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Obama Becoming America’s Gorbachev

From the Soviet Union’s Russia’s Pravda:

Barack Obama becomes USA’s Mikhail Gorbachev


History may repeat itself two or three times or even reach the point, which Francis Fukuyama described as the end of history. The US historian of Japanese origin introduced the notion during the time when there were two dominating superpowers in the world – the United States and the Soviet Union.

When the USSR collapsed and Russia lost much of its international influence, the USA became the world’s number one gendarme. That was the time, when US presidents started making one mistake after another. Their mistakes eventually led to the phenomenon, which is currently known as the clash of civilizations. America needed an enemy. America needed oil. Both were found in one country – Iraq.

US President George W. Bush declared the date of September 11, 2001 as the beginning of new history in the world and announced the crusade against the international terrorism, which took roots in radical countries of the Muslim world.

Pakistan found itself involved in the US-led war in Afghanistan. The relations between the United States and Iran were finally ruined and were balancing on the brink of war during the last year of Bush’s presidency.

The new president of the United States of America, the first Afro-American of the Muslim origin, Barack Hussein Obama, had to face the severe reality of Bush’s legacy.

As soon as the United States found itself in the middle of the economic crisis, the administration of the country decided that it was the best time to launch the struggle for peace in the whole world. This is exactly what Mikhail Gorbachev was doing during the agony of the Soviet Union.

Barack Obama did not say anything when Israeli troops were destroying residential quarters in the Gaza Strip during the Cast Lead operation in Palestine. Obama was as silent as a sphinx.

The sphinx started talking.

Obama said during his landmark speech at the Cairo University that the state of affairs in Palestine was unbearable. He also emphasized that the USA’s ties with Israel were indestructible. Obama quoted the Holy Book of all Muslims, the Qur’an and urged the people of all religions to live in peace with each other. However, good words do not leave a sweet taste in the mouth.

Obama says that it would be good to give a new incentive to the dialogue with the Muslim world. Will the US administration be able to recognize the rights of the Palestinian Authority to create an independent state? Will the US administration ever realize that the Muslim world is not a pack of cards which the USA can play to win the geopolitical leadership?

History repeats itself. The Mideastern tour of the Afro-American head of the White House was promoted as a new page in the relations between America and the Muslim world. As a matter of fact, Mr. Obama simply did what his predecessors had done before him.

Ivan Tulyakov

Well, if anybody should know, it should be Pravda.

The new president of the United States of America, the first Afro-American of the Muslim origin, Barack Hussein Obama, had to face the severe reality of Bush’s legacy.

The things one learns from Pravda.

In any case, this makes a timely follow-on to Mr. Gorbachev’s editorial in Sunday’s Washington Post:

We had our perestroika, it’s high time for yours

By Mikhail Gorbachev

Years ago, as the Cold War was coming to an end, I said to my fellow leaders around the globe: The world is on the cusp of great events, and in the face of new challenges all of us will have to change, you as well as we. For the most part, the reaction was polite but skeptical silence.

In recent years, however, during speaking tours in the United States before university audiences and business groups, I have often told listeners that I feel Americans need their own change — a perestroika, not like the one in my country, but an American perestroika — and the reaction has been markedly different. Halls filled with thousands of people have responded with applause.

Over time, my remark has prompted all kinds of comments. Some have reacted with understanding. Others have objected, sometimes sarcastically, suggesting that I want the United States to experience upheaval, just like the former Soviet Union. In my country, particularly caustic reactions have come from the opponents of perestroika, people with short memories and a deficit of conscience. And although most of my critics surely understand that I am not equating the United States with the Soviet Union in its final years, I would like to explain my position.

Our perestroika signaled the need for change in the Soviet Union, but it was not meant to suggest a capitulation to the U.S. model. Today, the need for a more far-reaching perestroika — one for America and the world — has become clearer than ever.

It is true that the need for change in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s was urgent. The country was stifled by a lack of freedom, and the people — particularly the educated class — wanted to break the stranglehold of a system that had been built under Stalin. Millions of people were saying: “We can no longer live like this.”

We started with glasnost — giving people a chance to speak out about their worries without fear. I never agreed with my great countryman Alexander Solzhenitsyn when he said that “Gorbachev’s glasnost ruined everything.” Without glasnost, no changes would have occurred, and Solzhenitsyn would have ended his days in Vermont rather than in Russia.

At first, we labored under the illusion that revamping the existing system — changes within the “socialist model” — would suffice. But the pushback from the Communist Party and the government bureaucracy was too strong. Toward the end of 1986, it became clear to me and my supporters that nothing less than the replacement of the system’s building blocks was needed.

We opted for free elections, political pluralism, freedom of religion and an economy with competition and private property. We sought to effect these changes in an evolutionary way and without bloodshed. We made mistakes. Important decisions were made too late, and we were unable to complete our perestroika.

Two conspiracies hijacked the changes — the attempted coup in August 1991, organized by the hard-line opponents of our reforms, which ended up weakening my position as president, and the subsequent agreement among the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to dissolve the Union. Russia’s leaders then rejected the evolutionary path, plunging the country into chaos.

Nevertheless, when I am asked whether perestroika succeeded or was defeated, I reply: Perestroika won, because it brought the country to a point from which there could be no return to the past.

In the West, the breakup of the Soviet Union was viewed as a total victory that proved that the West did not need to change. Western leaders were convinced that they were at the helm of the right system and of a well-functioning, almost perfect economic model. Scholars opined that history had ended. The “Washington Consensus,” the dogma of free markets, deregulation and balanced budgets at any cost, was force-fed to the rest of the world.

But then came the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, and it became clear that the new Western model was an illusion that benefited chiefly the very rich. Statistics show that the poor and the middle class saw little or no benefit from the economic growth of the past decades.

The current global crisis demonstrates that the leaders of major powers, particularly the United States, had missed the signals that called for a perestroika. The result is a crisis that is not just financial and economic. It is political, too.

The model that emerged during the final decades of the 20th century has turned out to be unsustainable. It was based on a drive for super-profits and hyper-consumption for a few, on unrestrained exploitation of resources and on social and environmental irresponsibility.

But if all the proposed solutions and action now come down to a mere rebranding of the old system, we are bound to see another, perhaps even greater upheaval down the road. The current model does not need adjusting; it needs replacing. I have no ready-made prescriptions. But I am convinced that a new model will emerge, one that will emphasize public needs and public goods, such as a cleaner environment, well-functioning infrastructure and public transportation, sound education and health systems and affordable housing.

Elements of such a model already exist in some countries. Having rejected the tutorials of the International Monetary Fund, countries such as Malaysia and Brazil have achieved impressive rates of economic growth. China and India have pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. By mobilizing state resources, France has built a system of high-speed railways, while Canada provides free health care. Among the new democracies, Slovenia and Slovakia have been able to mitigate the social consequences of market reforms.

The time has come for “creative construction,” for striking the right balance between the government and the market, for integrating social and environmental factors and demilitarizing the economy.

Washington will have to play a special role in this new perestroika, not just because the United States wields great economic, political and military power in today’s global world, but because America was the main architect, and America’s elite the main beneficiary, of the current world economic model. That model is now cracking and will, sooner or later, be replaced. That will be a complex and painful process for everyone, including the United States.

However different the problems that the Soviet Union confronted during our perestroika and the challenges now facing the United States, the need for new thinking makes these two eras similar. In our time, we faced up to the main tasks of putting an end to the division of the world, winding down the nuclear arms race and defusing conflicts. We will cope with the new global challenges as well, but only if everyone understands the need for real, cardinal change — for a global perestroika.

Lest we forget, Mr. Gorbachev presided over the collapse of his country.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Obama Becoming America’s Gorbachev”

  1. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh is discussing this article as we speak.

    • JohnMG says:

      Steve, you’re drawing a parallel between Gorbachev and Obama, but Gorbachev had that birthmark thing on his head and Obama is so……’perfect’. (sarc/off)

      Predictably, Gorbachev, by his writing, refuses to embrace capitalism as the best form of economic freedom. He says change was necessary for the Soviet Union, but as you point out, he presided over the dismantling of the whole scheme while those in power either didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t yield their grip of power over their people. It’s ironic that he says the U S model needs to change or perish, since all the change we’re seeing is directed toward making us into a latter-day socialist state–just like the one over whose failure he presided. All the while Obama, seeks to increase his own power and influence. Gorbachev still doesn’t ‘get it’, nor does our President.

