I spent most of today doing yardwork and reading a number of long articles. In a broad sense much of the material I’ve been reading follows on from the post yesterday that dealt with the programmatic article in The Economist—a virulently Neocon and anti-Russian outlet. I say the article is “programmatic” because it appears to reflect the thinking of the most war mongering American Neocon views—those usually associated with Victoria Nuland and the Kagan family. The article frankly acknowledges that the American war on Russia is, so far, a failure. However, it then
I'm assuming RF will steamroll UA, physically at least out to the Dnieper, and will essentially "own" 404.
How and, more importantly, why would RF concede any control to BlackRock, Monsanto, et.al.?
Perhaps the Poles play nice and Putin offers up Galicia...with strings attached: No NATO. Let the Banderistas be someone else's headache.
Thank you for this essential roundup. The only thing I would modify is we are at the edge of the abyss, thank you Congress, and Powell’s thinking is that it is essential to preserve some semblance of fiscal integrity, come what may. Outright deflation is a very strong possibility, as the markets adjust to no more free money. With all these homegrown problems, Ukraine, where's that?
First there was the “counteroffensive”, loudly haled as the Ukies’ great push to the Sea of Asov, retaking Crimea; then mum’s the word: what counteroffensive? Then it was a slow-going, grinding affair (per Zel); then a “stalemate” a/k/a “frozen conflict,” like a bitter-tasting smoothie of what Mercouris calls a “strategic defeat” for Ukraine. Now, out of the vast cornucopia of Neocon euphemisms comes “the long war.” These people are short on reality, long on hubris. Very dangerous.
No mention of the Deux ex machina here, Putin. He's just sitting and waiting. He, Lavrov and Medvedev are probably sitting in a smoky room, playing poker to kill time as the whole West falls to pieces.
Fantastic piece. Luongo also had a post tonight (from @Sprinter) about a German decision to buy LNG from Russia in defiance of the embargo. Things are changing quickly. Thanks for helping us keep up. You are a God send!
The first part of this article is more complicated than a Russian novel. I’m left with no idea of who’s doing what to whom or if there are any good guys. Or if I should even care. But thanks for writing as it’s great reading about stuff that no one else writes about.