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Actually it was Boris Yeltsin who "converted the Soviet Union to a free market democracy," and enable the "market system...to bring its positive lessons" to the socialist bloc.
One of the biggest players in that was Leningrad Mayor Anatoly Sobchak. His point-man in divvying up the spoils, directed by the Chicago School of Economics, the Harvard Kennedy School, Kissinger and Associates, and Larry Summers; was Sobchak's ambitious young assistant.
Anything you'd like to reconsider, Sen. Collins or President Reagan?
Middle class grew considerably in recent years, anyway in certain regions. Floating on a pool of oil and gas. The relative height of the fall into impoverishment is what makes for a middle class revolt. Even the security services staff will feel that vertigo, certainly their upper echelons. One can hope.
Actually it was Boris Yeltsin who "converted the Soviet Union to a free market democracy
Which never happened. 😄
Ronnie could not be reached for comment from his spot in hell.
Rubio is such a jack ass. "fallen nature". Got to get the jaysus fuckers in on it.
Doesn't matter. No evidence Ukraine using Bioweapons against Russia.
Putin is planning on using chemical weapons for sure and maybe bio weapons.
Quote me on that.
This sort of puts the "nuclear option" of removing the filibuster in perspective.
At this point, withdrawal from all of Ukraine, including Crimea. Reparations. Can't see that the West is going to accept much less. Or the Ukrainians, after asking people to die for a free and entire Ukraine. Possibly they'll bargain away Crimea, as some kind of demilitarised, shared sovereignty. Can't see Putin accepting anything Ukraine is willing to accept. So I guess I should get onto ordering those iodine tablets.
I feel rationality has gone by the wayside. It's kind of like how our country has been run since about the Gingrich (spits) era. Our Constitution assumes positive intent, good faith, and rational actors running the show. They didn't count on today's GOP.
This is the scarier version of that.
As I said yesterday, Never go full Collin Powell.
That's how we got emerald ash borer: pallets coming into Detroit.
Meh, our subs have 2nd and 3rd strike capability. And if it works as well as everything else we've seen from Russia, "hypersonic" means "delivered by donkey"
"Free market democracy." Smash 'n grab. FIFY, Ronnie. You may now return to your regularly scheduled rotisserie.
About Afghan refugees no less.
Yeah, for all of Vlady-Poots bluster their hypersonic missiles are prone to rapid unscheduled disassembly if I recall correctly.
That’s a good, general-purpose reaction.