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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Zhirinovsky Endorses Obama

If you support Obama, don’t shoot. I’m just a messenger.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Vice Speaker of the Russian State Duma, basks in publicity as the enfant terrible of Russian politics, and one famous for his strong neo-imperialist, anti-American and anti-Ukrainian sentiment. Channel 5 offers a short interview with the man.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky: In foreign policy, we hope there will be major changes. Barack Obama will not support the dictator in Tbilisi, because Saakashvili is the Georgian Pinochet. And there will be seismic changes in this area. I think America might just as well quit NATO sometime in the future. What good is NATO for them? America will not fight anybody. Barack Obama will start implementing his program of renewal — doesn’t he say change, change? It is this renewal that corresponds to our perestroika. He’ll do everything. In America, they like Gorbachev very much. Thus, Barack Obama will restructure America. He will make it totally different: when democracy will be for the colored, not just for whites. And America will never threaten anybody.

As you can see, Zhirinovsky keeps his expectations high. His vision of Obama’s foreign policy fits his own foreign policy agenda.

To a Soviet-born Ukrainian like me, the change-perestroika analogy sounds like a mixed blessing. Naturally, the quit-NATO prophecy should alarm the hell out of fresh NATO members, aka “fledgling democracies.”

Let’s just hope that Obama, if elected, will not fulfill Zhirinovsky’s foreign policy expectations.

Happy Election Day!

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Anonymous said...

An email from Ireland to the brethren in the States... a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:

"We, in Ireland, can't figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States this year.

On one side, you have a pants wearing woman lawyer, married to a lawyer who can't keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary that they still haven't paid for yet, against a lawyer who states he is 'black' when it is documented that he is only 12% 'black', who goes to the wrong church, who has stated that he wants his countrymen to learn to speak Spanish rather than English, who refuses to put his hand over his heart and say the pledge of allegiance or wear the flag of the country he wants to run, who can't remember if there are 50 or 57 states in his own country, who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn't even like the country her husband wants to run.

Now...On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate 'Mc' terminology married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What in Lord's name are ye lads thinking over there in the colonies?"

Anonymous said...

This was really funny. Zhirinovsky is so far up his ass he's comparing Obama's "change" to "perestroika".

Andrew said...

Hey, wanna fix that one link and take out


Taras said...


That’s a funny letter to mobilize the Irish America vote!


If we proceed from the notion that perestroika culminated in the breakup of the USSR and the loss of superpower status, we can interpret the change-perestroika analogy as a damnation in disguise.


Take out You mean, in a Russian missile strike:)?