Monday, May 12, 2014

Mr. Putin's ETO

Mr. Putin’s Economic Theatre of Operation.

In WW II we had the Pacific Theatre of Operation and the European Theatre of Operation.  Germany had the Russian Front. That was the military Option.  That was then, this is now.
Globally, the Military Option is no longer viable.  It has disappeared into the delusional mist of nuclear deterrence taking the Cold War Propaganda War with it.

What we have now are two, new, wars.

1.  The “Nuclear Free” safe wars of skirmishes and atrocities that keep us glued to the television set, freeing us to vent and lament from our safety blanket of nuclear deterrence and enabling us to feel good about ourselves because we show we care. And,

2.  The Real War.  The war I call the Economic Theatre of Operation.

The revelation came amid news reports that the EuroUnion was looking to attract Ukraine and that President Putin announced intentions to form a Eurasian Economic Union.

A simplistic interpretation is that Mr. Putin is attempting to defend the Russian and the Eastern European economies from the European Economic Union. However, on slightly closer examination, we see that the EuroUnion Economy is weak.  A better conclusion?  Using some basic B-School analysis, we see that Mr. Putin is taking advantage of a competitor’s weakness to increase market share and to enhance revenue.  However, there is more to it than that alone.


The world saw the pictures.
Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.”
The Wall coming down.
Lech Walesa at the Gdansk Shipyard Rebellion.
Mr. Gorbachev seated atop a tank in Red Square—Fall of the Soviet Government.
America’s unbridled economic success on programmes like, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and “Dynasty”.

The Promise?  Free Market Wealth and Military Support and Protection.
The Reality?    Far from it.

Nature abhors a vacuum. Mr. Putin is stepping into the breach.

What is Mr. Putin’s Strategy?

1. Move Russia into the 21st Century
2. Shift focus from inward to outward
3. Build Economic and Military Alliances

·       Iran
·       Crimea
·       Syria 

4. Build Foreign Policy Credibility
5. Restore cultural pride in Eastern Europe and Russia
6. Build on the shared histories and hardships with Eastern Europe.


Both Eastern Europe and Russia were ground beneath Soviet Military Occupation.

Both Eastern Europe and Russia were ground beneath German Military Occupation.

Mr. Putin is in the process of or already has cemented an oil deal with Iran.  This is a new focus on the Economic Law of Supply and Demand.

You may call it restricting or limiting access. I call it restricting or limiting demand.  Either way, it is counter intuitive to Freshman Economics.  I will explain what this means in another article.  For now, a deal with Iran stabilizing oil prices and oil revenue is important if not crucial to all parties concerned.

However, we should also consider this:  With the oil deal with Iran, what will be the change in the dynamics with

·       The Eurasian Economic Union?
·       Iran’s relations with Arab Nations?
·       The Relations between Arab Nations and Russia?

NB I did point out that it will become important for the Gulf Oil Producing Nations to act to protect future oil revenues!

Now there are some who can see nothing but RED and are attempting to create a Panic.  However, a closer examination will reveal that Russia has embraced the Chinese Model.

I twice pointed out the difference between Soviet Style Communism and Chinese Style Communism.

Soviet 5-year Plan
Soviet 10-year Plan
Soviet 20-year Plan


Hydro Electric Power dam Project
High Speed Computer Project
High Speed Rail Project.

In addition, I pointed out:

China: Rising middle class, rising economy.
India: Rising middle class, rising economy.
USSR: No middle class, no USSR.
USA: Declining middle class, follow the path of the trajectory.

Finally, I am suggesting the Mr. Putin may be the only person reading my blog, because he seems to be alert to the changes in the Global Economic Paradigm.


I pointed out that
China has shifted from looking inward to looking outward.
China is establishing economic and political alliances globally.
China is moving into Western Asia.
China will succeed because China will do as we did and not as we say


Russia has shifted from looking inward to looking outward.
Russia is establishing economic and political alliances globally.
Russia is moving into Eastern Europe.
Russia will succeed because Russia will do as we did and not as we say.


The European Economic Union does not have a strong offer.

Thus far, President Obama has done a fine job on Foreign Policy.  Egypt and Libya are two examples.  And he had strong allies in each situation. And he was a strong ally in each situation. However, Eurasia is neither a political theatre of operation nor a military theatre of operation.  This is the Economic Theatre of Operation.  Here President Obama’s allies (The EuroUnion) have little economic strength.  And, Chancellor Merkel has little or nothing to offer Eastern Europe.

Eastern Europe saw what happened to Southern Europe
Eastern Europe knows how and why it happened.
Eastern Europe knows that Southern Europe fueled the German economy.
And, they know much, much more.

When I wrote, “Merkel Invades Russia, I wrote about the assault on the Banks of Cyprus where Russia had sizeable sums on deposit.

When I wrote about Merkel’s Ponzi scheme, I wrote about Merkel’s attempt to send Madame Lagarde around the world, “Begging for coppers” Seeking a series of bailouts from a series of sources.

Eastern Europe can easily see that the Chancellor wants Eastern Europe to feed her Economic War Machine at the expense of Eastern Europe.

Merkel’s strategy is too obvious.  Keep the German economy strung until the global economy has its turn round, and then declare victory for her policies and their tenure.

Also, when I wrote “Merkel’s Big Lies", I listed the 10 Propaganda tricks being used by Merkel in her assault on Southern Europe.  This is analogous to the tricks used by industrialised nations to exploit emerging economies.

The only thing left to mention is this:

In addition to the fact that the Military Option is no longer viable, the economic zero sum game doesn't work anymore either.

You can heed my admonition now or wiat 50 years for a global depression.  Not a statistical one—a real one.

Warmest regards,


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Bob Asken
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