Luna. See?

Banana moon shining in the sky (h/t Tom Waits).

I arose in the dark of the morning to see a dusting of snow on the yard and the blinking lights of an aircraft as it traversed a slice of moon.

“Hell’s goin’ on around here?” I inquired of Herself, as is my practice.

“Fuckin’ Russians,” she grumbled.

“What are they doing?”

“Dominating the news cycle.”

And so they are.

I loathe the smell of fascism in the morning, whether it’s ours or theirs, and especially when it arrives before coffee. The overactive imagination screens a clip of some brass hat in the Pentagon going full George C. Scott (Buck Turgidson or George Patton, take your pick).

But as options go, our menu seems as limited as the bill of fare at a soup kitchen.

Sure, do what you can to choke off Russia’s income — Stoli sales will slump, theatrically, if only because we’ll need the money for gasoline. Africa is going to find itself short of grain. Lots of little people living in various valleys await the shit monsoon from above.

But I don’t expect the oligarchs are sweating much, unless they’re in the sauna.

Oh, they might not be able to strut their stuff on the Riviera for a while, but there’s always the Crimea. Plenty Krugerrands in the lockbox. Shop online from the dacha. Na zdorovye!

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20 Responses to “Luna. See?”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Fuckin’ A. What a shit sandwich.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Dictators gonna dictate. I guess the question is, is Vlad the dog that catches the car and doesn’t know what to do with it? It’s one thing to knock over Ukraine’s government; it’s a whole other deal to hold that much territory if the locals don’t like you. See Afghanistan, etc.

      David Petraeus has some thoughts over at The Atlantic. Among them:

      Vladimir Putin and his most senior leaders are old enough to remember how painful the Soviet decade in Afghanistan was, and they have to be worried that Ukraine could be very difficult to occupy as well. One hundred and ninety thousand forces sounds like a lot, but counterinsurgency operations are very soldier-intensive. And when one gets down to the actual boots on the ground available for serious counterinsurgency operations conducted 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the resulting number is much less formidable, and [troops are] inevitably spread very thin.

      • khal spencer Says:

        That was my thought. 190k troops sounds like a lot and if concentrated, can take and hold plenty of valuable locations (airports, a few cities, strategic junctions, etc,) but that level of warm bodies simply disappears into a big country like the Ukraine. Especially if the population decides to take target practice on their “liberators” like the Iraqis did to us.

        It will all depend on whether one or both sides decide to make a bloodbath out of this. Its damned unfair to the Ukrainians. Too bad there isn’t a cruise missile or to that the Ukraine army has left over that it can fire up Putin’s ass.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The Guardian has a piece from a Ukrainian journo in Kyiv.

        I was one of those who until the very last moment could not accept the notion of a full-scale invasion with airstrikes on our major towns. Putin’s speech was sickening, but still there was a logical, if fictional, justification for a limited Russian operation. The full-scale attack on Ukraine destroys even that.

        The Washington Post has another:

        Just days ago, Putin openly stated that my country should not exist. On Thursday, he launched a massive military operation to vanish it. He must be stopped until it’s too late. In fact, it is nearly too late. I won’t say we have been abandoned by the West, but it seems that we are going to be fighting alone. And yet Putin is not just our villain — he is now Europe’s and the world’s problem now.

        What a pity that the people who have it coming so rarely get it.

  2. SAO' Says:

    I don’t think Putin cares about Ukraine. He has one-third of his poorly trained ground forces there. They are sacrificial, either pawns or a distraction.

    Our hands are so fucking tied. He made his move, now it’s our turn. But round three is nukes, and we just can’t go there.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Some might. If they are on a mission from god. Which god is their pick.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’d be nice to know whether Pooty-poot has any significant enemies among the Russian People of Money, someone who’d like to slip him a permanent mickey so they can get back to business as usual.

      “Holy shit, this dude is gonna fuck up all my weekends. He gots to go.”

      But we don’t have any reliable intel in that regard, not that I’ve seen, anyway. I feel like Rear Admiral Sam Hazzard in “Alas, Babylon.”

      “I’m just playing games with myself, trying to G-two a war with no action reports or intelligence. I do this because I haven’t anything else to do.”

      • khal spencer Says:

        I was thinking along those lines. Oligarchs don’t like someone sending the Repo Man after their villas in London and elsewhere. Although I suspect they are lining up to claim a dacha on the Black Sea.

        Wonder whatever happened to my copy of Alas, Babylon. Read it in high school. A lot of my stuff disappeared when my first wife’s parents died and the house was sold.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Unnecessary this was. O’Be One Cannoli

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Anyone for popcorn and watching Dr. Strangelove?

  5. khal spencer Says:

    What in the fuck do they want with Chernobyl? As far as Putin’s threats, I don’t think there are any winners in a nuclear war. And those oligarchs won’t like living underground while their dachas glow in the dark.

    This is insane.

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