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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

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"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

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"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

A Thought on Ukraine

The Russians might think that we are the last country on the planet with the standing to object to them doing a little forcible regime-changing of another country.

You know, Iraq, Panama, and so on.

15 comments:

Stewart Dean said...

Aw, it's just clean fun don't you know. After all what's the point of having a military industrial complex if you can't take it out and go bangity bang once in awhile. Gollie, next thing you know there will be Armed Forces regulations to go along with gun regulations taking all the fun out of things. After all, we all know the generals and Admirals and presidents and sweethearts like Putin are wiser than the rest of us and have promised to play nicely with their weapons of mass destruction. /s

Frank Wilhoit said...

Probably Ledeenism ("...pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall...") is the single thing that will be most durably and bitterly held against us.

Jones, Jon Jones said...

Then there are the US Missiles in Poland
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html

Comrade Misfit said...

So Russia wants a veto on NATO's deployments within NATO territory? Will NATO get a veto on Russian deployments?

Jones, Jon Jones said...

In your vein - US missiles in Turkey and Russian missiles in Cuba is how I make it for the specific instance. Part of this is the bigger game that Russia and the US have played since Cuba. How long will Xi let Vladdy have his Eastern squad in the west, before he takes a piece of something something?

Comrade Misfit said...

Frank, 100 or 200 years from now, nobody will give a shit about Leedenism. All they will care about will be that we were the people who could have averted climate change and we sat on our hands and did nothing meaningful to stop it.

Comrade Misfit said...

(Not that I know what “Leedenism” is, mind you.)

Frank Wilhoit said...

? The quote from Michael Ledeen was right there in my comment, and it was also the whole point of your original post.

As to climate change, are you using "we" to refer to the entire human species during a window of time, or specifically to Americans? If the latter, you still need to cite a time frame, because the only point there could be that China and India are burning their carbon today in a vain effort to imitate us X years ago.

Comrade Misfit said...

The whole species.

Jones, Jon Jones said...

The outside view
https://econ.st/3Bsyra2

A lot of moving parts in this game and the Olympics end on the 20th.

Comrade Misfit said...

My suspicion is that Putin has painted himself into a corner.

Jones, Jon Jones said...

That will be the cover of the next Economist

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/Can-Norwegian-Natural-Gas-Solve-Europes-Energy-Crisis.html

You have a very good mind if I haven't said it before.

Comrade Misfit said...

Maybe the Germans ought to rethink shuttering their nuclear power plants. Imagine where Europe would be if Putin waited until Nord 2 was online.

Jones, Jon Jones said...

The EU may have shuttered some coal plants to early too. The EU can't trade electricity and energy like US states. The Nordic countries are trying to figure it out.
Nordic electricity market is a common market for electricity in the Nordic countries. It is one of the first free electric-energy markets in Europe and is traded in NASDAQ OMX Commodities Europe and Nord Pool Spot. In 2003, the largest market shares were as follows: Vattenfall 17%, Fortum 14.1%, Statkraft 8.9%, E.on 7.5%, Elsam 5%, Pohjolan Voima 5%. Other producers had 42.5% market share.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_energy_market

https://www.nwcouncil.org/sites/default/files/The_Nordic_Model_for_a_Liberalised_Electricity_Market.pdf


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEoXwsFdqYI

Ten Bears said...

Heh ~ Operation Just Let Them Speak is working perfectly ...