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Ever seen a polar bear’s jaw drop?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on June 28th, 2007

This headline from London’s Daily Mail newspaper sure made my jaw drop:

“Putin’s Artic invasion: Russia lays claim to the North Pole – and all its gas, oil and diamonds.” (link)  

Are you kidding me? WTFO?

If you’ve been paying attention, this is not the first time Putin has shown that he’s no longer our harmless Ruski drinking buddy with a “good heart” - as in this Newsmax story from June 19, 2007 or this Reuters report from today:

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Six years ago, U.S. President George W. Bush said he gazed into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soul. Now he just wants to see if they can get along.”

All of a sudden I can hear “Roseanne Roseannadanna” from her grave saying, “Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it’s always something.” 

Damn straight! It is always something. If it’s not Russia, it’s China. If it’s not the middle east, it’s Africa, it’s Chavez in Venezuela, it’s immigration, the “fairness doctine” or more “gotcha politics.”

I gotta’ consider giving up my “news junkie” obsession and live in ignorance.

Before Ronald Reagan was elected (during the Carter years) I found myself very discouraged with the way the U.S. was responding to world events. I heaved an audible sigh of relief during the Reagan years, and now I look back on “Ronnie” as a model for great leadership and effective communication. (YMMV.)

Is there another Reagan anywhere on the horizon to deal with the challenges we’ll be facing? Could it be Fred? Time will tell.

Meanwhile, keep your eye on Russia. Putin’s got more up his sleeve as nationalism strengthens once more in Moscow. Right now the Russian bear is looking at the Artic as its own mighty tasty baby seal! What’s next?

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One Response to “Ever seen a polar bear’s jaw drop?”

  1. Tucker Gunleather Blog » Blog Archive » Russia’s really gonna do it. Says:

    […] In late June I posted the story of Russia’s claim to the mineral riches under the North Pole. It was titled, “Have you ever seen a polar bear’s jaw drop?” […]

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