While Obama Dithers, Putin Presses His Advantage

Vladimir Putin’s growing tyranny certainly has its surreal aspects, as the Wall Street Journal highlights with this article about how Russian food inspectors are competing to carry out the Kremlin’s edict to destroy foods imported from Western Europe in retaliation for Western sanctions on Russia following its unprovoked assault on Ukraine. Overzealous inspectors are destroying tons of fruits and vegetables, seafood, and cheese — this in a country where fully 15.9 percent of the population or nearly 23 million people now live below the poverty line. That Putin is proceeding with this masochistic food destruction shows – or, rather, confirms — that he values making a political point over the welfare of his own people.

  • David

    Didn’t another russian leader starve 7 million people to death in the 1930’s?

  • African

    “…Vladimir Putin’s growing tyranny…”
    Anyone who stands up to the real tyranny of Western backed
    ‘LGBTQ-ism’ and moral relativism should not be called a ‘tyrant’. Real Tyrants
    are America and Nato who deposed the democratically elected president of Ukraine
    and backed few anti-Russian fascists to push their ‘LGBTQ’ agenda in the east
    and to alienate Russia.

  • Linda1000

    Didn’t Putin destroy frozen Cdn. goose products a couple of weeks ago. Don’t know why he doesn’t like Canada geese. They are smart enough to ask for directions when lost. Next it will be Cdn. maple syrup.

  • FactsWillOut

    Russia bans food imports from those who are attacking her economically.
    Canada bans food imports because…well because we can, or FYTW.

  • john s

    “he favors making a political point over the welfare of his own people” Sort of like Obama signing the Iran deal or BOTH sides refusing to curb illegals in the US. I wonder when Americans (and others including Canucks) will open their eyes and see that Putin is not the only self serving, conniving treacherous politician out there.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I don’t believe it. American media is full of szchiddt.

  • David Murrell

    When one has quislings in the White House and in the State Department, this is an open initiation for Putin to be as aggressive as possible.

  • Everyone Else

    fuck commentary magazine

    the lead sentence makes sure to state Russia’s “unprovoked assault on Ukraine”.

    what a pile of crap.

    nato has been pushing eastward and the planners knew it would lead to confrontation with Russia

    how would we like it if russia was arming mexico and encouraging war talk against the USA

    • Minicapt

      For some, being stupid is life-affirming.


  • simus1

    Russia, China, and others who want to take advantage of a USA presently run by Emperor Barry and his “bipartisan” idiots will make the next 18 months “very interesting”.