Putin’s Emotions

A brief glance at my newsfeed made it clear that rhapsodizing about Putin’s emotional states is currently in vogue. Somebody went as far as gushing over “a happy glimmer in Putin’s eye.”

Since the topic is trending, I want to share this image that actually does matter to Putin:

People who can’t identify this image should not be opining about Putin at all. There are many interesting topics to discuss. If you are so obviously not into this one, then go discuss something else.

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3 thoughts on “Putin’s Emotions”

  1. Let me guess: This graph shows the price of oil in Russia (and probably on the world oil markets overall) over the past nine months, right?

    It also bares an unfortunate resemblance to the arc of my stock market earnings over the same time frame, alas! 😦

    Ah, well! Putin’s losses in oil at least affect him a lot more than my always fluctuating financial net worth, since he needs high oil for practical reasons like geo-political power, while the stock market’s wild ride has no practical effect om my credit rating or lifestyle.

    I’m going to bed now, Clarissa, so I’ll read your answer in the morning. Goodnight!

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  2. Reply to “Putin’s Emotions”

    Yes, I recognized quickly that this graph was oil prics versus time.

    All the pundits I have read or seen on television say that Trump’s withdrawal from Syria is a gift to Putin. It seems so to me, too. From what you have posted earlier, it appears that you do not agree with this. Would you please comment on this?

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  3. Yes, I know that graph is oil prices.

    I think a lot about that TFNYT troll oped claiming :

    Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

    Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
    On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

    This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

    With Syria and Afghanistan I cannot keep filtering actions solely through “What does Putin want?” to evaluate how wise they are. This is like wondering whether GSLiC had enough fiber in his breakfast this morning.

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