This Is Not Good News

And don’t say “yeah, except for John McCain”….

Russian “aid”:

The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday….

“Russian artillery support — both cross-border and from within Ukraine — is being employed against the Ukrainian armed forces,” [NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu] added.

Putin’s playing a very dangerous game, obviously, and we’re seeing the prescience of those who suggested that he hadn’t, or couldn’t, figure out how turn the knobs up and down on the nationalist wave he hopes to use to distract from his crappy governance.


And with that bit of obviousness, I’ll stop, given that my analysis of Russian politics and the regional dynamics is worth not what you paid for it, but quite likely less.

Image: Aruther Devis, Gentleman with a Cannon, 1741

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One Comment on “This Is Not Good News”

  1. jcee Says:

    “Putin’s playing a very dangerous game, obviously…”

    Putin has been responding to the much more dangerous game of Washington-backed “regime change” in Kiev. The MSM legend that that events in Kiev earlier in the year amounted to a popular revolution is total nonsense. The Maidan protesters and their fascist muscle did not represent the people of Ukraine. It was a revolt… a coup… backed with American money and CIA involvement. Putin actually has been rather measured and calculating in his response, with limited goals with respect to the support of regional self-defence aspirations. Crimea was a slam dunk because the vast majority of its people wanted to join the Russian federation. The transition was carried out peacefully, with remarkable efficiency – certainly when compared to the violence of the fascist-led coup in Kiev that overthrew the democratically elected government of Victor Yanukovych – an unconstitutional assault fully backed by the likes of Nuland and McCain. Hitler comparisons and the invocation of the Nazi invasion of Sudetenland with respect to Crimea was simply absurd – especially given what Washington has been up to around the globe over past decades.

    “… his [Putin’s] crappy governance.”

    Yes there are aspects of his governance that need improving. However this doesn’t appear to be a pressing concern for most Russians. A July 19 Gallup poll gave Putin a high 83% on job performance. When you check out bankrupt Detroit, decaying U.S. infrastructure, the largest prison population on the planet, gun madness, school shootings and other indications of American psychopathy on-the-loose – not to mention the extensive record of Wall Street gangsterism – it’s always surprising to see criticism being leveled at others for alleged “crappy governance.”

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