This presidential campaign is so long and is contemporary with so many troubles that need attention that I can’t wait for November forth or january or whenever will be somebody in Washington doing things with a sense of stability, some planning and some confidence to project to so many people right now in panic.
Obama and McCain are debating what to do, and I heard some good ideas about international issues, mainly from Obama, about what’s going on in Iran, Pakistan (what a mess, with car bomb attack in at the main police complex in the capital of the country today and similar attacks almost every day at the border with Afghanistan) and Putin’s movements to restore the influence of Russia in western Europe and the caucasian Countries. But Obama only can explain his ideas, he can’t do nothing yet. McCain can repeat generalities as in the last debate, but again, he can do nothing.
Putin knows that America is in a vulnerable position. With an outgoing president almost absent, and two candidates with ideas but without real power. He has promised in recent months and weeks help to the iranians to make a second nuclear plant, has had talks with the president of Afghanistan about energy, has made warnings against several eastern europe and baltic countries who stood in defense of Georgia, has meet with leaders of key countries to the distribution of gas and oil to western Europe and so on. He is moving his pieces knowing there will be no response or, if it comes, will be to little, to late.
Meanwhile, he is making at the same time a lot of personal PR as a superhero russian style: with pictures in a expedition to locate siberian tigers and placing a control device in one of them previously sedated by himself with a gun, or more recently releasing a dvd giving auto defense lessons in a judo robe.