In Ukraine, Putin is operating from Hitler's playbook.
Putin is not the only one who has studied Hitler. Chump’s has done the same, despite being uninterested in studying anything else. Of course, his mob skills were likely acquired by osmosis from his crooked, racist father. You could likely draw some interesting parallel lines in this direction. Vlad just wants his puppet back. He will continue to attract republican traitors…
Nice writing & podcast -- inspired me to dust off my copy (taped together & careworn) of Shirer's R&F3rdR ... Western Democracies must not repeat the mistake of Munich in appeasement of Fascism. Thanks for the literary art reminder; Joyce was a great master of writing in the English Language. Respect
Where others use tired symbols and make no points other than to exploit fear and anger, you draw a map and then step us along the path of history and nuance. Your effort to continuously write thoughtful essays is wonderful, even when the subject matter is horrifying.
Look at you, Greg -- not only masterfully dropping "poppycock" into the column, but subtly changing the podcast link from Spotify to Apple. Bravo!
In my estimation, Putin has a far better chance of becoming Hitler 2.0 than Trump ever did. First of all, he's clearly much smarter, and willing to get his hands dirty. Trump will play around with "Mein Kampf" on his bedside stand, but Ivana never said she ever saw him reading it.
Like I wrote elsewhere last night regarding the new neo-Nazi Republican Party, I learned as a little boy that bullies will keep bullying until they're confronted and slapped down. Putin has had WAY too much deference (appeasement) from the U.S. over the past, almost ten years -- yeah, I said TEN years, he should have been slapped down the minute he set foot in Crimea, but neither NATO nor the U.S. said much of anything. Sanctions, sure, but with China in his backyard and also not really our friends, sanctions are not very effective. We should be doing now exactly what we're doing. I don't think Biden is going to pussyfoot (yay!) around with Putin in the long term. Vlad is in for the proverbial shellacking!
Oh, and Michael Flynn IS AN ACTUAL TRAITOR, Josh Hawley disgusts me every time he says anything, and they can both go fuck themselves for eternity -- and take Cawthorn, Greene, Boebert, Gosar, McCarthy, McConnell, et al with them.
I love this: "In Texas in 2022, the tyrannical governor, deranged lieutenant governor, and criminal attorney general cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient power during a winter cold snap—an abject failure of leadership—just as Vladimir Putin cannot deliver working toilets to a sizable percentage of Russian households."
What makes Hitler different from Putin is this:
Hitler employed and misused mysticism. Hitler is a dark angel who utilizes every resource to gain power for himself and his ambitions. “Raiders of the Lost Ark“ makes use of this historic reality. Hitler used, for nefarious purposes, the kinds of symbols and mystical traditions that a good person uses for beneficial purposes. So Hitler could be called a master manipulator, and Putin is just an apprentice, a mobster, since he isn’t very well qualified to use symbolism.
Greg I fucking love you and the work you’re doing
You have to read this Lucian Truscott essay about the current situation in the Ukraine, which includes personal material between Lucian and friend Bill Taylor, who is certain Putin won’t invade: