Thursday, September 13, 2007
Zubkov: The Placeholder Theory
A little history. Plutarco Elias Calles, unable to run again for president of Mexico, made himself the Minister of War (no term limits) and got recognition from all the factions to be Mexico's "political chief". He then from behind the scenes ruled through a series of presidents--Emilio Portes Gil, Pascual Ortiz Rubio, and Abelardo Rodríguez--all of whom would serve for a time, and then resign.
So, if Zubkov Putin's version of Emilio Gil?
The PRI/Mexico comparison has been made with Russia in the past - especially considering the similarities between Lazaro Cardenas and Vladimir Putin:
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But now they're running out, and it looks like they won't be a player in the oil export business in a decade or so. Do a quick google on "Cantarell".
Russia, OTOH, is the worlds biggest exporter, and will continue to be as Saudi production declines. The big problem is that Russia does not toe the US line any more, and won't increase production on demand. They have large oil fields that have not entered production. But they will.
When the price is right.
And that's why Western governments are so down on President Putin.