PUTIN NOT TO ATTEND G-20 SUMMIT IN INDONESIA
This article was spotted by E.G. and passed along, and I need to talk about it, because my antennae are pulsing with suspicion, and my nose detects a malodor wafting through events. Mr. Putin, it seems, has declined an invitation to be present during the current G-20 summit hosted by Indonesia:
Needless to say, the speculation abounds on why Mr. Putin is not attending. There are internet rumors that he has begun to suffer the effects of Parkinson's. But the article offers a more plausible explanation from Indonesian President Joko Widodo and conference security chief Panjaitan:
“It has been officially informed that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G-20 summit, and will be represented by a high-level official, and this has been discussed by President Joko Widodo and Putin in previous telephone conversations," Pandjaitan said after meeting security officials in Denpasar, the capital of Bali.“Whatever happens with Russia’s decision, it is for our common good and the best for all of us,” added Pandjaitan, who is is also the coordinating minister of maritime affairs and investment. He said earlier that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation.
Pandjaitan did not know why Putin decided not to come but said “maybe it’s because President Putin is busy at home, and we also have to respect that.” Pandjaitan confirmed the same reason may be keeping Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at home as well.
The article then cites recent Russian military reverses in Kherson as being perhaps the central reason for Putin's non-attendance.
That does, indeed, make some sense, because the reversals are bound not to help Mr. Putin's position at home:
Putin’s decision not to attend the summit comes as Russian forces in Ukraine have suffered significant setbacks. Russia’s military said it will withdraw from Kherson, which is the only Ukrainian regional capital it captured and a gateway to the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.
The article also notes that Mr. Bai Den Jo will be meeting with Mr. Xi Jinping in Bali, in a meeting the former will doubtless be getting his marching orders since the cutout method of communication, Hunter's laptop, has been taken out of the mix.
There are, however, other explanatory possibilities for Mr. Putin's non-attendance.
I am one of those Ukrainian narrative skeptics. I'm just not buying the idea that Russia has suffered some sort of vast defeat in the Ukraine. One reason I'm not buying it is my age. I grew up in the aftermath of the Deep State murder of JFK, and watched as Lyndon Johnson sank the USSA deeper and deeper into the Vietnam quagmire. I remember the endless press conferences and briefings from Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and of General Westmoreland, Chief of all US forces in Vietnam. I remember the confident CBS news broadcasts with the aptly surnamed Walter Cronkite (Krankheit, German: "sickness, illness") talking confidently about body counts, that we were killing much more of the enemy than they of us, and so on.
Then came the Tet Offensive, and the supposedly on-its-knees enemy struck a blow that doomed the American effort in Vietnam. The "narrative" unraveled before our eyes, every night, on television. America beat back the offensive, to be sure, But the fact that the offensive was launched at all gave lie to the carefully crafted, media-spun narrative. Even Krankheit could not spin it any more.
So, yes, colour me "skeptical" about the West's narrative in the Ukraine, especially since the collapse of FTX and what it is beginning to suggest and reveal about the American role in all of this. I have no doubt that the Ukrainian people are fighting doggedly and determinedly. It is after all, their country that's at stake. I just hope that they wake up and realize that they may have bet on the wrong horse, whose modus operandi has been to enrich oligarchs - Syngman Rhee in South Korea, Nyugen van Thieu in South Vietnam - devastate countries, and eventually lose wars and leave vast amounts of material and ruin behind.
Which brings us back to Mr. Putin's non-attendance in Bali. I rehearsed all that stuff about Vietnam because, as I said, I'm not buying the narrative that the Ukraine and its Western backers are winning. It's a war that, from the start, the US and NATO have made no secret of backing for what they hope is a "regime change" in Moscow, and a step along their long-sought goal of dismembering Russia. So my suspicion is that Mr. Putin's security services probably have learned information - which they're not releasing presently - that his life may have been in danger had he decided to go to the summit. If that's the case, if the other dons at the table have assented to a hit on Don Putin, then one may expect a payback in kind to eventually come...
... and the bad thing is, with the current incompetence of the Western leadership, the Dons may order other hits, and blame it all on Russia...
See you on the flip side...
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