Peggy Noonan writing in the WSJ
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Russia’s Vladimir Putin ... views the current American political leadership class as utterly decadent and unworthy of traditional diplomatic norms and boundaries.
* AND HE'S RIGHT!
* THAT'S WHAT I THINK TOO!
Because he knows them.
Think of how he’s experienced them the past few years. Readers of these pages know of the Uranium One deal in which a Canadian businessman got Bill Clinton to help him get control of uranium mining fields in Kazakhstan. The businessman soon gave $31 million to the Clinton Foundation, with a pledge of $100 million more.
Uranium One acquired significant holdings in the U.S.
A Russian company moved to buy it.
The deal needed U.S. approval, including from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
While it was under consideration the Clinton Foundation received more money from Uranium One.
Bill Clinton got a $500,000 speech fee.
Mrs. Clinton approved the deal.
The Russian company is now one of the world’s largest uranium producers.
Significant amounts of U.S. uranium are, in effect, owned by Russia.
This summer a WikiLeaks dump showed the State Department warning that Russia was moving to control the global supply of nuclear fuel. The deal went through anyway, and...
...THE CLINTON FOUNDATION FLOURISHED.
* And by "Clinton Foundation" we all know she's talking about... the Clintons themselves... the Clinton Family (including Chelsea and her husband)... the FRIENDS of Bill and Hillary...
Peter Schweizer, who broke the Uranium One story, reported in these pages how Mrs. Clinton also pushed for a U.S.-Russian technology initiative whose goals included “the development of ties between the Russian and American people.” Mrs Clinton looked for U.S. investors and found them. Of the 28 announced “key partners,” 60% had made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation. Even Russian investors ponied up.
* ONE MORE TIME, FOLKS: "OF THE 28 KEY PARTNERS, 60% HAD MADE FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. EVEN THE RUSSIAN INVESTORS PONIED UP."
But the research coming out of the initiative raised alarms: U.S. military experts warned of satellite, space and nuclear technology transfers. The FBI thought the Russian partners’ motive was to “gain access to classified, sensitive, and emerging technology.”
WikiLeaks later unearthed a State Department cable expressing concern about the project. Somehow, said Mr. Schweizer, the Clinton State Department “missed or ignored obvious red flags.”
What would Mr. Putin, knowing all this and inferring Mrs. Clinton’s real priorities, conclude about the American political system and its major practitioners?
* HE'D FEEL ABSOLUTELY CONTEMPT AND REVULSION - JUST AS I DO - JUST AS ALL OF YOU SHOULD.
Mr. Putin and perhaps other world leaders have come to have diminished respect for the morality, patriotism and large-mindedness of our leaders.
Nikita Khrushchev had a rough respect for JFK and his men and that respect, in the Cuban Missile Crisis, helped avert nuclear war.
* AS FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA... MY GOD... WHAT HAVE WE COME TO?