Buchanan Asks "Is Putin The 'Preeminent Statesman' Of Our Times?"

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Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

“If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time.


“On the world stage, who could vie with him?”

So asks Chris Caldwell of the Weekly Standard in a remarkable essay in Hillsdale College’s March issue of its magazine, Imprimis.

What elevates Putin above all other 21st-century leaders?

When Putin took power in the winter of 1999-2000, his country was defenseless. It was bankrupt. It was being carved up by its new kleptocratic elites, in collusion with its old imperial rivals, the Americans. Putin changed that.


“In the first decade of this century, he did what Kemal Ataturk had done in Turkey in the 1920s. Out of a crumbling empire, he resurrected a national-state, and gave it coherence and purpose. He disciplined his country’s plutocrats. He restored its military strength. And he refused, with ever blunter rhetoric, to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders. His voters credit him with having saved his country.”

Putin’s approval rating, after 17 years in power, exceeds that of any rival Western leader. But while his impressive strides toward making Russia great again explain why he is revered at home and in the Russian diaspora, what explains Putin’s appeal in the West, despite a press that is every bit as savage as President Trump’s?

Answer: Putin stands against the Western progressive vision of what mankind’s future ought to be. Years ago, he aligned himself with traditionalists, nationalists and populists of the West, and against what they had come to despise in their own decadent civilization.

What they abhorred, Putin abhorred. He is a God-and-country Russian patriot. He rejects the New World Order established at the Cold War’s end by the United States. Putin puts Russia first.

And in defying the Americans he speaks for those millions of Europeans who wish to restore their national identities and recapture their lost sovereignty from the supranational European Union. Putin also stands against the progressive moral relativism of a Western elite that has cut its Christian roots to embrace secularism and hedonism.

The U.S. establishment loathes Putin because, they say, he is an aggressor, a tyrant, a “killer.” He invaded and occupies Ukraine. His old KGB comrades assassinate journalists, defectors and dissidents.

Yet while politics under both czars and commissars has often been a blood sport in Russia, what has Putin done to his domestic enemies to rival what our Arab ally Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has done to the Muslim Brotherhood he overthrew in a military coup in Egypt?

What has Putin done to rival what our NATO ally President Erdogan has done in Turkey, jailing 40,000 people since last July’s coup — or our Philippine ally Rodrigo Duterte, who has presided over the extrajudicial killing of thousands of drug dealers?

Does anyone think President Xi Jinping would have handled mass demonstrations against his regime in Tiananmen Square more gingerly than did President Putin this last week in Moscow?

Much of the hostility toward Putin stems from the fact that he not only defies the West, when standing up for Russia’s interests, he often succeeds in his defiance and goes unpunished and unrepentant.

He not only remains popular in his own country, but has admirers in nations whose political establishments are implacably hostile to him.

In December, one poll found 37 percent of all Republicans had a favorable view of the Russian leader, but only 17 percent were positive on President Barack Obama.

There is another reason Putin is viewed favorably. Millions of ethnonationalists who wish to see their nations secede from the EU see him as an ally. While Putin has openly welcomed many of these movements, America’s elite do not take even a neutral stance.

Putin has read the new century better than his rivals. While the 20th century saw the world divided between a Communist East and a free and democratic West, new and different struggles define the 21st.

The new dividing lines are between social conservatism and self-indulgent secularism, between tribalism and transnationalism, between the nation-state and the New World Order.

On the new dividing lines, Putin is on the side of the insurgents. Those who envision de Gaulle’s Europe of Nations replacing the vision of One Europe, toward which the EU is heading, see Putin as an ally.

So the old question arises: Who owns the future?

In the new struggles of the new century, it is not impossible that Russia — as was America in the Cold War — may be on the winning side. Secessionist parties across Europe already look to Moscow rather than across the Atlantic.

“Putin has become a symbol of national sovereignty in its battle with globalism,” writes Caldwell. “That turns out to be the big battle of our times. As our last election shows, that’s true even here.”

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Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mar 31, 2017 7:16 PM

Yes Pat, he is.

crazzziecanuck's picture

You need to add the following to be even more accurate: "... only by default because all the other remaining world leaders are little more timid technocrats who only got the job because a tiny minority of their populations even feel the need to participate in the democratic charade as they inherently know full well any leader they elect will immediately kowtow to the monied interests that own them and their entire families."



kavlar's picture

The LONG arm of the US Government reached out for Putin and got chopped off.


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Mano-A-Mano (not verified) kavlar Mar 31, 2017 9:33 PM

The machete was mine.

stizazz's picture

The Federal Reserve could use a good chopping as well.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) stizazz Mar 31, 2017 9:36 PM

For them, I'll lend my 2 machetes.

