A Coward’s Approach To Russia’s Pygmy Putin?

7 12 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Russia’s killer Vladimir Putin is an “old school” thug and despot, whose reign of terror will come to an end when he is dead and buried, and Russia implodes like the Soviet Union did.  He rose up through the ranks of KGB in East Germany—or the DDR, as it was known before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Erich Honecker’s government, which was one of the most repressive regimes in the Soviet Union’s orbit, or the Evil Empire.  As I have written previously:

Russia’s dictator-for-life Vladimir Putin is every bit as sinister and evil as Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Mao Tse-tung.  He is a ruthless killer—of his own people and others, and of the human spirit.  Recently, he warned against despotism and chaos in Russia, which is equivalent to Hitler warning against the death camps, or Stalin and Mao warning against the ravages of communism.  Putin is the face of America’s enemies today, personified, as well as the enemy of free peoples everywhere. He is responsible for the dismantling of Russia’s incipient democracy.  Despots like him are destroyed ultimately.  However, in the interim, the death and destruction they bring about are savage, barbaric and tragic.  Like a Mob boss, Putin is apt to die a cruel and horrible death, mirroring the cruelty that he and his ex-KGB lackeys have brought to so many in Russia and elsewhere.

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Russia spans nine time zones, and consists of many diverse ethnic and religious groups and cultures.

After Putin’s demise, Russia may be “dismembered,” with China taking part (e.g., Siberia) and the rest becoming independent states like the former Yugoslavia.[2]

As history has shown repeatedly, the appeasement of thugs and dictators will only fuel their ravenous appetites, which in the case of Putin are essentially insatiable.  Yet, Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written an article entitled “Putin to Biden: Finlandize Ukraine, or We Will”:

Either the U.S. and NATO provide us with “legal guarantees” that Ukraine will never join NATO or become a base for weapons that can threaten Russia — or we will go in and guarantee it ourselves.

This is the message Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending, backed by the 100,000 troops Russia has amassed on Ukraine’s borders.

At the Kremlin last week, Putin drew his red line:

“The threat on our western borders is … rising, as we have said multiple times. … In our dialogue with the United States and its allies, we will insist on developing concrete agreements prohibiting any further eastward expansion of NATO and the placement there of weapons systems in the immediate vicinity of Russian territory.”

That comes close to an ultimatum. And NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg backhanded the President of Russia for issuing it:

“It’s only Ukraine and 30 NATO allies that decide when Ukraine is ready to join NATO. … Russia has no veto, Russia has no say, and Russia has no right to establish a sphere of influence trying to control their neighbors.”

Yet, great powers have always established spheres of influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping claims virtually the entire South China Sea that is bordered by half a dozen nations. For 200 years, the United States has declared a Monroe Doctrine that puts our hemisphere off-limits to new colonizations.

Moreover, Putin wants to speak to the real decider of the question as to whether Ukraine joins NATO or receives weapons that can threaten Russia. And the decider is not Jens Stoltenberg but President Joe Biden.

In the missile crisis of 60 years ago, the U.S., with its “quarantine” of Cuba and strategic and tactical superiority in the Caribbean, forced Nikita Khrushchev to pull his intermediate-range ballistic missiles, which could reach Washington, off of Fidel Castro’s island.

If it did not do so, Moscow was led to understand, we would use our air and naval supremacy to destroy his missiles and send in the Marines to finish the job.

Accepting a counteroffer for the U.S. withdrawal of Jupiter missiles from Turkey, Khrushchev complied with President John F. Kennedy’s demand. Russia’s missiles came out. And Kennedy was seen as having won a Cold War victory.

Now it is we who are being told to comply with Russia’s demands in Ukraine, or Russia will go in to Ukraine and neutralize the threat itself.

The history?

When the Warsaw Pact collapsed and the USSR came apart three decades ago, Russia withdrew all of its military forces from Central and Eastern Europe. Moscow believed it had an agreed-upon understanding with the Americans.

Under the deal, the two Germanys would be reunited. Russian troops would be removed from East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. And there would be no NATO expansion into Eastern Europe.

If America made that commitment, it was a promise broken. For, within 20 years, NATO had brought every Warsaw Pact nation into the alliance along with the former Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Neocons and Republican hawks such as the late John McCain sought to bring Ukraine and two other ex-Soviet republics, Georgia and Moldova, into NATO.

Putin, who served in the KGB in the late Soviet era and calls the breakup of the USSR the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century, is now saying: Enough is enough.

Translation: “Thus far and no further! Ukraine is not going to be a member of NATO or a military ally and partner of the United States, nor a base for weapons that can strike Russia in minutes. For us, that crosses a red line. And if NATO proceeds with arming Ukraine for conflict with Russia, we reserve the right to act first. Finlandize Ukraine, or we will!”

The problem for Biden?

In Ukraine and in Georgia, as we saw in the 2008 war, Russia has the tactical and strategic superiority we had in 1962 in Cuba. Moreover, while Ukraine is vital to Russia, it has never been vital to us.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized Joseph Stalin’s USSR in 1933, Moscow was engaged in the forced collectivization of the farms of Ukraine, which had caused a famine and the deaths of millions. We Americans did nothing to stop it.

During the Cold War, America never insisted on the independence of Ukraine. Though we celebrated when the Baltic states and Ukraine broke free of Moscow, we never regarded their independence as vital interests for which America should be willing to go to war.

A U.S. war with Russia over Ukraine would be a disaster for all three nations. Nor could the U.S. indefinitely guarantee the independence of a country 5,000 miles away that shares not only a lengthy border with Mother Russia but also a history, language, religion, ethnicity and culture.

