Hricham’s Analysis and Prediction

Paul N. is an old friend of a friend from days at Ft. Bragg. Paul left the Army for service in the Coast Guard and then into Customs where he became the Deputy Director of AIMMC before retiring. His friend, Hrichman, seems to have a better insight into Putin than does our useless President and State Department.

An ole cohort, Hricham, was one of the lead USCS/ICE Foreign SAs. He spent many years as a UC agent in Eastern Europe. Prior to retirement, Hricham spent 8 years in the US Embassy in Germany dealing w/both the USSR, then Russia. He has some insight into the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ of the culture.

Subject: H’s Analysis and Prediction

Vlad Putin recently authorized the light show depicting BHO with a banana. The man might be a maniac, but he’s not an idiot. I see he is pursuing one of two agendas.

First: He is playing to the home-town seats, and wants to look like a tough guy. If he’s posturing, and I say “if”, there’s a reason. The only reason that makes sense is that he’s going to quietly back away from the Ukraine, but doesn’t want to look like a pussy. Not looking like a pussy is important to Russians.

Second: He is flipping BHO the bird, and he means it. This is distinctly possible, meaning he has no intention of backing down at all; he’s like a dog showing his teeth. Come closer, get bit. There is talk in the press of things the West, Europeans in particular, can do to pressure Putin into compliance with civil behavior. If Vlad means to be a jerk, and he’s already proven he can do that, stand by for Euro leaders to mysteriously back off.

Vlad plays hardball. Remember the horse’s head from the Godfather movie? This guy is capable of killing children of world leaders. We won’t hear about photos taken through a sniper scope being delivered to presidential palaces, but that can happen. Vlad was KGB. Towards the end of the Cold War they had a plan in place to kill Reagan; they were just waiting for the signal. They shot the Pope. I’m not certain that they had nothing to do with JFK. Gas pipelines can mysteriously blow up. Nasty diseases can be injected on a street corner. If this guy wants to go the distance, economic pressure will not scare him. If anything, he’ll just laugh that the West is bringing a dandelion to a knife fight.

Prophecy Fulfilled.

H.L. Mencken (born 1880 – died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic and Democrat.

He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire

at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

—H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920—

So it was written, and so it has come to pass