Yep, Let’s Have a War

It seems to be the rallying cry behind everything that Congress says or does these days.

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev warned the US today that the applications of sanctions by Congress and Donald Trump would amount to an act of “economic war.” If that’s the case, how does Russia define its chemical-weapons assassination attempts and their intelligence-disruption operation during our 2016 election?

If the constant piling on of sanctions and interference with the freedom of operations of another nation’s banks isn’t an act of economic war, then we’d like to know what, exactly, would qualify.

But fine, if that’s what we’ve decided is the correct, proportionate answer to $100,000 worth of posts on Facebook and the alleged murder attempt of an ex-spy in the UK, then by all means. Let’s go to war over that! His Imperial Majesty can’t wait to explain to the Heirs why they’re being shipped off to the meat grinder in some G-d forsaken hellhole six years into the next Big One.

“Remember Salisbury! And those shitposters on Facedork!”

If that’s not a rousing battle cry, then we don’t know WHAT is! It’s right up there with “Remember Pearl Harbor!”

Hot Gas’ Ed comments on the Reuters article he’s quoting:

Reuters curiously leaves out the catalyst for the sanctions applied by the White House, never mentioning the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal and the Russian use of a chemical weapon in the UK, a key US ally. The sanctions bill in Congress has an uncertain future, but it’s the Trump sanctions regarding the Skripal hit that has Russia flustered. Russia denies any involvement in the Skripal attack, but the use of Novichok on a former mole for the British sent a loud and unnuanced message of its own to other Russians who work with foreign intelligence.

Absolutely! The message it sends is as follows: “If you ever spy on Russia for a foreign power, we’ll arrest you, throw you in jail for six years, then send you to the foreign nation you were working for and then, THEN we’ll wait for eight more years before we suddenly decide, for no apparent reason, one day 14 years after the fact, that we’ll try to murder you with one of the most lethal military grade nerve agents in the world, just like that. And you’ll probably survive.”

That’s one powerful message, right there!

(Note: Somebody should probably let the Russians know that their most insanely lethal, military grade assault nerve gas with a thing that goes up just might possibly have a few tiny little issues, performance-wise. Actually, let’s not tell them).

But let’s not quibble. Let’s take it as gospel that the Russians did something as insanely counterproductive as that for no apparent benefit to themselves right when additional foreign anger in their general direction was the very last thing they needed.

Still sure that waging economic war on a nation that A) is currently struggling economically, B) is not the most stable of nations and C) is second only to us when it comes to nuclear weapons at hand is the most viable, wise and proportionate response that we can think of?

Just thinking out loud.

We’ll be in our bunker.

Thatisall.

P.S.: We just ran through the post again and we have to say that this one of Ed’s is a thing of beauty: “…sent a loud and unnuanced message of its own to other Russians who work with foreign intelligence.”

“Other Russians who work with foreign intelligence.”

Now that there is one of the most elegant euphemisms for the word “spy” that we’ve ever seen. Yes, yes, we know: he was our spy (or, rather, the Brits’ spy), but that doesn’t mean that he’s not a real, you know, spy-spy. We wonder: Just how many nights of sleep would the majority of Americans lose if, say, some other American spying on us for a foreign power was to have a tragic accident? Our guess is “not too many” or, in our own case, “none at all.” See also: Rosenbergs, the.

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