A politician is a material incarnation of the absolute worst of human nature. Look around you, it’s self-evident. Basic human nature is to survive. Once that is accomplished and we become comfortable, extremes in behaviour can develop. If you’re a typical politician those extremes normally manifest as unchecked ego and unbridled power. A bad combination!
Putin is many things, but stupid isn’t one of them. Yes he is dangerous, yes he is power hungry, but show me a politician that is not. Again, politics is where the worst of human nature congregates, like flies to shit.
Take a look at the map above. It tells you all you need to know about why Ukraine is in the cross-hairs of the world’s super powers. It is about the Russian pipeline network that feeds Europe, plain and simple. Ukraine is, as you can see, a pretty damn important piece in the Russian energy distribution network.
This has nothing to do with Russians in Ukraine. “Brother Vlad” would gun those “countrymen” down in a heartbeat if they threatened his pipelines. He’d then return to his morning tea without a second thought. “Pass the toast Alina.” Oh, and unless you have been drinking the western media Kool Aid, the Brits and Yanks would do the same. This isn’t a cultural issue, it’s a matter of ECONOMICS, POWER AND POLITICS.
The 64 million dollar question now is how far will the delusional, intellectually bankrupt “gentlemen” that inhabits the White House push this with Putin..?
Obama’s foreign policy is a joke. The decisions coming out of this administration are nothing short of BRAIN DEAD. Imposing sanctions on Russia only serves to push Putin into a corner. If he backs down now he loses credibility, which means he can’t, as it would be political suicide.
I cannot fathom what the Obama administration thought they would get out of imposing sanctions, other than further alienating the Russians and endangering millions upon millions of people in the region.
Did they really think Putin would roll over and say “Sorry gee, you know what you’re right.”?
Did they really think that the Europeans, who by the way Russia has by the balls (via control over the flow of natural gas), would see it in their best interests to follow the US and antagonize the hand that feeds them?
Did they really think that China would back them up on this one? The US’s “allies” and “friends” have not suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. This is the real price of the NSA spying.
The US has the world’s largest , most sophisticated military. Spending on its military ($683.7B) alone is greater than the entire GDP of Afghanistan ($33.7B), where they have been unable to suppress the restless locals.
Antagonizing China and Russia is a dangerous game. One misstep and we could have WWIII on our hands, which would be most unfortunate.
“If one looks at the map of the world, it’s difficult to find Iraq, and one would think it rather easy to subdue such a small country.” – Vladimir Putin