Michael Weiss on the unstoppable Putin?

‘A senior Western diplomat told The Daily Beast’, ‘one European leader replied’,’Video footage, purportedly shot in Petrovsky today’,’Boasts by separatists’: We’re in familiar Daily Beast territory pioneered by the once troika of Lake/Rogen/Kirchick! The anonymous sources, until we arrive at ‘Ukraine’s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko’ and ‘His colleague, Markiyan Lubkivsky’: call these last two what they are political allies of Mr. Weiss, and members of the Coup Government.
On stage next is ‘The “defense minister” of the separatist “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Vladimir Kononov’ the bad guy in this badly constructed Weiss New Cold War Melodrama. As a dramaturge Mr. Weiss lacks the necessary talent to bring off his lengthy reports on skirmishes that  appear in the narrative attributed to Kononov? Why would any ‘reporter’, Mr. Weiss in particular, take the word of “defense minister” of the separatists? Or has Mr. Weiss’ narrative switched gears? Sources Novosti Donbassa and James Miller?
After this we get a rather long, complex discussion on military strategy in the Ukraine by this ‘reporter’ who sounds more like a partisan. Add a bit of Putin as The New Stalin followed by more partisan speculation and military strategizing: this military component of his argument is where Mr. Weiss demonstrates his real  sophistication and knowledge, and it hard to argue with his intelligence and ability,even if one dissents of his politics/ideology. But then in the final paragraph he badly stumbles over a maladroitly exercised speculation in the mode of Freud/Lucan that seems- it speaks for itself in regards to his perception of and psychoanalysis of Putin:

‘His foreign policy has ever been one of Freudian projections and double-binds. He accuses his opponents of the sins and crimes of which he himself is guilty, then fashions a trap for them whereby they lose whatever move they make. Arm Ukraine? Do that and we’ll escalate the war. Don’t arm Ukraine? We’ll escalate anyway. Abide by Minsk? We’ll violate it and blame you for breaking it. Break Minsk? Even better!’


About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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