Vladimir Putin is a moron. And he’s proving it every goddamn day. The entire reason of fighting a land war is to come away with more land. But see, the thing is, the land still has to have some value to it! And that is a calculation Putin has never had to make in his entire misbegotten life. Because that isn’t how this particular dog howls.
As I wrote previously, Putin went into the neighboring republic of Chechnya. He didn’t want to actually annex Chechnya, he simply wanted to kowtow the government into subservience. And so he shelled the shit out of the population and terrorized them and the government with his might.
Putin went aggressively into the republic of Georgia as well. Once again he didn’t want to actually annex Georgia, he simply wanted a more compliant government. And again, Putin resorted to massive air and artillery attacks to terrorize the population without putting his special snowflake troops at risk.
Then Putin answered the call of international douchebag coward Bashir a Assad in Syria. Once again, Putin didn’t want Syria, he already had a friendly government. Putin wanted to protect his naval base assets in the area against the opposing civil war forces. Putin was more brutal this time. He stooped to the depths of using banned chemical weapons and armaments such as barrel bombs on largely civilian populations, especially in Aleppo. What did Putin care, they weren’t Russians, and his bases were safe.
But when Putin went into Crimea, he had to switch gears. For the simple reason that he actually wanted to annex Crimea, so he couldn’t scorch the shit out of it. Instead he used Russian friendly Crimean separatists, and sent in Russian special forces, in direct violation of Geneva Convention law, with no national flags of insignias on their uniforms. And ever since, Putin has waged a guerilla war on the border, trying to push it forward.
But Putin fucked up in Ukraine. He started believing his own press clippings. He thought his tinpot army was invincible. And so he blew into Ukraine with the Blitzkrieg plan, overwhelm Ukrainian resistance in the first 14 days, overwhelm Kyiv, replace the existing government with a pro Putin puppet, and get to work to pacify the population.
But it all came a-cropper. In the military, as with so many other facets of life, you’re ruled by the old adage, You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Hitler can well tell you that your first 30 days are your best 20 days. Hitler overran Poland in 14 days, and overran the low countries and most of France in 20 days. You take your momentum and move forward to your ultimate goal.
We are at day 28 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Putin has jack shit to show for it. He has taken control of no major Ukrainian cities, and the Ukrainians are making counter attacks that are pussing Russian forces back from the positions they already hold. Which has led Putin to make a fools gold mistake from which there is no victorious outcome.
And in his frustration, Putin has fallen back to the old strategy from Chechnya, Georgia, and Aleppo, and started the widespread, indiscriminate shelling of Ukrainian major populations centers, in an effort to terrify them and force the Zelensky to capitulate. Which is the single last thing that Putin wants to do right now!
Because ultimately, Putin actually wants to annex the Ukraine! Ukraine is the keystone for his delusional dream of rebuilding the glory state of the former Soviet Union. But what good does it dop him to annex a country bombed to shit, and filled with people ready to resist the Russians into perpetuity? Especially since the majority of his own people liked Ukraine just fine the way it is.
Putin’s previous KGB supervisors were right along. Putin is totally unsuitable for a senior management role. Because he is obsessive, narcissistic, impulsive, and unable to put national goals above her personal goals. And now Putin is tasked, even if he’s successful, with convincing the Russian people that annexing a bombed out hulk full of people who hate Russia. With more than 20,000 Russian body bags to show for it. Stand up and take a bow, fool.