Putin: It Is Time To Play Your Ace In The Hole

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Ron Holland via The Daily Bell,

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done.

"The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers

The entire world is watching Putin play poker with the Western politicians lead by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin. America's goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessary, military means any real competition to its global financial and resource domination through the petrodollar and dollar world reserve currency status.

The current trade and economic sanctions against Russia and Iran follow this time-tested action that is never successful on its own, as we know from the 50-plus-year blockade of Cuba. But this strategy can lead to opposition nations retaliating by military means, often their only alternative to end blockades etc., which are an act of war and allow the US and other democracies to bring their ultimate superior military power to bare against the offending sovereign state. This worked for Lincoln against the Confederate States of America, by Woodrow Wilson against the Central Powers before World War One, against the Japanese Empire before World War Two, Iraq, Libya – the list is endless.

Recently the US has created the oil price collapse, working closely with its client state Saudi Arabia, in order to weaken the economic power of both Iran and Russia, the two main nations opposing US hegemony, foreign policy and petrodollar policy. Yes, this will play havoc with the US shale oil industry as well as London's North Sea oil industry but oil profits pale in comparison to the importance of maintaining Western power over Russia and China.

I hope Putin realizes the US is not playing games here, as this is a financial and strategic game to the death for Washington and it's Western allies that have foolishly followed the Goldman Sachs/central banking cartel's deadly sovereign debt recipe and for growth and prosperity. The time is up; the debts can never be repaid and sooner or later must be repudiated one way or the other.

China is waiting in the wings as the new world economic power and while it is too big to challenge, US strategy is to take out its top two allies, Iran and Russia, to buy time for Wall Street and Washington. The strategy might be a competitive economic course of action but the risk of military consequences and even a third world war loom on the horizon and no country has ever defeated Russia in a land attack. This is risky brinkmanship just to protect our banking and Wall Street elites and their profits at the expense of the American people, I might add, but the US has done this before.

Is This Just a Repeat of the Versailles Treaty, Russian-style?

This has all happened before. It's the same old game with different players. I fear we are watching a repeat of the Versailles Treaty, Russian-style. If you look closely at real history rather than the establishment-directed propaganda dished out to the public, you'll realize that the Western financial elites and central banking cartel seldom change tactics. Why should they? Their financial empires continue to grow during all major wars and financial crises and if they should guess wrong, then they get taxpayers to bail them out.

The Goldman Sachs, Rothschild and Soros types control the Western democracies as well as the financial markets and use paid or blackmailed cheerleaders and front men to advance their best interests to the populace as acceptable economic or political policies.

For example, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points statement given on January 8, 1918, claiming the war and US intervention was a moral cause to advance peace in Europe after World War One, was one of the leading reasons the Germans sued for peace. In hindsight, we know that American intervention was really instituted to prevent an Allied loss or negotiated settlement that could make it impossible for French and British banks to pay back their massive loans to the US banking establishment and thereby bankrupting our leading banks of the day.

Once the war was over the platitudes about freedom, self-determination and making the world safe for democracy dissolved into the Treaty of Versailles, probably one of the most vengeful and unfair peace treaties ever forced on a defeated foe. The entire Austrian-Hungarian empire was totally destroyed except for the small area of present Austria and Germany, which was stripped of much of its territory and subjected to a vengeful, unpayable war debt comparable to America's current national debt today. Sadly, the treaty created the public anger and economic chaos that eventually brought Hitler to power and set the stage for the Second World War.

So Where Does Russia Go from Here?

First, the US cable pundits are suggesting that Putin might retaliate by invading Ukraine. Why would Russia want Ukraine? Except for substantial agricultural resources that can be purchased on the open market, this is a bankrupt country with a long list of failed governments. The country has become a pawn in the battle between East and West, and its people have already suffered so much. Now Russia might move in the East to protect Russian-speaking areas and could be willing to suffer the additional economic consequences of creating a land bridge to Crimea but the military option appears quite limited and counter-productive at best.

No nation will win a shooting war between the US, UK and EU versus Russia and China. The consequences are too horrible to be contemplated but Russia has an ace in the hole that can win the financial and economic battle going on today.

First, Russia should join with China in a new gold, oil and natural resource backed monetary union as an alternative to the failed debt democracy model pushed by Wall Street, the central bank cartel and self-serving politicians in the West. It simply does not work in the long term to finance prosperity and improved standards of living through mountains of debt placed on future generations.

