Paul Krugman as reactionary on Russia and Putin...
My reply-comment to a Russia/Putin basher:
You can't read Putin's mind.
While you accuse Nancy of ignoring things, try not ignoring that Putin is up against neoliberals and neoconservatives.
You know that neocons lied the US into invading and occupying Iraq. You know that Saddam had zero to do with 9/11 and that the Weapons of Mass Destruction were long gone or what little might not have been found was lost by Saddam's government and regardless, was severely deteriorated and useless.
Putin looks around and sees US military hegemony and sees it with good reason.
He's accused of being exactly what he overthrew (the oligarchs). Meanwhile, the Russian standard of living and quality of life improved dramatically under his watch.
Is he perfect? Of course he's not, but is he worse than those you are apparently backing? In my view, it's very likely that he's far from it.
Where's the proof that he's a kleptocrat? I don't have any, and neither do you and neither does Paul Krugman, who is acting (I hope unwittingly) as nothing better here than a false propagandist echoing completely unsubstantiated allegations.
I like and agree with plenty that Paul Krugman writes, but this article is nothing short of pathetic in my eyes.
If you want to defend against Putin, defend neoliberal economics, which seeks to rape the Ukrainian people, whether ethnic Russian or not, to turn Ukraine into another Greece or Spain..., not that the prior government was sainted.