Streetwise Professor

January 13, 2023

Putin the Pathetic: Mommy! NO FAIR! Nato hit me back!

Filed under: History,Military,Politics,Russia — cpirrong @ 6:32 pm

Vladimir Putin has added a chapter to the Annals of Gobsmacking Asininity by whining about the unfairness of Russia’s fight in Ukraine because of the involvement of Nato.

The article stated, “As Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized earlier… ‘the military potential and capabilities of virtually all major NATO countries are being actively used against Russia.’ Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that Moscow is fighting not so much with the Ukrainian military as with the ‘collective West.’”

Tass further tried to emphasize that Russia was at a considerable financial disadvantage on the battlefield, as foreign aid to Ukraine has exceeded $150.8 billion, including military, humanitarian and financial support.

So let me see if I have this straight. Nato has always been hell-bent on destroying Russia. Ukraine posed an existential threat to Russia because it wanted to join Nato. But who coulda possibly thunk that a Nato looking for an opportunity to crush Russia wouldn’t have just stood by with its thumb up its collective butt when Russia invaded Ukraine?

The incoherence of Putin’s “thinking” is a thing to behold. But maybe that just means that Putin is a first rate intelligence, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s definition: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.”

Actually, I don’t think Vova is a genius, by anyone’s definition. The more plausible explanation for his actions is that he didn’t fear Nato, or the United States. He thought they were paper tigers who would acquiesce to his invasion of Ukraine. (No doubt the Afghanistan fiasco encouraged this belief.) They turned out not to be, so now he’s crying No Fair!–the lament of losers.

Perhaps Putin’s calculation would have been correct had his other crucial assumption that he would kick in Ukraine’s door, and “the whole rotten structure would come crashing down” been true. (For those who are unaware, that’s what Hitler thought of the USSR.) But it was Vova’s vaunted army that proved the paper tiger. Therefore, seeing that Ukraine was not going to collapse, and that Russia had jumped into a quagmire, the United States and many Nato nations (not Germany!) found that Putin had handed the opportunity to beat the crap out of him on a silver platter.

And according to Putin, that’s what Nato has been panting to do forever. And he gave them the perfect opportunity to do it. Genius!!

Which leaves Putin to be a whining little bitch bewailing the unfairness of it all.

Dude. Don’t start a knife fight on the assumption with the guy with the guns isn’t going to use them.

Some time ago I pondered what Putin’s sobriquet should be. I think this settles it. “Putin the Pathetic” it is.

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  1. Definitely he made a mistake. I wonder why. Is his critical thinking was somehow impaired? Probably, he’s got lucky with China rising and subsequent high oil prices in 2000s and convinced himself in his infallibility and managerial genius. Crackdown on non state media and confirmation bias damaged it further. “Collective west” and US left particularly however also partly in blame for convincing him he is a 4d chess grandmaster 🙂

    Comment by Leenur — January 13, 2023 @ 9:19 pm

  2. I find it highly unfair that Russia has the capability to strike targets in Ukraine from safe afar, while Ukraine lacks it. I think we should help to level this field, just because it is the right thing to do.

    Comment by LL — January 15, 2023 @ 10:11 am

  3. The shambolic nature of Russia is obvious to anyone visiting the country. OTOH, the received wisdom in the “West”, esp the MIC and CIA has been , for 50 years, the Russians are 12 feet tall and will be in Frankfurt for lunch, three days hence. Lots of projection of bullshit all around.

    The Ukraine was going to fight should have obvious to anyone reading their history. The only question is will they be handed to modern tools or left to be attrited by superior numbers. Even the numbers argument proved worthless given modern weapons. Russia fighting WW I and UKR I’d fighting an advanced version of Iraq 2003.

    Overall, good summation, VOVA was stupid and the West stupid but opportunistic.

    Comment by The Pilot — January 15, 2023 @ 10:16 am

  4. The U.S. has no strategic business in Ukraine. It’s an irremediable kleptocracy. Zelenskyy is a thug with a cute face.

    My sense is the reason for U.S. interest in Ukraine is that half the D.C. politicians are laundering billions through there, with Zelenskyy as the facilitator.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 15, 2023 @ 6:39 pm

  5. @Pat Frank

    “The U.S. has no strategic business in Ukraine. It’s an irremediable kleptocracy.”

    C’mon Pat, don’t be so gloomy. The very fact that the U.S. is still able to do the right thing regarding Putin despite all the corruption and other serious internal problems shows it is not irremediable. Ukraine’s humanist, egalitarian culture that the U.S. has successfully emulated, has enabled it to survive even through centuries of brutal oppression by the Muscovite Horde. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are nearly as bad. It will be alright.

    And in the unlikely case that by “it” you meant Ukraine, I will only point out that the fact a coward like Putin has started the war, despite all the obvious risks, means he saw no way to keep Ukraine a kleptocracy other than direct subjugation. Given his lots of experience in this industry, I see no reason to doubt his assessment.

    Comment by Ivan — January 16, 2023 @ 3:57 am

  6. @Ivan, my hat is off to your talent for irony.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 17, 2023 @ 12:00 am

  7. Yes, but Grandpa is still winning, a) because he has his hand on the natural gas taps and b) he has crippled Western economies to the tune of a couple of trillion. If only he could find a way for our glorious Western “leaders” to have unfortunate accidents involving windows and gravity ( he might get his ass out of that sling.

    Comment by Michael van der Riet — January 17, 2023 @ 12:11 am

  8. Ha!Ha! This is what I have called Putin for a long time! He is a most pathetic leader Russia has ever had, someone suffering from some brain condition or psychopathy. He wants to be remembered as the man who man Russia a country with great influence on its part of the world. Instead he will be known as someone who dramatically failed, making Hitler look a world-class genius, and who brought Russia into disrepute and contempt with many of the more powerful countries. I look forward to the fall of Putin and his regime and to a safer world.

    Comment by Harry Kemp — February 1, 2023 @ 4:28 am

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