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Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

This is probably one of the best examples of why Dan Liljenquist should not be in any office. The presumption that the US should be telling a host of an Olympics what form of government they should have, how they should award contracts for the construction of their facilities, or how much money they should spend is mind bending. What makes any of that our business. It surely wasn't any of our's during the China Olympics. It wasn't during the Barcelona Olympics, and that investment has made that city one of the few bright spots in the Spanish economy.

And then the whines about the US being "outmaneuvered" in Syria and Iran..... the jury is hardly back on either of those. Syria ended up having to relinquish their WMD (yes, they actually did have some), and Iran has had to open up their nuclear program to international inspection and monitoring. And Putin is hardly getting his way in Ukraine either. Dan is proving himself to not be a very good observer of international politics... and that is about all.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"until it eradicates institutionalized, organized corruption"

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. We have just become so accustomed to our own political corruption that we are now oblivious.

When large money interests can donate to politicians who then vote on legislation that affects them, the system will always be corrupt.

We have just changed the rules so that our bribery and corruption is deemed legal and can take place in the light of day.

How sad is that?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Utah will never be truly stable, truly trustworthy and truly able to lead on the world stage until it cleanses the inner vessel — until it rids itself of legalized political oppression, until it eradicates institutionalized, organized corruption, and until it recognizes and protects the natural rights to life, liberty and property. (i.e., kickbacks to donors on highway projects, "pay to play" state attorneys, denying the natural right to loving couples to marry, etc. etc. ad nauseam)

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

How about: Put first your own house in order.

How about our own inner vessel?

Russia must solve its own problems,
but we have a ton of our own to work on in the very same areas.

Russia is used to such things;
we have a better heritage to live up too. This is a bad time to be
pointing out the faults of other nations who had no such heritage.
We need political aspirants to be more aware of the hearts of men
in our own nation.

cavetroll
SANDY, UT

"after massive no-bid contracts and seemingly unlimited financial resources were awarded only to oligarchs with close ties to the Kremlin, after catastrophic, likely criminal, mismanagement of construction contracts resulting in 500% cost overruns...until it rids itself of legalized political oppression, until it eradicates institutionalized, organized corruption, and until it recognizes and protects the natural rights to life, liberty and property."

So was Danny Boy talking about Russia or the Utah state government, specifically the legislature? I didn't realize the Kremlin was located in Utah.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

How Russia pays for things is not our concern. Who Russia hires to build things is not our concern. Whether Russia hs a profitable Olympics or whether Russia ends up owing billions is not our concern. Russia is a sovereign nation. Dan Liljenquist had better quickly learn what the word "sovereign" means, if he ever hopes to run for office again.

If the Russian people want a Democracy or a Democratic Republic or any other form of government, it is up to them to decide for themselves. If they ask us for advice, it would be appropriate to give advice. Until then, the best thing that we can do for Russia is to stay out of their politics Mr. Putin has shown the world what he thinks about Mr. Obama's unsolicited advice. Maybe Dan Liljenquist missed that month of "breaking news".

freedomingood
provo, Utah

Ya, they should outlaw legalized bribery of public officials, like we don't.

They shouldn't let the rich pay 0 taxes, like we don't.

You tell'em.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"... until it eradicates institutionalized, organized corruption, and until it recognizes and protects the natural rights to life, liberty and property." Dan, do you mean like Goldman Sachs, Chase and others on Wall Street whose unethical practices nearly destroyed western economies in 2008? Cast the beam out of thine own eye first.

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