1. Tucker Carlson: The errors in calculous on the Russian invasion
2. Putin doubles down on switching to Rubles for payment of energy. Will post two more links discussing it. Caution on the Zero Hedge one, as it tends to lean Russian, but that doesn’t mean its entirely wrong.
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On a personal note, it seems that the US has deployed a never before seen strategy of “Cognitive ambiguity”. Israel for many years had a policy of Nuclear Ambiguity. The idea was, no one should attack them because they don’t know for sure if Israel has nuclear retaliatory potential or not. And not admitting they have them solved diplomatic problems for people who imagine that societies without enough cooperation, civilization or science should have equal access to these terrible weapons.
But now the US has a new strategy. Cognitive ambiguity, where you have no idea who is actually leading the country, making the decisions, stating policy or uttering angry bed-time threats. It’s literally no surprise to anyone that Biden is unfit. Millions of bots on social media will argue, and communists will fight tooth and nail to keep him in for their own reasons. But even they know he is way past his sell-by.
The only motive I can think of that might maybe kinda-sorta be in the public interest is the idea of cognitive ambiguity. He represents a kind of Nixonian “Mad Man” theory of military policy. The enemy thinks he is so crazy he might do anything so don’t piss him off.
But its more likely that Nanci Pelosi and other Democrats, Obama etc. really enjoy being the defacto president and having their own dementia-ridden marionette. He shields them from criticism, and they can do whatever the hell they want with that protection.
3. Russia implements the draft
(The initial claim, that Putin is angry because his generals did not tell him about military failures in Ukraine, reminds me of a story Mark Steyn wrote out in the National Post once upon a time when he was a columnist there. First, remember this video is from CNN. Increasingly I suspect all their anchors are cloned and raised in the basement in front of a green screen. Their connection to reality is limited to depositing their cheques. But assuming her claim is correct for the moment:
(Quoting Steyn’s story from memory) ‘When Hitler had to travel in Germany, he told his driver to avoid any war damage as his sensitive nature would make it too painful to see what horrors had been done to his beloved Germany. If there was no way to get somewhere without going through bombed out areas, he had special curtains installed in the car so he could block out the entire view till it was safe to look outside again. Contrasting that with Churchill, whenever he heard of a bombing in England, he would race out to it to asses the damage and learn all he could about German methodology and know how best to help the locals. (Coventry notwithstanding)
So one might think if Putin’s generals are too frightened to tell Putin about the reality on the battlefield, we get a sense of the reality of the man himself. And it doesn’t bode well for the outcome. Probably for any of us.
4. Gen. Boykin: Russian generals are not being straight with Vladimir Putin