Who says this is “not a new Cold War?”
President Barack Obama did the other day.
Yet in the crossfire of sanctions flying over Russia’s incursion in Ukraine and the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister, has raised the stakes on Twitter. First he threatened to cut off Russia’s rocket-engine supply to the U.S. Now he’s mocking the American president’s sense of machismo.
У нас разные ценности и союзники pic.twitter.com/WCH98Zxutu
— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) July 31, 2014
Translation: “We have different values and allies”
(And that is no Portuguese water dog, like Obama’s actual first dog, Bo, and second dog, Sunny — though we do recall the critics of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who called him President George W. Bush’s poodle, even if this really is a Bichon Frise, and that photo traceable.)
Despite Obama’s rejection of the current state of affairs as a new Cold War, we also recall, as we read Rogozin’s Russian-language Twitter feed, what the president told the now-retired talk show host Jay Leno last summer about the snow-leopard petting, bare-chested horseback President Vladimir Putin.
“There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality,” Obama said of the Russians. “What I continually say to them and to President Putin, that’s the past.”
ТАНКИ.УРАЛЬСКИЙ ХАРАКТЕР часть 2: http://t.co/uUZfmoXScM
— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) July 30, 2014
We’ve also seen this snow leopard before.