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) stizazz Mar 31, 2017 11:21 PM

Yeah, no Pat.  Putin is a kleptocratic scumbag who has inconvenient people shot to death in their homes.


Four chan's picture

putin is literally sitting back, and laughing at the liberals over here trying to will a false reality based on hitlerys lies into being.

nmewn's picture

Its really funny as hell ain't?

Since the days of Stalin the progs have stumbled all over themselves in apologia. This sort of nonsense..."Yes well, there may not be any bread after waiting in line all day on your appointed bread day but there was the promise of bread!"...but now that the Russian people can readily get bread anytime they want (day or night) Russia is evil incarnate to the progs.

They are and always have been mentally unhinged, incapable of a critical thought. Its just like when Trump said "Putin was a strong leader"...they absolutely freaked-the-fuck-out...lol. In comparison to Obama or not was completely beside the point that zoomed an inch above their heads without them ever feeling the rush of air that flipped their hair over their face, they just noticed the hair over their eyes and brushed it back never wondering how it got there.

The progs took the statement to mean praise or admiration when neither of those attributes was offered or implied ;-)

Paper Mache's picture

Sounds like Killary''s tactics to me

kochevnik's picture

Putin is globalist, but of different vintage to failing colonialist West.  He was repelled and stymied by Western globalists who think they are exceptional.  I only see they are exceptionally arrogant.  Yeltsin was installed by USA & Rothschilds under condition to transfer all Soviet wealth to Jacob Rothschild with the six Jews. Under Putin these pedos and terrorists were replaced with other Jews like owner of RT and Jews who are child friends of Putin.  Then again Putin must use some binding strength to keep Russia as one country, or regional powers will make it fly apart.  Many freedoms Americans are told they have (but of course do not) are openly restricted in Russia.  Namely nationalists are kept under control.  Putin is not a hero he is not even an advocate of Caucasians.  It seems nobody represents Caucasians so they will be overrun with time.  If Caucasians insist upon remaining aloof and not being tribal, they will likely vanish.  Existing tribal organizations are infiltrated with Bolsheviks and are a liability to whites

Then of course the alleged representatives of Caucasians reside in Ukraine, and of course only serve their Bolshevik masters as with all NAZIS.  It seems any white movement is readily infiltrated no matter where in the world.  To some extent Putin must act as in opposition to these fascists.  Unfortunately the very thing that defines Russia can be lost in the battle

Also now we have 2018 elections so Putin is collecting loose ends.  There should be focus on the next president.  Putin may be remembered for putting Russia ahead of globalists, and being shrewd.  The impetus for restricted globalism was plainly the massive destruction wrought by Yeltsin oligarchs

loves the truth's picture

Putin is pushing to Ban Jw.s in Russia. There is s court meeting on it April 5.
They want to confiscate all the buildings properties aid 2400 congregations and 175,000 witnesses whom they have labeled as Exremists.. now that's extreme.

N0TME's picture

Where are you getting this? Post link please.

loves the truth's picture

No its real..

Putin and 5 other top officials probably has about 5 million letters on their desks to open.


loves the truth's picture

No its real..

Putin and 5 other top officials probably has about 5 million letters on their desks to open.




francis scott falseflag's picture




You should have said there is a court meeting on it APRIL 1. (April's Fool Day).

You are still a moron even with your new handle. :o\

GUS100CORRINA's picture

This article certainly gives the world something to think about at this time.

I would TRUST PUTIN more than I would TRUST OBAMA.

One of the key differences between PUTIN and OBAMA ..


OBAMA has done nothing to protect America's CHILDREN. In fact, OBAMA is known as the ABORTION PRESIDENT who will be accountable for his sins against CHILDREN.

Sportster2005's picture

Putin seems to prefer bilateral agreements over trans agreements.

Sportster2005's picture

Preeminent statesman of all time?

Teja's picture

Mountain Eagle. Kremlin Highlander. Sun over the Motherland, that is Our Vozhd!

HardAssets's picture

Yeah, he may very well be. But just look at the competition he's against.

No competition.

Laddie's picture

Putin IS the top man of contemporary world. His brilliance was on display handling the Israeli run Georgian invasion of South Ossetia. I mean that was MAGNIFICENT!
For reasons of having a port there he has helped the second best leader Bashar al-Assad, Assad heads a small country but he is GOOD too.

Trump has yet to be measured, if he can do 30% of what Putin and Assad have done, with those SUPER BALLS those two guys have then we will be in MUCH, MUCH better shape.

Putin on migrant rape: “It doesn’t fit into my head what they’re thinking over there”
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is baffled over Europe’s migration policy and says he won’t be taking advice from Western ‘experts’ on the subject. At a meeting in southern Russia, Putin said that he just can’t understand what Europe is thinking when rapists are acquitted because of supposed cultural differences.

