I’ve written over 800 articles, so I’ve lost a personal relationship with the older ones. Every so often, an anonymous reader draws my attention to the relevance of an old article, in this case Trump Putin Meeting Part 1.
The Kremlin’s incipient aggression against Ukraine has two underpinnings:
- To thwart their perceived threat of NATO to strategic balance.
- An expression of illiberal, ethnocentric nationalism, which is actually put to words by Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The second point is explored in Trump Putin Meeting Part 1, written in 2017. It has new relevance, explaining Putin’s possessive attitude towards Ukraine. Start your read with
In other words, we are afraid that our president may not have understood the lesson of the Yalta Conference, in which an ailing F.D.R. thought he could make Uncle Joe his friend. Vladimir Putin is in no way comparable to Uncle Joe. But Putin has expressed a desire for a new Yalta,…
Thank you, Anony Mouse, for your implied recommendation.