      Yes, they are very much alike. Let’s hope their legacy’s aren’t.

    • TwilightZoned says:


      Couldn’t agree more or said it better.

    • Confucius says:

      Well John MG, Obama does have that planet-sized mole orbiting the sinister-side of his nose.

  2. proreason says:

    What a shock that prava would be such an Obamy supporter.

    I wonder why that is.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Now it can be told where the MSM journalistic framework came from and why our “Fourth Estate” ………SUCKS!!!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    The clash of civlizations? “America needed an enemy?”

    History does repeat itself. Every day someone happens to take an issue and write a completely stupid and wrong generalization on it, and that report gets picked up as truth.

    “Will the US administration ever realize that the Muslim world is not a pack of cards which the USA can play to win the geopolitical leadership?”

    We aren’t the USSR. Our goals were peace through victory and a liberation from tyranny, not oil and kudos. People tend to like freedom once they know it, that’s why it’s easier to rule for dictators whose people are completely kept in the darkness of religious secularism and hate.

    233 years ago the US had its perestroika. It was independent free thought, and it’s still the most revolutionary and progressive idea out there. Russia should give it a real shot for once.

    • Tranquil.. best quote on this..

      ” 233 years ago the US had its perestroika. It was independent free thought, and it’s still the most revolutionary and progressive idea out there.”

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      One of the things I’ve been re-learning over the past few months to years is that our average Joe Bag O’Donuts thinks that ALL governments throughout the world are the SAME. Though they seem to grasp the fundamentals of government responsibility which is perhaps (parochially speaking) to keep the water running and the streets clean, they get befuddled with the details that set one apart from the other.

      I have had these conversations where, when you start citing details and specifics, they get upset because they feel that, in essence, I am calling them stupid.

      But again, I fall back on our “sound-bite” society and it’s not stupidity but mental laziness.

      In other words, it takes some thought to note the personality similarities between a halfrican ideologically driven megalomaniac in the white house and one campaigning for the chancellory (sp?) in 1933.

      They both spout empty, emotion-driven rhetoric and get “the people” all stirred up for “action” while simultaneously using them.

      But that’s just one example. I was told many times by my senior family members when I was younger that the mind must control the heart. To make emotional decisions all the time is bad. Once in awhile it’s ok. But facts and assessment must always be included in order to make a rational, well-thought-out decision.

      Unfortunately, due to the lack of desire on the part of many Americans who really only care that they can go play when the time comes and that the green fees don’t go up, they cannot be bothered with the shell-game and bait-and-switching that now permeates our government.

      And indeed, I still have a job, I am thus far, unaffected by any buffoonery that the brown clown has committed. But I know it will come. When I go register my truck some time in the future, there will be an enormous gas-user tax or “vehicular dinosaur” tax or something to that effect. And, if I refuse to participate in government sponsored healthcare, I will likely be punished for that too.

      But back to the point: People, save a few, and especially democrats, even those in power, see ALL government as the same. The democrats in power now cannot see how they are SUPPOSED to be different than say, those in the cabinet of that freak-show in North Korea.

      The reason for this? I call it “Average American Tourist Logic”. The old joke, “I traveled to Europe once, the dang place was full of foreigners”. It’s true. Really. Yet they embrace the “European way” because it’s so “sophisiticated” and nothing pleases a liberal more than “being sophisticated. Or the appearance of same.

      They’re all about making a visual statement, looking the part, if not actually being the thing they claim to be, or want YOU to be.

      So, they think that the Soviet government works just like ours…and all governments.

      If you think about it, it fits with their Utopian dreams where the government “takes care of things”

      How many times I stopped and corrected someone who said, “The president runs the country”.

      No….they don’t. WE do. Through democratic process via our elected officials. But over time, think-speak and political correctness, among many other mechanisms, brought us to the season where we were ripe for the picking and ended up where we are now: That being the birth of pure socialism in the US. Where “equal” and “fair” the signature words of all dictators throughout history are bandied about like platitudes at a hollywood starlets pool party.

      As one of millions of Americans, I am sick. I am beside myself with rage that few are able to do anything and even fewer of my chosen elected officials are WILLING to stand up to this crap-fest.

