by the trade deadline.
Dipped into the PBS News Hour hosted by Judy Woodruff to find the commentary from conservative-in-name-only David Brooks paired with a more honest liberal who began every sentence by saying he agreed with Brooks. Instead of point/counterpoint it was point/point and punt.
On Friday’s suitable for the workplace episode, Washington Post sub editor Jonathan Capehart expressed his “relief” that the family of Paul Whelan, four years a Russian hostage, was O.K. with trading the Merchant of Death for the return of gawky female basketball player Brittney Griner, thereby leaving Whelan swallowed by the Russian whale. (The journalist in us asks, why is Capehart “relieved”?) The same day 12-07-22 the President campaigned for denying weaponry to law-abiding American citizens. Just as ISIS and the Taliban get their most reliable supplier. Next to Joe Biden himself, if you count the pullout from Afghanistan. (I can get it for you wholesale.)
Reminds us of the Brewers trading All-Star relief pitcher Josh Hader for a bunch of no names. The Packers under dismal Dan Devine trading a bushel basket of top draft picks for washed-up QB John Hadl. Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio. Manhattan for beads.
We remember when Ronald Reagan walked out of Reykjavik, shoulder to shoulder with Mikhail Gorbachev, empty handed, to the catcalls of Sam Donaldson. Reagan preferred no deal to a bad deal. Being tough in the negotiations, as Fredo might say, helped bring down the Iron Curtain. Good on Germany for refusing to give up their imprisoned Russian spy, the murderous Col. Vadim Krasikov.
A modest proposal
Why are Americans are still playing basketball in Russia? (Is Latvia booked up?) Are we not parading hostages before Vladimir Putin like a Miss Universe contest? (Why does Earth always win?) Hostages with built-in “communities” like the LBGTQ+ black female. Joy Reid and Rachel Maddow will ululate Do Something! Trade any asset to bring the Blame America Firster back home to the unjust USA.
→ “The president faced opposition from the Justice Department, which viewed the one-for-one swap as a mistake.”
If Vladimir Putin’s price for our cannabis oil-snorting basketball player is a notorious arms trafficker, what might he charge for a former Marine?
Collusion for a good cause!
Only way to beat Vladimir Putin is to think like Vladimir Putin. Have we been under-estimating Uncle Joe? Is Joe Biden craftier than a Crypto currency hustler? Is the President setting up his 2024 opponent for Rooskie trade bait? That would explain the Mar-a-Lago raid, the January 6 Committee, the New York tax fraud conviction, and the Atlanta district attorney’s grand jury.
Offering Donald Tr•mp to Vladimir Putin should yield an entire WNBA team — maybe still-standing sections of Donetsk thrown in — to bipartisan acclaim. Mitch McConnell and Ron DeSantis approve!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: After a couple years of Donald Tr•mp, Putin will send more draft picks our way just to get rid of him. Like O. Henry’s “Ransom of Red Chief.” Don’t feel too bad for Tr•mp; his Secret Service protection would accompany him to the prison colony. Call it Mar-a-Gulago.