Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Ukraine and Putin's Endgame

If you haven't been living under a rock in the last two months or so, you've no doubt noticed that Russia has amassed about 130,000 troops and a massive amount of material on her border with the Ukraine.

Those who're saying that Putin's objective is to steamroll the Ukraine and set up a Russian puppet stare are correct. But bear in mind that Putin -- the former Soviet KGB operative that he is -- has always believed that the break up of the USSR was a singular tragedy, the greatest to befall Russia in the 20th Century. The Baltic States will be next, as his true end game is a restoration of the USSR.

This is no less true because a complete restoration of the Soviet Union would almost certainly be a bridge too far. He'll gladly risk a war of apocalyptic proportions to achieve as much of that objective as he can.

The Baltic States -- Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia -- are now NATO member States but long-time constituent countries of the former USSR. I believe Comrade Vlad will soon have them in the crosshairs.

The United States and, especially, her NATO Allies will soon be entering full-freak out mode and it's for good reason. It's a grim situation on its face and is actually far worse than most people think.

If NATO appeases Putin about his plans for the Ukraine, it will only be the beginning.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

© 2022 Benjamin Lawrence Basile

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