An occasional thread to collect illustrations of the amazing obsession so many have with Putin personally. I agree with Herman’s critique of Obama’s “serial weakness in his dealings with Iran, with China, and with Vladimir Putin.” I also agree that Obama has displayed “serial incompetence in Egypt” and “negligence and irresponsibility in Libya and Benghazi– not to mention. . .mendacity in covering up that negligence.” My point is not the sentiment, it's the observation that while all the rest are countries, Putin is an individual. Another example of the personalism of the obsession.