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Putin and the Presidents: William Taylor (interview) | FRONTLINE

  • Published on Feb 18, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • William Taylor served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009 under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In 2019, he served as chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv under President Donald Trump. He is currently the vice president for strategic stability and security at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
    The following interview was conducted by the Kirk Documentary Group’s Michael Wiser for FRONTLINE on Sept. 29, 2022. It has been edited for clarity and length.
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  • Lada minuetkittens
    Lada minuetkittens 2 months ago +14

    This is excellent. I was always admiring Mr. Taylor and his views and judgements. I think everybody should hear this.

  • Frank Lassalle
    Frank Lassalle Month ago +9

    Great insight to how this WAR progressed where Ukraine and Russia are. Bill Taylor’s done a phenomenal job and knows Ukraine from his time being Ambassadorship to Ukraine. Excellent Video.

  • marika lathem
    marika lathem 3 months ago +88

    A man with impeccable integrity. Unfortunately seldom seen theses days… especially in government. Good on you Mr. Taylor.
    Slava Ukraine. Victory and peace to its citizens and military.

  • mike kirk
    mike kirk 3 months ago +56

    Just a totally excellent interview. So informative, from a man who knows.

    • William Young
      William Young 3 months ago +3

      He actually doesn't reveal anything that isn't already public knowledge. He knows how to cover his own behind.

    • Dežurni Provokator
      Dežurni Provokator 3 months ago +2

      To the ignorant people who know nothing!

  • Paul Lieblich
    Paul Lieblich 3 months ago +20

    Wonderful and insightful interview.

  • It’s me
    It’s me 3 months ago +69

    Thank you for this interview with Mr. Taylor. He has great knowledge and experience on this topic. I hope more people watch this.

    • Dov Tauzin
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  • Vidium Media
    Vidium Media Month ago +7

    Have to give credit to the interviewer - great questions good interview

  • born2bWildNE
    born2bWildNE 3 months ago +101

    The whole series: "Putin and the Presidents" has been excellent. Thank you Frontline !!

    • hmmcinerney
      hmmcinerney 3 months ago +6

      There’s another series called I think ‘The Putin files’, excellent also. Silicon Curtain also has brilliant interviews.

    • ItAintRocketScience
      ItAintRocketScience 3 months ago

      Yeah, if you're interested in listening to some nobody tell lies for upwards of an hour, they're grrrr-eattt!! 😂🤦🏽‍♂️

    • born2bWildNE
      born2bWildNE 3 months ago +8

      @ItAintRocketScience really? What lies did he tell? Support your claim that it was a lie with source citation presenting hard and credible evidence that it was a lie.

    • born2bWildNE
      born2bWildNE 3 months ago +6

      @ItAintRocketScience So, you have no evidence to cite and present.
      Didn't think so - but you deserved the opportunity.
      Extreme bias (or simple-minded trolling) blinds one to balance and reason, to facts and to truth.

  • The2638
    The2638 3 months ago +22

    "Today Georgia, tomorrow Ukraine, then the Baltic states and then the time will come for my country - Poland" - Prophetic words of President of Poland Lech Kaczynski at the rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, during the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia. He paid with his life for these words!

  • Kromster80
    Kromster80 2 months ago +6

    PBS, thank you very much for these interviews

  • Noods
    Noods 3 months ago +100

    This series of long-form interviews is fantastic, thanks

    • Marcos Vidal
      Marcos Vidal 3 months ago +3

      it's fantastic anti-Russia propaganda, agreed

    • rd1943
      rd1943 3 months ago

      So it should be , why should only Putin be lying nonstop

    • Marcos Vidal
      Marcos Vidal 3 months ago +1

      @rd1943 I'm not going to start lying just because others do, and that's because I have something they don't --integrity

    • You’re in a cult
      You’re in a cult 3 months ago +1

      @Marcos Vidal What do you consider propaganda?

    • Marcos Vidal
      Marcos Vidal 3 months ago +2

      ​@You’re in a cult biased or misleading information used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view

  • eagleheart1000
    eagleheart1000 3 months ago +10

    It's a dangerous moment indeed. But it's far more dangerous to let Putin get his way.

