When Putin met Sisi

Tyler Cowen gave a talk here on Monday night arguing that the myth of the rational autocrat is ending.  The world experienced a nice period where many autocrats behaved semi-rationally and could be dealt with.  There is no reason to think that pleasantness will continue, however.

Exhibit A is Europe’s biggest thorn in the side, Vladimir Putin.  He was in Egypt yesterday bearing gifts.  Here he is offering President Al-Sisi a Kalashnikov.  I’m not sure why this was the gift he chose, but I have a hard time swallowing the manufacturer’s new PR campaign to rebrand the rifle as “a weapon of peace.”

putin_gun

And what did Putin get in return?  For starters a lot of manufactured adulation and press, something he is probably not getting as much of at home these days.  The streets were lined with his photos and the state-run newspaper praised his “glowing intelligence.”  Ha!  “Glowing” is a curious adjective to have chosen.  Here is Pooty-poot glowing all around Egypt!

EGYPT-PUTIN-PYRAMIDES

pootypoot

2 thoughts on “When Putin met Sisi

  1. “adulation and press, something he is probably not getting as much of at home these days”

    umm, what? his approval rating is through the roof in Russia

  2. Quit picking on Kalashnikov. Colt Firearms has been making a 45 caliber revolver called “the Peacemaker” since the 1870’s.

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