Putin does Eastern style diplomacy; make a show of acquiescing while doing what they wanted to do anyway

Some people thought Putin was backing down when he said he would do what he could to discourage an independence referendum for Eastern Ukraine. I strongly suspected this was like Arab or Chinese negotiating — make a show of agreeing or acquiescing to Western demands, all the while knowing that it’s going to happen anyway.

The Eastern Ukrainians are not under Putin’s control. They’d love his official support, but they’ll do without it. The GRU is helping them out pretty good, going up against Blackwater and Jihadis on the Maidan side.

So Eastern Ukraine is proceeding with their independence vote, and then there will be a Civil War to enforce it and kick out the Maidan putschists. Maidan will probably go great guns against them and kill a lot of them, and then Russia will be drawn in and things get really ugly.

On the radio I heard that Putin claimed to be withdrawing the Russian army from the borders of Ukraine, but State Department social media diplomacy girl Jen Psaki says that the satellite intelligence is showing that they are not actually withdrawing. She’s very angry about this! It’s like when her boyfriend said he was going to call her but didn’t. Again, Eastern style diplomacy — say one thing, but do what you wanted to do in the first place.

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7 Responses to Putin does Eastern style diplomacy; make a show of acquiescing while doing what they wanted to do anyway

  1. make a show of agreeing or acquiescing … all the while knowing that it’s going to happen anyway.

    Like how we deal with women?

    It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

    • A.Ralston says:

      Yes.

      …though, I would argue, it is probably better never to apologize or ask forgiveness. If a man has violated his own personal code of conduct, then he should simply change his behavior, not talk about it one way or the other. By extension, if a leader has erred in the the conduct of his statecraft, he should simply change his tactics or strategy if necessary, but never ask permission beforehand or publicly apologize afterward. My 2 bits.

      Several years ago, I experimented, to the extent I could overcome my innate introversion, with game techniques as applied to my post-retirement job as an English tutor and a long-term substitute math teacher in our county’s bottom-ranked high school.

      Most of the time I had to ” fake it until I make it,” but after a month or so, with little overt effort, though much inner attitude adjustment, I noticed I was garnering more deference, interest, participation in discussions, and requests for after-hour help with college application essays.

      So, after watching a few episodes of Ceasar Milan, the dog-whisperer, on my sister’s cable TV, I applied game to my wife’s newly acquired Basenji pup and within days, using no particular training techniques, noticed a reduction in overly persistent, socially ill-timed demands for attention and a generally calmer, more submissive behavior especially when taking food or hiking in he woods together.

  2. doomdigit says:

    “On the radio I heard that Putin claimed to be withdrawing the Russian army from the borders of Ukraine, but State Department social media diplomacy girl Jen Psaki says that the satellite intelligence is showing that they are not actually withdrawing.”

    Kinda like how Obama said we were leaving Iraq… This is all such a joke. It’s still hard to believe that roles have reversed. The Russians used to be the bad guys, but now we are.

  3. wobbly says:

    Jen Psaki
    It’s amazing how undiplomatic US state department diplomats are.

  4. Stubbs says:

    Americans don’t have the attention span to follow up on anything, especially if it gets confusing. They take their soundbite and move on.

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