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Forbes Releases “Most Powerful” List


#2 Merkel has been pivotal in all the European negotiations for everything. Russia, Ukraine, Syrian refugees, Greek banking crisis, you name it. She takes action after careful study. After initially playing softball with Russia, she has hardened her stance. I wondered if her East German background might have been a factor in her initial reaction to Russia, but I believe she finally got tired of Putin lying to her face and giving the West the finger. Merkel probably deserves #1, in all actuality.

#1 Putin’s bravado belies* his power. In all actuality Russia and Putin’s power has extended to those countries immediately bordering Russia, that’s it. But he has succeeded in causing most of the rest of the world to react to his implied threats. The perception of Putin’s power should not reflect the reaction by the rest of the world to his hyperaggressive words and, in all reality, his surgical application of limited power.  

*belie (bəˈlī/)
verb
3rd person present: belies
1. (of an appearance) fail to give a true notion or impression of (something); disguise or contradict.
    Example: “his lively alert manner belied his years”
  1. synonyms: contradict, be at odds with, call into question, show/prove to be false,disprove, debunk, discredit, controvert, negate;

    formalconfute
    “his eyes belied his words”

CBS Hosts Baffled by Putin Beating Obama for Top Spot on Forbes ‘Most Powerful’ List

By Kyle Drennen | November 4, 2015 | 1:03 PM EST

On Wednesday, while discussing Forbes magazine releasing its 2015 Most Powerful list, the hosts of CBS This Morning were perplexed by Russian president Vladimir Putin beating out President Obama for the top spot, with Obama only being number three on the list. Charlie Rose pressed Forbes assistant managing editor Luisa Kroll: “Make the case as to why Vladimir Putin is more powerful than President Obama.” Kroll explained: “I think a lot has to do with how he exercises his power and his influence. Whether it’s in Crimea or in the Ukraine, he’s not afraid to go out and exercise his power. He has no checks and balances.” Rose interjected: “So it’s not a question of being more powerful, he’s simply using it.”

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2 thoughts on “Forbes Releases “Most Powerful” List

  1. See Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (Institute of Peace, 1997): The balance of perceived power between states decides the outcome of struggles short of war. (p. 20) Power itself lies, in the first instance, in the mind of opponents. (p. 15)
    In other words, it’s naive to think of power as measurable in facts & figures; what matters is willingness to use it, ability to use it wisely, and “fortitude” – the capacity to maintain unity of effort and persevere. All of which contributes to how a nation’s power is perceived. And the US has done a miserable job at it, unless we meant to project weakness..

  2. See Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., *Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy* (Institute of Peace, 1997): [It is t]he balance of *perceived* power between states [that] decides the outcome of struggles short of war. (p. 20) (Emphasis added) Power itself lies, in the first instance, in the mind of opponents. (p. 15)

    In other words, it’s naive to think of power as measurable in facts & figures; what matters is willingness to use it, ability to use it wisely, and “fortitude” – the capacity to maintain unity of effort and persevere. All of which contributes to how a nation’s power is perceived. And the US has done a miserable job at it, unless we meant to project weakness, presuming that if we look less threatening, those enemies who are presumably against us because they are afraid of us will thereby desist. Calling such a presumption “naive” would be to use a euphemism. There are better words, but feel free to fill in the blank.

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