In the old West, there was a term for every person or entity. We’ve lost touch with some of the most effective ones in modern times. Take the word “dry-gulcher,” for instance. In the cowboy days, this kind of individual (or group of dry gulchers) was highly derogatory, the basic meaning being someone who betrays another at a moment’s notice. Dry-gulching, bushwacking, and even addle-headed terms fit today’s Western leadership and a few Russians. Let’s look at what’s happening with some scallywags and ambushers who make honest sodbusters want to “shoot the cat” (vomit).
Even before Wagner PMC boss Yevgeny Prigozhin went turncoat on his people and his president, corporate back western media was warming up the keyboards getting ready to peck out Vladimir Putin’s latest illness. The man who’s been dying or suffering from just about everything in the medical dictionary, the guy who is even responsible for fleas on your dog, was quivering in his Imperial Russian Army riding boots when a couple of thousand Wagner yahoos went AWOL in Rostov on the Don the other day.
Now the scallywags surrounding addle-headed Joe Biden’s administration are trying to sew contempt toward some of Russia’s most loyal and talented military elites. General Sergei Surovikin is painted (New York Times) as in cahoots with Prigozhin without evidence. If it was not clear before that the corporate elites run the presidency of America, the lying and manipulation of all media should clue you in. In his drugged up, slurred speaking manner, Biden parroted what the press was crowing, “Vladimir Putin was weakened,” they all said. When they found the Russian president out in public doing his job in the hours after the Surovikin circus, suddenly Putin was putting on a PR show. But was he?
Eight days ago, Yevgeny Prigozhin and elements of the Wagner Group staged a so-called “rebellion” against the military leadership of Russia and by association with Vladimir Putin’s administration. About three days ago, the show ended with the Wagner leader exiled to Belarus and Wagner’s forces being systematically integrated into the regular Russian military. The next day, Putin visited the Naryn-Kala citadel and the Juma Mosque in Derbent, Dagestan.
Over the past few days, the Russian president also met with the Director General of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, Yury Borisov. And a couple of days ago, he addressed the third annual forum of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Strong Ideas for a New Time. He did not simply appear and wave for the cameras like Sleepy Joe might have done. He addressed the attendees of a forum ready to replace Western technologies and merchandise with better Russian variants. Putin’s Agency for Strategic Initiatives is doing important work to revamp Russia’s industrial and economic sectors. Here is part of what Putin had to say about “Strong Ideas for a New Time.”
“A new time is not some distant future. It is, in fact, our time. We are living it now. Here are the interests of our Motherland, our country, and the striving of the people for whom we work, study and create, for whom we fight and battle.”
On the same day, June 29th, the editorial board of the Financial Times posted a story entitled “Putin’s fragility is a moment for western resolve.” The piece called for throwing billions more into the black hole of Ukrainian defense. The Financial Times is wholly owned by Japanese conglomerate Nikkei, Inc., the world’s largest business daily newspaper. In reality, it’s the media propaganda arm of the Japanese government and Japanese big business. The Atlantic Council had the same message as did other Washington think tanks. The western elites are horrified Russia and China, along with the other BRICS, will supplant the hegemony.
So, the sides have been clear regarding who is bent on subduing Russia, which means ousting Putin. In the West, all one has to do is read, listen, or watch leaders and their mouthpieces, then assume everything they say is the opposite. A good example is a seemingly unnecessary comment from Shakey Joe Biden, who solemnly affirmed, “The United States and NATO had no involvement in the short-lived insurrection in Russia by a mercenary force.”
The only unknown puzzle pieces involve Mr. Putin’s adversaries inside Russia. There is a rift, as we’ve known for some years. However, the potential circus collaborators with Yevgeny Prigozhin would be from somewhere other than the Navalny camp. If he did have support, it would have come from the hawks unsatisfied that Ukraine is not a smoking, nuclear blast pit of death by now.
The clown-led pseudo-coup tells us that whoever was behind the Wagner boss does not have enough clout to cause real problems. Or, perhaps, this was some warning. Who can say at this point? If you read the New York Times, Putin’s dozens of physical, mental, and personal problems are expanded to include fear of a bushwack. The dry-gulchers and the backshooters may not all be from Washington, Brussels, or London.
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”