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Putin Bashing - by Stephen Lendman
America targets Russia and a global rival.
On September 24, Russia's Vladimir Putin announced he'll run again for president in 2012 after serving eight years as Dmitry Medvedev's Prime Minister.
America's media have better memories than elephants. In November 2007, they recall Putin on National Unity Day telling military cadets and youth groups that while:
"an overwhelming majority of people in the world," are friendly toward Russia, some "keep saying to this day that our nation should be split. Some believe that we are too lucky to possess so much natural wealth, which they say must be divided."
In a thinly veiled reference to America, he added, "(t)hese people have lost their mind. (They) would like to build a unipolar world and rule over all mankind. Nothing of this kind has ever occurred in our planet's history, and I don't think it will ever happen."
On August 1, 2011 Reuters headlined, "Putin says US is "parasite" on global economy," saying:
Putin accused America "of living beyond its means 'like a parasite' on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets."
If America is in "systemic malfunction," he added, it affects everyone. Indeed so, and Putin is outspoken saying it.
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