Washington has destroyed every tax haven and bit of personal and financial privacy in the world because of its desperate need for revenue. Every financial haven has caved, including Switzerland, because they cannot hope to prevail against the US, UK and EU. The US intends to make Russia a pariah state and cut it off from trade, funds transfer, banking and Western credit markets. It will not relent until Putin is overthrown and Russia is compliant with and a supporter of the New World Order. Next in line following Russia will be China. Thus, a monetary union could provide the needed support for Russia necessary to guarantee the independence and self-determination of China.

Second, Russia should act offensively rather than defensively on the financial front by creating corporate tax-free/low income tax zones and welcoming corporations, successful individuals and entrepreneurs to take up residence and create jobs and prosperity. The Hong Kong model does work to create industry, service industry and free-market prosperity and to win, Russia needs far more than a resource-based economy.

Russia needs more population and a larger middle class and should offer residency and citizenship opportunities to productive and successful workers, entrepreneurial businesses and corporations etc. with the right of reasonable financial and corporate privacy along with the low tax benefits.

Canada, the wonderful country I live and work in today, offers permanent residency benefits and citizenship to hundreds of thousands of foreigners wanting to work and immigrate to Canada together with low corporate tax benefits.

Russia can and should do the same, although the market will require bargain prices as Russia does not have the long history of rule of law, security and peace like Canada does. Russia should look at good climate areas like Crimea and other areas around the Black Sea and maybe Kaliningrad in the north directly in the middle of the EU.

Competititon, free markets, minimal regulation and low taxes are the 21st century solution to military aggression, over-indebted and resource-hungry empires. Putin said it best in his news conference last week.

"They won't leave [the bear] alone. They will always seek to chain it. And once it's chained, they'll rip out its teeth and claws. The nuclear deterrence, speaking in present-day terms. As soon as this happens, nobody will need [the bear] anymore. They'll stuff it. And start to put their hands on its Taiga [Siberian forest belt] after it. We've heard statements from Western officials that Russia's owning Siberia was not fair." – Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin, now is the time to play your ace in the hole. Russia can win the financial and economic war being waged against it but not by playing the same old game of poker where cheating prevails. Show the world that Russia is worthy of 21st century leadership in a peaceful and competitive manner by using the debt, currency and banking weaknesses of the West to defeat an opponent out to chain Russia as it has the rest of the world into surrender and serfdom.

If you are as concerned as I am about where the world is headed, consider securing a second home internationally in the right location as a means to protect you and your family. Think of it as lifestyle insurance.


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Jumbotron's picture

Fuck Putin. Just another in a long list of Russian tyrants masquerading as a people's savior. Since the Commies these fucks like Putin use propaganda like Putin showing off his bitch tits in the mountains on a pony to convince the Russian people he's a strong man. And you useful idiots on ZH and elsewhere juice your jockys everytime he does.

Putin's got nothing. He played the wrong chess move. He knows it. The West knows it. The little bitch us going to sit there and ride out his term until the stupid Russians reelect him again.....unless the economy really goes in the shitter even for Russia. Until enough Russians realize that maybe.....just maybe....this useless KGB fuck us the real problem.

Publicus's picture

Ban the use of the US dollar/euro, problem solved. Use only Ruble and Yuan.

LetThemEatRand's picture

What happened to the whole Putin is playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers meme?  Now it's bloggers telling Putin how to "fix" things?  He's an oligarch, guys.  He's playing the same game of fuck the people and make off with the loot.

ZerOhead's picture

Obama also has an Ace in his hole... unfortunately it's just Reggie.


lakecity55's picture

Lance Link is not directing anything other than what he wants to blow.

The guy loves Bankster Dick!


eatthebanksters's picture

Putin is not a good guy, for sure...but he's smarter at the game of world politics than all the western leaders combined.  A week ago everyone was saying that Obama wrecked him and taught him a lesson, but they were wrong.  If we are leading the way of the destruction of the ruble then we are playing with fire.  There is a lot of chess to be played before its all over and Putin knows a lot more about chess than Obama.  Also, Obama has this ego thing about never compromising; beware of the animal you don't kill with a single clean shot...an injured animal is the most dangerous adversary.  

LetThemEatRand's picture

Putin made billions being an oligarch via his KGB connections, working inside his government.  He arrested his political opponents.  He's in with the bankers.  He is not your savior.

If you disagree, please remind me which business he ran that enriched him.

old naughty's picture

He's dictated, just as any pet oligarch would be. He would play, just not ace-in-the-hole we sheeples expected.

jeff montanye's picture

russia has other options and can use the great leverage (as in oceans of borrowed money) of the west against it.  allow some russian entities not to pay back the money owed western, especially european, banks.  through other entities, buy contracts for the delivery of silver and gold and stand for delivery, paying for them with treasury bonds.  

