The opinion by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of PRAVDA "On the Verge of Extinction" provoked several reactions from me:
1. This guy needs professional help soon, he's paranoid.
2. This sounds like the old Pravda in Cold War days.
I'm not a big Bush fan, and I have a lot of reservations about Iraq.
But what is served by "Bush the Great Satan" rage?
Some objectivity with constructive suggestions might help.
It is clear that a country cannot be quasi-occupied with a puppet government. The USSR discovered this while trying to control the Eastern European nations which are now aligned with NATO. They obviously don't trust the "new" Russia.
This is a shame. I don't like the idea of Russia being "surrounded" militarily. Frankly, if I was a citizen of Russia, I think I would feel a bit threatened.
I feel that Russia is moving forward to a truly representative government and may very well develop an economic system which has the energy of capitalism, but deals with the weaknesses of capitalism, i.e. greed, lack of ethics, and competition that maximizes high profit and low costs but it does not produce a product or service of higher quality nor create jobs and value the work process.
I admire President Putin's approach to economics and foreign policy.
Frankly, I think that the USA could benefit from some of his input.