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26 March 2014 @ 05:51 am
"Standing tall" and other phallic imagery  
Maybe Putin is Russia's Ronald Reagan.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
et in Arcadia egoboo: whole earth moonapostle_of_eris on March 26th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Can't anybody here play this game?
The invasion of Crimea went remarkably smoothly. How long was it in the planning?
What does Putin consider his win condition to be? What are the potential bonuses beyond?


I had this scenario described to me forty years ago. If the US doubled its "defense" budget, the USSR would try to match it, fail, and disintegrate. There would be a generation of chaos, but when things got sort of put back together, they'd be really pissed about what we did to them.
Why the hell are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey! now in the "North Atlantic" Treaty? The US has swallowed the entire Warsaw Pact, eradicating Russia's buffer zone, leaving Crimea as the only outlet left.