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) jeff montanye Dec 27, 2014 4:34 AM

WWII never ended. It will never end until the paper printing chosenites are all gone. Or we are all gone.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

WWII never ended. It will never end until the paper printing chosenites are all gone. Or we are all gone.

10 sick bastards up voted you, no doubt weaseling away their ethnic hatred with the caveat "well, only the paper printing ones". Yeah, it was only the Judefetzen printers in the ghettos. Nice informal poll. ZH has terminal cancer, start the clock.

BlindMonkey's picture

About that "arrest political opponents thing". At this point, given all we know about the US backed color revolutions, isn't that the smart and prudent play?

If these "opponents" have any ties to the various gov and NGO outfits I would hope he crushes them before that bit of silliness affects the RF.

August's picture

Along those lines, M. Khodorkovsky is tanned, rested and ready... and available to shepherd a post-Putin Kremlin into the broad sunlit uplands of the NWO.   Just telephone the Financial Tiimes for Mr. Khodorkovsky's contact details, and a luncheon meeting.


eatthebanksters's picture

He's not my savior, he's a bad actor. But he is a smart motherfucker and we should not be lulled into a place where we think we have him under control or have outsmarted him.

noben's picture

LTER, you're a smart and insightful guy, but sometimes I think you need some... perspective:

When it's their leaders our MSM and politicians call them Dictators, Oligarchs...

When they're our leaders and figureheads, we call them exalted names of Entitlement (Emperor, King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Sultan, Emir), Chairman or Billionaire -- even though they've done nothing for a very long time (if ever), while the minions underneath them are doing the real work, creating, inventing and building. 

Our organized criminals not only get a free pass, but get Trillion-dollar bailouts.  Sep. 10, 2001:  Rumsfeld at a loss to explain $3 Trillion missing.  Next, day, Sep. 11, 2001... total NON-issue since then.  And never mind the Trillions we've gone into Debt to fight this so-caller war on terrorism, and the Trillions dollar QE's.  We're talking well over $10-15 Trillion of fraudulent Debt that's been piled on -- if you care to put numbers to the extent of the fraud and high treason perpetrated -- all, allegedly, in our name.  Compared to our galaxy-class criminals, their oligarchs are rank amateurs.

Your comments have greater weight when balanced and have perspective, which I recommend you keep or add.

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) noben Dec 27, 2014 4:39 AM

Who's fighting Israel's wars for them? That's right, Americas Christians. Bunch of fuckng idiots.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Well then, its about time you grow a shitty little moustache and start waking them up in the beer halls.

Sturm und Drang's picture

Are you going to buy a painting or are you just going talk trash?

aiaiai's picture

Je can't. He is a chosenite. Now he is chosen not to reply.

quasimodo's picture

If you think it's Christians in the true sense of the definition, you seriously need to do some research, otherwise it's all crap you painting with a damn big brush.

Calmyourself's picture

LTER is a sock puppet whose act changes but it always manages to come up with seductive tales that lead one right back into group think and the NWO mindset.  You have not read it long enough.. "There is no difference" is a classic case of Bernays methods being used to lull you back into the game, after all there is no difference, why object?

Cathartes Aura's picture

some of us read "There is no difference" as an awareness of the artificial "sides" drawn to get the unaware to envision themselves as somehow better than an other, be it via "religion" or "race" or "gender" - all completely arbitrary stories created by those chosenites like "Bernays" who SEE how easily a story can be fed to cultures, then pit those cultures against each other over time. . .

the most popular "story" being invisible lines drawn around corporate nationstates, with uniforms passed out with the "defend your state" story - perpetual war, it's part of a Man's heritage, to kill another man, rape the women and children, move on to the next battle.

THIS is history, I challenge anyone to prove otherwise.  History is hatred, war, and uniform'd "reality" spoon fed from birth.  for decades amrka believed itself to be special and chosen, which is an echo of WHICH PEOPLES?  all the while being taxed and ruled, divided by tall tales told, and believed.  and all the while, every single day of your lives, there were STILL uniformed men occupying other'd peoples lands for resource extraction, instilling hatred as they proliferate.  Uniformed Men, globally occupying for those who pay them, those who ORDER them to do unspeakable acts, for pennies.  THIS is history.

I read LTER's "there is no difference" as a call to dis-engage, to SEE the story, to SEE THROUGH the story, and walk away.

but that takes courage.  more courage than uni-form'd animals can muster, as we can see daily. . .

much easier to cheer one side, and hate the other.

Calmyourself's picture

We'll agree to disagree.  Its comments are intentionally leading and do not encourage stepping outside but stepping out of the fray completely, disengagement..

