The time is now. Now that Putin is scared of Ukraine’s mounting offensive and growing desperate that the exodus of Russians cries out loudly, ‘we don’t trust you, you’re destroying our nation, do not sacrifice our lives for your lies.’ If he had been sleeping well at night, that has changed. That cry is haunting him and has opened a precious opportunity for you to act. Russia has been underperforming as a nation for a long time. You know that. And you can make a difference. The world knows of Russia’s economic, intellectual and artistic capacities but yet the nation remains on the margins. There are various reasons for it but lack of sound leadership has been a key factor. It takes a little luck for nations to have good leaders. You have not had such luck. After being dominated by the czars, the communists took over. There was a very brief period in the late 1980s until 1991 when Gorbachev brightened your heavens, but then his star dimmed. Boris Yeltsin, who had the distinction of leading the protests that stopped the coup against Gorbachev, went on to make the horrible mistake of appointing Putin as prime minister in 1999. But opportunities return. There is today a great opening for a courageous Russian military officer to lead the effort to depose Putin. Your nation cannot and must not allow itself to be degraded the way Putin does. Think of why you joined the military. If you joined to get a pension then stop reading this and go back to your crossword puzzle. But if you joined because you wanted to do something for your country then this is for you. To seize the opportunity that is now before you, a great deal of courage is needed. It will not be easy. You will be risking your life and will need fellow officers to work in concert with you. But the rewards will be enormous, for you will change the world. You will have a chance to free millions of people, to change the present geopolitical balance and to remind the oppressed everywhere, that men and women of courage are here today and willing to step up in the hour of need. Putin must be stopped. The West has done an excellent job forming a united front and supporting Ukraine. But it is not enough. We need you now. Dear Russian military, we know you exist. There was the bombing death of a spokesperson for Russia’s Far Right a few weeks ago and just this last Monday, 9/26, the Nordstream pipeline was damaged by explosions that created 4 gas leaks. Maybe it came from you or maybe it didn’t, but both actions required very specific information. I do not advocate violence against anyone, not even against Putin, for there are other ways that can be used to neutralize him. But for you to remain passive in the face of the atrocities committed in the name of Russia, does not make any sense. It makes you a de facto accomplice. I am sure that was not why you joined the military. Mikhail Gorbachev’s actions had a resoundingly positive worldwide impact. Germany is united today because of him. And though he subsequently ran into much resistance at home, I don’t think he should have chosen to voluntarily cede power to Yeltsin in 1991. Such decisions can have enormous consequences. And yet, the spirit of Gorbachev lives on. The light that he shone on the world can still be seen and is there to guide Russia and its courageous soldiers in the effort to remove Putin. Open your hearts and minds and step up. Now is the time to join with Ukraine in the quest for freedom.
They meet secretly, using a special CIA managed Zoom pathway. Biden is in the Oval office with only Harris, Blinken and Sullivan present. Putin is on the large screen. Biden has made it a point to speak to him on the anniversary of the bombings in 2001.
Biden – You will not have Ukraine. Our alliance will do whatever is needed to block you from having Ukraine. You may end up keeping some of the territory and even some of the newly conquered, but you will not have Ukraine. Putin (smiling) – We’ll see. Biden – Second, you’ve succeeded in uniting the West, succeeded in helping us begin to put together a new energy grid that excludes you. Permanently. And you’ll have to invent all the replacement parts that the sanctions we’ve imposed forbid you to have. Putin (smugly) – We can do it. Biden – Turkey and China can help you in the meantime. But it won’t last forever. Putin (laughs) – Erdogan will outfox you anytime. He’s a master. Biden – Third, please listen carefully… the West will make Ukraine a star nation.
Putin turns serious.
Biden – We will invest in them so they will shine and be the envy of the world. I understand they have a history of corruption, but a nation who has fought as valiantly as they have will be able to correct their mistakes. We will help them. We in the West will invest in Ukraine so that the nations in your sphere of influence, who now demean themselves by kneeling before you will have a clear example to follow. We in the West believe that all those nations oppressed by you, have the will to rise and oppose you, risking their lives. Putin – You know nothing about how effective my controls are. Biden – One day soon, Belarus, will overthrow Lukashenko… and they will find their courage and fight to be like their Ukrainian neighbors. Putin – You live in a dream world, Biden, you probably won’t even win both chambers in congress this Fall, and I will do everything possible to persuade the millions and millions of gullible Americans into thinking Trump is the greatest leader your land has ever seen. Biden – Try at your own peril. Putin – Oh, we will, I assure you. Biden – As a catholic, I believe in redemption… in the capacity to restore ourselves. You have done great harm to humanity… and yet… you could still work to atone for your behavior. Putin – Let me see, you’d want for me to surrender? Biden – Better than that… guide your people to freedom. Putin (laughing loudly) – You’re mad. Biden – You’ve lost your way… you’re responsible for the killing of thousands and thousands of Ukrainians and Russians… and for what? To restore a Soviet Union that was already crumbling from internal decay? Mikhail Gorbachev saw it clearly back in 1985… and came up with perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (opening)… you should now pick up where he left off. People everywhere yearn from freedom… no political system that seeks to curtail it will last… and that means China, too. Putin – You’re a fool. Biden – Perhaps but I’m a free man and you’re not… and neither is Xi Jinping. Human beings with cruel instincts are not free, but prisoners of their demons. You’re no different than the leaders of Iran, enslaving people in the name of God. Putin – Russians adore me… they will do whatever I ask them… they will endure whatever hardships they must. Biden – I won’t keep you longer. Maybe I’m wrong and you’re beyond redemption. To end, I will repeat my central point. We will not surrender Ukraine. And we will make it the envy of the world. All Russians, and the peoples from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, all will yearn to be Ukrainians, free human beings, not the slaves of other men. Putin – My people will conquer all of Ukraine. Even if I have to use nuclear weapons. Biden – Threaten as you wish… but don’t forget… we’re free men… and free men don’t surrender.