  • T Turbine
    T Turbine 3 months ago +11

    The collapse of the Soviet Union was the most wonderful geopolitical event of the century.

  • Philby Doodle
    Philby Doodle 3 months ago +31

    Another awesome conversation-thanks for sharing this with us

  • Douglas LaForme
    Douglas LaForme 3 months ago +35

    I love this. A man with this composure and guile deserves more credit. No matter the bluster and cloak-and-dagger of politic du jeur, knowing that people like this are actually at the helm helps innumerable citizens sleep at night.

    • Marcos Vidal
      Marcos Vidal 3 months ago +1

      when lying meets poetry. That's you

  • Jim Brunsman
    Jim Brunsman 3 months ago +34

    Well spoken and distinguished man. Surprised he didn't mention the Chechen War...

    • William Young
      William Young 3 months ago +2

      And of course he never has a bad word to say about George W. Bush.

    • hmmcinerney
      hmmcinerney 3 months ago +1

      He implied that by giving voice to Ukraine joining NATO without pushing it over the line actually put a target on Ukraines back.

    • Jennifer Loftus
      Jennifer Loftus 3 months ago +2

      @William Young He's a diplomat. I understand that's not a very well known type of thing these days when saying shocking and controversial and even rude things will get you a lot of attention. But a diplomat is careful and says things in a way that doesn't offend. Diplomacy. He was also very careful in criticizing Mr. Obama. These folks aren't usually the blue red divide types, if they are good at their jobs. They aren't usually critical of US Presidents.

    • Curtis Webb
      Curtis Webb 2 months ago +1

      Good point.

  • James Bohlman
    James Bohlman Month ago +7

    Absolutely wonderful human being showing the best of our country on the deepest level with every time the truth being carefully articulated. Thank you so much for your service and a glimpse into a secret world.🙏❤️🙏

  • jaimejaime
    jaimejaime Month ago +3

    I appreciate these background "source" interviews SO VERY MUCH! Thank you.

  • Christer Albäck
    Christer Albäck 3 months ago +22

    This series is really wonderful in its great depth and clarity. Greetings from Sweden

    JUNO PUNO 3 months ago +17

    Very well investigated journalism 👌

  • shaul ben or_street photographer

    This channel is definitely at the front of the line!!

    • Oskars
      Oskars Month ago

      in leftist propaganda yes...

  • Sean Grimes
    Sean Grimes 3 months ago +13

    This is an incredible interview. I feel so much smarter just from watching it.

  • Joe Bullwinkle
    Joe Bullwinkle 2 months ago +9

    I think that this is the most informative interview on this subject.

    • Mid West
      Mid West 2 months ago

      This is the most bias interview I've ever heard not informative get your facts right man

  • King Solomon
    King Solomon 3 months ago +10

    Thank you Mr. Wiser for your thoughtful questions and bringing smart and most experience individuals in their fields, making the interviews very interesting.

  • irish made
    irish made 3 months ago +21

    Brilliant interview. Very informative. From Ireland. 👍🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Dmitry Kis
    Dmitry Kis 2 months ago +2

    Thank you such an interesting interview and for supporting Ukraine.

  • Dominique A.
    Dominique A. 3 months ago +7

    Very good interview, great learning.

  • Linda Rasmussen
    Linda Rasmussen 3 months ago +4

    Very informative, loved it!

  • Jorge Mancilla
    Jorge Mancilla 3 months ago +3

    When an EXPERT talks, we listen!

  • Henrik Madsen
    Henrik Madsen 2 months ago +33

    Very interesting interview with Ambassador Taylor. He clearly knows what he is talking about!

  • Global Mask Penguin
    Global Mask Penguin 3 months ago +12

    This clip is so insightful. One of the best so far

  • Hollywood041
    Hollywood041 3 months ago +1

    I was with him all the way until the last bit of his final sentence.

    • Joseph Tabar
      Joseph Tabar 2 months ago

      If that's so you've been deceived 90% and that's enough to get the LIE through...

  • Jayster
    Jayster 3 months ago +49

    Whistle blower? Say his name. Alexander Vindman, American hero.