Volkodav's picture

VV Putin was never about money

fockewulf190's picture

"Putin made billions being an oligarch via his KGB connections, working inside his government.  He arrested his political opponents.  He's in with the bankers.  He is not your savior.

If you disagree, please remind me which business he ran that enriched him."


Let me guess.  It was "construction".  Just like my old landord Vito used to say.

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BillyPilgrim (not verified) LetThemEatRand Dec 27, 2014 4:49 AM

I disagree, please show me these billions. If you think he is "in with the bankers" you have no clue what has happened in Russia the last 20 years.

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BillyPilgrim (not verified) LetThemEatRand Dec 27, 2014 4:50 AM

I disagree, please show me these billions. If you think he is "in with the bankers" you have no clue what has happened in Russia the last 20 years.

JohninMK's picture

Remind me how different that is from America in the late 19th early 20th centuries, when they were at a similar stage of development?

Back then they were not oligarchs they were robber barons. You will see from this list that many of their decendents still control large amounts of the US's wealth via their trust funds.


oudinot's picture

Rand:  I prefer a rich national laeder with his own resources and act independently rather than the puppets in the US who need the money to win elections so they do as they are told by US oligarchs and Wall Street.


flapdoodle's picture

If Putin were as corrupt as you say, he would have cut a new deal with the Anglo-Zionists that gives them what they wants and a lot of money for him.

The fear of many at ZH is that Putin has done exactly that, but by the evidence of how this thing is playing out so far.

He is not playing along with the US Deep State, hence they want to eliminate him as a problem, thinking that they could install a marshmallow patsy like Medvedev in his place...

buyingsterling's picture

Apparently, Putin mistreated some political opponents, during a time when he had a lot of latitude. What do you think the likes of Obama would do to his opponents if he had real latitude? Even without it we have universal surveillance and the NDAA. Putin looks restrained, IMO.

Groundhog Day's picture

I dont think Obama even knows how to play chess.  This is the cia, mic, nsa against the kgb. Putin and Obama are just pawns.

fockewulf190's picture

"Obama also has an Ace in his hole... unfortunately it's just Reggie."

Thats frowned upon in Russia now isn´t it.

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) fockewulf190 Dec 27, 2014 4:39 AM

That's frowned upon everywhere in the world. Except, apparently, n your bedroom.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Off to rousing start I see. Let me help. You need to insert the bulb and leave the bag outside your body. Carry on.

Anusocracy's picture

Once again a fool's comment because all of this stems from the dupe majority who want government and government creates all of these problems.

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me my entire life I'm a born dupe.

aurum4040's picture

Russian citizens, at this moment in time, have far more willpower and strength than today's American citizen and so do Chinese citizens for that matter ~ its no contest; our citizens have not known and or dealt with any true difficulty since the Great Depression. Russia will be fine ~ America will be the fakebook pussey it is and allow Blankfein and friends to continously rape and pillage until we have no liberties left, oil is $300 a barrel, and the 'Commies' take control of the Great Game. 

new game's picture

think you nailed it - road of ruin, long winding, methodical, IN YOUR FUCKING FACE, FASCISM ...

TungstenBars's picture

.gov trolls must be waiting around ZH for every Russian piece in order to scream in fear. Funny actually

trulz4lulz's picture

It would be funny if it werent so sad, true, dangerous and well, wrong.

We must destroy their freedumbs in order to protect them! Its pretty gross if you think about it. I wonder if they know what they are doing is morally wrong and just flat out greasy or if they honestly think they are "right" and are part of the "global force for good". Fucking creepy more than anything really. Some sweaty, 400 pound virgin, sitting behind a computer in Poland or Langley somewher wathcing, reading, judging.

The thought police. Careful boys, thought police are a greasy lot, they would have to be.

Anusocracy's picture

The whole basis of government is that in order to prevent imagined possible criminality it must commit the crime of theft.

And from that breech of the camel's nose into the tent comes a never-ending onslaught of horrors created by our savior - government itself.

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Anusocracy Dec 27, 2014 4:42 AM

Tell me it's not the chosenites behind this. Go ahead, say it.

aiaiai's picture

We are chosenites. Now chosen to troll.

Spigot's picture

Chess, not poker. Chess: India, China, Russia. Poker? America. Zero doesn't have a clue.

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Spigot Dec 27, 2014 4:48 AM

What was that Mcain said? "You can't just go around invading other countries"... What a blunder.

Next day an entire jet plane disappears to distract the masses.

opport.knocks's picture

No, that was John Kerry's blunder.


McCain said "Russia Is A Gas Station' Masquerading As A Country"


In which case; "America is an overweight mall cop who can't pay his mortgage pretending to be the world's policeman."