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Neocons are bad for business

By Blurtman   2015 Mar 8, 7:53pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   1 link   1,901 views   11 comments   watch (1)   share   quote  

There are drives to exchange Western-branded clothing for Russia’s red, blue and white. Efforts to replace Coke with Russian-made soft drinks.

The years of perceived humiliations have “led to anti-Americanism at the grass-roots level, which did not exist before,” said Vladimir Pozner, a journalist who for decades was a prominent voice of the Soviet Union in the United States. More recently, he has to explain the United States inside Russia. “We don’t like the Americans, and it’s because they’re pushy, they think they’re unique and they have had no regard for anyone else.”

Anti-American measures quickly suffused the nation, ranging from the symbolic to the truly significant. Some coffee shops in Crimea stopped serving Americanos.

The anti-Americanism makes it harder for American culture to make inroads through its traditional means — soft-power routes such as movies, music and education. Last year, Russian policymakers ended a decades-old high school exchange program that offered their nation’s best and brightest the chance to spend semesters at U.S. schools. Few Western artists now perform on Russian soil.

Western diplomats also say privately that they find themselves frozen out of speaking engagements and other opportunities to explain their countries’ positions to Russian audiences. And Russians who work for local outposts of Western companies say their friends and neighbors increasingly question their patriotism.

Even McDonald’s, long an embodiment of Russian dreams about the West, was targeted for supposed health violations last fall. Some of its most prominent locations were forced to shut down temporarily.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russias-anti-us-sentiment-now-is-even-worse-than-it-was-in-soviet-union/2015/03/08/b7d534c4-c357-11e4-a188-8e4971d37a8d_story.html

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1   HydroCabron     2015 Mar 8, 7:58pm  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (3)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Didn't the Bush appointees rebuild Iraq on free-market lines, using advisors from the economics department at Liberty University?

I swear, America gets no thanks for the great things we have done for minorities.

2   saroya     2015 Mar 8, 8:48pm  ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

Didn't the Bush appointees rebuild Iraq on free-market lines, using advisors from the economics department at Liberty University?

I swear, America gets no thanks for the great things we have done for minorities.

I always wondered why the conservatives never mention that his economic advisers set up a single payer medical system in Iraq with American tax dollars.

3   HydroCabron     2015 Mar 8, 8:52pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (3)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

saroya says

I always wondered why the conservatives never mention that his economic advisers set up a single payer medical system in Iraq with American tax dollars.

That is indeed curious.

It can't be embarrassment, as they exhibit no physically measurable sense of shame, either in the wild or on an EEG.

4   BlueSardine   184/186 = 98% civil   2015 Mar 8, 8:56pm  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

i didn't know vodka caused the munchies...

Blurtman says

Even McDonald’s, long an embodiment of Russian dreams about the West

5   WaPoIsHitler Lipsovitch   336/336 = 100% civil   2015 Mar 9, 10:31am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

More than 80 percent of Russians now hold negative views of the United States, according to the independent Levada Center, a number that has more than doubled over the past year and that is by far the highest negative rating since the center started tracking those views in 1988.

Levada is NOT independent. It's a sour grapes site funded by a multi-multi-multi-millionaire London Exile ex-Mafioso Oligarch who had his ill-gotten gains taken away in an anti-corruption campaign. When the US Press complains Levada may not be around, that's because most of it's financing is foreign (outside Russia), and the Russians wisely insist that foreign NGOs register as foreign agents.

If we had the same law, the Clinton Foundation would properly be registered as foreign agents of the Gulf States.

6   CL   27/27 = 100% civil   2015 Mar 9, 11:31am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

saroya says

I always wondered why the conservatives never mention that his economic advisers set up a single payer medical system in Iraq with American tax dollars.

I always wondered why we disarmed the Iraqi civilians when we invaded. Guns don't kill people, people kill people, they exclaim.

Must be safer for them, but not for America. Or they value soldiers but not the FOP!

7   HydroCabron     2015 Mar 9, 11:34am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (3)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

CL says

I always wondered why we disarmed the Iraqi civilians when we invaded.

Most peculiar - an armed society is a polite society.

Whatever their reasons, I'm sure they were correct, as conservatives are always more constitutional than everyone else.

8   socal2   19/19 = 100% civil   2015 Mar 9, 11:39am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

How do you come up with the "Neocons are bad for business" in your topic line?

Hasn't the relationship soured with Russia in the last 6 years of the Obama administration? Is Obama a "neocon" now - or is Neocon just a catch-all pejorative used by Putin loving paleo-conservatives and anti-war, jihadi loving liberals?

9   Blurtman   181/181 = 100% civil   2015 Mar 9, 12:30pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

"Fuck the EU!"

10   Dan8267   1034/1052 = 98% civil   2015 Mar 9, 1:06pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

CL says

I always wondered why we disarmed the Iraqi civilians when we invaded. Guns don't kill people, people kill people, they exclaim.

The only thing that stops a bad Iraqi with a gun is a good Iraqi with a gun.

Come to think of it, the only thing that stops a bad person with a nuke is a good person with a nuke, so we should encourage all countries to get nuclear weapons. I mean, it's just common sense as the NRA would say.

11   Dan8267   1034/1052 = 98% civil   2015 Mar 9, 1:06pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Blurtman says

"Fuck the EU!"

N.W.A.'s less well-known album.

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