Wednesday wanderings in late February, 2022

It rained this morning, so I am hoping it won’t impact my walkabout later today. Our Australian friends adapted this term “walkabout” and I have always had a fondness for it. One definition is simply a “walking tour,” but it is also defined as “a journey on foot undertaken by an Australian Aboriginal in order to live in the traditional manner.”

So, whether I make it on my walkabout or not, here are few musings I would likely have as I wandered.

-Vladimir Putin has planned to do what he just did for many months. You don’t amass troops and send blood supplies to the front line to just say howdy. For those who believe anything Putin says, I suggest you go back and read some of Senator John McCain’s speeches about Putin, sometimes given at the same conference the Russian leader had spoken at before. Putin is a KGB trained agent in the art of disinformation. Disinformation is a fancy word for orchestrated lying.

-One of the dilemmas in pushing back on Putin, like Xi Jinping, he plays a long game, while the west plays a short one. Being an authoritarian leader means not caring too much what the people in his own country think. Western leaders are not so fortunate. Putin has long known he can do bad things to acquire territory, accept sanctions, make a few concessions to get sanctions removed and keep the territory he stole. It is a repeating plot that he is doing here and he will do again elsewhere.

-I am glad Biden is president rather than his Putin infatuated predecessor. Biden will at least be able to build a coalition as he has done, while his predecessor would have difficulty in so doing because of how he treats every relationship like a transactional one. The sanctions will be tougher, but the best thing is the more unified response against Putin’s aggression. What troubles me is the Russian people have to pay for Putin’s egomaniacal pushes, yet as noted above, he really does not care what transpires at home.

Those are my miscellaneous thoughts. America is far from perfect and has made mistakes that have breached trust (WMDs comes to mind), but fortunately we stumble in to doing the right thing on more than a few occasions. Mr. Putin is just trying to rebuild the Soviet Union and Ukraine is known for its abundance of resources being known as the “breadbasket of Europe.”

9 thoughts on “Wednesday wanderings in late February, 2022

  1. Note to Readers: In a very unsurprising move, the former president has fawned once again over Vladimir Putin. Since the former president is being investigated for seditious acts against America as we speak for his role leading up to and on January 6 insurrection, his fealty to Putin and applauding Putin’s aggression toward Ukraine shows how complete a hold Putin has over the former president. With Trump doing Putin’s heavy lifting with the MAGA base, Putin does not need as many PR people to disinform us. While unsurprising, this shows why this former president should never get a chance to sit in the White House agaim.

  2. I thought the same, thank God it’s Biden and not T. When you think it is already bad that makes it a lot worse. I worry about the situation. Putin is not one of those who crawl back with some sanctions or is happy with two Russia-friendly countries. He has a plan and every step is part of it. Who would have thought that something like that may have the potential to cause another world war?

    • Erika, agreed. It is concerning. Yet, the only way to deal with a dishonest bully is push back. And, the more countries that do it, the better. Sadly, we have autocrat wannabes who sing praises of Putin. It truly must make him laugh in private at these foils. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: Per Politico:

    “Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said an invasion of Ukraine has been Russia’s plan ‘all along,’ despite the Kremlin’s claims of self-defense.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ‘plan all along has been to invade Ukraine; to control Ukraine and its people; to destroy Ukraine’s democracy, which offers a stark contrast to the autocracy that he leads; to reclaim Ukraine as a part of Russia,’ Blinken said in a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at the State Department. ‘That’s why this is the greatest threat to security in Europe since World War II.’”

  4. truth “For those who believe anything Putin says, I suggest you go back and read some of Senator John McCain’s speeches about Putin, sometimes given at the same conference the Russian leader had spoken at before. Putin is a KGB trained agent in the art of disinformation. Disinformation is a fancy word for orchestrated lying.”

    • Thanks Cindy. McCain was so relentless in his criticism, he was listed as one of the top adversaries of Russia. That is high praise given the untruthful and bullying bent of Putin.

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