Medvedev wants to meet the Tea Party ‘dissenters’
Our reports are following a pattern so far this week, On Monday we delved into the causes of the current vocal opposition to president Obama by the far right coalition protesters, aka Tea Party, Birther et al. On Tuesday, we discussed how President Obama dropping plans for the missile shield was nothing more than an act of theater staged, at least in part, so as to bolster Russia’s pride. Today, we can see how seemingly random acts connect together.
Russia is beside itself with excitement that there are, what they term, ‘dissenters’ protesting on the streets of Washington. To them they are hopeful for something akin to a Tiananmen Square or a Iranian-style Velvet Revolution. It also makes Russia feel all smug about some of the criticisms it has faced from the US about dialing back civil freedoms with recent changes to the Russian constitution. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is visiting the US next week and has requested the chance to meet with these US ‘dissenters’ to discuss their grievances. He is hoping for the ultimate photo op and PR opportunity. It is ironic that people protesting against faux-communism in the US attract the interest of Russia. Now the prospect of meeting a real Red will make the Tea Party folk froth at the mouth.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he would like to meet with “dissidents” when he visits the U.S. next week.
Russian news agencies quote him as telling a group of visiting foreign experts that “I believe there are dissidents in the United States.”
ITAR-Tass quotes him as saying: “Let them tell me what problems the United States has. That won’t be bad, considering the Soviet experience.”
It wasn’t immediately clear if the comment Tuesday was a subtle dig at the U.S., which has frequently criticized Russia for backsliding on democracy.