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June 9, 2014 - 9:08 am

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The short Kremlin readout from this meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, released in tandem with the above photo, was very short: “Mr Putin and Ms Merkel discussed possibilities for settling the crisis in Ukraine.”

Both were in France for the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the allied forces’ D-Day landing in Normandy.

Merkel, who speaks fluent Russian, was also witnessed being a referee and coach in a sidelines conversation with Putin and new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Putin continually tries to intimidate Merkel, but she remains the leader most capable of dealing with him. In fact, he’s a real jerk about trying to intimidate her:

Merkel and Vladimir Putin go back further than you might think. He was a KGB agent in East Germany when the wall fell and he certainly wasn’t happy about it. Perhaps the rivalry has its roots in the dark shadows of the cold war. Merkel, the greatest benefactor of the 89-revolution, got a taste of his intimidatory tactics very early. When she visited the Kremlin for the first time as chancellor, Putin gave her a plush toy dog as a gift. Merkel became deeply afraid of dogs after she was bitten in the mid 90s. But Putin didn’t stop there. The next meeting, at his summer residence on the Black Sea, he let in his black Labrador Kony, an intimidating species. Merkel sat frozen, and pictures show Putin with a sardonic grin on his face, legs widely stretched.

But the fact that she didn’t back down, and despite their other clashes, and the fact that he still throws his dogs at her, Putin “respects her more than the other leaders.” She also never offered him a red plastic reset button.

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Russia was our ally in WWII. The Russians in the East had a lot more German soldiers facing them than we had in the West -- and that was part of how Normandy succeeded. Whatever the problems before and since, and there have been many, Russia had a place at the Normandy remembrance.
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Yes, Putin's a thug and bully but at least he is patriotically
Committed to making his nation stronger which is
More than I can say for the castrato in the White
House.
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Well, if Putin placed a dog in front of King Barack, I think we already know what his reaction would be.

"Oh, you didn't tell me this was a dinner date, Vlad!"
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Can someone please explain to me why this Commie Runt of a Jerk was even PRESENT at the recent Normandy Gig? Given his recent behavior, why wasn’t he publically DIS -invited!?

Its not like Russia DESERVES to be there. It was purely an Anglo-American Battle with ZERO Russian troops involved at all. Do WE expect Level Billing at the 70'th anniversary of The Battle of Kursk?

THAT was huge game-changers, a "D-Day" level of magnitude on the Western Front….So where’s the reserved seat for Prince Charles and Moochelle?

The way to stand-up to a bully is to (wait for it!)

Stand. Up. To. The Bully.

So, Andrea, next time his pooch comes near you, spray it with Mace.

And since you speak Russian, you can easily say to Vladmir in a firm voice "you were warned by my security team about the protocol with animals in my presence...you chose to ignore them, now shut up”

All you have to do, is do it.
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So many jingoistic ;ignoramuses on this site! Unbelievable...
But I will try to be charitable and open your eyes: the commies are NOT in Moscow but in Washington. And Putin is closer to your ideas and world/life-views that are your silly politicians, journalists, showbiz idiots and faculty professors. Travel just a little, spend a couple of weeks in Russia, read the Russian press and you will be amazed to discover that what you believe is what others wanted you to believe.
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So, Andrea, next time his pooch comes near you, spray it with Mace.

Or spray Putin with Mace. That might be even better.

By the way, the German chancellor's first name is Angela, not Andrea.
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And Kursk was an EASTERN front battle...double oops but you get my meaning! LOL!
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Russia was our ally in WWII. The Russians in the East had a lot more German soldiers facing them than we had in the West -- and that was part of how Normandy succeeded. Whatever the problems before and since, and there have been many, Russia had a place at the Normandy remembrance.
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Russia was Hitler's ally at the start of WWII. Without Stalin's help Hitler would never had been able to rearm and conquer Poland and France. The Russians deserve no thanks for their role in WWII and its aftermath. The Soviets occupied eastern Europe until 1989 which means their effort was a war of conquest not liberation.

We should never forget this.
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No you moron, Russia was not Hitler's ally! the Soviet Union was! and western elites supported the Soviet Union as you should know...
Cultural marxists are now in command of our western nations and are bent on detroying every ounce of what is left of our traditions, history, identity and cultures.
Russia on the other hand has freed itself from the yoke (thanks in large part to Vladimir Putin) and does not want to go back. That is why those who have taken control of our nations will do all they can to demonise them.
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China was our Ally in WW2, I didnt see THEM at Normandy, did you?

