I can’t help but take some pleasure in seeing the mainstream media, however belatedly, explain that the NSA defector Edward Snowden is a very useful tool for Vladimir Putin and his intelligence services in what I term their Special War against the West. I’ve been pointing this out, since it’s obvious to anybody actually acquainted with the ways of Russian intelligence, in considerable detail for a long time, so I welcome anybody who joins Team Reality, no matter how long it takes them to get there.
Putin is growing less subtle by the day, and in his latest rant about the FIFA scandal, which seems likely to expose some dirty Kremlin deals, he put in a good word about his boys Edward Snowden and Julian Assange (what exactly is the relationship between the Russians and Wikileaks? well, I told you that too). For a former KGB counterintelligence officer, this is pretty much showing your hand.
Here’s your depressing read for the day. I can only excerpt so much, so go and read the whole thing.
I read it on Thursday, and haven’t cheered up since.
John is right- why should Putin back down from further confrontations with the West? Putin’s Russia is in a weakened, strategically vulnerable condition, and taking risks to change that. And so far, the gambles have paid off. The West in general, and the Obama administration in particular, have steadfastly refused to even acknowledge that Russia is fighting an actual, no kidding, shooting war against the West. Just because most of it is taking place in Ukraine doesn’t mean the goal isn’t to rebuild the Russian empire to challenge the West.
And if the West won’t even bother to respond to Putin, why should he continue to be subtle?