Daniel McAdams is refreshingly straightforward about the situation in Ukraine. From McAdams at ronpaulinstitute.org:
In 2008 as then-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili realized that his attack on Russian peacekeepers and civilians in South Ossetia had elicited a Russian military response that ended up with the Russian army practically knocking on his door in Tbilisi, he infamously appeared on a BBC interview voraciously chewing his necktie. It demonstrated to the world that the plucky US-educated leader who dared take on the Russian bear for the sake of “democracy” was in fact an unhinged and unstable figure (installed into power by the US-led “Rose Revolution”) who found himself losing it upon realization that he was over his head and the US cavalry were not coming to liberate him.
During the course of the 2008 Russian intervention in Georgia, Saakashvili made increasingly outlandish and unhinged claims, including that:
– “Georgia’s ports and airports will be taken under the control of the U.S. Defense Department.”
– “Russia has lost more airplanes than in any conflict of this scale since 1939.”
And, as reported by Moon of Alabama at the time:
‘What I expected specifically from America was to secure our airport and to secure our seaports,’ he went on, concluding that the American presence would do so. ‘The main thing now is that the Georgian Tbilisi airport will be permanently under control.’
All of these claims and many more were increasingly and laughably proven totally untrue. A Caucasian Comical Ali. And then, finally, when the hard reality smacked up against his wild claims, he tucked in to his tie.
Ukraine’s comedian-president Zelensky seems to be careening down that same path.
Perhaps Putin is the apotheosis of evil after all, and everyone who dares challenge this modern-day golem is destined for madness.
Or maybe not.
Whatever the case, Zelensky is sounding a bit unhinged of late.