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Merkel And Hollande Go To Moscow, White House Wonders Aloud If Putin Has Asperger’s

The Very Serious People just got more seriously ridiculous. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are in Moscow trying to work out a peace deal, the spokesman for the White House mused out loud about a report leaked from the Pentagon that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome.

The Department of Defense report instructs leaders to “find quieter settings in which to deal with Putin, whose behavior and facial expressions reveal someone who is defensive in large social settings,” and posits that the head of state has a neurological malady that prevents him from dealing with a lot of people at once. Whether the leaked report is a curious form of psychoanalysis or part of psychological operations by the Pentagon is unknown.

Wednesday, at his confirmation hearing to become the next defense secretary, Ashton Carter confirmed he was open to sending arms to Ukraine saying “I am inclined in the direction of providing them with arms, including .?.?. lethal arms.” Carter was echoing a message suggested in a highly controversial report by Washington think tanks that the US escalate its involvement in Ukraine in hopes of intimidating Russia into stopping its support for the separatists.

On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to rule out whether Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, hours after reports of a Department of Defense report from 2008 put the diagnosis out there, according to USA Today. “I’m not saying it’s uncredible, necessarily,” Earnest said when asked during his press briefing whether the report’s conclusions, which were largely based on analysis of publicly available videos, were sound. “I’m just saying that I don’t have my own personal reaction to it.”

That was about all the administration had to offer on Putin for the day, even as Ukraine declines both economically and militarily in its fight against separatists backed by the Russian leader allegedly spotted on the spectrum. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are headed to Moscow to meet Putin for another round of peace talks, but Merkel is said to be highly pessimistic, and world leaders may be ready to concede more territory to Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Quite a contribution the White House is making to end the crisis in Ukraine, making snide public statements on “leaked” reports and threatening to arm those slaughtering civilians. Why do they hate us?

The real loser in this sniping from the upper echelons of NATO is Kiev which is on the brink of collapse and shows no sign of turning things around. When the neofascist battalions start marching west after the current regime in Kiev collapses I’m sure those on the run can fondly think back to when the US cracked some jokes on their behalf. Statecraft at its finest.

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Merkel And Hollande Go To Moscow, White House Wonders Aloud If Putin Has Asperger’s

The Very Serious People just got more seriously ridiculous. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are in Moscow trying to work out a peace deal, the spokesman for the White House mused out loud about a report leaked from the Pentagon that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome.

The Department of Defense report instructs leaders to “find quieter settings in which to deal with Putin, whose behavior and facial expressions reveal someone who is defensive in large social settings,” and posits that the head of state has a neurological malady that prevents him from dealing with a lot of people at once. Whether the leaked report is a curious form of psychoanalysis or part of psychological operations by the Pentagon is unknown.

Wednesday, at his confirmation hearing to become the next defense secretary, Ashton Carter confirmed he was open to sending arms to Ukraine saying “I am inclined in the direction of providing them with arms, including .?.?. lethal arms.” Carter was echoing a message suggested in a highly controversial report by Washington think tanks that the US escalate its involvement in Ukraine in hopes of intimidating Russia into stopping its support for the separatists.

On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to rule out whether Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, hours after reports of a Department of Defense report from 2008 put the diagnosis out there, according to USA Today. “I’m not saying it’s uncredible, necessarily,” Earnest said when asked during his press briefing whether the report’s conclusions, which were largely based on analysis of publicly available videos, were sound. “I’m just saying that I don’t have my own personal reaction to it.”

That was about all the administration had to offer on Putin for the day, even as Ukraine declines both economically and militarily in its fight against separatists backed by the Russian leader allegedly spotted on the spectrum. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are headed to Moscow to meet Putin for another round of peace talks, but Merkel is said to be highly pessimistic, and world leaders may be ready to concede more territory to Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Quite a contribution the White House is making to end the crisis in Ukraine, making snide public statements on “leaked” reports and threatening to arm those slaughtering civilians. Why do they hate us?

The real loser in this sniping from the upper echelons of NATO is Kiev which is on the brink of collapse and shows no sign of turning things around. When the neofascist battalions start marching west after the current regime in Kiev collapses I’m sure those on the run can fondly think back to when the US cracked some jokes on their behalf. Statecraft at its finest.

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