Listen now (47 mins) | Click here for the full episode, including the extended interview with Ben Abelow where the expert plays political chess to show the previous and predicted moves of these cold war leaders. Researcher and writer Dr. Ben Abelow, a scholar who lobbied Congress on nuclear arms policy, joins Useful Idiots to explain, as his new book argues,
Yes, Putin was provoked, repeatedly, even continually. BUT this in no way lessens the brutal stupidity of this Stalin-wannabe despot et alias' idiotic invasion. The degree of almost military corruption disorganization, and negligence that it has revealed is almost as much of a crime against Russia's hapless soldiers as it is against Ukraine. NATO could hope for no better promotion than Putin's misadventure. It is a huge gift to the neo-cons working to weaken and even dismantle Russia.
Aaron, the OSCE recorded thousands of explosions and artillery attacks on the citizens of Donbass in the days before, which prompted the invasion. It was a set-up to give Russia no choice. Also in 2021 there were NATO exercises during the summer on Ukraine's border with Russia (not a NATO member), prompting Putin to mobilize his forces toward the same border. It's been step-by-step escalations by the West, beginning with the Biden admin's first meetings with the Russian foreign ministers.
What is a nation state?
Westphalia happened in 1648.
This is a Civil War it started in 1568
I am a looney . My analysis is this is a coup inside Russia and I hope the dissidents win.
I suspect Ukraine will win. Ukraine stretches from Stockholm to Istanbul and Austro Hungary to the Netherlands. Finland was once Ukraine. So was Sweden and Norway and Lithuania.
I'm rolling on the floor laughing somebody call 911 brilliant comedy and 2022 I remember the fifties and reiner and brooks. So subtle.
Reuters reported a week ago that Putin was the one who spiked the peace deal.
The name Bill "on your knees" Clinton comes to mind as one source of the West movement to destroy Russia...
The collective West had repeatedly, for months, publicly spoke about using nuclear weapons...including puppet Zelenski who paraded around Germany in February that he's getting nukes for Ukraine. Russia is responding to this talk.
Now that we know nukes are fake, you might want to stop boasting about ur work in nuclear arms policies.