Vladimir Putin's SHORTEST EVER speech.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, addressed the Duma (Russian Parliament) and discussed tensions with minorities in Russia:

"In Russia, we live like Russians. Members of any minority, from anywhere, if they wish to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian and should respect Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law and to live the life of Muslims, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loudly they yell 'discrimination'. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and France if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries - but they will not take over Russia. Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind Russian national interests first, bearing in mind that the members of Muslim minorities are not Russians."

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

Putin to Israel: “The Game is Over”

The Golden Shower and the Golden Bough

I don’t know whether Trump’s #GoldenShowerGate presser was the “moneychanger moment” or not, but it had the feel of a major escalation in the contest. Certainly, his enemies believed that this was a potential decapitation stroke. That it failed—as all of their previous efforts have failed—will only serve to strengthen their resolve. By exposing their corruption and incompetence, Trump has raised the stakes, which were already cosmic. The US Intelligence Community, a hermetic and self-governing authority in its own right, has decades of expertise in fomenting revolution, engineering regime change, and assassinating its opposition. They have taken down foreign leaders with some regularity. It is likely that they have done the same in our own country.

They see Putin’s Russia as an existential threat to their interests, not because of his imagined persecution of “journalists” (who are really just enemy combatants and subversives in the employ of the occult world order). Not because of his natural territorial ambitions in Russia’s traditional sphere of influence. Not because of “Muhleppo.” And certainly not because of his alleged “hacking” of the DNC. Putin is an existential threat because he is living proof that the world could be ordered in a different way. He undermines what Michael Hoffman in his book Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare described as the “myth of inevitability” that has always been the chief psychological weapon of progressives and globalists.

‘Putin and Assad saved my life’
February 10, 2017
Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) has been a witness to the “civil war” in Syria, but he says Western reports on the conflict in Syria are completely misleading: “The Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”

Privyet_Jet's picture

dis is great (((copy pasta))) da!

MuffDiver69's picture

Couldn't agree more. In the end Putin is hated for being proud of Russia and defends it much the way Reagan did America, which also enraged the Globalist left...Putin and Reagan's concept of their country are/were exaggerated to some extent, but the other choice is the last eight years...

kochevnik's picture

If you lived in Russia you might have different view.  Not the gleeful optimism or blind Bolshevek media hatred, but a third more practical view.  To some extent the Kremil must retain power lest rogue regional govenors seige power.  Putin tempered the chaos of the Ueltsin abuses, and for that most are thankful.  Under Yeltsin the very concept of Russian nation was eroding

The Putin of 1999 is not the same as 2017

BobEore's picture

Your previous comment above was a wonderful synopsis of unbiased reflection upon the subject, and I thank you for that moment of clarity in a whirlpool of factionalist fervor.

I suppose you are using the term "Bolshevik" as a cover word for the obvious elephant left out of all polite conversation... there's nothing wrong with doing so, but the fact remains that until the words Ashkenazi Mafiya, Chabad Lubavitch, and Talmudic Kabbalism are restored to any discussion of Mr Putin and his place in history, there will be nothing but smoke and mirrors in place of honest and open debate. If Ukrania is an example of a place where the influence and malice of those mentioned forces are on display openly,

Russia is an example of where... while treading more carefully... they still make an impact of gigantic measure on the realities of power - and who holds it. If there is any 'genius' to Putin's staying power and aura of performance, it's in his ability to dance with this unspoken partner in a wary... but willing... manner. Hold the reins, not too tight, not too loose. That's how he has survived - even thrived - in a time when western leaders have universally succumbed to the covert campaigns of those same forces - and become literal puppets of the sionist entity. Fanboys lauding Vlad as the second coming are victims of their own need for imagined champions in an era when champions don't survive long enough to do the goy peoples any good.

He, in contrast has proven himself a 'survivor.' In the end this may... or may not prove to have been of greater assistance to the cause of civilization than the champions of western societies have proven. We won't know till much later. Buchanan & Co's premature ecomium here is either an ominous prediction that we'll not be seeing a positive answer to that question... or is simply more stuffin in a box already full of trite cotton wool designed to muffle the noise of nations being one by one tortured into submission to the agenda of radical talmudic terror.

Sportster2005's picture

Bohemian Grove and island off Panama. Noriega had pictures. U.S. attacked, destroyed Panama records building holding the information and killed many innocent people.

Flynn has info on politicians, their family members, and friends who are pedophiles. Could get interesting.

francis scott falseflag's picture


Da, pravda pravda.

 (yes. it is true it is true)


It is a lyric of Vaudemont's from his and blind Iolanta's duet in the 3rd scene of Tchaikovsky's

last opera, Iolanta.

