Did you feel like you were binge-watching episodes of “24” stuck in fast-forward?
And instead of Kiefer Sutherland, the series was narrated by Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna? “Never mind.”
“Yevgeny went to Belarus and everyone lived happily ever after.”
No harm, no foul.
Yes, that was an “armed insurrection,” and at least for a few hours, an attempted coup. (Where have you heard that before?) But “at the end of the day,” Putin is for the moment untoppled and Prigozhin can go back to making pastries.
TBC. As Chris Rea once crooned, “Fool If You Think It’s Over.” It’s just begun…
Who’s the winner? Ukraine, at least for the moment.
Here’s what is clear. Putin The Strongman has been exposed and weakened. Russian oligarchs and the Russian people now smell that weakness. Historically, that has been the smell of death for Russian and Soviet regimes.
Prigozhin got his lick in. He exposed Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for what it is—an unprovoked land/power grab. The Russian people were already losing their stomach for this war. This will kill any remaining appetite.
The Russian military is in shambles. And what now becomes of The Mercenaries Formerly Known as Wagner? Is Wagner still an “is” or is it now a “was”? Who is on what side?
Pooty is on the clock.
The proper role for the United States? Stay steadfast in support of Ukraine.
Otherwise, STFU. Don’t give Putin any chance to spin this as American chicanery.