Streetwise Professor

October 18, 2007

The Mind Boggles

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 8:33 am

The following quote (courtesy of Zaxi) leaves me speechless:

“We didn’t really think through the possibility of him staying on in this kind of high-profile position,” a senior US official told The Washington Post a few days after Putin kindly accepted the Kremlin party’s invitation to make himself prime minister next year.

If this is the kind of “thinking” that characterizes the upper levels of the US government, we’d better hope that Bismarck was right when he said “A special Providence protects fools, drunkards, small children and the United States of America.” Even a cursory analysis of Putin’s situation should make it abundantly clear that all considerations compel him to find some way to stay on top. The only question is what tactics he will employ to achieve that objective. The Russian Constitution is no more than a paper obstacle to be circumvented. This should be gobsmackingly obvious to somebody as deaf, dumb, and blind as Helen Keller, but apparently it is lost on some “senior US official[s].” Heaven help us.

Only extreme naivety combined with an overdose of projection could explain such a clueless remark. Hopefully there is some serious wising up going on among those responsible for US Russian policy.

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