Joy Ann Reid of MSNBC just posted a tweet that says that in a late night vote, the U.S. Senate just passed a treaty resolution allowing Sweden and Finland into NATO by a vote of 99-1. Shock and awe, the lone NO vote was from all purpose douche nozzle Josh Hawley.
This is huge, and something that Putin has tried for decades to avoid, through threats, bluff, and bluster. In one fell swoop, Putin has just seen almost 1,100 miles of his border now bumping up against more NATO forces.
It is obvious that Putin has taken leave of his senses. All he had to do was to learn the lesson of his lap poodle, Traitor Tot. Trump played too fast and loose with the rules, and got impeached twice, and booted from office after only one term. Putin dreamed of making the annexation of Ukraine his legacy, and he has now placed Russia in an even weaker international position.
And that doesn’t even count the devastating effect Putin’s folly has unleashed on Russia itself. Most economists estimate that the sanctions have wiped out the last 30 years of Russian advances, and with the brain drain of younger, more educated Russians fleeing Russia for the west since the start of the war, it will take decades longer to undo the damage. Especially considering that the US will never release sanctions as long as Putin is in power.
Sic Transit Gloria, Vlad!