Vladimir Putin: The world’s greatest fool

The current Russian leader is pathetically and dangerously intent on refighting the Cold War. It is, I suppose, the only thing that he knows.

There is nothing that post-Soviet Russia could do that would be more self-destructive than to attempt to re-litigate the verdict reached late in the twentieth century, and that is precisely what Putin is doing…

Vladimir Putin wants to be remembered as the man who restored Russia to its proper place in the sun as a world power.

There is only one problem with this ambition. Russia does not now have the means by which to pursue it, and it is not going to acquire the requisite means. Even if Putin succeeds in dismembering the Ukraine, he and his country will lose, and they will lose big…

The Russians do not have the economic base requisite for such an assertion of power. Russia is a banana republic with nuclear weapons. Economically, it is almost as dependent on resource extraction as Saudi Arabia, and the pertinent resource is slowly being depleted…

And this article does not even note the demographic decline of ethnic Russians compared to their Muslim citizens.

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