Skip to comments.Mikhail Gorbachev defends Russia and disses Romney in Houston appearance
Posted on 11/03/2012 8:06:01 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Former Soviet president and Nobel laureate Mikhail Gorbachev spoke to a packed house at the Wortham Center on Thursday evening, offering up an hour-long talk covering the final years of the Cold War and the strained U.S.-Russian relationship that followed.
Part of the Brilliant Lecture Series, the legendary statesman told the audience he was no stranger to Houston home, of course, to president George H.W. Bush, who he called one his "best partners" in bringing down the Iron Curtain.
The two leaders have remained close since departing office and rekindled their friendship Thursday afternoon at a private lunch with Barbara Bush, James Baker III and Gorbachev's daughter.
"I am over 80 years old and my friend George Bush will be celebrating his 90th birthday," he said through a translator.
"But we will continue to stand by what we did in those years and will continue to insist that these efforts we started together and continued at the summit meeting in Malta where we said our two nations no longer regard each other as enemies. I very much want our two governments to stand by that important statement."
On that note, Gorbachev turned to the 2012 presidential elections and Mitt Romney's continued finger-pointing at Russia, which the candidate labeled "our number one geopolitical foe" during the primary race.
"When I heard a remark during this campaign that [the former] Soviet Union is the number one problem for American foreign policy, I was amazed," the leader explained. "I hope that it was just that the person misspoke. But in certain matters, one should not misspeak." While the crowd erupted in laughter and applause, Gorbachev appeared dead serious.
Gorby on the West
Looking back at the turmoil of the last century, he noted that the First and Second World Wars were not inevitable conflicts, but were the results of prejudicial mistakes and "erroneous political decisions made by national leaders." The twenty-first century, Gorbachev warned, is facing a similar degree of worldwide economic and political tension.
"The end of the Cold War gave rise to many hopes. There were real possibilities of moving on to a kind of world order that was more peaceful, more just and more humane. But those hopes were squandered as Western powers took advantage of the breakup of the Soviet Union in order to present the end of the Cold War as their victory."
The global economic model that emerged in the post-Soviet 1990s would lead to the collapse of the world economy of 2008, he suggested.
"[The Western powers] resumed a policy of protecting, above all, their special interests. The economic model that prevailed was based on super-profits, super-consumption and environmental irresponsibility that exaggerates social inequality and human injustice. It's a model of growth that undermines trust."
And trust, he said, is the cornerstone of effective political compromise and negotiation ingredients in short supply in today's global arena, not to mention in the U.S.
At the end of his speech Gorbachev turned his attention to current geopolitical events, namely the war in Syria and Russia's tacit support for the Assad regime.
"Syria is in the middle of a large scale civil war, so what should the international community do?" he asked. "I believe that under no circumstances should the international community intervene in a situation that's already so bad. Under no circumstances should there be military interference. We should learn the lessons of Iraq.
Rather than weapons, we need diplomacy."
Obama’s “flexibility” is about to become a moot point in just 72 more hours and Pootie-Poot is not happy about it at all.
Gorbachev is living proof that there is not difference between today’s “DemocRATS” and the old Soviet communists.
The crazy old coot must be too deaf to have listened to the rest of what Mitt said. But, you know those Nobel LaureAte types. They’re never satisfied.
Another communist endorsed Obama
Ødious should use some of that sissy flexibility to bend over and kiss his own traitor ass goodbye.
This, from a guy who's nation killed over 20 million of their own people.
Hey Mikhail Sergeyevich:
Go to hell, you communist pig.
Nice pic. Bush the elder was into’compassionate conservatism’ at that time, and was more trusting of people like Gorbachev than Reagan would have been.
Interestingly, Bush the elder stated during his reelection campaign that the fall of the Berlin wall, and the general demise of communism did not mean that we didn’t need to be vigilant anymore. It left things in some ways more unstable, and thus the period following the collapse of the USSR was a critical one to ensure the future. H.W. Bush was not a staunch conservative, but he certainly had a better understanding of what needed to be done to ensure the world moved in the best direction after the fall of the USSR than did Clinton. Elections truly do have consequences.
Marginally better. The seeds of the problems in Bosnia came out of Bush I’s lack of vigilance, and the increase in Islamic terror overall.
A guy whose party caused those deaths, never mind nation.
Wonder how far back he and Putin go personally? They are of the same party originally after all.
First of all, where were the Russians when numerous Russian sailors were trapped suffocating in their own exhaled carbon dioxide in an airtight portion of a sunken submarine (Kursk), or how about the numerous Soviet and Russian cosmonauts who got to die being exposed to the vacuum conditions of space and then couldn’t even be revived by CPR?. The Russian pride gets plenty of its own people killed, including cases where the U.S. could retrieve them and send them back to remain on good diplomatic relations with the Kremlin. When could Gorbachev admit that Russians are dealing and assisting enemies of the United States in the Middle East and around the world, including possibly Iran and Syria? The Russians aren’t our friends, and frankly, Gorbachev is such a liar I wonder why the MSM doesn’t seriously question what
Gorgachev = Green Party = COMMIES
The more people I see like Gorbachov, Putin, Castro, Imahandjob, Chavez, Wright, Ayers, Farrakhan and Piven who support Obama, the easier it gets to pull the lever for Romney.
Russia is the only large power in Europe (or anyplace else) actively defending Christianity. While not openly hostile like obama, Romney is profoundly uninterested in Christianity as anything but a voting bloc to be wooed.
America arms the Georgian Christians, not Russia. Christian Georgia is the only nation Putinist Russia has ever attacked. Russia does not defend Christians at all, it persecutes and murders them.
“Russia is the only large power in Europe (or anyplace else) actively defending Christianity.”
You forgot the /sarc
(Wiping tears from eyes....)
Name one or shut up.