Today — wild sex, tomorrow — seething hatred
We left off yesterday with Monika @theguardian explaining how Slovakia became such a miserable country. Today, Anne @theatlantic tells us Poland is also basket case for many of the same reasons. And no, Monika and Anne are not paranoid or stoned.
Active measures remain the heart and soul of Russian influence operations, actions to weaken the West, drive wedges in the community of liberal democratic alliances of all sorts, particularly, to sow discord among allies, to weaken the United States in the eyes of ordinary people everywhere in the universe.
This explains why pursuing peace in Ukraine has never been more urgent for @codepink activists and MAGA extremists in Washington, D.C..
The last thing Dr. West wants to discuss is genocidal acts committed by Russia and how to stop them. The Hill platforms his bullshit.
As for Marjorie, she just wants the Russia-Ukraine war to end. And to be on the 2024 ticket with Trump.
Annie @nyt writes about Steve Bannon, who is promoting a different brand of illiberal nihilism, the kind espoused by Tucker Carlson and Elon Musk.
Unfortunately, Ukrainian voices are conspicuously absent. An exception is Timofiy Milovanov, Ukraine’s semi-coherent disgraced ex-Economy Minister, who told CNN yesterday that delays [in providing U.S. assistance to Ukraine] are fueling anxiety and uncertainty.
Veronika, a local flak @politico, tells us Team USA “suddenly looks unreliable” and quotes a MP who says Ukrainians are “freaking out.”
No. People in Ukraine are not freaking out, at least not around me. Over the course of this nine-year disaster, we have grown accustomed to the kraziness and come to grips with how best to treat our secondary PTSD. Or not.
Ukraine’s struggle for freedom and for its very existence is the stuff of a much larger order, not just in Europe but globally. President Biden told reporters yesterday that he plans to give a "major speech" about it. We hope it’s epic. Squashing active measures used during the 2016 US presidential campaign by Russia might not be a bad idea, but that would mean rounding up lots of fools. We can put them behind bars for being stupid.
Dealing with the MAGA cult in Congress — elected unwitting agents — will be tricky, according to David @theatlantic.
In other words, American lawmakers need to be either reprogrammed or rejected, leaving Ukrainian soldiers to presume on themselves to repel the invaders.