      This nation — Oh, I will miss this nation.

    • proreason says:

      ““The president runs the country”.

      Perhaps the greatest slight-of-hand of all is that The Moron has 53% of the country convinced that he cares about them.

      I’ll bet his teleprompter maestros have a checklist of phrases and “promises” that they go through with a fine-toothed comb to make sure that every time he speaks, he reinforces that caring and “proves” how he has made their life better……….disconnected, of course, from whatever has happened..

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Spot on, t.n !!

    • tranquil.night says:

      Rusty, great post. You captured the essence of this entire era and the core, I’m sure, of why so many of us are filled with anguish in such times when our beloved nation gets compared to the waning USSR. I know at these points I look out upon the beautiful earth and I thank God for my blessings: my family but mostly the opportunity to live in such a great country.

      Freedom yields inequality because people have choices, this is a mathematical truth. You cannot remove one side of the equation without removing the other, Bam cannot remake fundamental law unless he literally succeeds in trapping people in a twilight zone reality where he is God. What’s frustrating for us is that this seems like it’s working because he’s basically rewriting American law while people sit in that very twilight zone – and that just wasn’t possible here! It’s more blatantly obvious now than ever what he’s doing if one thinks with mind over emotion. He’s not even that good at it compared to others like Hitler and Stalin.

      Still, it’s funny, there’s a quote from the Joker, who I consider to be a quintessential portrayal of raw evil in Batman: The Dark Knight: “The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules.” Bam believes himself above the rules, obviously ignoring human law and the lessons of history for a chance to wrap an old present with new paper. In other words: he sees something we don’t. Because our fundamental rules have been stated and forged in the constant pursuit for a more perfect union, tried, tested, and proven correct time and time again.

      So this one’s a no-brainer, which is why if this is the end of America as we know it (I shall miss her too), I know it’s not the end of good, nor freedom. I’m honored to have the opportunity to speak in defense of both, as someone who went through a long journey of his own to find their meaning in his life. Thanks again, Rus.

  4. bronzeprofessor says:

    This guy lost a Cold War. Why are we listening to him?

  5. canary says:

    Obama is following in Russia’s path. Sell, our weapons, cut defense

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Comrade Gorbachev’s article is seriously flawed in it’s reasoning. America does not need a Perestroika because we’ve had the freedoms so many Soviets were denied. And still are. There is no Perestroika or Glasnost in Russia. Because Putin and his cronies still control everything and oppress any dissent. The Commie B@stards are still in power. Same useless old gift, different pretty wrapping paper.

  7. BigOil says:

    Another myth from the left that Gorby transformed the Soviet Union. Gorbachev just happened to be the tyrant ruling the Soviet Union when their skeletal Socialist economy was exposed by a conservative US President. Reagan challenged the Marxists to match our free market system – and Socialism was laid bare.

    If only we could find another conservative that possesses the principles and fortitude to do it all over again to America’s Gorbachev.

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Sometimes I think that the next Reagan will come from not within the GOP but from the Dem’s side. For just as Reagan became fed up with what he saw in the Democratic Party and decided to switch sides to become a Republican, there must be someone within the Dem’s ranks whose becoming disillusioned from it all. Because who would know all the Dem’s dirty little tricks than one of it’s former foot soldiers? A defecting dem would know what it takes to fight fire with fire and to win decisively. The question is, will this ever happen in my lifetime or my children’s?

    • proreason says:

      2 Dem state senators in NY switched yesterday from Dem to GOP to give the GOP the majority in that state senate.

      NY as you probably know is extra looney and probably right behind California on the downward spiral.

      The switch is a sign that some people are beginning to wake up to the madness that has possessed this country.

      The way I think about it, it’s a race to see whether Comrade Obama can force us into ruination to get his revenge on white people before enough people realize just how catastrophic the situation is becoming.

      It’s like an asteroid is racing right at earth and there is only a couple of months to take action. But most people thing that the asteroid is a hoax.

    • jobeth says:

      Well, he did say that the “stars are right” for health care to be implimented…as of right.NOW..

      .It’s gotta be quick.

      Not that any of us didn’t already know it, but it makes it clearly obvious why he is always in such a hurry for everything to be passed with the speed of light.

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