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Time Mag Picks Putin For Thug Of The Year

From those droolers over Communist dictators at Time Magazine:

A Tsar Is Born


No one is born with a stare like Vladimir Putin’s. The Russian President’s pale blue eyes are so cool, so devoid of emotion that the stare must have begun as an affect, the gesture of someone who understood that power might be achieved by the suppression of ordinary needs, like blinking. The affect is now seamless, which makes talking to the Russian President not just exhausting but often chilling. It’s a gaze that says, I’m in charge…

Isn’t he dreamy?

One hopes “Adi” is an impressionable schoolgirl, or else this is quite a psychotic write-up, even for Time Magazine.

Meanwhile, we are also informed of the (surely crushed) also-rans:

Fourth Runner-up: David Petraeus

The commanding general in Iraq fought America’s most difficult foreign war – and one at home

Third Runner-up: Hu Jintao

China’s leader depends on ancient wisdom and communist doctrine to guide a modern empire

Second Runner-up: J.K. Rowling

Harry’s done – which means the best-selling author in history has some secrets she can finally share

First Runner-up: Al Gore

Bono writes that the former Vice President, now a Nobel laureate, has become America’s environmental conscience

That’s right. General Petraeus’s work didn’t even rank above the scribblings of a housewife who writes fantasy books for juveniles of all ages.

It didn’t even compare to Mr. Gore and his magnificent Powerpoint slide show.

But Time’s gushing description of the “winner” just says it all:

Person of the Year: Vladimir Putin

At significant cost to the principles that free nations prize, he’s brought Russia roaring back to the table of world power 

“Roaring back” in the sense that Russia is benefiting for the moment from $100 a barrel oil. When that has ended, they will be “roaring back” with cap in hand.

And since when did Time ever give a fig about the principles of free nations? Not for a generation, at least.

Of course Time could not celebrate the feats of General Petraeus. That would mean admitting to how much they have lied about the Iraq war and for how long.

In fact, it is a small miracle they didn’t bestow their cheesy award upon John Murtha, or Harry Reid, or Nancy Pelosi. Or someone of similar stature and achievement. When all that counts is how much you have done or tried to do to destroy the US.

Instead, Time opted to boost another one of their America-hating allies on the world stage. He is their current champion.

(He’s even supplying nuclear fuel to Iran. It’s hard to top that for all-around “greatness” in the minds of the editors at Time.)

Still, it is a bit of a shame that Hugo Chavez wasn’t quite as effective at rigging his last referendum as Mr. Putin, or he would have given Mr. Putin a run for his money.

After all, Mr. Chavez is even more of a Communist than Mr. Putin. Indeed, he is almost as red as Time. — Which is not to be confused with “read,” which Time is not at all.

And they wonder why?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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