Garry Kasparov on MSNBC
Former chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov burned up MSNBC yesterday saying what the Biden administration can’t or won’t. He appeared on Stephanie Ruhl’s show and that of Jose Diaz-Balart. Both hosts showed their lack of ability to conduct an intelligent interview without embarrassed themselves.
Stephanie Ruhl started off her interview with Kasparov by positing that Putin knew where the hide his money and that attempts to sanction him personally would be futile.
Kasparov quickly corrected her by pointing out that since Putin assumed office twenty years ago, the amount of money that is estimated to have been taken out of Russia is $2 trillion. Putin, he maintained, controls most of this money even if indirectly.
“You don’t have to sanction him personally.” Kasparov noted and added that American intelligence knew full well where Putin stashed his money. At this point, Kasparov continued, Putin regards the proposed sanctions as “nothing more than lip service.”
The governments of our European allies (especially Germany), maintained Kasparov, are filled with “corrupt politicians doing Putin’s bidding.” They are standing in the way of effective sanctions.
Since the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea eight years ago, Germany has doubled the amount of gas it is buying from Russia.
Later, on Jose Diaz-Balart, Kasparov vehemently disagreed with a previous guest. “Putin will do whatever he can get away with,” he stated.
Kasparov continued that Europe had spent twenty years building dependence on Russia. “So much time has been wasted.” Kasparov reminded the audience that people like him had been warning for two decades. “Putin is our problem, but he will become your problem.”
He warned that the United States should not listen to “corrupt politicians” in Germany who are putting their own financial interests over that of European security. “Where is the leverage here?” He asked. The Biden administration “made a terrible mistake by entering these negotiations that convinced Putin that they could get away with this…” “Putin senses American weakness.”
Diaz-Balart displayed his own weakness with an incredible statement: “The United States is over here seeing what’s happening over there.” What else, he asked, can we do for you not to say we are weak? I can think of about a hundred things.
This situation is “more about corruption and lack of political will” than serious economic concerns. Kasparov continued.
“If Ukraine is invaded it will be the end of the global order that was built after WWII.”