Needless to say, Putin is a madman with nukes and a bunker. Putin has shown he intends to use the fear of a nuclear war to keep getting what he wants. So where does he stop? Since establishing a no-fly zone can only be sustained with armed aircraft, that attempt would be viewed by Putin as a first act of aggression by the West. Nuclear-armed Western leaders are hesitant to take the first aggressive step vs another nuclear power. But that’s not how the American people feel.
A new poll from Reuters/Ipsos shows that 74% of Americans, including majorities in both parties, want NATO to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine. It’s not an outlier: Survey after survey has shown that the American people want a stronger response to Russia’s invasion.
Let’s collectively think outside the no-fly box. There might be a way to force Putin to balk on making the first aggressive strike vs. the West and prove Putin is not going to risk nuclear war with NATO and US. And if he is, we might as well know now, because Putin’s not stopping until he is stopped. There is no peace treaty with Putin this time. He will be a hunted killer of children now, for the rest of his life. Putin surrenders, is stopped, captured, steps down or he continues until WW3 is hot and nuclear.
Sanctions won’t do it now. Putin is a cornered madman in war mode. It is the guns, not the money, that speak loudest to Putin today. As long as he retains his control over his military and intelligence officers, his wars will continue and his oligarchs will remain hostages to his guns and enforcement officers.
I am presenting one plan to defend Ukraine that does not require a no-fly zone, at least at the onset of the plan. It forces Putin to assess how strong he really is. It will force him to blink first. It’s sort of a reverse Trojan Horse plan.
THE EMBASSY DEFENSE PLAN
We could send many more people back into our Embassy in Kyiv which I assume has been mostly evacuated. Then France does the same. All EU democracies do the same. Then any other democracy that wants to, joins in. How would that look to Putin?
Then we all set up perimeters to protect our embassies with a lot of drones and remoted stuff and really whatever it takes.
Then we house key Ukranian government officials in our embassies as protected refugees, scattering whatever chain of command that exists among the various embassies and not disclosing who is where.
This would force Putin to fire at NATO embassies to oust Zelensky. And he knows that spells his doom.
I am tired of hearing people say they are afraid of Putin’s nukes. He knows that now. Other dictators with nukes will follow if we don’t stop Putin. There is no “retreat and go back to the way things were” in Putin’s future – nor ours. It’s him or us.
Once our embassies are all fortified, we can let the Ukranian people and time do their things. Putin knows he can’t take the Ukrainian spirits. When he cannot kill the existing government officials, he will be forced to retreat, or negotiate. Yes, he may consider striking at the embassies. But that forces him to take the first act of aggression ve the West.
If he strikes at the embassies, we would of course obliterate his troops in Ukraine. We wouldn’t touch Moscow or Russia. That keeps the war in conventional mode and in Ukraine. But if we let him take Ukraine, he will have a victory – and he will actually need to expand or face aggression from neighbors. He won’t stop because Ukrainians won’t accept him as their ruler and neither will his neighbors.
The governments that go into the embassy plan would need to make a statement along these lines as justifications.
We recognize the current Ukrainian government as the rightful government of Ukraine and will protect the government officials that are seeking refuse in our embassies. We will however not send troops to fight with Ukrainians against any Russian troops unless of course, our embassies are attacked. In that case we will fight with the soldiers of Ukraine against any and all Russian troops in the Ukraine. We will not attack any Russian troops or citizens that are not in Ukraine.
Absent of this we are sort of condemning Zelensky and The Ukrainian democracy to death. Finance alone wont make it. Oil prices are going up so high, and in a weird way that benefits Putin.
THE OLD SCHOOL PLAN
The ideal plan is, of course, to take Putin out quickly and quietly, as if done by a random madman. I suppose DOD must have dreamt up a few effective ways. People are talking about this everywhere. There are ways. They don’t even have to trace back to USA. It could be to be a secret NATO mission.
And they’d had to know there was not some sort of Rube Goldberg setup so that when Putin dies the nukes get auto-launched. But if that’s the case, we might as well try now as well. Putin’s demise is assured by politics and good old nature.
And it seems to me Putin is using fear of nukes as a free pass to do as he wants. So where does that stop in a madman? If the fear persists, why should a madman stop? It could be smarter strategy to get out ahead of Putin. Think on this. Putin has no one really. Putin does not even have his own version of a large Trump base. Whoever ends the Putin problem would be regarded as a hero by nearly everyone on the planet, including most Russians.
I am not a general or even a general. I am just a caring US citizen with eight kids and grandkids. In this country, still free, I can think and hopefully share my thoughts.