And Trump now has the temerity to dress Russia down for standing in the way of this progress that heretofore he was a critic of?

As Putin rightly points out in his interview with Oliver Stone, U.S. Presidential candidates say a lot of things on the campaign trail, but the reality of the bureaucracy (and the power of the forces arrayed behind the President) are too strong, too firmly entrenched.

Compare Trump’s speech Thursday with its apocalyptic rhetoric, enflaming Polish nationalism when he should be doing the opposite if he truly wants peace, with that of Putin’s address to the United Nations on the eve of Russia’s intervention into Syria.

Rather than bringing about reforms, an aggressive foreign interference has resulted in a brazen destruction of national institutions and the lifestyle itself. Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster. Nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life.

I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation, do you realize now what you’ve done? But I am afraid no one is going to answer that. Indeed, policies based on self-conceit and belief in one’s exceptionality and impunity have never been abandoned.

It is now obvious that the power vacuum created in some countries of the Middle East and North Africa through the emergence of anarchy areas, which immediately started to be filled with extremists and terrorists. [emphasis mine]

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