There’s an old saying about letting sleeping dogs lie… and another about not poking said dog in the balls with a stick because no matter how docile the dog it will reach back to bite you. And that, ladies and gentlemen is an accurate description of the Australian Prime Minister’s sense of diplomacy. Get that stick! Poke that dog!

There are currently FOUR -fully armed – Russian warships headed to the east coast of Australia, their projected path ending on just outside the port city of Brisbane (also the capitol of Queensland, where I happen to live) and their projected arrival time is Saturday – intended to coincide with the G20 Summit.

Putin's Warships

courtesy of Yahoo 7.

There have been other ships in the past from countries whose dignitaries have been in attendance at the G20 but ALWAYS in the past these countries have asked permission of the host country to allow their ships to be present. President Putin on the other hand seems to have deployed his ships – unannounced – in response to insulting comments made to him by PM Abbott following an APEC meeting Monday last. I’m guessing this is how Presidents and Prime Ministers play that age-old game of  my dick is bigger than yours.

The long and the short of is PM Tony Abbott used his APEC meeting time with Pres. Putin to threaten him with exposure of certain evidence he claims to have regarding the responsibility of the shooting down of the aircraft MH17. Putin has claimed that it was a rogue shooting. Abbott is saying flat-out no it was you.

Pres. Putin isn’t just a sleeping dog. He’s a certifiably crazy-ass dog who has already shown the world what he is capable of doing by forcibly taking control the Ukraine against all reasonable outside argument. Does Tony Abbott not understand the basic principles of diplomacy when dealing with leaders and lunatics?

If we don’t end up in an armed conflict with Russia it won’t be because Mr. Abbott didn’t try hard enough.

In the meantime, this is happening just south of the Barrier Reef, and just northeast of my house. I am not amused.

Full story here
Updated story here.

And apparently we can now buy *Shirtfront t-shirts.

*To Shirtfront is to head-butt your opponent in the hopes it will knock him to the ground. Mr. Abbott vowed (in the mediaw no less) to shirtfront Putin to get him to admit the killing of Australian passengers aboard the MH 17 was the express fault of Russia. Yes, because we saw how well that strategy worked for the Ukraine’s.

Where’s Obama when you need him…

====== UPDATE ======

Cold snap: Russia’s icy admission

Russia has responded to media inquiries regarding the four warships dispatched to Australian waters. With a diplomatic response of roughly because we may need to use our ships in the Antarctic to survey climate change… the article linked above has this tidbit at the end:

The unannounced flotilla is obviously timed for the weekend’s G20. Tony Abbott says it would have been months in the planning, but the Kremlin has confirmed the ships left Vladivostok on October 23 – 10 days after Abbott’s threat to shirtfront president Vladimir Putin.

“Let’s not forget Russia’s been much more militarily assertive in recent times,” said Abbott.

He is, of course, referring to Russia sending nuclear submarines to Scandanavia, warships off Crimea, troops into Ukraine and long-range bombers flying over Central America.

For now, the world will have to wait to see what happens at the G20 in Brisbane.

Good read – good photos – two videos.

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