You NATO kids get off my lawn!

I don’t ever underestimate Vladimir Putin. I realize he’s a cunning, authoritarian, aggressive prick, who is – in my humble opinion – is wholly unsatisfied with the lone superpower situation in the world and is working to strengthen Russia by threatening and buying influence in the former Soviet bloc states and the Commonwealth of Independent States in an attempt to return the world to a bipolar environment.

He annexed Crimea without having to take overt military action, he’s been fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, and he remains defiant, even as the rest of the world slaps his country with sanctions, kicking Russia’s economy in the proverbial giblets, exacerbated by tanking oil prices, which have also squeezed Russia’s testes thanks, in part, to its leadership’s failure to diversify its economy. He’s not to be underestimated. He’s a dangerous adversary.

But you know what? Putin’s chest-thumping act is getting awfully old.

In a latest bout of decrepit fossil dick wagging, Putin is now threatening Sweden with consequences if Sweden joins NATO.

Russia would take military “countermeasures” if Sweden were to join Nato, according to the Russian ambassodor.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Viktor Tatarinstev warned against joining the Nato alliance, saying there would be “consequences”.

“The country that joins Nato needs to be aware of the risks it is exposing itself to.”

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Tatarinstev blamed souring Swedish-Russian relations on a media campaign in which “Russia is often described as an attacker who only thinks of conducting wars and threatening others”

Let’s see if I got this right. Russia threatens Sweden, and then blames the media for describing Russia as threatening others. Because no one notices the irony here, right?

Additionally, let’s examine the situation closely.

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Do NOT cross me! I kill you!

Should Sweden become a member of NATO, it will be a member of a military alliance that operates on the principle that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all. This is an alliance that spent $892 billion on defense last year, compared to Russia’s $81 billion. And it’s an alliance that consists of 28 countries, that although dysfunctional in many ways, will come together and unilaterally kick Russia’s ass back to the czarist era.

So, I’m thinking Russia’s threat may push Sweden closer to joining NATO, which will make Putin’s pompous saber rattling seem even more pathetic – like the incoherent, mildly amusing, but impotent squawking of a decrepit geezer, screeching at the whippersnappers to get off his lawn.

14 responses

  1. Nicki, you know more about Russia that the rest of us put together. Without question, Russia is sabre-rattling around the Baltic states, Finland, and Norway. But why bother with Sweden? Russia has no border with Sweden. They are on the east side of the strait where Denmark is on the west side but – so what? The Swedes are notoriously peaceful, why would Russia care?

    Several years back, they made trouble in the Caucasus and they are still having trouble with their Muslim population there. What is that situation like?

    There are several countries who used to be part of the Soviet Union whose names end with -stan. What is their relationship like with Russia? Kazakhstan has vast oil reserves and a 2-meter oil pipeline to China. That can’t make the Russians happy.

    Can you write a blog post about these places? Or a series of blog posts? You are a native from those regions. Your understanding of what goes on there is head-and-shoulders above the rest of us. What do you say?

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    1. Well, I can only really post conjecture, really. Russia doesn’t want Sweden joining NATO. They’ve always had concerns about NATO enlargement.

      But if I had to guess, I’d say it’s the Baltics. Russia wants the Baltics, and the Scandinavian countries – even though Finland and Sweden aren’t a part of NATO, they’re close friends and would come to the rescue.

      I will try to write something up about the area, but I think it’s a lot more complex than a blog post can go into.🙂

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    2. Russia wants the Baltics….

      Nicki, as a layman in this matter, I’d say this is spot on. Russia covets the Baltic States, and I believe the Crimean and Ukrainian adventures are merely precedence setting and testing the resolve of NATO…for a future hostile takeover of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, using the tried and true tactic of the Third Reich – protecting ethnic Russian being ‘persecuted’.

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    3. Richard and Nikki, One reason that Putin is concerned about Sweden joining NATO is it would allow access to military assets closer to Murmansk, which is a major naval facility, and He sees it as a possible threat to fleet movements in the Norwegian sea. It has nothing to do with shared borders or anything. At the moment NATO has bases in Iceland and England that they use to monitor Russian naval movements in and out of Murmansk, but Sweden would allow for such operations at a closer range, and also allow for interdiction response time to be also shortened. Also when considering Putin’s motivations you must remember he was high up in the KGB during the cold war. Hope this shines some light on your question. A good question I might add.

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  2. With what little I know about this issue, I think that Nikki is right spot on here. I used to call men like him Little Big Man. Kim Jong Un is cut from the same type of cloth, only his seems are much more tattered. Putin and Lil’ Kim both have the same syndrome that makes them want to rule a huge part of their area and to be a player on the world stage, if not to be the director on that same world stage. The only difference I see is that Putin is probably not insane to the point where he thinks he has the ability to actually rule the entire world, whereas Kim Jong Un thinks he not only has the ability to rule the world, but also the mandate to do so.
    I think Putin is in all reality the more dangerous man, as he knows his own weakness and would in most likely hood not try to tackle something bigger than he could risk everything, whereas, Kim has no such problems with attacking on a grand stage whenever the North Koreans get the parts functioning perfectly enough to fire a working nuclear weapon at a major U.S. city that will cause us great harm. Of course, we will retaliate with great effect, but I don’t think he will think about the costs, just that he will have struck a huge diplomatic blow to the western power that is the U.S.
    No, Putin is more dangerous because he will continue to work behind the scenes with both our enemies and our friends to undermine us for as long as it takes, to hurt us both financially and politically, and to make it difficult to stand up to the challenges we face both now and in the future.
    It will take a strong, sober minded leader in the White House to be able to keep Putin in check. I hope come November, the American people think of that.

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  3. Ware the sabre rattling… What is the OTHER hand doing? That’s what I want to know… Sigh

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  4. Simply a technical question: how old do you have to be to be a “fossil dick”?

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    1. LOL!!!! Depends on your lifestyle and attitude, I suppose. Maybe your genetics too.

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  5. And a good portion of why all the sabre rattling by Putin, Lil Kimmy, and China has to do with the current occupant of the white house. Iran’s rubbing his nose in it too.

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  6. Wait isn’t Sweden the one who’s country has gone so far down the SJW rabbit hole, that their Politian’s were advocating a “Feminist” foreign policy (because woman are the primary victims of war or something), in response to Russian aggression of submarines and aircraft entering their space.

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    1. ??? I hadn’t heard that.

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  7. How much of that $892Billion (is that right?) was US?

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    1. About 70 percent, I believe.

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