Russian President Vladimir Putin has just turned 63 with an announcement that Russian naval vessels had launched a wave of missiles against Islamic State in Syria, a distance of around 1,000 miles.
The Russian leader has never appeared more confident and his grip on power never more secure.
In the past two years he has out-manoeuvred the West in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now Syria.
Western sanctions have apparently failed to blunt his ambition even one iota.
Here’s a leader that Obama and our own ‘Posh’ Dave could learn a lesson or two from.
Noo pussyfooting about, Putin just seems to get on with it, whether the great US of A, the UK, NATO or anybody else approve of it or not.
I would also suggest our two war-mongers, Defence Secretary Fallon and ‘Posh’ Dave, should tread carefully with Putin or they will finish up with more‘egg on their faces.
There’s plenty to be learned from him by our so-called leaders, I’m sure.
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