Ukraine as a con job gone bad
Yesterday gjohnsit posted a preliminary discussion of the sanctions against Russia having failed. This is indeed true: they have. But it doesn't really stop there, as revealed in one of Simplicius the Thinker's most recent Substack posts. Here's a conclusion at the beginning of his essay:
I hate to say it, but it’s looking more and more likely that the West will have no choice but to spark off a WW3 type scenario. The West is losing far too much ground far too fast, economically and by every other measure. Western economies are dying while Asia and China are ascendant. There are movements being made now that are so dangerous to the West as to threaten its existence. Months ago, when Brazil’s Lula had made a passive mention of a Brics currency, we all commented on it, but didn’t think too much of it. Now he’s outright calling for all South America to have its own currency; he’s doing what got Gaddafi killed by NATO.
Of course, so far what we have are trends: World War III is not here yet. The West plans for more war; Lula plans currency independence from the West; and the proxy war in Ukraine appears increasingly desperate. But then toward the bottom of his post, Simplicius discusses the most alarming of these trends: Zelensky is blackmailing the West into upping its weapons gifts.
He knows that retaking ‘Ukrainian’ land is actually more important to the Eurocrats and their U.S. masters than it is even to Ukraine, so he’s able to stoke their fears and sort of wag the dog by playing the delaying game.
If you pay attention, the way Ukrainian officials seem to be framing the narrative is: “if you don’t give us those F-16s, you won’t get your precious, bloody offensive!”
The reason Zelensky and his brood are able to play this game much better now than ever before, is because at this point the treasonous leaders of each European country, which have utterly bankrupted their economies, ruined their people’s livelihoods, destroyed their countries’ futures all to do the bidding of their American masters in this fraudulent war, these false “leaders” are now between a rock and hard place. You see, they sold this war to their people as one of sacrifice for a major, monumental victory against Russia. The people ponied up and gave up their freedoms, livelihoods, and comforts in exchange for massive inflation and ruined economies all so that Ukraine can win.
But now, if Ukraine were to actually lose, these traitorous frauds would be exposed to the pitchfork-bearing crowds as having thrown away their futures for nothing. Shrewd Zelensky likely knows this and is now using it against them. These so-called ‘leaders’ are now more beholden to their people than ever because they sold them this monstrous lie, and said it would all be worth it in the end. When this lie is exposed, it will end their careers and so now they’re scrambling desperately to ensure in any way they can that Ukraine’s offensive succeeds so they can complete that ‘sale’ to their citizenry.
Perhaps Simplicius is exaggerating here a bit. But even if we were to take that into account, the point remains the same. From Simplicius' perspective the war appears as a con game gone bad. The criminal minds at the top told themselves: "we'll impose sanctions on Russia, and Russia will in turn collapse and overthrow Putin, we'll scare Europe into thinking Putin will invade, we'll feed all sorts of weapons to Ukraine, which will take back that portion of its country which Russia claims as its own, we'll have the pipeline blown up somehow, and then we'll have everyone leverage their futures to the IMF, which will clean up financially for all of us once Russia has collapsed and sued for peace. Meanwhile we'll have the US government print huge sums of money to pay off the weapons corporations."
But it didn't work out that way.
So at some point we come to a crossroads, in which we will have either World War III, further bankruptcy to feed Zelensky's monumental hunger for weapons systems which will still be of no consequence, or a peace which will end the careers of a great swath of social climbers.
At any rate, the daring posture offered by Simplicius the Thinker, quoted at length above, is also somewhat echoed by Paul Street, whose opinion on Ukraine was offered in this last weekend's edition of Counterpunch. Here's Street, critiquing the "idealist" shade of status quo foreign policy thinking:
It is in “the national interest” to avoid a nuclear World War III? Try this: it’s in the interest of all humanity for two capitalist-imperialist nuclear superpowers not to escalate a proxy war into global Nuclear Winter. It’s in the interest of humanity to overthrow ruling class governments and capitalist-imperialist states that could put the species and planet at such insane and grave risk in the first place!
But, of course, this is not how liberals think. Liberals think that we should re-elect the current ruling class government deciding foreign policy for the US and for that dwindling stock of nations in the US orbit, because a Joe-Biden-incited World War III would be better than anything the Republicans have on offer. Wake up, liberals. Your fiction appears only in the fantasy aisle these days. You are making "let's go Brandon" look REALLY good by comparison. Peace now!
EXTRA CREDIT: Perhaps the "collapse of empire" thesis needs another year of pointless Biden foreign policy to make it so. But "re-elect Joe Biden" is a name the liberals use to deny the collapse of empire going on in large part because of what Biden appointees are doing. Katie Halper and Richard Wolff know this: