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Mon Feb 28, 2022, 11:36 PM

Russia Is a Potemkin Superpower

Beware, Vladimir Putin: Spring is coming. And when it does, youíll lose much of whatever leverage you had left.


https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/opinion/putin-military-sanctions-weakness.html

Incidentally, one puzzle about Russiaís pre-Ukraine image of strength was how a kleptocratic regime managed to have an efficient, effective military. Maybe it didnít?

Still, Putin has one remaining ace in the hole: Feckless policies have made Europe deeply dependent on Russian natural gas, potentially inhibiting the Westís response to his aggression.

But Europe mainly burns gas for heat; gas consumption is 2.5 times higher in the winter than it is in the summer. Well, winter will soon be over ó and the European Union has time to prepare for another winter without Russian gas if itís willing to make some hard choices.

As I said, Putin may well take Kyiv. But even if he does, he will have made himself weaker, not stronger. Russia now stands revealed as a Potemkin superpower, with far less real strength than meets the eye.

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Mme. Defarge Feb 2022 OP
Midnight Writer Feb 2022 #1
cilla4progress Feb 2022 #2
Midnight Writer Feb 2022 #4
PoliticAverse Mar 2022 #5
Irish_Dem Feb 2022 #3

Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Mon Feb 28, 2022, 11:42 PM

1. Putin's "ace in the hole" is being a dictator with control over a tremendous nuclear arsenal.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 28, 2022, 11:45 PM

2. Does the West (US)

not have any defensive weapons??? Our treasury for the past 70 years?

Putin needs to be taken out.

How, no idea. He's a madman with nukes.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 28, 2022, 11:53 PM

4. Sure thing. We dropped trillions on the Star War Missile Defense System. That should save us?

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 1, 2022, 12:31 AM

5. The "Star Wars" middle defense system was never fully funded or completed. n/t

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 28, 2022, 11:48 PM

3. Putin hopes he can threaten his way into global superpower status.

He along with China will be the 21st century world powers.

Now that they have greatly weakened world democracies, autocracies are the wave of the future. They will use the threat of nuclear war to take what they want. Taiwan is next?

At least that is their plan. But they hit a bump in Ukraine.



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