(MOSCOW)–Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a “Eurasian Union” in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country’s next president. Putin said the new union would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which from next year will remove all barriers to trade, capital and labor movement between the three countries.”We are not going to stop there and are setting an ambitious goal — to achieve an even higher integration level in the Eurasian Union,” Putin wrote in an article which will be published in Izvestia newspaper on October 4. Putin said last month he would run in the March 2012 presidential election and his current public approval ratings show that he is set to win. Putin’s initiative comes as Russia nears the end of its 18-year-old negotiations to join the World Trade Organization. In the article Putin made no secret of his skepticism about the global trade watchdog. “The process of finding new post-crisis global development models is moving forward with difficulty. For example, the Doha round (of international trade talks) has practically stopped. There are objective difficulties inside the WTO,” he wrote. In 2009, Putin threw Russia’s bid to join the WTO into disarray, saying Russia would instead form the Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan. The new initiative will have to be explained to WTO members.
WRONG CROSSROADS. Putin, who once called the collapse of the USSR in 1991 “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century,” said his new project would not resemble the Soviet Union.”It would be naive to attempt to restore or copy something from the past. However, a stronger integration on a new political and economic basis and a new system of values is an imperative of our era,” Putin wrote. Russia’s relationship with its ex-Soviet neighbors has been troubled by trade and political disputes and even armed conflicts such as the 2008 war with Georgia. Putin said he saw the new union as a supra-national body which would coordinate “economic and currency policy” between its members. It would also be open to new members.
Well shit!!! ITS ON now Putin. You can hunt whales and tigers, slay hot Russian sluts, race F-1 cars, fly fighter jets, and pronounce yourself King of Russia until the cows come home, but reforming the Soviet Union crosses the line. What he doesn’t realize is that he just saved America. Everyone needs somebody to hate. Somebody to challenge them. USA has been dominating the shit out of the world since 1980 and now look at us. Just a nation of weaklings throwing temper tantrums on Wall St for no reason. Putin reforming the USSR is just the wake up call America needed. I am so pumped for Cold War II it’s not even funny. I actually never missed a beat. I have hated Russian hockey players my entire life. The next winter Olympics are in Russia. Patrick Kane and Zach Parise will just galvanize the entire country. Patriotism is BACK. Shape up or ship out hipsters. If you want to be a marxist, Leninist, socialist, or anything else besides an American you’ve got some options over in Europe. These colors don’t run. Obama Swag for the win.
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(Time)–In Russia this weekend, an image went viral of Vladimir Putin as he might look in his 70s, withered and morose, his jowls packed into the collar of a general’s uniform. The drawing pulsed around the Russian blogosphere like the signals from a pinched nerve, making visual sense of the political future that Russians faced on Saturday. That was the day it became official: Putin, who is now Prime Minister, will run for President next spring, opening the door for him to reclaim his throne for another 12 years — until the ripe old age of 71. Barring some kind of revolution, this amounts to the prospect of another Kremlin leader for life, a tradition that stretches back 450 years to the reign of Ivan the Terrible, Russia’s first Czar.
I guess Putin is done with his little hiatus as the official leader of Russia. Some guys just aren’t meant to be retired. I hear old guys complain about this all the time. “There is only so much golf you can play people get the urge to go back to work”. That’s what happened here with Putin. Only instead of golf it was the old saying “there are only so many sluts you can nail, whales you can harpoon, formula-1 cars you can drive, tigers you can kill, fighter jets you can fly, and guys you can karate kick to the head before you get the itch to take over the world again.”
You know you’re a baller when the current President and other potential candidates unanimously applaud the decision for you to take their job back. Putin is as boss as it gets. All the Obama-Swag in the world can’t stop Putin. America is so screwed. Cold War II is on.
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Guy out walking with his dog, confronted by coyote, promptly blows its head off…That guy is running for President
(Austin, Texas) Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don’t mess with my dog. Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger – loaded with hollow-point bullets – when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He’d also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area. When one came out of the brush toward his daughter’s Labrador retriever, Perry charged. “Don’t attack my dog or you might get shot … if you’re a coyote,” he said Tuesday. Perry, a Republican running for a third full term against Democrat Bill White, is living in a private house in a hilly area southwest of downtown Austin while the Governor’s Mansion is being repaired after a 2008 fire. A concealed handgun permit holder, Perry carries the pistol in a belt.
This story is from back in 2010, but Rick Perry just announced that he is running for President in 2012. The Republican Texas Governor is basically everything you would expect out of a Texan. I mean, who doesn’t jog with a laser-sighted pistol…just in case. The GOP field just got a whole lot more interesting. Putin can shoot all the sharks, tigers, people, and killer whales he wants…but he should be on notice that Rick Perry could be coming for him.
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