Putin of Course
Impartial and trustworthy experts like former CIA director John Brennan claimed that “Russia certainly is the most likely suspect,” and NATO think tanker Alexander Vershbow says Putin blew up his own pipelines instead of simply closing a valve because he wanted to show the world that he is a “madman.” The Richard Nixon strategy? I miss Tricky Dick.
Caitlin Johnstone (http//caitlinjohnstone.com) has the best anti-Putin strategy: “If Putin is a gibbering, irrational lunatic who enjoys blowing up his own stuff for no reason other than to act crazy, surely if we just stand back and leave him to his own devices, he will soon turn the Russian Federation into a steaming pile of rubble.”
Associated Press published the following. “The Kremlin and Russian state media are aggressively pushing a baseless conspiracy theory blaming the United States for damage to natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea in what analysts said Friday is another effort to split the U.S. and its European allies.” Those that have heating fuel and those that do not? Non-fuel-producing nations must be dependent upon someone’s energy. Russia accounted for over 39 percent of all extra-EU gas imports in 2021. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1201743/russian-gas-dependence-in-europe-by-country/
At a recent press conference, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs.” Does dependence on NATO weapons advance any country’s imperial design?
President Biden and his Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, have warned that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 would be shut down. Idle threat? Fulfilled promise? Coincidence? Nah!
Who did it? Putin, of course. Let’s wait for him to explode Russia.