    • William Young
      William Young 3 months ago

      Individuals with as much Power and Prestige as he had don't like Whistleblowers.

    • Jayster
      Jayster 3 months ago

      @Kenny's Art work Kenny’s dead!

    • R AP
      R AP Month ago

      I don't think the name of the whistle-blower was ever revealed.

  • Rossi A
    Rossi A 3 months ago +27

    I like him! He’s so innocently cool with his facial gestures :) remeber the meme he made during congressional hearing?

    • Han Vroman
      Han Vroman 3 months ago +2

      His lying proves he more a criminal than a truth loving man...

  • L TipsT
    L TipsT 2 months ago +5

    Very good. US is very lucky to have this man. We all are.

  • Ann Juurinen
    Ann Juurinen 2 months ago +17

    Great interview. Thank you Ambassador Taylor.

  • Diossvk
    Diossvk Month ago +5

    Journalism at its best. Thank you, PBS.

  • SeasideAndy
    SeasideAndy 2 months ago +1

    Superb from Mr Taylor let's be honest the best summary of this chaos.

  • Michael Flynn
    Michael Flynn 3 months ago +27

    So much understanding of history and personality.

  • Saanichton Ministries. Bible Teaching The Word.

    Very well put. Bad start, but it got very good as you went along! Thanks sir!

  • H.E. Hazelhorst
    H.E. Hazelhorst 3 months ago +8

    Very interesting and informative.
    I’d also love to see an interview with Angela Merkel!
    @41 mins. One problem with Crimea was, that Russia already had a military force in Crimea prior to the invasion (in Sebastopol) and that Crimea is easy to keep, with only a landbridge to defend.

    • Anthony Cook
      Anthony Cook 3 months ago +2

      That is an excellent point which hadn't occurred to me. Any picture of how Putin interacts with US Presidents would certainly be given an extra layer of depth by also discussing how he interacted with Merkel.

    • Michael Waldmeier
      Michael Waldmeier Month ago

      But Crimea had no water other than the canal from the North.

    • Michael Waldmeier
      Michael Waldmeier Month ago

      @Anthony Cook Merkel spoke Russian, grew up and did well in the DDR, and gained political influence from the increased natural gas imports and Nord Stream 2.

    • H.E. Hazelhorst
      H.E. Hazelhorst Month ago

      @Michael Waldmeier yes, and that’s a very interesting geopolitical feature: Ukraine probably shut off the water supply after the 2014 invasion.

    • Anthony Cook
      Anthony Cook Month ago

      @Michael Waldmeier Hi Michael 🙂
      As far as I know, at the time when Merkel was at school in the DDR, it was pretty much standard to learn Russian. Nowadays all German school students learn some English (I'm saying this as an expat living in Germany, btw), but back in the day, West Germans learned English and East Germans learned Russian. That was just the way it was, so I don't think we can use that to help us form an opinion of Merkel.
      But I do think it's fair to criticise the naivety of the "Handel durch Wandel" (change through trade) dictum that regulated German-Russian relations under Merkel's stewardship. It was naive at best, cynical at worst, and it sold out a number of other European countries, including Ukraine.
      Right now, in 2023, Germany is hosting 1 million Ukrainian refugees, and overall doing a very good job of it. That's not something to be minimised. For example, the UK - whose media inexplicably seems to see itself as the moral compass of this conflict - have only taken about 20,000 refugees. So y'know, they can FRO to their Murdoch sex dungeons and never come back. One million refugees is a lot of state resources and a lot of care to devote to people who need it.
      That said, there probably is a parallel universe in which Merkel got far more serious about the threat from the Kremlin, and this full-scale invasion was deterred by a much more robust response from Europe to the Crimean annexation - including the closure of Nord Stream. In this respect she definitely has to carry the can somewhat, and the recent interview in which she expressed "no regrets" shows that she isn't (yet) willing to do that.
      One last point: if you're looking for German Chancellors who definitely *did* benefit personally from the Nord Stream deal, Merkel's predecessor Gerhard Schröder is probably your guy.
      Schröder helped the original deal go through, all the while accepting personal sleigh rides from Putin through the Russian snow, and then went on to become both chairman of the Nord Stream project itself, and later chairman of the Russian oil company Rosneft. He is a sickening, nauseating man, who celebrated his 70th birthday with Putin in St. Petersburg while war raged in the Donbas in 2014.
      Not a person who would be easy to meet in person without being sorely tempted to punch him in the face ;-)
      Anyway, regardless of whether we agree or disagree about some of these issues, I'm glad we can have this discussion. Have a good one, Michael :-)

