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Garry Kasparov’s Cognitive Dissonance Is Typical Of Kiev’s Average Supporters Right Now
Continuing to cling to the false narrative of Kiev’s “inevitable victory” in the face of irrefutable facts proving that such an outcome can’t be taken for granted risks radicalizing that side’s supporters similar in a sense to how QAnon radicalized some of Trump’s. If the counteroffensive fails and a ceasefire follows, then they’ll be inclined to concoct a modern-day “stab-in-the-back” conspiracy theory to explain that scenario, which is exactly what Garry Kasparov is preemptively doing in his latest Twitter rant.
Russian chess champion and current US-based anti-Kremlin provocateur Garry Kasparov epically melted down on Twitter due to the cognitive dissonance that he’s experiencing as a result of realizing that the NATO chief’s self-declared “race of logistics”/“war of attrition” with Russia is real. Jens Stoltenberg declared this state of affairs in mid-February, but pro-Kiev figures on social media ignored it at the time since they couldn’t accept that Moscow was keeping military pace with all of NATO.
It’s now undeniable though after Ukrainians themselves took to Twitter in recent weeks to complain that they’re not getting enough of what they need, which echoes claims from their officials. Western media like the Washington Post earlier informed their audience of how poorly Kiev’s forces are faring, which was a shock to that side’s supporters, especially since it’s received over $150 billion worth of multidimensional aid in the past 14 months yet is still supposedly running out of ammo.
Kasparov’s reaction is typical of Kiev’s average supporters in that he immediately resorted to spewing the kookiest conspiracy theories imaginable. In particular, he implied that the Biden Administration is either staffed by Russian sleeper agents who are secretly doing President Putin’s bidding or that the American leader’s team wants to wait till next year to secure Kiev’s victory so that it can help him get re-elected. His five tweets can be read here, but will also be copied and pasted below for the reader’s convenience:
“Conspiracy may be in my Soviet-born blood, but the stories coming out about the US blocking and slow-rolling the weapons Ukraine needs to win require explanation. Is the Biden team hoping to postpone Ukrainian victory until the 2024 election year?
I'm increasingly at a loss for explanations. Even the typical cowardice and cynicism of functionaries like Sullivan and Burns, which Putin has relied on for so long, should have been overruled by the obvious benefits of Ukrainian victory by now. And yet.
Analysts and America's own military have been clear for a year that Ukraine can win, what is needed, and that this is a vital security imperative for the US. Putin's bluffs have been called, a dozen spurious red lines erased. Yet still no F-16s or ATACMs.
I would hope that the basest form of political calculations, election timing, is not sacrificing Ukrainian lives to the Russian terrorist state. The unnecessary delays have already betrayed Ukrainian courage at terrible cost.
Once again, I call on the Biden admin & Biden himself to state clearly that the US goal is complete Ukrainian victory. And to back it up by providing what is needed now. No more self-deterrence and contrived delays. The weapons are sitting there and innocents are dying.”
There’s no conspiracy like Kasparov and his pro-Kiev ilk have ridiculously convinced themselves of since the truth is that “US Propaganda Is Responsible For Unrealistically High Hopes About Kiev’s Counteroffensive”. Those like him who fully fell for false claims about the NATO-Russian proxy war can’t accept that they’ve been lied to for narrow short-term narrative ends since their belief in Kiev’s “inevitable victory” is practically a “secular religion” for them and thus an integral part of their identity.
Not only do they remain in denial about the West’s military-industrial crisis that poses the greatest obstacle to Kiev’s victory, but they’re also ignoring the second joint American-Polish perception correction operation aimed at tempering the public’s expectations about the upcoming counteroffensive. It was detailed here, which proves that officials from two of Ukraine’s top allies are preconditioning their people to accept a lackluster outcome that might then pave the way for a ceasefire.
Continuing to cling to the false narrative of Kiev’s “inevitable victory” in the face of the abovementioned facts proving that such an outcome can’t be taken for granted risks radicalizing that side’s supporters similar in a sense to how QAnon radicalized some of Trump’s. If the counteroffensive fails and a ceasefire follows, then they’ll be inclined to concoct a modern-day “stab-in-the-back” conspiracy theory to explain that scenario, which is exactly what Kasparov is preemptively doing in his latest Twitter rant.