Prompted by the latest newsletter from John Hogue, I looked up the text of the recent speech Vladimir Putin gave to the Russian Federal Assembly (the Russian Parliament). Mr. Hogue was concerned about something President Putin declared in this speech that Mr. Hogue believes has significance for our immediate future. He says he gleaned from the speech, “...a whole new understanding of what could happen either 3 years and seven months, or 13 years from this day, according to the prophecies of Nostradamus I've been tracking for four years. “
Mr. Hogue didn’t reveal exactly what Putin said that brought about his great insight, so I had to check it out for myself. A Google search quickly found the the speech’s complete text and I promptly read it. I was impressed. It wasn’t hard to find the part that so affected Mr. Hogue.
In a nutshell, President Putin presented an advanced military capability, including nuclear, that invalidates, and makes obsolete, the ring of missiles the US/NATO has placed around Russia. He backed his statements up with video showing the weapons’ capabilities. The mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, etc) are calling the speech “bluster” and “feet stomping” and “boasting.” If you read the speech, you’ll see that it’s none of that.
While the weapons capabilities Mr. Putin describes should cause any potential attackers to consider their plans carefully, it was the first two-thirds of the speech that impressed me. There was none of the bombast and national chauvinism we get from American politicians. The language was intelligent and centered on the things the Russian government needs to do to make life better for the Russian people. Here’s a few quotes:
I believe that the main, key development factor is the well-being of the people and the prosperity of Russian families.
Today, 20 million Russian nationals live in poverty. Of course, this is much fewer than the 42 million people in 2000, but it is still way too many.
We need to upgrade the employment structure that has become inefficient and archaic, provide good jobs that motivate people, improve their well-being and help them uncover their talents.
…we must raise pensions and index them regularly, so that they out-pace inflation.
Today, we must set an entirely new goal. By the end of the next decade, Russia must confidently join the club of countries posting a life expectancy of 80-plus years, which includes Japan, France and Germany.
That last one really blew me away. Imagine a national government being so concerned with its citizens’ life expectancy that it sets increasing it as a national goal!
The tone and specifics of this speech are just so far beyond what we ever hear from our political “leaders.” What we hear is “make America great again” without specifics. Apparently America is made great by cutting taxes for the richest and raising them for the poorest.
I can’t say how much of what Mr. Putin says is sincere. I do believe he works for the Russian people far more than our politicians (at least at the upper federal level) work for us. For the most of his speech, Mr. Putin talks about getting Internet access to every region of Russia, maintaining healthcare and pensions for Russia’s elderly, ensuring accessibility to education for Russia’s children, and such like. All this is over two-thirds of the speech while the military part is the last third. It seems to indicate Russian priorities.
Paul Craig Roberts (former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury under President Ronald Reagan) has published an article that is an excellent overview of President Putin’s speech and puts it in what I believe is the proper context of world events and US policy.
I recommend that you read the entirety of Putin’s speech and decide for yourself whether Russia is an aggressor, or is being pushed into a (really strong) defensive posture. I’ll point you to whatever Mr. Hogue comes up with. See the links below.
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You can find the whole of President Putin’s speech here.
You can find Paul Craig Roberts article about Putin’s speech here.