  • Nom Chompsky
    Nom Chompsky 3 months ago +20

    Kyiv is the Motherland, Moscow is the descendant. Let's get that straight.

    • Daniela Minnekhanova
      Daniela Minnekhanova 3 months ago +4

      Kievan Rus’. Rus’ is an old for Russia. Where exactly did you find Ukrainian even in the name. Kiev used to be one of many other capitals of Rus’. You have a complete ignorance of a history for one. And secondly try listening to professor John Mershiemer. He talked about this exact war back in 2015. Know your facts

    • Higadan Creamsand Beach Farm Resort
      Higadan Creamsand Beach Farm Resort 3 months ago

      I love Chicken Kiev !!! That’s how much I know about Ukraine.

    • Raft Guy
      Raft Guy 3 months ago +8

      @Daniela Minnekhanovalol Mershiemer, the notorious Russian simp. To the Rus people, Kyiv and the region of Ukraine was a primary region of their society. A society that connected the Vikings, particularly the Swedes, Finnish and other baltic peoples, with Constantinople. Mostly via the migration of peoples and trade via the Dnipro river.
      They may have only used the term Ukrainian more recently, but the center of mass for the ancient Rus societies flowed down the Dnipro river towards Constantinople. If you could say that a single settlement was a capital at that time, its a toss up between Novgorod and Kyiv. Truthfully, they were independent societies with different power structures.
      Moscow and St. Petersburg were not part of that society. In fact, they basically didn’t exist. They didn’t come into play until the time of the Tsars. (Peter the great founding st. Petersburg, Moscow being a tiny fringe settlement that was wiped out by the mongols, and much later developed by the Tsars)
      The current administration of Russia has about as much legitimate claim to the Rus as a national ancestor as Americans can claim ownership of the Native American’s societies as theirs. Aka, they are primarily outsiders who conquered and ended the existence of those societies.
      Sure, some of those ancient people have decendants living in the country. Some aspects of their cultures continued. But 1) The Rus were never a unified empire. Its a catch all term for a wide range of settlements and ethnicities of people. Its a historical melting pot that ties mongolia, greece and Scandinavia together. They are the settlers of major trade rivers.(Just like native tribes varied and originally settled america) 2) Those societies have long since been dominated by outside forces. The mongols/tartars, slavs, muscovites, and many others all had their heyday. Just like the Europeans who dominated the original settlers of America.
      So if the United States were to claim that Canada isn’t a real country because some peoples of the Huron Confederacy traditionally inhabited Toronto, its about as valid as Moscow saying that Kyiv is really part of their ancient heritage of the Rus, even the the Rus people were most concentrated in Ukraine and Belarus.

    • Rosa
      Rosa 3 months ago +2

      @Raft Guy 👌That is the true story! 👏🤝

    • A.G. M.
      A.G. M. 3 months ago

      Motherland, Fatherland…..it all smacks of vile nationalism.

  • Charles H.
    Charles H. 3 months ago +4

    This series has been excellent

  • not today
    not today 3 months ago +8

    Love these productions❤

  • babak tabarrok
    babak tabarrok 2 months ago +3

    Loved the interview.

  • shiva369
    shiva369 3 months ago +15

    Please keep this series going. Absolutely top tier journalism!

  • Elias Yalda
    Elias Yalda 3 months ago +14

    Great interview. Great info's , questions and answers based on facts. Ambassador William Taylor seems to be very confident and serious on telling the plain-truth. Bravo to you Mr. Ambassador

    • Marcos Vidal
      Marcos Vidal 3 months ago

      stop lying

    • Han Vroman
      Han Vroman 3 months ago

      Almost everything Taylor said is a lie...

