“[We must remember especially now the possible role of] Putin’s disappointed & raging oligarchs who certainly have their own stake & disappointed claims in this all.”
A Tale Of Two Gamblers
by B Wook
Dr Alan D Zimm, in his 2011 analysis of Japanese strategic failure at Pearl Harbor, The Attack On Pearl Harbor, may help us to see the form of a possible resolution of the Putin affair today in the Ukraine.
For President Putin Vladimir indeed is very much a man similar to the Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku type, certainly as risk-taker & outright gambler!
Now at the end of November, 1941, anchors aweigh & underway, Zimm states that Yamamoto when he then received word of the 14 points being delivered by the Japanese ambassador to the U S government on the 7 December 1941 in fact knew that these were NOT a declaration of war — and, Zimm goes on, the corollary must be that Yamamoto, with his thoroughgoing career-long knowledge of America & the West, had to have known that to continue on a roll at that point would only intensify & deepen American rage at the evident duplicity.
For Yamamoto had already said that he would have only six months in which to make good — from the ACTUAL start of any hostilities.
Therefore, to have drawn rein & waited outside of the 700-mile American aerial patrol limit until final US refusal of the Japanese aide memoire could indeed have imposed an element of befuddlement & further resistance to President Roosevelt, for instance on important Isolationist elements in America & hence a measure of coolness on the running calculus of any actual attack that could have been very much to the good, for Japan.
Of course, we know that the Japanese Admiral — the victim like us all & first & last of his own character — did not.
That said, and surely in the coolly critical accents of the frankly decadent late-historical historianship of the insightful Zimm in his study of Japanese failure in 1941, what could well be hoped for similarly today is that the US & EU & NATO might, with some skill * , between them envenom & inveigle this West Asian Putin at the gates of Kharkov in the way of the East Asian Yamamoto at Pearl Harbor, to go on & on & on to fatally raise the ante already placed by him, Putin, on the Ukrainian table-lands.
And, so, to get him, Putin, brought low for instance by an undertow possibly from Moscow itself & his, Putin’s disappointed & raging oligarchs who certainly have their own stake & disappointed claims in this all.
Especially in light of the complete strategic paresis of the entire North Atlantic miltary world, today, THAT would be something like maybe the ONLY as well as a very elegant ‘solution’ to the strategic problem, namely of an utterly absent ANY other strategy whatsoever!
* — In this connection, to stage an abrupt dismissal of the wooden & unconvincing Bob Kerry & to RE-install & then to turn loose Mrs William Jefferson Clinton, a seasoned matron, on this falsely youthful Putin & in effect, then, to let her talk down to him in her completely convincing natural way & so in effect to spank him for a bad little boy in front of the World (and, his endless legions of enemies at home!) could be JUST the sort of thing that simply would make the man blow himself up completely….
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[5 March 2014]