Director Oliver Stone Touts Putin's 'Popularity,' Blames Bush Sr. for Mistreating Russia

In a Facebook posting on Monday, far-left director Oliver Stone touted the "popularity" of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the move against Crimea. Stone credulously hyped, "The Crimean Referendum now going on, and seems clear more than 90% of Crimeans consider themselves Russian." 

The filmmaker proceeded to shift the blame onto George H.W. Bush for his actions after the fall of the Soviet Union: "The entire world would be a far more peaceful place now if Bush father had any vision or generosity like Roosevelt or Kennedy, but instead he turned out to be another Truman in his time." 

In 2013, Stone produced a documentary series called the Untold History of the United States. In it, he echoed a similar theme, crediting Gorbachev and slamming Ronald Reagan:

OLIVER STONE: As far as Reagan’s much-vaunted role in winning the Cold War, the lion’s share of credit goes to Mikhail Gorbachev -- a true visionary and, it turns out, the real democrat. 

Using nearly identical language to his March 17 Facebook post, Stone lectured, "If Reagan had entered into the sincere partnership offered by Gorbachev, as Roosevelt did with Stalin in World War II, the world would have been transformed." 

In another episode of the ten-part documentary, the director claimed that Russia "actually won World War II" and that the U.S. dropping the atomic bomb on Japan was "militarily and morally, obviously, unnecessary." 

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org