Lavishing madmen with praise has consequences.

Genuflecting toward Putin turned an entire U.S. political party—led by Putin’s 4-year White House asset, donald trump—into a bunch of sniveling fanbois. And the obvious knock-on effect is Vlad Putin believing lies he promulgated.

So much so that Sweet Daddy Vlad assumed he’d waltz in to Ukraine and set up a puppet regime (the latest one) with no resistance.

Putin assumed, like Bush 43, Russian soldiers would be seen as “liberators” and they’d build statues in his honor.

That was a grave miscalculation. Ditto that Putin’s entire operation, which many people have noted has echoes of Hitler’s bunker demise.

An ugly end-game based on a deranged loon’s fantasies.

With Ukrainian President Zelenskyy as No. 1, here’s a running list of people/entities Vladimir Putin underestimated, in no particular order.

Russian citizens

UK House of Commons

European Union

U.S. President Joe Biden

International Criminal Court (ICC/The Hague)

Truth-telling diplomats

Certain U.S. media presenters

I’ll keep adding to the list and if you have any that should be included comment here or Tweet me. ☮

non-MAGA U.S. Senators


Financial sectors

Will Pollocksideways is a perpetually cranky New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.

In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.

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