‘If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin’ – Ronald Reagan’s son
Posted on June 29th, 2014

Courtesy  Voice of Russia

Mike Reagan, son of the 40th US President Ronald Reagan, believes that there are few truly influential leaders in the modern world and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is certainly one of them.

In one of his latest TV appearances, Reagan, a political commentator, said that the United States didn’t have a clear and firm foreign policy today, which was one of the reasons behind the successes gained by terrorists in Iraq after the US troop withdrawal.

It’s time for someone to take responsibility, Reagan said in an interview with “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

'If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin' - Ronald Reagan's son

Right now, in the world we live in, there is a lack of really strong leaders like Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev or Pope John Paul II, who could stand up and say: “What are you doing? What’s going on? Stop this right now,” Mike Reagan said.

“If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin… I wrote about this months ago – that Vladimir Putin is basically the puppet master and everybody else is on the string that he has allowed them to in fact have,” he added.

Nobody in Washington wants to accept responsibility, for what is going on today, like his father, President Ronald Reagan, did following the Iran-Contra affair, Reagan argued.

Mike Reagan is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman.

In his teens he complained that his father was too busy to spare time for him.

‘Putin’s demonization not a policy but an alibi for the absence of one’ – Kissinger

Henry Kissinger said he had seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, none of which the parties involved knew how to end. The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins. Far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other, it should function as a bridge between them, the former US State Secretary, Henry Kissinger, says.

The West must understand that Russian-Ukrainian relations are a matter of great importance. The West must understand that, to Russia, Ukraine can never be just a foreign country. Russian history began in what was called Kievan Rus. The Russian religion spread from there. Ukraine has been part of Russia for centuries, and their histories were intertwined before then. Some of the most important battles for Russian freedom, starting with the Battle of Poltava in 1709, were fought on Ukrainian soil. The Russian Black Sea Fleet, Russia’s means of projecting power in the Mediterranean, is based by long-term lease in Sevastopol, Crimea.

The European Union must admit that its “bureaucratic dilatoriness and subordination of the strategic element to domestic politics in negotiating Ukraine’s relationship to Europe” contributed to turning a negotiation into a crisis. Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities and the Ukrainians have to be the decisive element here. They live in a country with an extremely complex history.

Russia and the West, and least of all the various factions in Ukraine, have not acted on this principle. Each has made the situation worse. For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.

The United States should avoid treating Russia as an aberrant to be patiently taught rules of conduct established by Washington.

Putin is a serious strategist on the premises of Russian history. Understanding American values and psychology, however, is not his best skill. Nor has understanding Russian history and psychology been a strong point of the current American policymakers.

Leaders of all sides should return to examining outcomes, not compete in posturing.

Kissinger pointed out that Ukraine should have the right to choose freely its economic and political associations.What is more, Ukraine should not join NATO.

If Western leaders do not put their personal ambitions aside, the drift toward confrontation will only accelerate. The time for that will come soon enough.
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4 Responses to “‘If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin’ – Ronald Reagan’s son”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    This shows VOR is getting desperate. Reagan’s son was in and out of REHAB. He is not an astute political analyst.

    Putin let down the Russian minority in Ukraine in fear of NATO terrorism. Putin LOST Ukraine to EU. There is NOTHING Russia can do to stop that. Putin is only threats and NO ACTION.

    Even Saudis attack Sochi, etc. at will and get away.

  2. RohanJay Says:

    Lorenzo, what is your problem with Vladimir Putin?
    You seem to support Isreal, a criminal state if there ever was one and criticise Vladimir Putin one of the few true leaders in the world today. Stick to Sri Lanka your knowledge of international affairs is pathetic, you don’t do any reasearch and speak off the top of your head and talk a lot of BS regarding Putin on Lankaweb.com
    Thats whay he Putin is a leader of a country and you an absolute nobody commenting rubbish regarding him.
    Stick to Sri Lankan affairs thats all your good at or have any knowledge of. Tired of your BS!

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    RohanJay is a Jihadist so I rest my case. This world does not work according to that dirty green book. :(

    Good luck in Iraq!
    Blame it on Israel until you go EXTINCT SOON.

  4. Ratanapala Says:

    President Vladimir Putin is a master strategist. He understands the Europe like no other. He too understands Russia’s strengths and mostly weaknesses at this point in time. However his strategy will win in the end. Ukraine like a ripe mango will fall into the lap of Mother Russia. As usual Europe and EU will abandon Ukraine. It is just a matter of time.

    Wars are determined by who can hold it the longest. At the moment the battles are being won by the likes of amateurs like Victoria Nuland, John Kerry, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. It is not the battles that matter, it is the war and the final outcome. What is happening right now is similar to Mao’s Long March. No western military strategist predicted the outcome of Mao victory in 1949 and the utter routing of the Kumintang led by Generallisimo Chiang Kai Shek. History repeats – this time in Europe.

    Soon Europe will get tired of America and their lap dog Britain – The Foreign Minister of Poland put it very succinctly as to the role of Europe in backing America. He said America is getting a Bl*w Job from Europe and Europe getting nothing in return. Nothing could be further from the truth. F*ck EU said Victoria Nuland!

    America goes round the world pontificating. After more than 10 years and 3 -5 Trillion Dollars of American Tax Payers money, she has nothing to show for it. Prime Minister Maliki has to get fighter aircraft from Russia to fight the Islamic Terrorists the ISIS. The lesson – be very vary of America’s friendship!

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