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An old adage sums up the responses to Putin’s invasion…

March 16, 2022

Here’s the oft-repeated metaphor:

Question: In a bacon and egg breakfast, what’s the difference between the chicken and the pig?

Answer: The chicken is involved, but the pig is COMMITTED!

Explanation: The pig puts its life on the line for “the cause”. The chicken stays a safe distance away … just making a low cost contribution to support the cause.


Obviously, Zelenskyy and his fellow Ukrainians are the pigs … facing a literal and immediate existential threat … they’re fighting for their lives and their country.

The chickens?

Think: The UN, NATO, Western Europe, U.S.

They’re the ones who laid the groundwork for this mess … largely pooh-poohing the Putin threat for decades, becoming energy dependent with many (most?) of their energy eggs  in the Russian basket, prioritizing the ever-elusive climate control agenda and social spending over national, regional and global geo-political security.

Now, they’re adopting the role of chickens … hesitant to confront the lethal bully… staying largely on the sidelines … offering up best wishes and ineffective rhetoric … funneling aid, but keeping their distance to preserve some semblance of deniability.

That approach may work … or the chickens may morph into pigs as Putin keeps escalating his war and expanding his territorial appetite.

In that case, another old adage comes to mind … something about a cooked goose.


P.S. Keep “bacon & eggs” in mind when Zelenskyy addresses the joint session of Congress today.

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