Predictable bastards

As we all know by now Russia’s Vladimir Putin just decided not to retaliate for Barack Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian «diplomats» yesterday.

I could have told you that (tweeted about an hour prior to Putin’s announcement):

That, of course, and the fact that Putin wants to start off with a clean slate once Donald Trump has been inaugurated a few weeks from now.

Top illustration: America’s president-elect Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Blogger’s own drawing.

As someone who’s been trying to draw his readers’ attention to the fact that the cold war has been raging for years (or in fact never really ended), this blogger isn’t the least bit suprised by the latest development in Russo-American relations, except one would perhaps not expect the kind of childishness currently unfolding.

With the exception of a certain bare-torsoed leader and his minions, maybe:

And, although my sympathy for Ukraine should be no secret:

Donald Trump’s phone call to Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen.

Slightly comparable to Norway’s peace prize to Liu Xiaobo.