    • Stereo review X
      Stereo review X 3 months ago

      You don’t get to be an ambassador without being a skilled liar that’s what I’m seeing here

  • Best Food Show
    Best Food Show 3 months ago +7

    Insightful, informative, great interview - Glad the United States has people like Mr. Taylor.

  • SpaceyMonkey75
    SpaceyMonkey75 3 months ago +38

    These interviews have been among the most enlightening, eye opening pieces of journalism I've seen.

  • matthew 2779
    matthew 2779 3 months ago +66

    I trust frontline and PBS. Best programs on 📺

    RUSTY SUNSHINE 3 months ago +25

    Terrific human being.

    • Drew Zimmerman
      Drew Zimmerman 3 months ago +2

      He's purposely leaving out tons of context. Hes a good source if your only looking for the western position.

    • Chris Read
      Chris Read 3 months ago +1

      @Drew Zimmerman well said ... unfortunately its very easy to see someone as a terrific human being, when they say what you want to hear, rather than the truth ... these are the opposite of good people

  • Muad'Dib
    Muad'Dib 3 months ago +11

    I love listening to intelligent adults talk about foreign policy. The idiots and children are far too common and far too vocal these days.

  • Thomas
    Thomas 3 months ago +106

    Frankly, PBS seems like the most objective and informative news out there these days.

    • Michel Lahaie
      Michel Lahaie 3 months ago +10

      It doesn’t seem like it, it is.

    • GeoMaddock
      GeoMaddock 3 months ago +10

      LOL - koolaid goes down easy

    • Stephen Losch
      Stephen Losch 3 months ago +22

      @GeoMaddock Which koolaid? Would you prefer 2 or 3 minute analysis by people that have no idea?

    • clancywiggam
      clancywiggam 3 months ago +6

      @GeoMaddock Koolaid, sheeple, blah blah blah. Have an original thought.

  • Nejazi
    Nejazi 3 months ago +5

    I’ve been a subscriber since 2014 I’m glad I know what’s going on thank you 🙏 @frontline

  • privatevendetta
    privatevendetta 3 months ago +12

    I wonder why western European states said no to George Bush, when he was such a calm, reflected and rational politician.

    • Stacie Hahn
      Stacie Hahn 3 months ago +2

      I was guilty of being anti-GB too, but I’ve grown and learned since then… he did a damn good job, given the circumstances. I’m still a democrat, but I also feel drawn toward sane republicans these days. Too bad there aren’t any currently….

    • Tony Su
      Tony Su 3 months ago

      I think ambassador Taylor is referring to President GW Bush, not the father HW Bush. President GW Bush didn't have have the same reputation as his father, accused improperly of being an alcoholic and elected only because he was a Bush family member. In fact, the first year or two of his Presidency was dominated by neo-conservatives led by VP Cheney. In the end, GW Bush proved himself of special mettle when he reversed course in the middle of his administration and turned it inside out expelling the neo-conservatives that ran his administration led by VP Cheney in the first couple years and Bush led his Presidency for the remainder of his term. IMO very few people or Presidents would have done what GW Bush did, that showed GW Bush was more of a person than a lot of people thought. President GW Bush was respected much but turned out to be a better than expected President.

  • AlloBruxelles
    AlloBruxelles 3 months ago +8

    Putin does not think that the US is behind all of Russia's problems. Putin's rhetoric is best seen through the lens of his domestic failures. All Russian dictators, from the Tsars on, needed an external enemy for their regime to survive (besieged fortress syndrome). The Kremlin fears China beyond description. So, the West, being pretty much harmless to Russia is the only and easy choice. Putin knows that blaming the West is a fallacy.

    • AlloBruxelles
      AlloBruxelles 3 months ago

      @Tony Su your point and mine are separate issues

  • arrow64 64
    arrow64 64 3 months ago +11

    Letting intelligent and articulate people actually speak with honesty and without interruption is great journalism. Thank you, I enjoy Frontline.

  • jordanaus75
    jordanaus75 2 months ago +2

    Great interview!