Forced to choose between accepting Russia’s demand that NATO stay out of Ukraine and Russia going in, the U.S. is not going to war.

Biden should tell Putin: The U.S. will not be issuing any NATO war guarantees to fight for Ukraine.[3]

Clearly, what Buchanan is proposing is appeasement—there is no other way to describe it—which will not only fuel Putin’s appetite, but that of China’s Xi Jinping.  Both are on the cusp of acting globally to fill the vacuum created by Brain Dead Joe Biden’s retreat from Afghanistan, and our humiliating defeat globally.[4][5]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/russias-putin-is-a-killer/ (“Russia’s Putin Is A Killer”) (citations omitted) (see also the comments beneath the article)

[3] See https://buchanan.org/blog/putin-to-biden-finlandize-ukraine-or-we-will-158813 (“Putin to Biden: Finlandize Ukraine, or We Will”)

[4]  There is no question that China launched the deadly Coronavirus pandemic—inadvertently or as a bioweapon—which has killed or hurt millions globally, with even more deaths to come.  It may be years, if not decades, before accurate figures will be available with respect to the number of deaths.

See https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/timothy-d.-naegele.pdf (Timothy D. Naegele, “The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them”)

[5]. This article is being published on the 80th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt aptly described as a “a date which will live in infamy.”  Are Russia and/or China planning similar preemptive strikes against us today?

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pearl_Harbor_Remembrance_Day (“National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day”)


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7 12 2021
H. Craig Bradley

GEOPOLITICAL REALIGNMENTS

Some future realignments come to mind in the future, among them a United China ( China + Taiwan). Once the Chinese military develops the necessary information and communication systems to conduct coordinated “joint operations”, they will be ready to take whatever they may want. We would stand a real chance of losing in a military conflict by waiting to see what they come up with in five years or so.

The Defense Department has studied this readiness matter and estimates the Chinese military will be ready to challenge our Naval supremacy in the North Pacific in both quantity of “ships” and quality by about 2027 A.D. ( In just a short five more years). There is no treaty that will stop China nor Putin from achieving their combined national and military objectives.

A politically weak President Biden has few options but to appease, appease, and appease as our enemies carve-off more and more of our former allies and and territory, bringing them into their orbit. Over time, America will become more and more politically isolated and restrained. Americans can hope but they already cast their votes and made their choices.

Practically speaking, there is No going back, as we are in comprehensive decline. Perhaps we could adjust to life being happy to just continue to independently control our own domestic affairs. Somehow, I don’t see us giving up our global power without a fight and risking everything in a vain attempt to remain #1 when we are past our prime. Reminds me of an aging heavyweight boxer who needs the money but is really too old for professional fighting.

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7 12 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, as always.

We have discussed these issues before. Next month, it will be a year since Brain Dead Joe and Willie Brown’s ho Kamala—and their Democrat colleagues—took over, and the descent began in earnest.

What has been done can be undone; and as I have said before, I expect them to lose the Congress next year. If this happens, turnabout is fair play; and hopefully investigations will begin into anything and everything that is Biden or Harris.

Then, in 2024, they may be gone like Jimmy Carter was, without a trace. Knowing this, Putin and Xi may be forced to act, sooner rather than later.

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7 12 2021
H. Craig Bradley

DEALING WITH THE DEVIL

I agree Tim. Moreover, I believe Putin and Xi know our political leadership is much better than we seem to have. So, If I were to bet, they will do something in the next 3 years, since time may not be on their side. Putin is no spring chicken either while Xi has a few more years ahead of him. Taiwan may have to develop their own Plan B.

Ukraine is probably going to be having its own regime change sooner than later, as well. What about the Philippeans ? ( They were once part of the old Spanish Empire until 1894.). Remember the Maine ?

As we are now seen as an unreliable (security) partner, more allies may cut their own deals with China or Russia in order to take better care of their immediate needs. China may be presenting itself as a kind of knight in shining armor. Of course, they are dealing with the Devil.

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7 12 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Again, thank you, Craig. Those risks are real, and have been, whether we were humiliated in Afghanistan or not, and whether there was a Biden-Harris administration or not.

See also https://www.gingrich360.com/2021/12/07/remembering-the-lessons-of-pearl-harbor/ (“Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich and Speaker Newt Gingrich – Remembering the Lessons of Pearl Harbor”)

Today is the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and we have Brain Dead Joe and Willie Brown’s ho Kamala to protect us from Putin and China:

See, e.g., https://www.the-sun.com/news/4221659/biden-putin-call-ukraine-russia/

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4 01 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://buchanan.org/blog/russia-is-not-the-great-rival-china-is-158918 (“Russia Is Not the Great Rival; China Is”)

In his latest article, Pat Buchanan is correct in part. Russia is a pygmy state that will likely implode when its dictator-for-life and KGB-trained killer Vladimir Putin is gone, which may occur in the not-too-distant future. Until then, Putin is trying to remain relevant and project his power globally.

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14 01 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10403271/US-intelligence-Putin-stage-false-flag-attack-troops-pretext-invade.html (“US has intelligence Putin will stage a ‘false flag’ attack on his OWN troops to set up a pretext to invade Ukraine after talks between the US and Russia collapsed”)

After our humiliating defeat in Afghanistan, Russia’s killer Putin views Brain Dead Biden as a fool; and to solidify his hold on Russia, Putin may invade Ukraine.

China’s Xi Jinping may move as well, sensing that the Biden-Harris presidency may be over later this year, when our elections occur.

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