Voices from Russia

Monday, 14 May 2018

14 May 2018. The Internet Cassandras are Singing a Dirge For Russia… I’d Say, “Not So Fast”

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The USA is a “rubber lion”, more gaseous bullshit than reality. Russians believe, “Better a bad peace than a good war”. Russia is lying low, watching the situation. That’s wise. The USA is flailing about, with Trump in serious domestic political trouble. His various “advisors” are actually running the show (we’d better hope that Mattis et al are victorious over Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel). Israel is no better, as Netanyahu finds himself enmeshed in a sticky corruption scandal. Neither one of these two men are in actual control of events, they’re both fighting for political survival, which is always dangerous. They could choose to opt for a “quick little victory” to brighten up their prospects… but such doesn’t really happen in real life, does it? We need only look at the American quagmires in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Israeli failure to put down Hizbullah in Lebanon to see how such thinking leads to utter catastrophe.

Don’t listen to internet asshats. The play isn’t over yet. Actually, the danger isn’t that Trump has a bad policy. Rather, he has no policy; he’s making it up as he goes along. Add in the fact that both Trump and Netanyahu are in the deep kimchi politically, it gives us a noxious cocktail fraught with danger. The USA or Israel (or both) could do something irretrievable and stupid (like using nukes), as neither one has any conventional leverage on the hotspots now percolating. When you combine that with the precarious domestic situations of Trump and Netanyahu, the potential for a gigantic tits-up is too great for comfort. The worst part is that the clueless have seized the controls and we’re all stuck on the ride until it’s over. There’s a gigantic shit sandwich on the table, and we’re all going to have to take a big bite from it before it’s over. May this chalice pass…

BMD

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