    KD BRAVO 3 months ago

    It’s that Frontline narrator in the beginning of every episode that catches my attention. “TONIGHT ON FRONTLINE….”

  • Tom Bateman
    Tom Bateman 3 months ago +30

    Yes! Bill Taylor is the f-king man! That VOICE!!!

  • Lek Jaku
    Lek Jaku 3 months ago +3

    God bless America! Amazing interview.

  • susana301301
    susana301301 3 months ago +2

    Proves how fragile freedom is!

  • Shmyzac Gaming
    Shmyzac Gaming Month ago +1

    Great to see Arsene Wenger doing his bit for world peace

  • Matthias Walker
    Matthias Walker 3 months ago +2

    to be real in my mind in 2014 the reaction came after they shot down a plane the flew over ukraine

  • Domini Cruz
    Domini Cruz 3 months ago +2

    I love this man

  • D Omand
    D Omand 3 months ago +18

    Great speaker William Taylor, intelligent great voice ..

  • Lash LaRue
    Lash LaRue 3 months ago +5

    Ukraine should have never given up its nukes. That is the worst lesson of this war.

  • Kenneth Snyder
    Kenneth Snyder 3 months ago +5

    Bottom line is that you are better off leaving the sleeping dragons 🐉 lye or face the wrath of the mighty Eagle 🦅. Let freedom ring. Let the whole world know who are listening!

  • Eric D Munoz
    Eric D Munoz 3 months ago +1

    PBS really going for the Errol Morris vibe.

  • Oneplanetonespecies R.
    Oneplanetonespecies R. 3 months ago +6

    A lesson on how to defend and fight a bully. Putin only understands one thing. Might meets might. Get rid of Putin and the war is over. But my fear is that this doesnt end well.

  • Bogdan Baudis
    Bogdan Baudis 3 months ago +1

    "Not a superpower, just a regional power. " Well, Germany in 1933 was not even considered a regional power ...

  • Sergio
    Sergio 3 months ago +3

    Frontline PBS is the perfect match to french LCI. Like twins.

  • marisa benson
    marisa benson 2 months ago +2

    Putin kept showing us who he was but we failed to see. It's no wonder he felt confident that his invasion of Ukraine would be a fait accompli. By taking putin at his word or deluding ourselves that he would see reason the West appeared naive and weak which played into Putin's hands. All he had to do was to keep making agreements as it suited him and bide his time till he could rip them up and proceed how he liked. It appears obvious that where Russia is concerned we are better to take advice from the Baltic states.

  • Dan Taninecz Geopolitics
    Dan Taninecz Geopolitics 3 months ago +2

    The difficulty is that you often need to focus on more than one thing at a time. The PRC and Russia are both problems.

  • jxhensley
    jxhensley Month ago

    What a pro

  • D. S.
    D. S. 3 months ago +4

    This is outstanding!

  • Michael Flynn
    Michael Flynn 3 months ago +4

    5 stars

  • James Rock
    James Rock 3 months ago +7

    I like this dude b/c he sh*ts on the Russian offensive wrt Ukraine.

  • M a r i a A n g e l o v a
    M a r i a A n g e l o v a 2 months ago +1

    Great interview! Thank you!

  • Sulyn Lam
    Sulyn Lam 3 months ago +1

    Fascinating insights. Unfortunate that NATO to knocked back member initiation of Georgia and Ukraine.

  • GaryParis
    GaryParis 3 months ago

    Great interview, I learned so much. I have a random question are you wearing a toupee? I adore it.

    ESINYEN ETABO 3 months ago +4

    2M + Subscribers. We are moving forward in Truth.

  • Tim Norris
    Tim Norris 3 months ago +9

    Thank you, Frontline!

  • Beatrice Nicoletti
    Beatrice Nicoletti 3 months ago +8

    Putin is very scared that his people will see from Ukrainians that they can govern themselves and that is why he has to rail against the US-so “his” people rise up thinking they are with, rather than against him. He remembers Dresden and fears the mob…
    The Putin Files is also a great Frontline series!

