Why does the dumpster always catch fire when I’m away, and in this case busy getting a family-and-baby fix?
On the Poor Widdle Russia. Screw it, it isn’t, and it never was. Any time you are proposing to repeat FDR’s mistake of making several states slaves to another state’s paranoia, you’ve gone too far. FDR was not a good guy, in any way shape or form, and if he didn’t create the cold war all by himself, he certainly set the dominoes up, and it was only by the grace of G-d we didn’t end with the world enslaved to a system that didn’t work. SOCIALISM doesn’t work, in either “social democracy” or “communism” form, but he set things up so it infected the whole world. And he propped up Russian paranoia and imperialism.
Was the USSR always a potemkin state? Looks like that, yes. Was it true? Probably more true than not.
On the other hand their government believed they were a real threat. And governments tend to believe each other. I don’t think our intelligence was so much lying, as not being prepared with states made of lies. They still aren’t.
Does this mean I’m on the side of the EU and the internationalists? Oh, please. The EU is a mistake that should have never happened, and is going to kill people as it goes down in flames. Again, it’s part of the blue model that FDR popularized all over the world. It’s a center out top down big polity. I know because I was present at EU discussions in the late 70s early 80s that the Europeans looked at the US and decided the reason we were more successful is that we were bigger and more centralized. Poor rats. They’re going to pay for it, too.
Does it mean I’m on the side of the Junta? Put down the hooch. The Junta isn’t even really supporting Ukraine. They claim they are, but mostly they’re lining their own pockets under the massive Aid Bills.
Does it mean I’m on the side of Ukraine? Sure. I’m on the side of anyone being invaded by a power whose justification for war is that we took away their buffer states. Also our own foreign policy is less fraught without a crazy Russia. Maybe they’ll fund fewer “green” groups. Could happen.
So Russia getting smacked on the nose? Fine. None of our business. We shouldn’t send our boys to die over there, and we shouldn’t pass massive aid bills most of which money goes to democrat pockets. We wish plucky Ukraine the best. We have our own fights to fight.
Do I like the conclusion I’ve been coming to over the last three years that the Cold War was mostly self inflicted? Heck no. I will remind you one of the minor skirmishes of the Cold War hit my own life pretty hard.
Were we always wrong? Would the USSR have collapsed earlier, if we’d pushed harder? Almost for sure. Krushev himself admitted in internal documents that they had NOTHING. If we’d pushed they were scr*wed.
Did our people know that? No. Heinlein who was a shrewd, if initially leftist thinker, fell for the whole thing hook line and sinker.
In fact, it was impossible to know until the USSR fell, I think. But now we know. And treating Russia as though we learned nothing from the USSR is …. bad. Whether you want to admit it or not.
So — dumpster fire — we know, because we’ve had regulars go zonkers in the comments before. If these are new commenters, I ban. If they aren’t, I ask, and I’m asking NOW please stop the fight. It’s generating heat, no light.
There are dragons to fight. These aren’t it.
Russia is a bully. It doesn’t need our help. It needs a spanking and put in the corner. It’s getting that without our help.
I wish the plucky people of Russia all the best. I wish their leaders to get spanked hard. Our leaders too.
Actually worldwide leaders of the Marxist persuasion, which right now are pretty much all of them, all need a spanking and put in the corner. Stop defending one set against the other.