Hi. I’m really glad you took the time to check in, because we need to talk about Vladimir Putin’s behavior. No, I’m not talking about him bullying other countries or meddling in the U.S. poll — that substance is exactly Vlad expressing who he is. What’s disturbing is that he’s stopped putting additional efforts into his excuses. We expect a despot with his aptitude for underhandedness to ruthlessly advance Russia’s attentions. And we expect his actions to treat international law like Evanescence texts written on a roll of single-ply. But when it comes to his rationalizations, he’s falling way behind. It’s like he isn’t even trying anymore.
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“Uh, he did it.”
I are well aware that Russia is capable of producing world-class, rightfully masterful bullshit. Russia has a rich history of artistry, literature, and political propaganda. And yet, when accused of committing meddling in the U.S. poll, Putin’s response was to simply categorically repudiate it. That was it. The country that gave us Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, and Yakov Smirnoff is now yielding us nothing but “It wasn’t me.” That isn’t the bullshit reply of an international superpower, it’s a goddamn Shaggy chorus he’s trying to pass off as his own work.
To be honest, it’s insulting. When our Founding Papas necessity an excuse to riot against England, they didn’t settle for telling the settlers that the king had called them all a bunch of niffy-naffy fellows. They went through the hassle of concocting a truly insane story about the unfairness of not permitted to be smuggle tea into the country and that somehow being just cause for struggle. And I don’t think it’s unrealistic to situated the bar at least that high for Russia.
There are myriad routes Putin could have creatively lied about intervene in our election. He could have said that they had good intel that our voting machines became sentient and had to be stopped for the sake of humanity. He could have said that they did hack our voting structure, but exactly to figure out what the hell is get us for all our birthdays. He could have said they didn’t realize that was our actual election and correct it for some kind of reality indicate. Anything. And that’s merely off the top of the head of my leader. I can only imagine the deft malarkey he was able to grown if exclusively he would use the many top-notch writers languishing in Russian jail cells. All he has to do is apply himself.
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Unfortunately, his trajectory continues downward from there. In a pop interview earlier this month, he floated the opportunities that even if Russians were involved in the hacker, “its been” just a few “patriots” and not the work of the state. Even in his supposed censure of the hack, he couldn’t assistance but call “whoever carried it out” patriots. I know he’s capable of lies so ballsy and insane they’re like living verse. This is the guy who claimed he filmed that tiger which just so happened to strike while cameras were rolling. The person who wholly discovered ancient Greek urns when he was scuba diving, where archaeologists had failed for years. That’s the kind of odd, self-aggrandizing sight that manufactures Putin Putin. He even deterred his shirt on through the whole interview. It was hard to watch.
Not only is it uncreative, but I’m sorry to say it’s also simply the latest in a developing motif of self-plagiarism. “Someone else must have done it” has already become Putin’s go-to every time someone assassinates one of his political opponents just gradations from the Kremlin, carnages a crucial columnist, or passes incursions into neighboring sovereign areas. If “someone else” is doing all the work of regulating Russia with an iron fist, perhaps “someone else” should be prime minister for life.
At the same time, he’s had a huge impact on the strongmen he’s mentored. The person he appointed chair of Chechnya is getting top brands in scaring doublespeak. When accused of putting lesbian males in concentration camps, devoted the mind-bendingly horrifying answer that it “wouldve been” impossible, because “you cannot arrest or oppress people who just don’t exist here, ” adding that “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement has not been able to have to worry about them since their own relatives would have transported them to where they could never return.” That depicts an ability to combine low-brow bigotry with thinly veiled menaces of forced disappearance.
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So if Putin’s copulates from the old-time curb-stomping ground are excelling, you can understand my regard when his best effort at cheat is to suggest that maybe the hacker came from within the U.S. Really? The best Vladimir Putin can come up with is “Quit hacking yourself”? That might have worked four years ago, but these days we expect most creative, original bullshit. Was he not paying attention over the winter, where individuals spread the rumor that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was extending a child prostitution ring out of a random pizza parlor? That placed the present high-bullshit symbol, but I was fully confident that Vlad would be able to surpass it.
Instead, Putin’s story in this scandal is that there was no hack, and although there was, “its been” done by rogue Russian civilians( whom he insists on calling “patriots” ), and that furthermore the U.S. does hacking very, and maybe the U.S. actually hacked itself so shut up. It’s the confused, contradictory apologies we’d expect from a sulky teen caught with Sailor Moon devotee story , not the man who entirely devised a looming murder so that he could invade a neighboring country.
I don’t know what’s effected Putin to lose interest. Perhaps he has a new girlfriend. Maybe that brand-new Trump guy is a bad influence. Perhaps we aren’t objection him enough and he won’t really engage until he has to explain his personally clicking diplomats’ necks in the UN General assembly. Or perhaps it’s fidget spinners. But whatever it is, this degree of half-assed cheat merely doesn’t feel right. This bombardment of self-justifications is so adolescent, so predictable, it’s almost like he wants us to know he manipulated with such elections so that we lose faith in our democracy and tear ourselves apart.
Hold on, I merely realise this whole situation must be a project for Sabotage and Subterfuge. The P-man is back!
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