Monday, December 29, 2008

What Passes For Analysis in the [Once and Future?] USSR

Igor Panarin has the ear of Vlad The Empoisoner Putin, I'll bet, with his frightful predictions of the imminent demise of the USA. This is not the first time that ignorant Eurotrash has predicted the US is a house of cards, since the rigid and sclerotic statist mentality cannot understand American freedoms, mistaking them for anarchy. Read the WSJ article for a few chuckles and raising-eyebrow exercises!

Free Republic prints the original Novosti article with this delicious extended hallucination:
Asked why he expected the U.S. to break up into separate parts, he said: "A whole range of reasons. Firstly, the financial problems in the U.S. will get worse. Millions of citizens there have lost their savings. Prices and unemployment are on the rise. General Motors and Ford are on the verge of collapse, and this means that whole cities will be left without work. Governors are already insistently demanding money from the federal center. Dissatisfaction is growing, and at the moment it is only being held back by the elections and the hope that Obama can work miracles. But by spring, it will be clear that there are no miracles."

He also cited the "vulnerable political setup", "lack of unified national laws", and "divisions among the elite, which have become clear in these crisis conditions."

He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

He even suggested that "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all."

On the fate of the U.S. dollar, he said: "In 2006 a secret agreement was reached between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. on a common Amero currency as a new monetary unit. This could signal preparations to replace the dollar. The one-hundred dollar bills that have flooded the world could be simply frozen. Under the pretext, let's say, that terrorists are forging them and they need to be checked."

and then notes at the end:
Panarin, 60, is a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has authored several books on information warfare. [my emph.]

Looks like Tovarich Panarin needs to reassess his basic information input sources before fantasizing in public, but it should be a warning that know-nothing nudniks like Panarin are actually in positions of influence in Putin's attempt to Stalinize Russia after a KGB elite completes its takeover.

And that is less fantastic than Professor Panarin's lucubrations.

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