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March 03, 2022

The Morning Report - 3/3/22


Good morning, kids. Thursday and while Joey Soft-Serve has the intellectual agility of a geoduck with final stage syphilis, I'm beginning to suspect that Sean Hannity must be jealous. While Biden's #1 idiot status can't be topped because of his 50-year record of being spectacularly wrong about every major policy issue and on top of that, dementia that's rapidly dissolving what's left of his cerebral cortex, Hannity for sure stole his thunder with this glittering example of abject retardation:

"It's a simple rule in life. If you invade an innocent country and you kill women and children and men, you forfeit your right to lead a country and you forfeit your right to live. And I hope the people around Vladimir Putin take action sooner than later."

"Now currently the U.S. operates under a decades-old executive order signed by [former President] Gerald Ford that prohibits the U.S. government employees from engaging in political assassinations. But my final question tonight is when it comes to Putin, is it now time to visit the rule? My rule I like better. New rule. You invade a sovereign country, you kill innocent men, women and children, you forfeit your right to run a country and you forfeit your life to live. It's that simple."


Where do I even begin? The complete and utter cluelessness and sheer pig ignorance of Sean Hannity is just gobsmackingly radiant. On a national American television network, Hannity calls for the U.S. government to use political assassination as a legitimate foreign policy tool. Forget for a moment that, as the imbecile notes, it was outlawed back in the mid-70s (or more than likely we do engage in this activity clandestinely anyway but that's for another time), Vladimir Putin is not Salvador Allende, Baby Doc Duvalier, Manuel Noriega, Moammar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein or even Fidel Castro. Vladimir Putin, Sean, is the premier of Russia, aka the former Soviet Union. The Wall was torn down but Russia remains one of our top two geopolitical rivals/enemies and still controls thousands of nuclear weapons from "fun-sized" suitcase nukes to fully MIRVed ICBMs (their battlefield readiness/reliability notwithstanding). It is axiomatic that everything the globalist stooges at Foggy Bottom and the Klain Kalorama Komintern have done that led Putin to invade Ukraine was wrong, and spectacularly so. But the opposite of wrong is not batshit fucking crazy insane.

Look, what Putin thought was going to be a 24-48 hour cakewalk has turned into a messy bloodbath not just in terms of the Ukrainians but the average Russian dogface who is suffering at the hands of motivated and enraged Ukrainians and inept and incompetent generalship at the tactical and strategic level. Now we have reports coming in, their veracity TBD, of Russian soldiers starting to not be all that enthusiastic to die for Putin, as well as Russians protesting against Putin and his invasion as well. Even the Chi-Coms are now openly advising him to cease fire and figure out an exit strategy.

Whatever one thinks about Putin's state of mind and his vaunted shrewdness, he may have played the US and Europe for suckers, but he grossly miscalculated Ukraine's ability to resist and give him a very bloody nose. So far. Can he stanch the "red red kroovy" and find a way out while saving face?

I have no problem -- in fact, I encourage it highly -- with providing Ukraine with all the 7.62 rounds, all the Stinger antiair missiles, and all the Javelin antitank missiles we can possibly get to them.

But crashing the ruble might be nuking a golden bridge too far -- if you'll allow me to tangle metaphors.

Sun Tzu's advice to "Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across" has been bandied about more often in recent days as Putin's Ukraine offensive has bogged down.

Losing an offensive war can make for an existential crisis for the Big Cheese who gave the Go order -- Argentina's Leopoldo Galtieri comes to mind. He took the Falkland Islands from Britain, the Brits took them back, then the police took Galtieri away.

That little adventure didn't threaten Argentina directly; Britain was content with just getting the islands back.

So what do Galtieri and Argentina have to do with Sun Tzu and Putin?

Putin has already overcommitted in Ukraine. He can still win, of course, but the cost will almost certainly prove unacceptably high -- and that's just the military cost.

Vlad has got to be thinking of how to unstick himself from the Ukraine tar baby, but in a way that doesn't end with him getting the Galtieri Treatment.

That's what a "golden bridge" would be -- a somewhat magnanimous Western alliance helping Putin get out of the stinking pile that he, himself, made.

Why should we be so nice?

Because the other realistic options are worse, including Russia's option to use literal battlefield nukes.

As we discussed on the award-winning Cut Jib Newsletter Speaks podcast, it's inconceivable that Putin would drop or set off a nuke anywhere in Ukraine, but that won't necessarily stop him from pounding the country mercilessly with heavy artillery and 1,000 lb blockbusters dropped from Tu-95s. As I see it, he has two options; withdraw, declare victory, for sure retain the Donbas and save face, or define the road to victory as running straight through Kyiv and not stopping until you have Zelensky's severed head on a platter. If he's smart, and I think he is (his misreading of Ukraine notwithstanding), he'll opt for the former.

But now, here comes Biden and his idiot puppet masters crashing the Russian economy or, even worse, Sean Hannity calling for Putin to get whacked by SEAL Team 6, (or MEAL Team 6 with Bearclaw Vindman on point) and what do you think that will do not only to the Russian leadership and worse to Russian public opinion? Suffice it to say, they won't be in the mood for John Kerry and James Taylor stopping by the Bolshoi for a few choruses of "You've Got a Friend."

Stepping back for a moment, none of this is meant to exonerate Vladimir Putin. He's a thug, a murderer and now an aggressor nation killing civilians in the name of conquest in flagrant violation of all international norms. Yet, whatever his legitimate grievances are with us and Europe, or his fever dreams of restoring the Soviet Union and/or a Russian Empire, it is the stupidity of our "best and brightest" from the ivory towers of Johns Hopkins, the Kennedy School, Harvard, Yale and all the rest that got us here and gave him the green light.

Whatever happens, and whatever path Putin chooses, the last thing we should be doing is giving him and the Russian people and military a reason to stand by him, when by all indications, they are less and less thrilled with what he has wrought.

As for Sean Hannity, the manifestly irresponsible call for the American military to assassinate Vladimir Putin should result in his immediate shit-canning from the airwaves. The only saving grace is that the Left's hatred of him and Fox might cause them to have a "Norman! Coordinate!" moment since they too are baying for Putin's blood.

Sean Hannity and everyone who thinks like this has got to go.

The End of America: 100 Days That Shook the World available here.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

ALSO: The Morning Report is cross-posted at CutJibNewsletter.com if you want to continue the conversation all day.

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