Why real Americans love Putin

Putin is a winner, even though we don't like much of what he does.

Jack Engelhard,

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Obama complains that 37 percent of Republicans are in love with Putin. I’d put the figure at 87 percent.

What we do is throw out the rest and keep the part we like best – he’s a tough guy. We admire tough guys.

By tough I mean men and women who stand tough at the doorway of home and homeland…family first and as Trump has it, America first. By families we mean Israel, a nation that shares our values and our toughness.

Israel is family. Ask Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. He’ll tell you.

Israel is family. Ask Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. He’ll tell you.
General George S. Patton told you, like this: “Americans love a winner and won’t tolerate a loser.”

Putin is a winner. Too bad he’s Russian. Wish we had him on our team. We are jealous. We know he does plenty that we don’t like – but like the typical Jewish gangster of the past, he was good to his mother. (See Robert Rockaway’s book about this.) Do you know what I’m talking about?

Yes you do. We nurse a secret admiration for gangsters, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Arnold Rothstein – they were guns-blazing notorious.

But they also cracked the heads of anti-Semites in the streets of New York and Chicago. They were good for the Jews when Jews were in a pinch.

Putin, call him a gangster, but he’s good to the Jews. He won’t tolerate anti-Semites. He pals with Chabad rabbis. His judo masters are often Jewish.

The childhood teacher he loved most was Jewish. He weeps when he thinks of her. Tough guys are allowed to cry.

A Russian campus is safer for Jews than an American campus. That says something.

Putin is all in for is own people. How refreshing. He does not do apology tours. You don’t see him going around the world bad-mouthing his own people.

A Russian campus is safer for Jews than an American campus. That says something.
He loves his country…never explains…never apologizes. He calls radical Islamic terrorists radical Islamic terrorists.

He’s been on the phone with Trump. Together they intend to defeat ISIS and whatever else is bothering the two of us.

Isn’t partnership with Russia on a number of fronts preferable to war – hot or cold?

Yet the Democrats, the same weenies who need Teddy Bears to comfort themselves against Trump, keep harping for confrontation with Putin.

When did Liberals become such saber-rattling hawks? If the time comes, they’ll be cowering in their safe spaces when the tough guys go forth.

You say Putin is a thug? Okay. He’s KGB? Sure. He’s got a heavy hand against dissidents? Right. He marches into countries not his own? Yes.

In fact we disagree with his politics, which we find entirely foreign to our beliefs. We are repulsed by his adventures militarily. We understand the danger. 

In so many respects, he is no friend. We are not fooled.

But it’s as an individual, as a personality on the world stage that we find him alluring. He’s a man of action.

Can’t say the same for our leadership over the past eight years.

For better or worse, he is a star. He’s hardboiled. He’s a larger than life character that appears unreal, brought to us from Hollywood through film noir.

Putin has a Bogey affect on us – the tough guy with flaws, contradictions and that touch of menace that’s impossible to resist.

Finally, come January 20, he’s about to meet his match.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist: “News Anchor Sweetheart,” a novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com