actually believe they can survive a nuclear war.)

  14. Arthur on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 9:35 pm 

    Plant says: “Putin is just the same as he always was, and now he’s invaded Ukraine.”

    Last time I checked it was the US that invaded the Ukraine and handpicked a new government and used it to kill randomly Ukrainian Russophiles in order to provoke Putin to indeed invade the Ukraine, which he so far wisely avoided.

    What needs to be done now is that the European right forces the EU to break with America if tensions increase over sanctions, that only serve US interests. The EU should join the BRICS overnight and form a military alliance with Russia, create an continental European expedition army a la 1776, ready to invade the US, once the Orlov collapse starts there, after the world has dumped the dollar and fighting will break out between (mainly white) constitutionalists against Washington and third world invaders a la noobtube about the future of North-America. After the defeat of Washington, a northern ‘white Christian’ military alliance will be formed of 800 million between Europe, Russia and north-America, that will balance China of 1300 million during the rest of the 21st century.

    At least you know what is going to

  15. Arthur on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 9:55 pm 

    Here Greg Hunter’s guest Jim Wllie, who claims that Germany is indeed preparing for leaving the West:

    Here is a brand new empty defense of German war mongering magazine and State Department mouth piece der Spiegel against being called a ‘Kriegstreiber’ (war monger), Der Spiegel was innundated by angry threats from angry posters, including mine.

    spiegel. de/spiegel/spiegel-titel-zu-putin-in-eigener-sache-a-983484.html

    To my great relief, in Holland all right wingers see through the media propaganda and don’t buy the ‘Putin did shoot down mh17’ BS, just because the crypto communist media said so and ventilate their opinions on internet forums. Now the waiting is for angry people smashing the windows of MacDonalds and Apple stores to make a point toward European governments that they should grow a pair.

  16. GregT on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 11:33 pm 


    Still think the internet will stop them? I really was hoping you were right.

  17. GregT on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 11:35 pm 

    Oh, and by the way, everyone I talk to believes everything that our media is telling them. Every single person that I know, except for my wife.

  18. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 12:03 am 

    Go back in time to before the Ukraine mess really started taking off. What do we see? Ukraine is deeply in debt and going down hard, owing big money to Russia for gas consumed with no way to pay. Europe seeing the writing on the wall, knowing that without their own sufficient oil resources they face a future entirely dependent on Russia. And Putin sitting in Russia, pulling in $500 billion per month on oil sales, which still isn’t enough to halt declining oil production in his own country, a situation which will inevitably lead to harder times for the Russian people.

    In short, the entire European and Russian oil situation is dire, and all the top dogs see where it is heading. Very hard times are approaching. Like Warren Buffet said in an interview last year, global economic collapse will bring chaos and ethnic tensions and all kind of “evil” to Europe. The top dogs SEE this too. America can’t help because once shale goes bust, we’ll be dealing with our own intense problems, and so will everybody else. So what are we going to do about Europe/Russia? Just wait for the chaos to hit and bloodshed to start?

    No. We make a plan. We start a little war. Putin, America and European kings and queens are all in on it. Start a war, provide an excuse to move troops into position, to militarize, to spread fear and subdue the population, to crack down on dissent, to monitor and spy — to get it all locked down so that when oil shortages and/or global economic collapse does hit as it most certainly will, they’ve got the situation more or less under control.

    Times are coming where Western and other governments are going to resort to extreme security measures to keep order. They can’t just announce to the world now that that’s what they’re doing. They need to do it in a way that nobody sees what they’re really doing. Starting up a war in Ukraine will do the trick. It’s just a trick, a cover. What else would they be doing it?

  19. MKohnen on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 12:51 am 


    Well said. I would like to add … nothing, I think you about said it all.

  20. Arthur on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 2:48 am 

    NRW, it absolutely does not make sense for Europe to cut itself off from it’s largest supplier of oil and gas and worsen an already dure situation. It simply is a lack of European leadership and vision, plain and simple.

  21. Arthur on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 3:22 am 

    GOP gone completely mad, even according to Pat Buchanan:

    My interpretation is that the US political elite feels financial armageddon coming and tries to flee forward into war to distract from it’s own failure.

    Yesterday, rebel commander Strelkov told during a press briefing that dead black mercenaries had been found in a destroyed tank. Black Ukrainians have yet to be invented.

  22. Arthur on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 4:42 am 

    Specially recommended for Plant, who still opines that ‘Putin invaded the Ukraine’. Canadian documentary:

  23. Makati1 on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 5:27 am 

    Arthur, after 60+ years of “duck and cover” indoctrination of the American people, and being told how terrible Russia is, they cannot see the real Russia today. They cannot conceive that their own government, in those 60+ years has been the instrument of death to many millions of innocent people, only trying to be independent of Western control. I have given up on Americans being able to change the direction they are headed for.