And all that pressure on North Africa and up the Italian Boot kept those Krauts off the Western Front, not to mention all the Convoys we sent (my dad?) through the Wolf Packs to Murmansk to keep them fed and in the game....

Like I said, when Russia graciously offers us Equal Billing for The Battle of Kursk (which, to my knowledge, they never have) then those Opportunistic Commies can have a seat at Omaha Beach.

If Putin behaved nicely, I'd let it slide.

But he hasnt.

So I wont.
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They were also able to free up their substantial forces from the Far East because Japan agreed to a non-aggression pact with them, in turn because Japan was tied down in the Pacific. How many of those amphibious assaults throughout the Pacific were being conducted by Soviet troops?

I too am weary of all this revisionist history that seeks to make the Western allies' efforts into sideshows.
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Yeah...we had it easy real easy....

Like that so-called "International Space Station" ...the one we designed and built, then let them put their decals on....
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Black Labs are an intimidating species?
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yeah that was my question. I have a Black Lab who is almost three years old. He's still pretty much a big baby. I don't see him capable of intimidating anyone as he loves people and other dog. Not too fond of cats.
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Yeah, right on. I have a Black Lab also. If somebody broke into my home I'm sure she would come running up, wagging her tail, wondering if there was going to be something to eat and would probably show the intruder where the silverware is.
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Well, potentially an intimidating breed. Labs are large and often very friendly. Most Labs will bound up to people and expect to be petted. If you dislike dogs or fear them, the difference between bounding up to be friendly and bounding up to bite you can be hard to see. The bigger the dog, the harder it is to see the difference.
That Putin would treat Chancellor Merkel this way is a bad marker. Any leader focuses on the nation's interests; a jerk uses a technique like this both to advance the national interest and to enjoy jerking another person's chain.
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I sure would love to see Putin jerk Obama's chain in a big way.
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Obama gets his chain jerked at the Man's Country Bathouse in Chicago.
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But of course the problem is that Obama's chain is around our necks also.
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"She also never offered him a red plastic reset button."

Which actually had the word in Russian that translates to "overcharge", not reset, occasioning some mirth (not to mention embarrassment) as Hillary presented the big red button to her Russian counterpart.

(the US state dept...the gang that can't shoot straight)

A big fat American/Russian reset is, in fact, well underway, but not the idiotic thing envisioned by Hillary and her doofus overseer Barack.
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Merkel has fluent Russian from her upbringing in East Germany; it was mandatory that all East Germans study the language. She wouldn't have made the mistake of giving the Russians a button with the wrong word on it.
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Yes, Putin's a thug and bully but at least he is patriotically
Committed to making his nation stronger which is
More than I can say for the castrato in the White
House.
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How come the ONLY "elected Western Leader" with "a pair" is a woman? It would be nice to see a "man" get elected again, instead of all the "eunuchs" we have now. (Queen Elizabeth also has "a pair", but she's not elected)...[SIGH].
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Baroness Thatcher comes to mind.


RIP dear lady, you held to the end.
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An SAS veteran once quipped that when PM Thatcher joined them at Hereford for security exercises the toughest person on base was the one carrying the purse. Nothing caused Mrs. Thatcher to lose her cool, not even flashbangs going off at her feet during rescue training.
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She was a Lady indeed...I loved that tough old b*tch
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Well, they certainly don't look like they've been to Winslow Arizona taking it easy in the saddle in the back of flat bed truck.
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Merkel, who speaks fluent Russian, was also witnessed being a referee and coach in a sidelines conversation with Putin and new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

As I understand it, Putin also speaks fluent German having been posted in East Germany for several years when he was still a KGB agent. They could probably converse fluently in either language without an interpreter. I wonder if they ever do that?

As for Putin's tactics with the dogs - live and stuffed - I am truly appalled. He is a bully and an a$$hole! Those tactics speak volumes about the kind of man he is and they don't say anything good. A gentleman would bend over backwards NOT to bring up a traumatic incident to someone he knew had suffered one.

I wonder what kind of head games he plays with Obama? Oh wait, I know: he probably wears muscle shirts so that Obama can see the contrast between his own panty-waisted self and Putin.
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Well, if Putin placed a dog in front of King Barack, I think we already know what his reaction would be.

"Oh, you didn't tell me this was a dinner date, Vlad!"
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"As for Putin's tactics with the dogs - live and stuffed - I am truly appalled. He is a bully and an a$$hole! Those tactics speak volumes about the kind of man he is and they don't say anything good. A gentleman would bend over backwards NOT to bring up a traumatic incident to someone he knew had suffered one."

You can take the thug out of the KGB but you can't take the KGB out of the thug.
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