This meme factory product is weirdly compelling:





It’s hard to explain why, precisely. As Michael Brendan Dougherty says, it gets a transistor in the brain and plays with it. He also suggests that some of the Russia hate is culture war, though I don’t think that’s quite right. I think it’s mostly… politically convenient. Which is disturbing in its own way. I’ve disliked Putin and believed him troublesome going way back to when George W Bush said he saw an honorable soul in him. I didn’t think Romney was ridiculous in 2012 when he named them our #1 geopolitical rival. At the same time, there’s this.

Which I think Lyman manages to nail on the head:

Though there were some interesting connections early on, Donald Trump is not an agent of the Kremlin. He is likely to pursue policies that are friendly to the Kremlin and that would represent a very unwelcome pivot, but the upshot is that he would avoid war with Russia (and not by nuking Mongolia) and that’s not such a bad thing. I don’t think Clinton would take us to war against Russia unnecessarily, but the turning up the temperature is not helpful. And if it were Mitt Romney doing it, even with the data set we currently have (as opposed to four years ago), a lot of people would be freaking out.

I think a lot of people are going to feel pretty silly for the sheer degree of bear-baiting they did this election. At least, I kind of hope so.

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4 Responses to Riding With Putin

  1. Jaybird says:

    The senate passed something having to do with women signing up for Selective Service.

    As ways to tamper with emotions for the upcoming election, this is an interesting one.

    • SFG says:

      You know, my original opposition to feminism was based on this issue. Funny to see it swing the other way.

      They want to make money like us, take our jobs, and then turn around and be free to sue us for harassment, clean us out in divorce and charge us with rape on flimsy grounds? Ha. Let them die like us. The country’s too chicken for a draft anyway.

  2. kirk says:

    Maybe Putin’s not wanting women in combat comes from the fact that 80% of the boys born in the Soviet Union in 1927 did not make it through 1945.

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