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.”
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.
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.