    I see the DC Mafia wanting to take Europe into poverty so they can be controlled and Russia’s resources could be plundered by the banking cartel. A limited war in Europe would do that, but those same DC Mafia cannot see that the bombs would fall on America too and may be nuclear before it ends. A war is coming. Only the timing is unknown, but before the financial collapse, I think.

  24. Arthur on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 5:40 am 

    Most credible explanation of events: mh17 was machine-gunned down by Ukrainian jets:

    The Russians were right and the Spanish airtraffic controller were right.

    There was no missile, that is why most jet fuel was still in the plane and exploded on impact.

    Message to filthy Ukr and western governments and media: you do not do false flags with the internet around. This is a different world now.

  25. Feemer on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 7:45 am 

    I was born after the USSR fell, and have no “duck and cover” propaganda ingrained into me. I dislike russia because they hate gays and destroy their environment.

  26. Lj on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 7:50 am 

    Poor bloody yanks, still bullshitting like its 1995.

  27. Davy on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 8:02 am 

    anyone else here having trouble posting?

  28. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 9:35 am 

    Arthur — Who says that Europe is trying to cut itself off from it’s largest supplier of oil and gas and worsen an already dire situation? That would be stupid if that were the goal, which of course it isn’t. The European nobles and financial lords and kings and queens and princes can look in the crystal ball and see that the entirety of Europe is in serious trouble, only getting worse. What? Do you think they wouldn’t plan and stage a little war to distract their subjects from the real problems, maybe to sow a little fear and maybe to create a little misdirection to confuse people while they move their chess pieces around behind the scenes? Europe has ZERO motivation for pissing off Russia — so again, the question, WHY all the public belligerence toward Russia? Maybe it is all a big act — a show for the masses. Does anyone seriously think that at this late stage of the age of oil that Europe plans to “conquer” Russia and take its oil?

  29. Davy on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 9:43 am 

    NR, maybe you consider these folks smarter than they are. More likely what we are seeing is pride and hubris in action on both sides.

  30. JuanP on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 9:44 am 

    For those willing to suffer 20 minutes of Russian propaganda, the last Crosstalk show on was interesting with two university professors from Princeton, NYU, and University of Chicago as guests. Just two more perspectives on what’s going on in USA vs Russia conflict.

  31. GregT on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 9:51 am 


    Your 12:03 post sounds about right. None of this should be a surprise to most here.

  32. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 9:58 am 

    Davy — Maybe. It is hard to believe that so much is riding on the hurt feelings and childish emotions of one or more European/Russian leaders. The elites who run the show and their political henchmen along with all their “best and brightest” advisors may be a lot of things, but I doubt they are stupid. Senior people in the military and intelligence agencies are very unlikely to make decisions based on their own personal petty emotions. I seriously doubt that petty emotions and hubris are behind the major events we are witnessing in and around Ukraine. But if that’s what it is, then they really are truly f**cked.

  33. Davy on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 10:09 am 

    NR, I am not sure myself but I see so many very smart people with a narrow range of understanding and prejudiced viewpoints. Maybe it is a case of plain and simple complexity beyond comprehension of the command/control nodes of our global geopolitical world.

    NR, how did you like my incongruous juxtaposition term (simple complexity).

  34. JuanP on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 10:29 am 

    NWR, I am with Davy on this one. My experience with politics and people involved in them has led me to believe most of them are people of average intelligence, charismatic, good talkers, bad thinkers, ignorant, arrogant, full of themselves, narcissistic, insecure, neurotic fools as a rule, with very, very few exceptions.
    I have moved in the same circles with 5 presidents, ministers, senators, ambassadors, you name it. My father in law, for example, was the General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Relations in my country, a career bureaucrat, not a political appointment. My parents are personal friends with 3 former presidents, I’ve known them since I was born. They were at my baptism before being presidents. I was friends with their kids. One of these kids is now a presidential candidate in the next elections back home, I’ve known him since he was born, he is around 40 now. I can’t tell the things I know, but believe me, they are not as smart as you think.

  35. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 10:36 am 

    Davy — I was very impressed with the “incongruous juxtaposition” term, except, I didn’t know what the hell it meant. I suppose I could Google it and get the actual definition, but since I’m a hard working lazy boy and a do-it-now procrastinator, I’ll have to wait to find out what that term means.

    In my college days, studying public relations and marketing, we were frequently assigned group projects which were the most difficult assignments by far because the group of assorted individuals thrown together to complete the task were very difficult to manage. But that was the whole idea. Several required classes were focused on group dynamics, and we studied how a group of really smart individuals could fall prey to “group think” — where for various reasons facts were dismissed, alternate possibilities not explored — basically, everybody settled on one idea and mentally excluded all other possibilities.

