I had no idea that Russia and Ukraine were negotiating. My impressions of the conflict have been shaped by various knee-jerk narratives I’ve been hearing, but that diplomacy is occurring was a complete surprise to me.
I’m frustrated that we (the U.S.) can’t do anything about this conflict. Our emotions are engaged, the atrocities are heartbreaking, but unless we are willing to risk nuclear war by putting boots on the ground so that our own sons and daughters can fight Russian soldiers face to face, we have almost no way to engage.
Our predicament was caused by our own elites, primarily the Military-Industrial-Madison-Avenue Complex. These people seem to think that they can manufacture consent to cover up any failure, hide any money-sucking siphon, or promote any stupidity. With Ukraine, however, the Empire of Lies has been exposed: We literally have no place at the table.
Putin will kill men, women and children until negotiations with Zalenski go his way. Let us hope that Zalenski is smart enough to wrestle a good deal for Ukraine out of the process, because he is on his own.