What does Wagner's failed coup mean for Putin, the war, and the world? Making sense of a baffling—and still unfolding—story.
Who gives a shit who Prigozhin is and what his motives were/weren't. The biggest question is what the hell are we doing fighting a proxy war with Russia over one of the most corrupt countries in Europe that has no US interest whatsoever. There's a story for you. Oh......and save the "we're helping to save democracy in a sovereign nation"......that nonsense went south with the CIA backed coup in 2014.
What this means:
Russia is still slaughtering Ukrainians in the much hyped “Ukrainian counter offensive”, in the best investment we are making (Lindsey Graham).
Wagner is now stationed north of Ukraine.
Putin remains in power.
Xi gains more power.
The US is still sending billions while our country continues to fall apart.
The political leadership continues to have a distraction from the inflation, crime, addiction, low quality education, and other problems in this country.
COST: The entire nation of Ukraine is totally destroyed
BENEFIT: The Donbas region is run by Zelensky instead of Putin
Incredible work by the transsexuals who run the Biden administration. Truly impressive. Finish the job!!
Risky making commentary when one does not know what they are talking about. The Pentagon loses track of $6 billion while funding a war for "democracy" run by a guy that has cancelled elections, closed churches, prosecuted opponents (like Biden is), shut down media and owns the rest. Actually Biden is doing a lot of the same things. Meanwhile Nick Kristoff over at the Times is writing that Hunter is a sad drug addict suffering from a lack of treatment rather than working with his father the vice president to sell influence.
Hot take, after all the speculation by western press, Wagner was able to leave Ukraine unmolested and is now positioned 40 miles north of Kiev.
Who cares about Russia’s internal problems? They are an enigma even unto themselves.
What is going on in our own country? That is important.
As Churchill observed Russia remains "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." And we certainly won't learn much listening to Bari quote "the usual gang of idiots." Least of all our breathlessly stupid corporate media. One thing is for certain -the notion that "maybe CIA director William J. Burns or director of national intelligence Avril Haines, actually know" is laughable. Even funnier is quoting our senile and imbecilic president for anything of substance. But, in the end, all of the magical thinking of our friends on the left won't change the world as it is. Listening to them prattle on is a waste of time. One of the most useful commentators on Ukraine and Russia has been a guy with the monicker Big Serge on Substack. From whom or how he gets his information is a mystery. But the continuing fall of our corporate media continues.
Great Machiavelli quote (although its impossible to throw a rock in that book and not hit a great quote).
I was thinking of the Canadian truckers strike a couple times while reading this article. Weren't some of the more hysterical reports calling that a "coup" attempt?
Good piece and thanks for the work, but the focus needs to shift to motive.
What we know for sure is the Biden, Kerry, Pelosi families - and probably several others in Sodom on Potomac - have exchanged money with authorities in Ukraine for access and money. Oh, and Biden shut down American oil and gas development and is now buying Russian oil...
Putin is not a good man, but he is trying to avoid globalism entering his border and we have to recognize it. The American government is every bit as corrupt(or worse) than Russia's or Ukraine, would you please finally hold them accountable for once?
Check out Konstantin Kisin for the inside story. He has relatives in Russia and Ukraine. His podcast is Triggernometry.
i have no idea what is happening but maybe following the money will provide the clues. Where does Wagner get the cash to maintain its forces and pay for munitions and supplies?
In the time it took to pay attention to this news cycle non-story that no one knows anything about...meanwhile back at the ranch...hey! Look over there! Proxy war slog$ on, Zelensky grabs another $Billion, another Ukrainian city is destroyed, Biden has his justice department exonerating himself and son, laws are passed in the USA against parental rights, another political opponent of Biden is censored or arrested, Biden’s AG lies under oath and the populace yawns ...
You have to agree that Wagner probably had reached its limits of watching the corruption and stupidity of those who sucked butt to get into leadership within the Russian military had seen enough. Then the military turns on them after being called out for sucking was probably the last straw. The vaulted Russian military was shown to be a joke based on Western fear and need for a boogie man to fuel the military industrial complex. Wagner has only been successful based on mass brutality and killing anyone who looks like they disagree. As for Africa, China is so pleased as that will open up the continent for even more expansion and en-slaving the people through money loans and propping up corrupt leaders.
Yet sleepy and dopey race to assure Putin we had nothing to do with the uprising. Seriously, that's what our so called leadership was worried about? Fear that Putin would think we had struck a deal with a wanted terrorist and murder? That just points to how absolutely clueless our so called leaders are. The West continues to think our logic, goals, and values equate to Russia, China, and the Middle East. How the hell our so called experts and talking fools on TV never learn anything is amazingly a reflection on the West's arrogance and self deceiving belief we know all.
The mercenary captains in Russia are no different than the ones in China, South East Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, and even here. They are in power based on fear and no doubt that killing anyone who looks at them wrong or dares to question them is how that ends. Ruthlessness should never be compared to being capable in any normal thought range.
Biden doesn't know how this will impact the war. Hell, that old brain rattled clown and his Mistress VP have no clue on anything other than how can we stifle free speech and thought in America. They could actually care less about anyone other than power and self.
"This is a country that jails its opponents and murders its enemies." Are we still talking about Russia or is this article about j6 now?
I guess the question/concern that I have is: when all is said and done, who will be paying for the billions to rebuild Ukraine? I have a sickening suspicion that this burden will likely fall on the U.S. taxpayers. So the U.S. will spend 100’s of billions on military support and rebuilding Ukraine (a country 4,500+ miles from the east coast) while our own infrastructure crumbles and people are struggling to just get by (food, gas, utilities, etc.)? I guess I don’t see or understand the argument that the U.S. could or even should do both. Why should this responsibility fall mostly on the shoulders of the U.S. (this is in the backyard of European countries)? How much are other European countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Netherlands, etc.) providing in aid?
More questions than answers. Pray tell us though, what Russian city did Wagner “sack.? I heard nothing about that.
Regarding definitions, was an armed mercenary group with guns, tanks, and missiles who shot down airplanes scarier than a mob of people with cell phones who stormed a capitol? The word insurrection is thrown around in the US for January 6th. After seeing this Wagner event over the weekend, I still like Riot vs. Insurrection, as we now have an example to compare something to. Along with The Prince, a great ancient book to quote are Thuysidities and the Imponderables of War. One never knows what will happen once something starts. And would I give up part of Ukraine to keep 3000 nuclear weapons from falling into chaos and warlordism? It is a relatively easy choice.