  • RiriLove
    RiriLove 16 days ago

    😅😂😂 Damn mimi Just couldn't Do it🤣

  • Luke Davis
    Luke Davis 2 months ago +1

    It's interesting compared to Snyders interview, the ambassador seems to largely take Putins enmity with the USA to be sincere, whereas Snyder seems to emphasize that this is a largely cynical strategic fiction.

  • Charles Schellhorn
    Charles Schellhorn Month ago

    I’m very concerned about the things going on at this time take where so important, and not taking at serious by the government at this . 54:20

  • President of Ukraine
    President of Ukraine 3 months ago +26

    Glory to the brave Ukrainians defending democracy and freeing their land from Russian invaders, murderers, terrorists and war criminals 🫡🇺🇦 god bless Will Taylor ❤

    • ••
      •• 3 months ago +3

      What do we in America know about democracy (which if we had one wouldn't be so great for its mandate to impose the will of the many upon the concerns of the few anyway)? How is it even possible to achieve democratically-elected representation by artificial constraint of the (fully -lobbied) candidate pool to two (fully-lobbied) parties? Rhetorical I'm not being personally aggressive with you 😐 or trying to sound that way. I'm just pointing out it isn't even necessary that our elections are real with a semantic trick like the very term democracy at work falsely implying informed dissent within a governed electorate never rises to a majority.
      Just is what it is man. All governments are plutocracies because no impulse to govern over others arises from anything but self-interest...which is a big duh that we are not accidentally dumbed-down about. One-party sells people too stupid (maybe naive but distracted by greed) to realize ripoffs like student loan forgiveness of course come right out of their very own taxes and the other one pretends to be about smaller and less government while legislating such bullshit as marriage and reproduction. Even the most nobly idealistic soundly-chartered government is inevitably corrupted because politicians are like beauty pageant contestants. Like I said, is what it is. So yay democracy but AFAICT our mutual misapprehension of Slavs is that we do not fathom that they are more cynical than me and they do not believe we are as idealistic as you.

    • iLikePete Photography
      iLikePete Photography 3 months ago +2

      Glory to the Brave Ukrainians defending their variety of corruption.

    • ••
      •• 3 months ago

      @Paul Bryant Good point.

  • AngloLatino
    AngloLatino 3 months ago +1

    Weird to think how back in 2012 it was the Republican, Romney, who was harder on our stance with Russia versus the Democrat, Obama, who was more willing to work with them.

  • Greg Zuccolo
    Greg Zuccolo 3 months ago

    These people, this person, is worthy of holding a diplomatic post. Experience, education, training, where-with-all and common sense and sympathy are what should be required for such a position. This is what we should expect from any governmental official, elected or not. Braying asses in white furs and glossy lipstick are cute but ineffectual....at best.

  • Francis Couch
    Francis Couch 16 days ago

    I like this guy

  • Teddi Ted
    Teddi Ted 3 months ago +1

    Condi-who most republicans adore, was against Ukraine joining NATO as far as I understand….the institute that Condi is powerful at, has done almost NO analyses of what has been happening in Ukraine!

  • Ron Morrison
    Ron Morrison 3 months ago

    Thanks Amb. Taylor!

  • winter_rift •
    winter_rift • 3 months ago +6

    Bad sign if Bush lectures you about morality lol

    • Brendan
      Brendan 3 months ago

      Very good!👍🤣

  • NBV
    NBV 2 months ago

    In July-August 2019 everything was “on hold”in Ukraine. They were waiting for their parliament (“Rada”) starts working. Nobody knew what direction the Ukrainians would choose. New President, new representatives, new Attorney General, etc.
    that was the reason of dealing the military help

  • Karin And son
    Karin And son 3 months ago +3

    I am so sad that our Western European allies said no to Ukraine and Georgia 😢

    • M M
      M M 3 months ago

      Why? It would be WWIII now.

  • Wrap Rock-it & Roll - Francis Frankie D Austin

    thanks, i enjoyed this.. bless us all

  • Charles Schellhorn
    Charles Schellhorn Month ago

    I learned something new I didn’t know, Good, video! 29:24

  • jeremy knott
    jeremy knott 3 months ago +1

    catastrophic consequences.......words that only a bully would understand

  • David
    David 3 months ago +5

    Interesting insights here.