Idiocy. It’s all about idiocy.

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Gabriel T. Rubin and Andrew Restuccia, “Biden Administration to Extend Student-Loan Payment Pause Through End of August,” Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2022,

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel and Andrew Van Dam, “Biden extends federal student loan payment pause through Aug. 31,” Washington Post, April 6, 2022,


Suffice it to say, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has not gone well.[1] I return to the theme of idiocy[2] in a new blog post entitled, “A self-defeating idiocy.” A portion of this post was initially published as an update to two previous blog posts.[3] Those updates have been replaced with a note pointing to this new post. The text in the new post has been revised and extended from the earlier updates.

  1. [1]William Booth, Robyn Dixon, and David L. Stern, “Russian generals are getting killed at an extraordinary rate,” Washington Post, March 26, 2022,; Larisa Brown, Charlie Parker, and Richard Spencer, “Ukraine forces ‘counter-attack’ as Russia loses estimated 7,000 troops and 230 tanks,” Times, March 18, 2022,; Larisa Brown and Richard Spencer, “Struggling Russians ‘plant mines’ and dig in for a long war,” Times, March 21, 2022,; Robert Burns, “Russia’s failure to take down Kyiv was a defeat for the ages,” Associated Press, April 6, 2022,; Helene Cooper, Julian E. Barnes, and Eric Schmitt, “As Russian Troop Deaths Climb, Morale Becomes an Issue, Officials Say,” New York Times, March 16, 2022,; Mark Galeotti, “How does Putin extract himself from this nightmare of his own making?” Times, March 5, 2022,; Michael R. Gordon and Alex Leary, “Russia, Failing to Achieve Early Victory in Ukraine, Is Seen Shifting to ‘Plan B,’” Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2022,; Jon Henley, Pjotr Sauer, and Shaun Walker, “‘Ukrainians are not naive’: Zelenskiy voices doubt on Russian military withdrawals,” Guardian, March 29, 2022,; Richard Kemp, “The Russian army has run out of time,” Telegraph, March 22, 2022,; Dan Lamothe, Alex Horton, and Karoun Demirjian, “Ukraine’s military adapts tactics after enduring Russia’s initial invasion,” Washington Post, March 5, 2022,; Eric Levitz, “Putin’s War Looks Increasingly Insane,” New York, March 4, 2022,; Matthew Luxmoore, “Russia Refocuses on Ukraine’s East After Month of Heavy Losses,” Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2022,; James Mackenzie, Natalia Zinets, and Oleksandr Kozhukhar, “Russia getting bogged down in Ukraine, Western nations say,” Reuters, March 17, 2022,; Justin McCurry, Samantha Lock, and Luke Harding, “Russia targeting cities as strength of Ukraine’s resistance ‘continues to surprise’, UK says,” Guardian, March 6, 2022,; Ashley Parker et al., “‘No off-ramps’: U.S. and European officials don’t see a clear endgame in Ukraine,” Washington Post, March 11, 2022,; Nebi Qena and Yuras Karmanau, “Russia shifts focus to try to grind Ukraine’s army in east,” Associated Press, March 28, 2022,; David Remnick, “The Weakness of the Despot,” New Yorker, March 11, 2022,; Dan Sabbagh, “Is an outright Russian military victory in Ukraine possible?” Guardian, March 17, 2022,; Liz Sly and Max Bearak, “Russia pulls back from battered Kyiv region in major shift of war to east,” Washington Post, April 2, 2022,; Liz Sly and Dan Lamothe, “Russia’s war for Ukraine could be headed toward stalemate,” Washington Post, March 20, 2022,
  2. [2]David Benfell, “Vladimir Putin is a fool,” Not Housebroken, March 29, 2022,
  3. [3]David Benfell, “Nuclear survival,” Not Housebroken, March 30, 2022,; April 4, 2022,

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