It is easily understandable with absolutely no fluency in Russian.


GooseShtepping Moron's picture

I wish to say this as clearly as possible. The allegations of Russia “hacking,” subverting, or otherwise influencing the US elections are total fabrications. The intelligence hearings that just took place are a national disgrace. This is the Deep State pissing on our shoes and saying it’s raining to extent that we haven’t seen before. It’s very ominous in its implications.

They are doubling down on the lie of Russian hacking by already applying the frontlash to the inevitable reaction. They are now saying that one of Russia’s ostensible goals is to undermine our faith in the US government and our trust in its officials and institutions. You see, if you balk at what the Deep State is doing, if you doubt the inerrancy of its proclamations, if you do anything other than love Big Brother, then you are already part of the problem.

A state that resorts to such tactics has lost all credibility. These pathetic attempts to gaslight us into hating Russia and embracing the Cathedral are emblematic of a weak and feckless tyranny. It shows to what extent our elites have become a congeries of impotent lunatics, careerists, catamites, bluestockings, and effeminate Farquaads.

The Russian hacking meme bears the impress and style of Bill Clinton. It is the typically Clintonian method of destroying one’s enemies by making up absolutely scurrilous charges and then meming them into existence through unrelenting repetition and escalation. This is why Hillary Clinton did not make a concession speech on election night. Bill took over DNC operations and began wargaming how they were going to destroy Trump, motivated by the very real fear that he was about to send them all to prison. When Hillary finally appeared the next morning, she was already attributing her electoral misfortunes to a “coordinated cyber attack.” They have been deepening and ramifying this fallacious charge ever since that day.

Anyone who has the ear of President Trump and who may be able to influence him needs to impart this one all-important fact. He cannot Make America Great Again if he cannot first save himself, and to save himself he needs to destroy the Left. He needs to imprison Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, and James Comey for their treasonous acts. He needs to depose and silence these activist judges. He needs to completely shut down and dissolve large swaths of the the federal bureaucracy. He needs to “Lock her up!”

This is his real mandate. If he does these things he will have the support of a surprisingly large number of Americans and his success will build on itself. If he fails to do this the Left will not fail to destroy him. Only one can survive this confrontation.

Are you listening, Mr. Trump?

espirit's picture

+1000 AGE's.

What a rant, and so true.

But, DC halflives are measured by alliances - much like  'Survivor Island'.



SWRichmond's picture

The only way to win is to attack, and in this case as ruthlessly as the Dems.

Row Well Number 41's picture

Damn, now that's some fight clubin'.


I would note though that the Republicans such as they are own at least as much responsability for this.  In the end they are both owned by the same people.  They are the two hands of the deep state, and they always grab what they are told.  If you don't deal with both hands the one you miss will kill you.

Sportster2005's picture

Trump must audit the Federal Reserve, eliminate the Federal Reserve, and start printing gold notes like John F Kennedy was printing. Kennedy's excutive order still exists, I believe.

loveyajimbo's picture

WAIT!!  What about the libturd messiah, Lord Barry Obongo??

Just kiddin'

Bill of Rights's picture

I see Putin as a Gentleman....it's our assholes who are the embarrassments. I.E. Transgender bathrooms.

Thinkpad's picture

Actually an interesting I think little none fact about Putin. His grandfather who he revered was the chef for Lenin and Stalin. Thos two were scary dudes

Thinkpad's picture

Actually an interesting I think little none fact about Putin. His grandfather who he revered was the chef for Lenin and Stalin. Thos two were scary dudes

land_of_the_few's picture

Are you suggesting he might be useful at a barbecue?

biker's picture
biker (not verified) Mar 31, 2017 7:27 PM

No comment, for fear of prosecution by my own government. I love USA. GO USA. U>S>A!

Sportster2005's picture

U.S. Federal Government is an outside entity, a private consortium of elite, bankers, etc. who own every American at birth and their labor since 1933. The Civil War was about getting the Crown and bankers back into America via the "Federal Government." Lincoln handed America to the bankers, and not sure he ever realized what he had done. However, when he started printing real American money to repay the war debt as defined in the Constitution, he was assassinated, like Kennedy who was printing gold notes to replace the Federal Reserve Notes.

francis scott falseflag's picture

                      I vote for George W Bush.  Plastic Poncho Man.


                                    SARCASTIC  WRIT LARGE

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

Plastic poncho man. Reminds me of a certain Village People song. Somebody with the requisite meme-fu should get that video going.

WTFUD's picture

If Trump's not conspiring with Putin then we're screwed.

espirit's picture

Putin's got the goods on all the Pizza-Partiers.

That's why they 'will all hang' (Hillary quote), should Trump and Putin get together.

The sooner, the better imho.