You read that right. Them’s the talking points out of DC. Obama got caught flat-footed. Apparently the CIA/DIA/NSA/NSC all believed that Putin would not send troops in. (I wonder what this tells us about our drone intel?) And so now what we’re getting from DC is it’s all Snowden’s fault because apparently he gave the Russians the keys to our SIGINT kingdom and our assets are worthless now and the Russians were able to sneak all this past us.
Fucking kill me.
You mean to tell me that no one in the CIA/DIA/NSA/NSC could come up with the independent idea, based on 350 years of Russian history, that Putin and Russia would fight for their strategic depth? Am I the only person on the planet that saw this coming? Honestly, I’m just not that smart.
Also, this is not Snowden’s fault. What this shows is the wishful thinking of the entire intelligence and elite policy apparatus in DC. And that is why the flaming hypocrisy of the reaction to Putin and his actions has been so intense. The sheep got sucker punched while they were drinking the Kool-Aid. (And that my friends is a mixed-metaphor worthy of Tom Friedman.)
Look, I goddamned told you so. I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs for two fucking weeks the Russians would do this. Everyone said, “no, Putin’s not going to go that far.”
He did. What’s your excuse now?
This could have all been avoided had we left the Ukraine as a buffer state. That way, Putin gets his strategic depth and the EU could extract their austerity wealth.
Reap the whirlwind.
Update: In the annals of stupid, this very well may end up in the top ten. Can I just say, you do not ever, ever, ever make a threat that you cannot back up. If you say you are going to use nukes on someone, you goddamned well better have nukes in your back pocket, not some stupid hypothetical 3-6 month breakout time horizon. Especially against someone as ruthless, patient and cunning as Vladimir Putin.
This shit is looking to get really, really ugly. Really, really fast.
And you know what: when you have bankers stealing from everyone, lots of unemployment, lots of recession and depression you get war.