PUTIN’S ESCALATION

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

         RUSSIA’S VLADIMIR PUTIN IS LOSING A WAR WITH UKRAINE HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE STARTED AND SO HE IS THREATENING – AGAIN – TO USE HIS NUCLEAR OPTION. AN ESTIMATED 70 THOUSAND RUSSIAN FORCES HAVE BEEN KILLED BY UKRAINE’S INFERIOR FORCES. UKRAINIANS HAVE ALSO DESTROYED 2000 RUSSIAN TANKS.

         BULLIES DON’T LIKE TO LOSE AND SO PUTIN HAS CALLED UP RESERVES. THIS CANNOT BE A POPULAR WAR IN RUSSIA. THERE ARE NO FIRM FIGURES ON HOW MANY HAVE LEFT RUSSIA FOR FREER AND SAFER COUNTRIES, BUT ONE ECONOMIST ESTIMATES THE FIGURE MAY BE OVER 200 THOUSAND.

         WHY DID PUTIN START THIS WAR? I THINK IT’S BECAUSE HE THINKS PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE WEAK. LOOK AT THE DISASTROUS PULLOUT FROM AFGHANISTAN. THE CHINESE HAVE MADE A PACT WITH RUSSIA, THOUGH THEY ARE NOW WARY OF TOO MUCH SUPPORT BECAUSE THE WAR IS NOT GOING WELL. CHINA HAS GOT TO BE LOOKING AT TAIWAN AND SEEING HOW EVEN A SUPERIOR FORCE CAN BE THWARTED BY PEOPLE WITH SOMETHING TO DEFEND.

         RONALD REAGAN’S APPROACH TO THE SOVIET UNION WORKED. HE BELIEVED IN PEACE THROUGH THE STRENGTH. THE OPPOSITE IS WAR THROUGH WEAKNESS. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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