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  •  There are deeper, emotional reasons for Putin's (0+ / 0-)

    behavior that are not rooted in any logical, reasonable framework.

    Putin himself is probably unsure of why he is doing this and his justifications, both internally and externally are really just backfill for his actions, which are emotion-based, and not reasonable, rational or logical.

    There are probably several layers of justification/motivation that are used to explain his behavior.

    Level one is the public reason: We need to provide stability.
    Level two is the internal justification to his inner circle: we need to secure resources, bring them into the Russian fold, secure oil/gas concerns etc.
    Level three: Putin's internal dialogue and justification, probably along the lines of "I need to do this to prove something, it's necessary to for control, and impact and power consolidation"
    Level Four: (Unconscious underlying motivation) This action satisfies an internal emotional need.

    That inner emotional need is the real motivation for this, everything else is layers of justification to mask the inner emotional necessity.

    Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

    by Gurnt on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 09:50:34 AM PST

    •  Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah, (2+ / 0-)
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      reminds me of Bush and Iraq.  Does Putin have 'daddy issues', too?

      “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”-Brandi Snyder (in memory of my Nick)

      by YellowDogInGA on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 09:59:14 AM PST

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      •  Putin's issues are located directly below (0+ / 0-)

        his waistband. Deficiencies, I suspect, that explain a lot.

      •  Iraq was also emotional, Putin may have daddy (0+ / 0-)

        issues, that would probably be a part of it.

        But I could make a case that this is more an emotioanl response to the cultural threat that the US poses to Russia (and "tough guys" like Putin).

        It may seem far fetched, but Russia's current "push back" agains Gay rights, for example, is, IMO, a direct response to the progress here on that front.

        The progress on Gay right is obviously VERY threatening to large segments of the Russian population (and "tough guys" like Puting).  His current hostility may be an emotional response to that perceived threat.

        Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

        by Gurnt on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:08:24 AM PST

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