People get smoking mad at me when I speak in defence of Putin and Russia but I tell no lies: Putin is not the bad guy in this particular case. People forget that he is first and foremost a businessman. His secondary skill sets include thuggery, brinkmanship and bullying. He is more than all that too. When Russia collapsed at the end of the Cold War, the first thing he did was try to westernize and modernize his country to bring it up on par and in line with western nations. He wanted a seat at the table and for Russia to have a voice in international affairs. He even had his country apply for membership in NATO…but the west laughed at him. They told him to shut up, keep the cheap gas and grain flowing west, that he was a cheap whore, and that men like Macron, Biden, Trudeau and the other G7 flunkies would handle world affairs.
That cheap whore is not all that cheap now, is he fellas? Now you are dealing with TWO very expensive whores if you count the ‘Kraine. Poland wants to make it a threesome now.
My sources are conflicted in the ‘Kraine right now. I am hearing from some that the Ukrainian front line has collapsed. The Usual Suspects are claiming they’ve stopped the Russian juggernaut. The Russkies are both simple and difficult to predict at the same time. If they say they are going to do something… you can bet they WILL do it. HOW they do it is anyone’s guess. Could they be taking an operational pause? Consider: Russians are flat out paranoid about long supply lines. Remember, they fought back the Germans in WW2 by flanking them and cutting their supply lines. They have the Donbas, with its ports and resources. The rest of the ‘Kraine promises to be nothing but trouble to hold. The Russians are now close enough to destroy any strategic assets over there anyways.
They can afford to wait. The Russian economy has completely recovered to its pre-war levels, and the Ruble is the third strongest currency in the world today. Globohomo has the west on the precipice of a full blown economic depression. The days of summer are growing short. It’s cool in the mornings. She’s going to be a wretched winter for many without heat or money. The corrupt oligarchs out here are going to watch their support vaporize. Bankrupting your people and turning them against each other does not make for powerful countries. If things keep going as they are, Biden and the Donks will have a 5 way civil war going soon. The farmers and working people are at war with the govts in Europe.
The times, they are a-changin.