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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Exit strategy (2)

I suppose that every commitment has an exit strategy. In Love, it’s called a breakup. In Knowledge, it’s about cancellations of contracts (eg, business, divorce, subscriptions). In Power, it’s about the exit of a member (eg, Brexit, Congress, NATO). Also see part 1 of this blog (2021).

The idea for part 2 is the increasing sentiment for ending the (financial and military ) support towards Ukraine, following the 2022 invasion by Russia. That sentiment is not limited to American Republicans, including Trump.

The difficulty, of ending any commitment, are the consequences. In Love, it’s about the children. In Knowledge, it’s about the contractual penalty. In Power, it’s about losing face towards allies and enemies.

What would be the consequences of ending (our) support for Ukraine??

Ending the support for Ukraine would not imply that Russia would win. Probably, all parties would lose (ie, EU, Russia, Ukraine, USA). I doubt there’s a zero-sum game, a “situation that involves two sides, where the result is an advantage for one side and an equivalent loss for the other“.

In my view, North America is like a House of Cards that doesn’t fall as long as people keep believing in its supremacy (eg, economy, military, technology). Ending the US support for Ukraine might be a tipping point for Ukraine and the United States of America.

It keeps surprising me that American Republicans are pulling at the American House of Cards rather than arrogant, illiberal, woke Democrats. It’s too easy (for me) to blame Trumpism. I prefer conservative ignorance as an explanation. Trump is the Commander in/of Ignorance.

In my view, fictional US President Frank Underwood would (also) say the following quote to former “president” Donald Trump:

“About Remy, played by Mahershala Ali“Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power. In this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the Mc-mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.”

A quote from House of Cards by Netflix

If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (1993) by Sting
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song

[Verse 1]
You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You would say I lost my sense of direction
Yes, you could say all of this and worse but

If I ever lose my faith in you
There’d be nothing left for me to do

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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