Oh come now, Professor Hanson, you’re smarter than this. If nothing else, you’ve been around long enough to know better.
The left-wing professional and political classes bequeathed a number of new protocols during the Trump derangement years. And it will be interesting to watch whether the Republicans abide by them in November should they take back the House and perhaps the Senate—and the presidency in 2024 as well.
Will they follow the New Testament’s turn-the-other-cheek forbearance, or go for Old Testament style eye-for-an-eye retribution?
Well gee, I dunno—have they ever? Even one blasted time? Have we any evidence at all to support believing in them now? A long list of similarly foolish questions follows, all of them equally easy to answer: No, they most certainly will not. They’re no more likely to upset any apple carts than the Washington Generals are, and for similar reasons: they don’t mind losing, having grown entirely comfortable with getting their asses kicked up between their shoulder blades in front of God and everybody by now. For the Vichy GOPe, the agony of defeat has definitely lost its sting. Long as they’re getting paid, well hey, it’s all good. Hell, losing is their job, when you get right down to it. It’s how they put bread on the family table, and what the hell is so wrong about that?
Vichy GOPers know their role well by now, and intend to stick to it. Having waved many a dire, scolding finger at the Demonrats myself in this space back when I was but an uncut stripling, cautioning them that this time—this time for SURE!—Repugnican phonies might very well decide to turn their own rules back on ’em at long last, only to look on in disgust as the Right Uniparty wing slinked docilely back en masse to their accustomed nosebleed-section seats with no action taken beyond the usual Big Fat Nothing, I almost have to believe that VDH is being sarcastic here, laughing slyly up his sleeve at how he’s taken the piss out of everybody. It’s either that, or he’s the world’s oldest naif, a 75-years-young Polly Pureheart still unstained by her many years of worldly experience and observation.
I mean, what the hell else could it be? We all already know the man ain’t no dummy, so that’s right out. Could be he was stymied by writer’s block (any of us writely sorts who claims he’s never had to ‘rassle that particular demon is just a damned liar, that’s all), was bumping up against a hard deadline, and simply punched this one out in his sleep. Whatever the case may be, bitterly clinging to questions as patently inane as these is can only make one look gullible, deceitful, careless, or just downright ign’ernt at the end of the day. Once again, I feel compelled to run this:
2022 “victory” means nothing. They have never done anything except what the reds tell them to do. They are cowards, liars and there are maybe 3 patriots among them
I find Hansen’s and Gorka’s take on this war confusing. These guys are supposedly war historians. But they take on so many false premises.
If you drop the premise that they went in to take over American style, and are in there to take the parts they want and destroy the Ukrainian military, it makes more sense, and they appear to be doing it. I saw a telegram post today where a russian general said:
“These are the most combat-ready units that are currently in Ukraine …if they do not surrender, Ukraine will lose its entire army and the issue of demilitarization, one can say, would be resolved by 90%” – Basurin
They surrounded them, and cut them off. They are giving them their customary window to surrender. Then, They’ll be cut to ribbons. These guys aren’t screwing around. Look what they did to that hapless camp of mercenaries.
There are plenty of outlets for real information. I’m guessing that they are tied into the gubmint intelligence types who 1) have a pattern of being woefully wrong and 2) Lie. They are telling the narrative.
I’ve heard both talking about that old canard – “Stuck convoy with bad Chinese tires and poor maintenance, in UK in the winter.” Funny, didn’t see any Ukranians taking advantage. Maybe because they couldn’t?
I’m thinking they have a bad case of normalcy bias.
Power is the one thing that scares the Republicans more than anything else. They just want to go to parties and try to get into the in crowd.
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”
― Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time – 1965…
And that’s exactly what we have.
Trump is the Mule they did not foresee. In the end, they regrouped and took care of business.