Damn this is good. I always enjoy it when someone grabs an analogy and nails reality in a new way. The usual response is to immediately pick at the details of the analogy that are, of course, not exact and may even be wildly inappropriate in some ways but, still, this was elegant. Ok, the world is not a chessboard but we are still thoroughly screwed and Putin set it up. The beauty of it is the manipulation of American psychology in its final days. We’re at least two generations past the old KGB which never had this level of audacity and finesse. He used our hidden failure of racism, our obviously failed political system, the descent of capitalism into ugly greed, and then gave us no choice but to elect his useful, orange fool, as president. Knowing the tangerine gambit would blow up in weeks if not days. It looks now as if it is days. And we have been hoist on our own petard.
But will Putin win? This isn’t a chessboard and China awaits . . .