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Russia Tells ‘Hollywood’ Romney to ‘Use His Head’

Topic: U.S. Presidential Election 2012

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
16:50 27/03/2012
SEOUL, March 27 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, Seoul, United States, Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hit out on Tuesday at Republican presidential candidate race frontrunner Mitt Romney, who said in an interview that Russia was the United State’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

“This ‘number one foe’ type of phrase smacks of Hollywood,” Medvedev said at a nuclear summit in Seoul. “I would advise all pretenders to the U.S. presidency…to use their heads. This is not a bad thing for a presidential candidate.”

In an interview with CNN, Romney said Russia “lines up with the world's worst actors” including Syria and Iran.

“Russia continues to support Syria. It supports Iran, has - has fought us with the crippling sanctions we wanted to have the world put in place against Iran. Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage,” Romney said.

His comments came after U.S. President Barack Obama was caught telling Medvedev on an open microphone that he woud have "more flexibility" after his "last election" on the issue of a planned U.S-led missile shield in Europe.

"The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed," Romney said.

But Medvedev, who steps down after four years in the Kremlin in early May, told Romney to “check his watch.”

“It’s 2012, not the middle of the 1970s,” he said. “Pay attention to political realities.”

Romney’s comments also triggered reactions from other Russian officials, with Public Chamber Foreign Affairs working group head Alexander Sokolov comparing him to one of the “Marlboro men, those so-called cool guys, for whom only America’s interests exist and all other countries are potential enemies – or at best, rivals.”

Romney is favorite to win the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. President Barack Obama at the 2012 presidential elections.

 

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  • bielecBravo, Dmitry!
    18:55, 27/03/2012
    Somebody had to point the obvious bias of the US pesidential candidates. Somebody had to pay them back for attempting to intefere with the presidential elections in Russia.

    The only sad thing is that a large part of the American populus are uneducated and selfish people who are dammed down by their education, media, and political system. These people will believe everything their leaders tell them.
  • severnayazemlyaRomney is serious about attacking Syria and Iran
    19:10, 27/03/2012
    Romney is serious about attacking Syria and Iran. He can't identify either country on a world map.
  • CandycornWell, at least someone said it
    19:29, 27/03/2012
    As a US citizen, I am annoyed that it takes a foreigner to actually criticize that extreme election rhetoric going on, but I do applaud Medvedev for it. The last thing we need is a president that thinks Russia of all places is the enemy!
  • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comThe Republicans are a war machine and to wary of
    20:06, 27/03/2012
    Having lived in the United States for 18 years, most of them under the Presidency of former Bush and Dick Cheney from first hand experience I can tell you that the Republican Party is a party of war.

    Russia needs to heed these comments very carefully from Mitt Romney, who said in an interview that Russia was the United State’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

    Please keep in mind that the United States of America is now in initial states of an energy collapse.

    A nation that is struggling for its very survival is one that will use any excuse to go to war over energy reserves.

    Arnold Vinette
    Ottawa, Canada

    ------------

    Deep concern as US domestic oil supplies begin to dry up. 1.74 years remaining.

    United States Oil Production 2011
    Oil Production: 9,056,000 bbl/Day [2011]
    Oil Consumption: 18,690,000 bbl/Day [2011]
    Proven Reserves: 19,120,000,000 bbl/Day [2011]

    Days available for production 2,111 at 100% retrieval. (unrealistic)
    Years of production left 6. Exhaustion date is 2018. (unrealistic)

    Days available for production 2,111 * .30 = 633 at 30% retrieval. (realistic)
    Years of production left 1.74. Exhaustion date is 2014. (realistic)

    Data source: http://www.globalfirepower.com/country-military-strength-detail.asp?country_id=United-States-of-America

    Unless a country's oil reserves are inflated by 30% it is simply unrealistic to pump out 100% of a country's oil reserves. Realistically 25% of a country's oil reserves can be pumped out of the ground.
    For the case of this comment I have been optimistic at 30% retrieval.

    --------------

    Conclusion of these numbers: economic collapse of the United States is inevitable beginning in the year 2015 unless a new energy source can be found.

    By the year 2015 the United States needs to find an additional 9,056,000 bbl/Day to 10,000,000 bbl/Day of oil to import in order to stay economically viable.

    The oil situation in the United States is now absolutely CRITICAL!

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    Remaining oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and the United States

    Saudi Arabia Oil Production 2011

    Oil Production: 9,764,000 bbl/Day [2011]
    Oil Consumption: 2,430,000 bbl/Day [2011]
    Proven Reserves: 264,600,000,000 bbl/Day [2011]

    Days available for production 27,100 at 100% retrieval. (unrealistic)
    Years of production left 74. Exhaustion date is 2085. (unrealistic)

    Days available for production 27,100 * .30 = 8,130 at 30% retrieval. (realistic)
    Years of production left 22. Exhaustion date is 2033. (realistic)

    Saudi Arabia Oil Production 2012
    New extraction data relevant to this article.

    Increased production of 450,000 barrels per day

    Oil Production: 10,214,000 bbl/Day [2012]
    Oil Consumption: 2,430,000 bbl/Day [2011]
    Proven Reserves: 264,600,000,000 bbl/Day [2011]

    Days available for production 25,906 at 100% retrieval. (unrealistic)
    Years of production left 71. Exhaustion date is 2082. (unrealistic)

    Days available for production 25,906 * .30 = 7,772 at 30% retrieval. (realistic)
    Years of production left 21. Exhaustion date is 2032. (realistic)

    Data source: http://www.globalfirepower.com/country-military-strength-detail.asp?country_id=Saudi-Arabia
    • PETEPETEPETENo, not just the Republicans...
      00:44, 28/03/2012
      No, it's not just the Republicans or the Americans for that matter. North-American, European, Australian, Japanese, Saudi (and a few others) governments are part of the "gang" too. And the wars are not about oil.
      • bielecThe US oil reserves
        07:59, 28/03/2012
        The US is considering exploitation of large oil reserves in Alaska. The wars are not mainly about oil, they are about preserving the petro dollar, about globalization, and about control.
        Yes, I agree with PETEPETEPETE. You forgot about Israel.

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