Unexpected Consequences of Irresponsible Actions

Returning to the subject of yesterday’s post, I was considering what kind of effects might be caused by a country sabotaging the valuable infrastructure of a country with which it was not in a state of war.  What immediately came to mind was reciprocation.  Currently a new pipeline is going into operation from Norway to Poland.  Would it surprise anyone if that pipeline were sabotaged?  Now maybe this isn’t something the Russians would want to do.  Maybe they have other fish to fry with the Poles.  But it seems to me that the US has moved into entirely new territory with the bombing of the pipelines and they should expect the Russians to respond in kind.

Now, maybe this is all according to plan.  Maybe the people running our foreign policy (and domestic policy) are looking for a response.  As I said yesterday, this may be a tail wagging the dog operation they’re running and they need a Russian reaction to provide a distraction from the economy during the mid-term elections.  If that’s the case they may be hoping for something soon and drastic.  If nothing happens then probably the CIA will be disappointed.  I’m sure they want acknowledgement for their wanton destruction.  Maybe a commendation.

But here’s the thing.  This is a different level of provocation than even the military aid we’ve given the Ukraine.  Even with the targeting information and advanced artillery we’ve provided to the Ukrainians the actual attacks have been through proxies.  The sabotaging of the pipelines was done by United States directly.  It was a non-military target and it was completely unrelated to the Ukraine conflict.  It will be answered.

Really the only question is when.  Supposedly the Russians are pretty savvy about injecting their actions into the politics of their adversaries.  After all, hacked by Putin is a byword of Democrat party fear.  What they might do is wait for the mid-term elections to conclude and then once the Democrats have been trounced and can’t benefit from the distraction, I imagine some kind of revenge might occur.  What it might be is hard to know.  I have no knowledge of the relative vulnerabilities of different sections of US infrastructure.

The most likely thing would be an underwater pipeline.  That is what’s known as poetic justice.  But it could be anything.  It might not be sabotage.  It could be a data dump based on some kind of espionage that would be especially embarrassing to the Biden government.  It could be a terror attack coordinated with a Mexican drug cartel.  After all the southern border is essentially wide open.  It could be almost anything.

But the point is the Biden administration has gone out of its way to slap Russia in the face.  Chances are there will be a response and chances are it will be an escalation.  My only hope is that innocent Americans aren’t hurt or killed in the process.  But this is what happens when the foreign policy of a superpower is put in the hands of Yale and Harvard goofballs.  Maybe in 2024 we can rejoin the community of responsible nations again.  Until then just pray it all doesn’t go nuclear.

 

Update

Nostradumbass has suggested a couple of theme songs for the current situation

 

 

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Oldsage
Oldsage
2 months ago

We are definitely treading in dangerous territory.

Chemist
Chemist
2 months ago

Let me see. If I’m Vlad and I want to get Joe back but not help him in the midterms what would I do? I’d wait until the US holiday season and then I’d have my cyberwarfare folks shut down utilities across the United States. It would be an attack in kind to what Joe did and I could have plausible deniability by hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. I’d not only hurt a ton of people by cutting off their heat, water and power but I’d also kick the snot out of the US economy and maybe, crash… Read more »

Chemist
Chemist
2 months ago
Reply to  photog

Here is another way it could go: Civil trial and penalties. The Nordstream pipelines were not a military target nor was there a declaration of war between the US and Russia. If it can be proven that the US blew up those pipelines, then Russia can file charges in the international court, force the US to pay for repairs and repay Russia for loss of income every day until the pipes are repaired. And, trust me, Vlad could stretch that repair out for decades. The US gets a black eye on the international stage (Sorry you are feezing, Hans –… Read more »

NostraDumbass
NostraDumbass
2 months ago

time to queue “For what it’s worth” by Buffalo Springfield.

NostraDumbass
NostraDumbass
2 months ago

or maybe Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) by the Temptations, esp. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Vote for me and I’ll set you free”

NostraDumbass
NostraDumbass
2 months ago
Reply to  photog

I sometimes forget that there is a different perspective depending on where you live and how you have lived. I am sorry that you have this dread, I look forward to the changes that are coming, if only to break the tension of the noose around my neck. The heavy lifting is coming, not the end of the world, just the end of the status quo.

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