WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — American filmmaker Oliver Stone took to social media to tout the “popularity” of Russian President Vladimir Putin while criticizing both former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush for the ongoing unrest in Ukraine.
The Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter commented via Facebook about his “whirlwind trip” through London-Paris-Berlin and Moscow for an “undisclosed project” earlier this week. Stone said Putin’s popularity has increased in the wake of Russia’s aggressions toward Ukraine, and said it “seems clear more than 90% of Crimeans consider themselves Russian.”
“Although corruption and economic problems remain large here (it seems depressingly so all over the world), Putin’s popularity has climbed back up considerably since Ukraine coup. Strong feelings about Crimea and eastern Ukraine being Russian. Given the history, I can’t blame them,” Stone posted to Facebook.
“Putin’s popularity soars considerably since the Ukrainian coup…” Stone wrote via Twitter.
Stone went on to cite President George H.W. Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, for their foreign policy failures to have “any vision or generosity.”
“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,” Stone wrote of the elder Bush.
But Stone reserved his harshest criticism for George W. Bush – the subject of Stone’s 2008 film biographical drama, “W.”
“Even though [George H.W. Bush] would become a mere footnote to his son’s Caligula-like depredations on ‘the Empire,” wrote Stone. A Twitter post from Stone on Tuesday labeled “baby Bush’s” actions as “evil.”
…instead of being another Truman in his time. Though now a footnote to baby Bush’s evil.
— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) March 18, 2014
In 2012, Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick collaborated on a book and 10-part documentary series entitled, “The Untold History of the United States.” Although receiving good reviews from many media outlets, some critics labeled the book a “revisionist” take on history, and Politico described it as “a liberal interpretation” of American history.
Stone referenced his own “Untold History” work to point out that the U.S. “could’ve made a huge difference,” but failed to do so during the Gorbachev years of the Soviet Union. He also went on to criticize “Western mainstream media hysteria” for going into “crisis mode” over the Ukrainian unrest.