Okay, so how stupid is Vladimir Putin? And should the West take the risk to find out?


Fig. 1. “Destroyed Russian military vehicles located on the main street Khreshchatyk are seen as part of the celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kyiv, August 24.” Photograph by Gleb Garanich for Reuters, August 24, 2022,[1] fair use.

I wonder if Vladimir Putin is really so stupid as to confirm to the West that he is not interested in negotiating an end to his war in Ukraine.[2] I mean, he might be, but I think that rather than giving up that bit of ammunition in the propaganda war, he might more likely engage in the pretense of negotiation, effectively banking whatever gains the West offered in its gambit and hanging on to them for as long as he can prolong the negotiation.

Julia Ioffe, “The Putin Poison Pill,” Puck News, January 17, 2023, https://puck.news/the-putin-poison-pill/



Fig. 1. “Elon Musk shared a video of his entrance on his Twitter account.” Photograph attributed to Elon Musk, October 26, 2022, via the New York Post,[3] fair use.

Zoë Schiffer, Casey Newton, and Alex Heath, “Extremely Hardcore: Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the platform against impulsive ranting billionaires — then one made himself the CEO,” New York, January 17, 2023, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/elon-musk-twitter-takeover.html




Fig. 1. Post-collapse scene at the Fern Hollow Bridge, photograph by National Transportation Safety Board, January 29, 2022, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Contract awarded for next major phase of Mon-Fayette Expressway,” January 17, 2023, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2023/01/17/contract-mon-fayette-expressway-trumbull-first-section-valley-turnpike/stories/202301170085

  1. [1]Reuters, “Ukraine puts destroyed Russian tanks on display in Kyiv,” August 25, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ukraine-puts-destroyed-russian-tanks-on-idUSRTSALV9Q
  2. [2]Julia Ioffe, “The Putin Poison Pill,” Puck News, January 17, 2023, https://puck.news/the-putin-poison-pill/
  3. [3]Thomas Barrabi, “Elon Musk barges into Twitter HQ as deal nears: ‘Let that sink in,’” New York Post, October 26, 2022, https://nypost.com/2022/10/26/elon-musk-barges-into-twitter-headquarters-as-deal-nears/

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