I’m inclined to agree with David Brooks who, in his linked NY Times column, suggests that Putin did in fact blink: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/opinion/friedman-putin-blinked.html?ref=international&comments#commentsContainer. The blinking analogy here is that when Soviet ships, approaching the US Navy Blockade in October of 1962, promptly turned around and left.  The Soviet Union, during the famous “Missiles of October” stand-off, had been in the process of installing ICBMs in Cuba (just 90 miles from Miami).  Nikita Khrushchev’s decision to leave prompted Secretary of State Dean Rusk to suggest that:  “We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.”

Mr. Brooks’ analysis seems quite logical.  Russia needs “hard” currency, especially since Europe has started to seek other sources of Gas.  Its economy is crumbling, Inflation continues to rise and foreign investment has vanished.  Putin travelled to Beijing recently to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, to make a deal for Gazprom’s Gas and, thus, replace the vital marketable currency that Russia  needs so desperately

Several of the former Soviet Republics have maintained their alliance with Russia; however, more have left and joined the E. U. or seem to be applying for Membership.  As Russia’s aggressive behavior had accelerated, its economy weakened further–especially the Rubel and its Stock Market.  When it backed-off from its bellicose actions, however, that process reversed somewhat.  So, in effect, the sanctions have been working.

NOTE:  I remember that Cold War Stand-off very well.  As a high school senior, like many other teens my age, I didn’t know if I would be graduating in June, or be stationed somewhere in the Army.  It truly could have led to World War III.


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  1. #1 by cheekos on October 1, 2014 - 1:48 PM

    This particular Blog Post is closed for “repairs”. HA! It has received an overwhelming amount of Comments, which appear to be mostly B.S. So, this will not serve as a means for people to push their mostly non-sensical products and services via this Blog. It is scheduled to re-open again on the “Twelfth of Never”.

  2. #2 by Bray Barn on December 26, 2016 - 2:30 AM

    • #3 by cheekos on December 26, 2016 - 4:21 AM

      Thanks for visiting my blog and “commenting”; however, I’m not sure what your comment is–or perhaps you forgot to include it. This also might have been considered a cheap opportunity for you to plug an irrelevant product. Now, you could have used your non-commercial Email to comment.

      In a separate Emailed comment, in which you mentioned that you thought “…Vladimir Putin blinked.” Without your explaining what your rationale is, other than referencing a column by David Brooks, in the NY Times, it’s difficult to understand How, What and Why you believed that Putin blinked.

      When it comes to foreign affairs, and dealing with the Person, and country, that the Pentagon refers to as being, by far, our most dangerous adversary, I choose not to respond to a shadow. Mr. Brooks is a well-respected columnist, who does follows foreign affairs, among other important topics.

      I too have been following such, as well as having some knowledge of military tactics, strategy and history. But over the past 18 months, (still) Mr. Donald Trump has not shown any relevant thought on the topic. And his NSA nominee is certainly not known for any worthwhile opinions, at least since he was allegedly forced out of the Army in 2014.

      If Mr. Brooks and I differ in opinion, I respect his right to arrive at a different conclusion; but, I do not have any basis for a comment that provides no specifics, just an assertion. And that tactic sure seems quite familiar, huh?

    • #5 by cheekos on December 1, 2017 - 2:58 AM

      To the fitness Journal, thanks very much for visiting my blog and commenting.

      Please remember that the current President Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was not the Premier of the old Soviet Union, 55 years back in time. Surely, neither you nor I were there at the time either. Were you…time travel?

      The book, One Minute to Midnight, published just a few years ago had access to previously unavailable documents from Cuba, the now defunct Soviet Union and the U. S, has information, which was unavailable during the years when many of the key players were still alive. In many instances, books published during the aftermath of such events try not to offend the key players. Especially the diseased or assassinated. Also, they do not wish to offend popular characters of that earlier ear.

      Since I was not there, however, I would prefer to believe that Kennedy and Krushchev had both realized that, once they deployed their forces, neither had much control over junior officers tin he field, or the Soviet Lieutenant Colonel who ordered the shooting down of the American U-2 spy plane. That unauthorized action cannot be explained by someone blinking. Also, keep in mind that both leaders, following the Missile Crisis, began to work toward Nuclear Disarmament, even against generals and politicians, in both nations, and war hawk politicians.

      I suggest that you review your facts, which are 55 years off, and the reports of the day, as well as what followed, before you remain convinced of the original stories of that earlier time, and their biases. GOOD LUCK!

    • #6 by cheekos on December 2, 2017 - 5:39 PM

      Since I began this blog, many, many people tried to infiltrate the Comment Section to shill for their worthless products–carpeting in Nova Scotia, Canada, time-shares in Myrtle Beach, the worst tourist trap on the East Coast, and a host of other products and services. As always, there’s a Trump-like comment–for instance, placing a much too young President Putin of Russia back as Premiere of the Soviet Union, in 1962. That’s 55 years ago, when Vladdie was a small child. So, I let the morons have their time, looking like idiots for a few days and, then, I hit the Delete Button. Generally, that B. S. stops early on; however, perhaps this idiot just finished reading David Brooks column, and misquoting it.

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