Posted On: Monday - February 28th 2022 8:56PM MST
In Topics:   The Russians  The Neocons  World Political Stupidity
It was interesting, and I LUV maps, but why should I have to care?
This could also be taken as peak stupidity OF the politics of the Ukraine/Russia/NATO, and it's really more like Peak Stupidity on why we've NOT been discussing the Ukraine. Simply, it's a big distraction.
I'm more and more inclined to see these infotainment distractions as being planned out by somebody than I used to. Is it the case that, after the Canadian truckers rally and its huge widespread support, the elites are ready to let go of the Kung Flu PanicFest infotainment after a great run of 2 years? Let it all simmer down, so the people don't get too uppity and too organized, is that it? The threat of a nuclear war can scare people just the same as that dreadful, deadly Black Death 2.0, you bet! And, yeah, people have their eyes glued to CNN and the Lyin' Press web sites too!
It really does make a difference for me that I never watch TV*. If it weren't for seeing Steve Sailer's multiple daily post titles about the Ukraine, the latest John Derbyshire article on VDare, checks of instapundit (more on the latter in a bit), and a few other second-hand sources, I truly would not know, much less care, what's going on between that country and Russia.
Do this thought experiment: It's 1985, there's no CNN (or it's not ubiquitous yet) and there's no internet, but, for these same 2 countries, let's imagine the Cold War is already over and the 2 are separate countries, as now. You know what people would know about this war? You'd hear about 45 seconds about it from your favorite anchorman on the 1/2 hour nightly news some nights. There might be an article in Newsweek or Time magazine about it in a few of the issues, if you were so inclined to read these magazines. Your daily local newspaper might have an occasional article from the AP or Reuters that most people would skip looking for the sports scores, crime reports, comics, and obituaries. Who would be talking about this?
This deal has been made to fit the "Russia Bad!" narrative that the press started on to topple Trump (yeah, and distract the hell out of him for 3 years), and The Neocons are for kicking any foreign country's ass that they think they can. (They never learn.) Peak Stupidity already wrote - in our post Anarchy in the UKraine 3 weeks back - what we think of NATO having pushed the Russians into a corner, and that the organization should have been disbanded 30 years ago. The Neocons are drunk with war, and the Lyin' Press is again going along for the views and clicks and additionally for the approval of the Potomac Regime.
The Ukraine has been a stomping grounds for the Neocons and Deep State going back a few years. In this latest round, they've pushed it into a war and a situation that has the population worried about nukes even. There'd be none of that worry if NATO were staying out of this. That post by Steve Sailer I just linked to, along with the latest from John Derbyshire**, Could Ukraine Be Partitioned? Can Russia Survive Exclusion From Eurovision Song Contest? (here on unz.com), has me wondering if lots of people who should know better are being sucked into another big panic.
What really pissed me off on this the other day was seeing good old Instapundit Glenn Reynolds go old-fashioned Neocon on this. I thought he'd gotten over that phase 10 years ago. Along with the usual good Libertarian stuff, it's half "rah, rah, rah, beat that Putin!", with excerpts about the West working against him via big banking, stopping civilian airline overflights*** (now that's going back to the Cold War days that they seem to miss), even Elon Musk helping. Now, Professor Reynolds doesn't always fully endorse the excerpts he includes - he's normally a pretty fair man - but after something from Jim Bennet, of which I excerpt ...
The parts of the American right that are still trying to sell an isolationist line are looking worse and worse. Biden’s handlers are smart enough to loudly insist they will not send troops. The Ukrainians are presenting themselves well and sympathetically. (We should not forget there is a substantial Ukrainian-American and Ukrainian-Canadian population, and that the Pole and Baltic ethnic communities are pretty well engaged, too.) Lots of Second Amendment types are enjoying the sight of a government handing out AKs to everybody. But I have always felt that Anglosphere populations just don’t have the stomach for a genuinely realist foreign policy. We are seeing that right now.(that from Instapundit's own longer excerpt), Mr. Reynold's writes:
I see a lot more lefties claiming the right is pro-Putin than I see pro-Putin people on the right. But that won’t stop them from lying, of course. It never does.Well, Professor, you got one right here. [This is Jim Bennet, mind you:] "Don't have the stomach"? I'd say it's more like "don't have the stupidity" and "don't give a rat's ass"!
I can't say I know any more about Vladimir Putin than the next Joe 6-Pack. I know he's no rule-of-law John Locke. He may very well be nothing but a thug in a high position. What he is though, is a decent capable leader for a mostly White Christian country that America should have allied with soon after the Cold War ended. In old sane America, there'd be no reason his country would be anything but an ally.
Instead now, the US, led by Neocons and the Globalist elites have boxed his country into a corner militarily and tried to spread the Globo-homo agenda. Putin is not putting up with too much of the latter.
A commenter named Charles made a quick comment under the Sailer post I linked to saying that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"****. Vladimir Putin is an enemy of the US Deep State and the Globalists. That makes him a friend of mine in this sense.
Straight from Fox News, with their slant geared toward the right, with the cute lady Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and her rifle. (The left could not do that without looking REALLY hypocritical. What am I saying? That wouldn't stop them.) Yeah, it's still Neocon Central, like the rest.
Chalk up this Peak Stupidity blogger as a FoV! (Friend of Vlad)
PS: Oh, and no matter what else comes out of this, come nukes or high water, it's freakin' Kiev, not Kyiv. I haven't budged on Peking, Canton, and Burma, and if they keep this crap up, I'll revert back to Formosa and Ceylon too!
* if I can help it - see some of our posts on the force-feeding of TV (gyms, auto shop and doctor's office lobbies, etc) here.
** As usual, it was still interesting, informative, and entertaining writing from the both of them.
*** Only 5 years ago, we had tentative plans to visit Russia, when the American airlines had direct flights out of at least NY JFK. We would have loved to see St. Petersburg, maybe just one of many very historical European cities, but one without so much dieversity (at least I'd hoped). Well, that's not gonna happen now.
**** Granted, that doesn't always work out so well, as I'll discuss in a quick post to come - it involves some of the same characters.