- Canada - a Constitutional Monarchy filled with earnest, kind weepers who look down upon the lower 48 as uncivilized but dangerous first cousins who they have to live with and manage.
- Mexico - a Socialist basketcase filled with Spanish overlords and their conquered peoples who do everything they can to escape across the boarder.
Russia, on the other hand shares a boarder with fourteen (14!!!) different countries, some of them real beauties like North Korea, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and some of the more harmless countries are just buffers that give traditional enemies like France, Germany Turkey and Japan a highway for them to get a running start when they attack. This geographic reality and long history of fighting for their lives, century after century, from the time the first hardy Vikings first established a unified "country" a thousand years ago up to the present day has created a very complicated and inscrutable personality type.
"If I am admitted and tolerated here," he had said one day, "it is simply because I talk in this way. How can anyone possibly receive such a man as I am? I quite understand. Now, could I, a Ferdishenko, be allowed to sit shoulder to shoulder with a clever man like Afanasy Ivanovitch? There is one explanation, only one. I am given the position because it is so entirely inconceivable!"
|Cigar night in Moscow|
From Putin's perspective he needs a competent, self assured and "manly" USA active on the world stage. He doesn't want a lead from behind, apologetic and duplicitous competitor (a kind of Super-France) slithering around the globe and fucking everything up all the time. The USA press is blaming Putin for influencing the November election, just like they blame him for everything from invading his neighbors to Syrian genocide, but they never look to the possibility that The West generally, and the USA specifically, give him very little choice in these matters. Is Putin supposed to just let Ukraine take over Russia's only warm weather shipping port or let Syria go up in smoke (along with another Russian naval base) or allow some light-weight crone like HRC become POTUS? Answer: No. Hell no, he's not going to sit back and let any of that happen because he doesn't have the luxury of inaction. He's not sitting on top of a huge, robust, diversified economy with oceans to the right and left, blue stocking prudes above and smiling wet-backs below. He's got the decadent West on one side, 1 Billion+ Chicoms on the other and a roiling sea of psychotic Jihadi scum below - It's serious. It's frigg'n scary man and he can't just keep hitting the ball over the net with nobody there to return service. Putin is not Prince Myshkin (nobody is) but somebody's got to keep a lid on these Russians and thank God Vladimir Putin is doing it.
"In Dostoyevsky's world there are no "ideas" apart from the men who carry them. An idea for Dostoyevsky is always someone's idea, and reason is always someone's reasoning. Every act of reason is a covert act of will. Man is totally subjective and totally free."
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy