Is he or isn’t he? Many think he’s lost it. More canny observers compare it to the psyops Nixon and Kissinger ran on the North Vietnamese. Either way, he has nukes.
FNC: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is leading some U.S. politicians, experts and world leaders to question President Vladimir Putin’s mental stability.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served under President George W. Bush, called Putin’s recent behavior ‘erratic.’
‘The concerns about Putin’s shaky mental health are particularly relevant given that he has his finger on the nuclear trigger,’ former CIA chief James Clapper said.
Senior intelligence officials who have known Putin for decades told Fox News that he has been isolated for months at his presidential compound interacting exclusively with a small group of advisers and cronies.
During the meeting in Moscow, the men sat across an absurdly long marble table, as Macron tried to persuade Putin to stand down. After the failed effort at intervention, Macron privately described Putin as ‘more rigid, more isolated and fundamentally lost in a sort of ideological and security drift,’ according to a senior French official.
Longtime Putin ally, Czech President Milos Zeman, called the Russia leader a ‘madman’ this week after he launched the invasion, according to The Guardian.”
I am a Russian citizen and live in Russia. Vladimir Putin is a crazy maniac. He will lose like all dictators before him. Ukrainians are fighting and dying right now for the freedom of all civilized Western countries. Remember this please. pic.twitter.com/gePzKIQ7rl
— pestrukha (@pestrukha_w) February 27, 2022
“I met with him many times, and this is a different Putin,” Rice said on Fox News Sunday. “He was always calculating and cold, but this is different. He seems erratic. There is an ever deepening, delusional rendering of history.”
“I personally think he’s unhinged,” Clapper added Sunday on CNN. “I worry about his acuity and balance.”
“Putin is absolutely not crazy. All this talk calling him crazy, it means we’re still not taking Putin seriously or understanding him,” said Rebecca Koffler, a national security analyst.
“He’s not delusional, there are no mental anomalies,” she added. “Putin is a cold-blooded, typical Russian autocratic leader and a very calculated risk-taker. He’s simply executing a plan that he has been hatching for 20 years.
“If anything, this conflict has exposed our lack of a viable counter-strategy to Putin’s well-thought-out plan,” Koffler said. “We’re grasping at straws right now.”