In random YouTube clicking, I ended up with a couple of Putin Videos where he talks about Russia and The West (And western “liberalism”).
I was surprised at how centered, rational, and in touch he is. A very thoughtful and clueful fellow.
Also of note is how he lets the decent journalists (often speaking Russian), ask long, complicated, and COMPLETE questions. Then thoughtfully addresses the points raised. No shouting mob. No “GOTCHA!” sound bite questions. The kind of thing the USA used to do with Walter Cronkite…
One minute 35 seconds on being polite:
15 minutes on western “liberalism” and how it is consuming itself and reached EOL (End Of Life):
5:41 on Elton John and the liberals attitude toward him and Russia:
I know just enough Russian to pick out some words, enough to know the translation is following what was said.
I find Putin a rational, thoughtful, and tough leader. I can see why he and Trump “get along”. The mutual respect of two folks above the crowed even if they are competitors. That both are being attacked by the stupid Yellow Stream Journalists of the “liberal” media (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) is, I’m sure, also something they recognize.
How strange to think that “Western Democratic Repulic” as a form of government may end up being saved by a rational Russia while the EU is busy being self destructive and the USA is “on the fence” (pun intended…) about our future.
I’d not want to be in a dark ally up against him… but I’d be glad to have him at my back against a common adversary.
Looks like he has a “personal” web site too:
Hey, anybody who likes Hockey can’t be all bad ;-)