This commentary is by James Hall, a resident of Center Rutland.
There is no question that Vladimir Putin is a certified thug. He actually earned this title after his work in Crimea, and the former territory of (Soviet) Georgia and other parts of the former Soviet Union. Putin has taken this mind-boggling invasion into Ukraine as has been planned by him for quite some time. Now Ukraine, a former state of the USSR, became a sovereign nation after the collapse of the former Soviet Union.
The predictable results of weaknesses of the current U.S. leadership are playing out with destruction, deaths of Ukraine people, family divisions, with the infrastructure
and housing in urban areas being subjected to Putin’s wrath, and people leaving the country in droves.
Now, the king of thugs is upping the concerns and worries of the world by alerting the nuclear assets within the Russian command. This may be a “for show” tactic, but it must be taken seriously.
Biden’s ties to the former Soviet Union have no doubt contributed to the situation we are in. For example, he contributed mightily to the well being of Russia by shutting down the U.S. energy infrastructure that had, up until Jan. 20, 2021, made this country self supporting 100% in petroleum. This brought huge windfalls of cash into Putin’s coffers so he was able to use this money to finance the war he inflicted on Ukraine. And, as a result of all that, we are now reliant on petroleum from wherever, all of which has resulted in ballooning gasoline and heating oil costs which are poised to continue ballooning. I do not have to say anything about economic sense or anything else; a fifth grader studying such actions would know better.
Further, NATO has historically looked to the U.S. for leadership and guidance. The detailed responses which would normally be coming from that organization in a time like this are painfully quiet and lacking. As long as the current leader of the U.S. is in place, this will not change.
As I write this, crude oil is posting at a $3.54 per barrel to a total of $95.08. Great going Joe-Joe.
James B Hall
Center Rutland, 05736