We must talk about the failed assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Since centuries, the Kremlin has been the political center of Russia. The Russian word kremlin means a citadel or fortress within a city.
It’s important to remember that the Kremlin really is a kremlin. The Kremlin is a fortress in the middle of Moscow. It has reinforced structures, surrounded by an eight-mile-long wall. Specially trained interior troops guard it, and recently anti-aircraft missiles were added. The fact that the missiles can be spotted is something new. The Kremlin, too, is huge — tres Bolshoi if I may use two different languages. The complex is nearly 70 acres, or the size of a suburban neighborhood.
This is a neighborhood with a lot of government buildings, not ranch-style houses.
Assaulting the Kremlin at night, with two small drones – one of which has been shot down – and pursuing someone in an unknown area of the vast complex and calling it a terrorist attack is like pulling a pin from a small hand-grenade and hurling it in front of a four-foot thick bank vault that happens to be empty and calling it a retirement plan.
As you might expect, the Kremlin called Tuesday’s drone strike an assassination. You would be right. In a written statement released on Wednesday, the Kremlin stated that it regarded the drone attack as an attempted assassination of President Obama.
Other words, even if it’s true that one of the small drones managed to place a small explosive on the Kremlin’s roof, you can expect a minimal impact from small drones battling against one of world’s most well-defended government complexes.
Russia blamed the U.S. even more on Thursday. Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesperson said today: “We are very aware that such decisions and terrorist attacks do not take place in Kyiv, but rather in Washington.”
The lame attack of Tuesday is being used to justify, possibly, the ongoing attacks by Moscow against Ukraine’s civil infrastructure. The Kremlin said that “the Russian side reserves its right to respond wherever and whenever it deems necessary.” It’s not like this hasn’t been happening against Ukraine since 2014.
All of this is assuming that the attack was actually launched from Kyiv, and not a false flag operation like my colleague Rick Moran questioned earlier on Thursday. Putin has been widely acknowledged as having murdered his way to power by orchestrating the bombings of two Russian apartment blocks and blaming them on the Chechens. More than 1,000 people were injured and 307 died. Putin was able to ride the fear wave from his role as Kremlin chief spy into the presidency.
It could be that the former U.S. Navy officer and long-time military analyst “CDR Salamander”, who dismissed the false flag theory on Wednesday, is right: “This mission was to boost morale [by Kyiv] and let the Russians know they are in danger as well and not to become too cocky.”
The so-called American conservatives who recite Kremlin propaganda was something I didn’t expect but should have expected.
It’s one when you are popular (WHY ???) S***poster Catturd has yet again posted a post similar to this:
It’s sad to see Rod Dreher — (once?) It’s sad to see Rod Dreher — (once?)
Right-wingers can disagree about the Russo-Ukraine War. Readers of this blog know that I have little respect for Ukraine’s corrupt regime. But I am even less of a fan for aggressive wars and actions that increasingly look like genocide. Keep Ukraine armed so long as it’s willing to fight. I’m not alone in my opinion, but it is a minority amongst my colleagues at PJ media. We all get along well.
Let’s argue about all the things which got me blogging over 20 years ago.
Parroting Kremlin propagandists while they wage a war against Europe — the first major war on European soil since 1945 — would be, in my opinion, a betrayal to conservative principles.