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Some of you may wonder what to make of all this Russia-Ukraine BS. To do so, it’s useful to look at things from the Russian point of view, since they’re supposedly the instigators of the whole conflict. Putin isn’t a religious nut like we may face in Iran or Afghanistan. He is, however, a former KGB officer who has gone most of us life fighting who he’s been taught is Russia’s #1 world enemy–the United States & it’s western allies. In the recent past, he’s witnessed U.S.-led war efforts in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. If you go back a little further, there was also the Clinton admin efforts in Eastern Europe civil wars. All of these wars were relatively close to the Russian border; however, there were buffer countries in between.
Keeping in mind we’re looking from Russia’s point of view, consider the four years of the Trump administration. Before Covid, what was the obsession of the Democrats, Establishment Republicans, and the media? Yes, that’s right–Russia Russia Russia! In an effort to destroy Trump, they want way beyond election interference to attack anything & everything Russia. Now those same people are in charge. Many of the same Leftists have spoke openly about destroying the oil industry, the foundation of Russia’s economy.
Then there’s the relic of NATO, originally set up to counter Stalin’s European expansion in the late 1940s, but which now has been essentially useless since the Soviet Union collapsed 30+ years ago. However, from Russia’s viewpoint, NATO still represents a significant threat that is slowly expanding & gobbling up more countries. So when any border countries like Ukraine talk about joining NATO and growing cooperation with the West, it looks like a direct threat right next to Russia. Don’t forget, Putin has watched the U.S. get involved in several decades of foreign wars where no opponents were even close to being a match on the battlefield, even ones Russian-armed & supported. So he’s lashing out now with his threat to invade Ukraine. This is not to excuse him behavior, only explain it.
Have you wondered why none of this BS happened during the Trump administration? No, it wasn’t because he was a Russian agent. It’s because he was doing everything he could to unwind wars, plus he openly accused the U.S. of starting an unnecessary war in Iraq justified by questionable intelligence. He also talked about dissolving NATO, and at the very least, he massively cut the funding. So Putin didn’t feel a direct threat. Now however, the Establishment is back in charge, not just in the Russia-Russia-Russia Democrat hysterics but in the Republican Party, including a former presidential nominee named Mitt Romney, who said in a national debate that our biggest geopolitical foe was, you guessed it, Russia!