Putin: Lessons From Childhood

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ted Snider

“Putin is not spontaneous or rash. His ex-wife, Lyudmila, said that ‘Everything he did was always thought through.’ A Swedish diplomat who knew him said that ‘he sizes up his opponents coldly and soberly, and anticipates his own and others’ actions well before he makes the first chess move.’ When you do make that move, you commit to the sequence of moves it sets off. ‘If something happens,’ Putin once said, ‘you should proceed from the fact that there is no retreat. It is necessary to carry it through to the end.’ The KGB taught that rule, but Putin says that he already knew it because he ‘learnt it much earlier, scrapping with kids.’ … ‘If you want to win a fight,’ he said, ‘you have to carry it through to the end, as if it were the most decisive battle of your life.'” (09/22/22)