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February 24, 2015

Incoherence on Display: The FSB Head Transformed From Interlocutor to Persona Non Grata in a Week

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 3:22 pm

John Kerry has criticized Russian actions in and lies about Ukraine. He hinted that further sanctions could be forthcoming, and that the head of the FSB could be targeted.

Wait a minute. Just last week the head of the FSB was considered a worthy participant in the debate on the subject of terrorism: he headed the Russian delegation to the Countering Violent Extremism Summit. How ludicrous, and schizo, is that? The guy goes from interlocutor to persona non grata in a period of mere days. To quote Casey Stengel: can’t anybody here play this game?

Any sanctions forthcoming will likely have the opposite of the intended effect. Putin will interpret them as demonstrating a lack of seriousness, a token response meant to keep up appearances, rather than as a serious challenge. He will view such actions as a green light, not a yellow let alone a flashing red. He will understand that he faces an irresolute, incoherent, and timorous opposition, and will act accordingly.

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  1. Putin already knows he has a “green” light and will continue to tweak the Nevilles in the USA and Europe at a pace he determines. Furthermore, the existing sanctions are weak and any impact they’ve had is only because of the decline in the price of oil. B.O. wants to raise the price of oil. He and Kerry once touted Russia’s role in “helping” restrain Iran’s nuke ambitions as a reason to”go easy” on Vlad. But now we see the Russians ready to provide Iran with its Antey-2500 missile system. Very helpful! Our clowns haven’t been correct on any foreign policy issue yet, defying
    logic, unless it’s on purpose.

    Comment by eric — February 25, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

  2. Eric:

    “Flexibility,” my friend, flexibility.

    As promised. The 48% should not be surprised.

    VP VVP

    Comment by Vlad — February 25, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

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