Some Thoughts on Russia

I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert on Russian history however, my limited studies lead me to several conclusions.

  • Like many egomaniacs Putin wants to be feared, respected, and admired (started to write loved but not the right word for him).
  • The US has been dismissive of Russia since the 1990’s and George W dismissal of Russian assistance angered Putin.
  • ‘Russia has a historic inferiority complex.
  • Russia has used our almost 20 year preoccupation with the Middle East to play 3 dimensional chess on the world stage while the US plays checkers.
  • Russia has a good feel for internal US political divisions and is using to their advantage.
  • Putin is a dangerous man–but rational. He is a Czar sitting on an ethnic and religious time bomb.
  • Russia understand strength.
  • Engagement not containment; cooperation not confrontation are the keys to engaging a resurgent Russia.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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2 Responses to Some Thoughts on Russia

  1. DaveO says:

    These same thoughts have been around since Brezhnev was the newbie on the Central Committee. Engagement is containment — self-containment. To engage is to show one is either so obviously dominant as to fear no evil, or weak enough to consider parley in order to survive. Russia isn’t playing at chess, but they are enjoying the fruits of gramscian information warfare created in Dzerzhinsky Square. America no longer believes in or supports in any manner the peaceful means of dealing with Russia. Today it’s war or surrender, with no in between. Obama understood that, being a former Soviet employee, which is why he disarmed the USA.

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