Monday, March 03
Well, I know that, and you know that, but the interesting thing is that apparently the Washington Post knows that - because that's the title of their editorial today.
"This is less a question of how many collection resources we throw at Russia and more broadly about the analytic challenge of understanding Putinâ€™s mind set,â€ said Michael Hayden, a former CIA director and NSA director under President George W. Bush. "Here our Secretary of State is saying this is not the Cold War, itâ€™s win-win and itâ€™s not zero sum. But for Vladimir Putin it is zero sum. Thatâ€™s what we need to understand.â€
It's easy to understand Putin: he wants to put the USSR back together again, or as much of it as he can get.
Once you know that, everything he does makes perfect sense.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tuesday, March 04 2014 01:12 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tuesday, March 04 2014 04:20 AM (+rSRq)
But it's also important to note that Putin isn't interested in constructing a mutually-beneficial trade organisation out of the former Soviet states, or anything of the sort. Unless he has control, and the states lose their independence - unless they lose in some tangible way - he doesn't win.
Obama believes that America's enemies are honest actors playing a positive sum game. That's completely delusional. But so is Putin's belief that the only way to win is for someone else to lose. And when those two delusions collide, we have nightmare material.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, March 04 2014 09:26 AM (PiXy!)
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