    That CAN happen. But I just don’t think it can happen at the top levels of political and financial and military intersection. Or it is very unlikely. Somebody somewhere is going to raise alarms. Top military and intelligence experts are trained to recognize and avoid “group think” — they if no one else will be putting inconvenient facts on the table for consideration.

    Stupidity could be running the show in Europe — but I wouldn’t count on it. Just my opinion. It is more likely that really smart people are running the show, calling the shots, creating diversions and implementing complex plans. We both know that billions of lives are at stake as we wind down the age of oil. The world elite are very unlikely to consider a few hundred or a few thousand lives to be of any great consequence when the stakes are so high. Just like a general will sacrifice a battalion or even a whole army to win the war — a “few” lives lost implementing a plan meant to save many millions or billions will be seen as a small price to pay. Just rambling thoughts…

  36. JuanP on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 10:45 am 

    Davy, your incongruos juxtaposition was free associated in my mind with contradiction in terms and connundrum, the difference between them being only a matter of understanding.

  37. Davy on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 11:00 am 

    NR, I am not claiming to have the answers. I know we have multiple predicaments that are not exclusive but inclusive. Yet, our solving of these many predicaments the actions that are needed are not compatible hence what I call the “Mega” predicament. Solving for CC risks economic collapse. All action are wrong because there are no solutions to BAU. Now if collapse of BAU is the solution then there is one solution and that is collapse. There is no solution to the many predicaments that does not end BAU. There are no predicaments if the end of BAU is the goal. All roads lead to Rome it was once said. The same is true of collapse. So these leaders cannot have their cake and eat it to. Something must be sacrificed. My point then being they will choose their plan at the expense of other plan B’s. If that is smart I find those smarts shallow.

  38. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 11:14 am 

    Davy — I’m not claiming to have any of the answers either. We both agree that collapse is not only necessary, but inevitable. My only point is that it is more reasonable and logical to assume that the leadership in Russia, Europe and U.S.A. know at least as much as we both know and probably a lot more, and that what we see happening in Ukraine has much more to do with deliberate plans in action than with stupidity and/or shortsightedness. I could be wrong on that point, of course.

  39. Arthur on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 11:24 am 

    NRW says: “Europe has ZERO motivation for pissing off Russia — so again, the question, WHY all the public belligerence toward Russia? ”

    Indeed, zero motivation, yet it is happening anyway. Reason: in Europa there is no leadership that dares to oppose the US. In 2003 that leadership WAS in place, namely Chirac and Schroeder. They got name called and insulted, especially France, but not nuked. Unfortunately, Schroeder is merely Putin’s employee at Gazprom and Chirac too old. The girl Merkel has no spine and Hollande is a joke. The only one who is willing to take on Anglosphere is Marine le Pen, but she is not yet in power.

  40. Davy on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 11:24 am 

    NR, if that is true “Katie bar the door” There is no hope.

  41. Dredd on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 11:34 am 

    And why she is wrong, and her hubby was also wrong.

  42. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 11:56 am 

    JuanP — I have to admit, the general rule of thumb — and we have all seen plenty of examples of this — is that the least qualified frequently rise to positions of power.

    Knowing, believing or suspecting that a bunch of egotistical, pompous, spoiled brats are collectively running the governments and militaries and security agencies of the Western world will make me lose a lot of sleep at night. So, I think I’ll just keep believing that really smart people are in charge — and I’m not talking about any elected officials or politicians. That way, I can at least sleep good right up to the point we all go over the cliff.

  43. Davy on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 12:05 pm 

    NR, I have yet to see a truely intelligent politician. The GP will not elect them and the real TPTB want puppets without brains.

  44. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 12:13 pm 

    Davy — Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” comes to mind.

  45. JuanP on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 12:48 pm 

    NWR, Being able to sleep well at night is of the utmost importance. I can only do it by being exhausted by bedtime. I like your belief better than mine, by the way.

  46. louis wu on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 1:08 pm 

    The politicians and any others in the news are the puppets and cannon fodder. We will never see the folks truly in charge because they have enough sense to stay behind the curtain. And Plant remember how George Bush waxed poetically about looking into Putins eyes and seeing into his soul and currently the right seems to love Putin.

  47. Northwest Resident on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 1:15 pm 

    Louis — Plantagenet isn’t actually a person, it is an automated spamming script designed to post trite and nonsensical anti-Obama quips across the internet discussion forums. If it was a real person, we’d have to assume that person to be in a class of idiocy and compulsive absurdness that has yet to be defined.

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