Well, of *course* it's Bush. Duh.
Yes, but Brezhnev had way cooler eyebrows.
And Brezhnev inspired the best jokes in Soviet times. Bush is positively unfunny.
Lenoid??!! How about Leonid?
rb, in communist russia, Brezhnev inspires jokes about YOU!
Ack! Thanks seattle mike.
I think Bush shaves his eyebrows, Lobot.
Too bad Obama won't come close to beating Khrushchev as most awesome leader ever.
As a former Materials Engineering student, I just want to say that I always love seeing the word "metallurgy" in print.
I worked for a few months as a metallurgist, right out of college, and every time I told someone my job title, I'd get the puppydog-head-tilt, like "wuh?"
Jonathan, you sir, are the man.
I can't wait to send this to all my W loving friends & family. (I live in goddamn MO, what am I supposed to do?)
I have a feeling a lot of them would give the puppydog-head-tilt @ "metallurgist" too. And "Brezhnev", for that matter.
Also, Brezhnev went to Expo 86 - Bush didn't cause he didn't travel back then, other than drug/alcohol runs to Mexico.
Remember that the brilliant Cold-War strategy employed by Reagan and company (and endlessly trumpeted in all the subsequent hagiographies as a sign of Reagan's brilliance) was to draw the USSR into a spiralling arms race that would cause them to spend themselves into insolvency. They reasoned correctly that the Soviets would go broke first.
Too bad they never asked who would go broke second.
Brezhnev did not go to Expo 86, having died 4 years before. :(
In this same line of thinking, here's a pretty cool article comparing the US and the Soviet Union, in terms of who is/was better prepared to survive economic collapse. Ironically, and not through any clever planning on their part, USSR won the debate. http://tinyurl.com/6gw4ax
That link is *excellent*. I'll have to slog it later. Thanks!
I love that "Failed to commit suicide..." is listed. You know, Bush won't manage to bring the country to the brink of total demise like Brezhnev did, BUT he probably did do more harm in just 8 years than his competition.
It took Brezhnev 18 years to do the same sort of damage Bush did in 8. Team USA!
Did anyone else look at their side-by-side pictures and think "Wow. Separated at birth." ?
How many vacation days did Brezzy take? Bush probably has him beat on that. (Were there vacations in the Soviet Union?)
There were definitely vacations in the Soviet Union, to faaaabulous destinations like the Black Sea. There are also dachas (cottages) outside most cities, where people would spend their summer weekends gardening (and "clearin' brush", no doubt).
This post is beer-ad beautiful.
Hmm, ok, not a Bush fan, but "Invaded afghanistan and iraq. Lost"?
How are we defining a loss, here? Saddam displaced (yeah he was America's buddy in teh past but he was an identified target before invasion) American troops all over the place, shooting people up (to expend some of that munitions stockpile and justify their inflated budget), American contractors everywhere making a damn fortune.
I think he won that one.
Under "Wartime Service" -- you can't tell me that a good Russian boy didn't drink the hell out of some vodka whilst in the Red Army.
I honestly don't think anyone could call what happened and is currently STILL happening in Iraq a "win" or a "loss".
A quagmire, maybe. A disaster, sure. A mess? Seems pretty accurate. A massive money pit where our political leaders openly lied to get us into? Why not!
What cannot be said, however is that we've "won" or "lost". Because neither work in this situation. And we likely will never truly be able to define what we were in this conflict, no matter how many years we distance ourselves from it, no matter when our troops can finally pull out. It, frankly, solved very little, and has likely solidified us as the Big Evil to the Middle East. But it also dethroned a rather cruel dictator. Unlike WW1 or WWII I doubt we will ever see a clear victor in this "war"- most likely because the enemy here, outside Saddam, was an idea. A form of Guerrilla Military Tactic. We were fighting Terrorism. And how, exactly, can you label yourself the loser or victor against an idea that is easily taken up by someone new the minute previous practitioners are silenced?
At the opening of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, Brezhnev stands up to greet the athletes. He takes his speech and begins to read: "O! O! O! O! O!" His speechwriter leans over and says, "Leonid Ilyich, those are the Olympic rings. Your speech begins down below".
From the front page of Pravda:
"The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, The Politburo and the Council of Ministers of the USSR announce with deep regret that, this morning, after a protracted illness and without regaining consciousness, Comrade Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev returned to work."
But - has Bush been namechecked yet in an R.E.M. song along with Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs?
jonathan, you get a gold star for the chart.
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