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So, it's been a while since Turkey shot down a Russian jet and nobody seems to have started World War III.

I'm hoping that this will disrupt the strange, peculiar, and in some cases almost homoerotic fascination that members of the American right have with Vladimir Putin as a strong, macho, manly man who doesn't take guff from anyone. For a man who is supposed to show no fear and whose tough use of force is supposed to make everyone else back down he's been putting on quite a show of nothing. Then again, when it comes to the Putin-fanboys in the Republican party making a sensible course correction, I'm not holding my breath. I suppose manly men never admit when they're wrong.

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Date: 2015-12-02 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I am not so certain that Putin is being quiet because of impotence. While I don't know precisely what it means I can sense that there are pieces in play that we're not aware of. Not that Putin is omnipotent (I laugh out loud at his various macho stunts) but there is something swirling around the whole recent situation -- Ukraine, Syria, etc. that is not clear. Something is at work beyond the obvious grab for influence and control and/or destabilization of rivals. It might even be several somethings but there's more going on that media in general are not covering.

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Date: 2015-12-03 05:42 am (UTC)
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I had no idea Putin had such appeal to conservatives in the U.S. Aside from how appalling that is, it's also patently false. Putin did not get into the position he currently occupies using brute force. Instead there was a great deal of covert power brokering, and discrete elimination of opposition in a variety of very subtle (and nasty) ways. Radiation poisoning for example, or that British official who "committed suicide" by slitting only one of his wrists out in the open on a park bench in the early morning?

I wish I could believe that the "gaps" I'm sensing (for want of a better way to describe it -- these are lacunae in information, rather than deliberate silence by uninterested Western media) are reflective of domestic posturing alone, to reinforce a faltering force. I'm not so sure. I think concealed pivot points are being spawned out of the void in coverage which is likely as internal as it is external. It has something to do with long term power brokerage between the various nations, and puts Russia and China (most notably) in a position to oppose the US and the EU -- or at least the public faces of the latter. I can't see the picture clearly so I could be wrong, but I could swear what's going on is a covert gathering of fresh strength and position, not a puppet show to conceal weakness. This sounds like I wear a tinfoil hat yes? I promise I am not a paranoiac, and in fact I devoutly hope I am wrong.

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