See, it’s not just Lord Damp Nut! Another billionaire is a useful idiot for Pooty-poot:
Now, despite the setbacks Russia has suffered on the battlefield, [Fiona Hill] thinks Putin is undaunted. She sees him adapting to new conditions, not giving up. And she sees him trying to get the West to accede to his aims by using messengers like billionaire Elon Musk to propose arrangements that would end the conflict on his terms.
“Putin plays the egos of big men, gives them a sense that they can play a role. But in reality, they’re just direct transmitters of messages from Vladimir Putin,” Hill says.
And here’s some more from Fiona Hill:
Hill: It’s very clear that Elon Musk is transmitting a message for Putin. There was a conference in Aspen in late September when Musk offered a version of what was in his tweet — including the recognition of Crimea as Russian because it’s been mostly Russian since the 1780s — and the suggestion that the Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia should be up for negotiation, because there should be guaranteed water supplies to Crimea. He made this suggestion before Putin’s annexation of those two territories on September 30. It was a very specific reference. Kherson and Zaporizhzhia essentially control all the water supplies to Crimea. Crimea is a dry peninsula. It has aquifers, but it doesn’t have rivers. It’s dependent on water from the Dnipro River that flows through a canal from Kherson. It’s unlikely Elon Musk knows about this himself. The reference to water is so specific that this clearly is a message from Putin.
Now, there are several reasons why Musk’s intervention is interesting and significant. First of all, Putin does this frequently. He uses prominent people as intermediaries to feel out the general political environment, to basically test how people are going to react to ideas. Henry Kissinger, for example, has had interactions with Putin directly and relayed messages. Putin often uses various trusted intermediaries including all kinds of businesspeople. I had intermediaries sent to discuss things with me while I was in government.
This is a classic Putin play. It’s just fascinating, of course, that it’s Elon Musk in this instance, because obviously Elon Musk has a huge Twitter following. He’s got a longstanding reputation in Russia through Tesla, the SpaceX space programs and also through Starlink. He’s one of the most popular men in opinion polls in Russia. At the same time, he’s played a very important part in supporting Ukraine by providing Starlink internet systems to Ukraine, and kept telecommunications going in Ukraine, paid for in part by the U.S. government. Elon Musk has enormous leverage as well as incredible prominence. Putin plays the egos of big men, gives them a sense that they can play a role. But in reality, they’re just direct transmitters of messages from Vladimir Putin.
Reynolds: Putin is very comfortable dealing with billionaires and oligarchs. That’s a world that he knows well. But by using Musk this way, he goes right over the heads of [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian government.
Hill: He is basically short-circuiting the diplomatic process. He wants to lay out his terms and see how many people are going to pick them up. All of this is an effort to get Americans to take themselves out of the war and hand over Ukraine and Ukrainian territory to Russia.
You better believe that Musk trying to extort the US Government over the Starlink communication satellites is related. Remember, every billionaire is a policy failure, and few (if any) more so than Elon Musk.
Rooty-Pooty-Tooty has already shown that he’s adept at playing the massive egos and malignant narcissism of people like the Muskrat, by doing it to the Tangerine Traitor first. The only thing that’s surprising is that there are still people that are surprised about it.
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It would be nice if Biden flattered him by giving him a direct call, and then told him to stay the hell out of American foreign policy because any efforts he makes on Putin’s behalf are severely counterproductive. Honestly, WTF is this guy doing meddling in this way?
His galaxy brain is so far more advanced than us puny mortals, we cannot fathom his methods or motivation.
It comes of living out your life in a sealed chamber with half the atmosphere replaced by your own farts, all while being told by everyone around you that they are of the sweetest and most rarified perfume.
How else could you come up with brilliant ideas such as [checks notes] creating ‘underground mass transit consisting of a single lane tunnel with normal cars carrying one to four people’, ‘purpose-built submarines to navigate flooded caves half a world away in time to rescue kids trapped with dwindling air supplies’ .
Also he has a veritable army of
WarFanBois willing to swarm any public discussion of the ‘Unfathomable Brilliance Of Elon Musk, SuperGenius’ to hype him.
Polling shows 5/6 of the Ukrainians of Kiev support continuing the war until the Russists are completely out (including Crimea), as do 56% of Ukrainians in the war zones in the south and east.
Lincoln only got 55% of the vote in 1864, although he creamed McClellan in the Electoral College. That election was a referendum on the Civil War.
This is amazing resolution, paid for in blood and treasure.
Musk’s as well as Trump’s patriotism starts and ends with their hoard.
I’d be interested in Hill’s definition of “big men”. I suspect it would have a lot in common with the term as used by Judy Holliday in “Born Yesterday”.