Herbert E. Meyer, a former Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council under Ronald Reagan, knows how to simplify things in the spirit of pragmatism, which is so pragmatic ("let's get down to the business") that it becomes indistinguishable from fascism of American oligarchs who happen to support another fascism of oligarchs in (the former) Ukraine.
In the spirit of such thought and its fascist simplification, which brushes aside any redundant subtlety, Meyer penned an article "How to Solve the Putin Problem" in the "conservative" American Thinker on August 4, 2014. The motto of this Thinker has "Ten Years of Thinking." In the attached picture, Uncle Sam (perhaps Meyer) himself is contemplating a birthday cake. This would be certainly a far cry from Rodin's Thinker whom the picture tries to imitate with all the seriousness of the proudly discarded subtlety:
And here is the original; that's how far the imitation has fallen (out of politeness I am passing the symbolism of the sand glass into which the bottom of the "thinker" seems to be adding more of the material, more time, more thoughts, more sand, more ... anti-subtlety):
For Meyer, the problem with Russia is really just the problem of one man--Putin. He is the problem: "The new Russia is more of a one-man show; although Putin likes to think of himself as another Joseph Stalin, he’s more like Argentina’s Juan Peron (well, Juan Peron with nuclear bombs) and it’s highly unlikely than any successor would pick up where Putin left off by continuing to go after Ukraine or otherwise threatening Europe’s political stability."
To solve the problem of Putin and thus Russia as a whole demands "a knockout punch."
What kind? Assassination. How? By means of Russian oligarchs and billionaires whom Meyer happens to despise--despite the comity of class interests--more than people used to despise fresh, forcible converts in Spain or slaves who happened to be just freed and tried to mingle with their masters at the same tables and parties.
Here Meyer explains his views and his plan himself:
"[Russian oligarchs] fight in boardrooms, not on battlefields; they would rather launch a hostile takeover bid for Kaiser Aluminum than for Kiev. Russia’s oligarchs are among the most pushy, self-indulgent, thoroughly unpleasant bunch of billionaires in history; the old phrase nouveau riche doesn’t come close to evoking their ostentatious behavior. All they care about are their yachts, their private jets, and the blonde-bombshell-shopoholic mistresses they stash at their multi-million-dollar condos in London, New York, and on the Riviera, and like to flash around at swishy restaurants. Are they really willing to give up all this for -- Donetsk? Or for Riga, or Tallinn? Are you kidding?"
But, according to Meyer, it would be easy to make them fight for Meyer or the US:
"That’s why the sanctions will work if the president and his European counterparts will keep tightening the screws; if they keep making commerce more difficult for Russia’s serious business executives, for instance by blocking their access to capital, and if they keep making life more miserable for Russia’s playboy oligarchs, for instance by canceling their credit cards and denying landing rights to their private jets. And if the president and European leaders keep telling these Russians -- bluntly and publicly -- that all this will end the moment Vladimir Putin leaves the Kremlin for good. ... Simply put [this phrase 'simply put' must have its great charm for Meyer], we should make clear to the Russian business executives and oligarchs who are the target of Western sanctions that Putin is their problem, not ours. These people may lack the spark of political genius or the high-minded patriotism that drove our country’s Founding Fathers -- but they aren’t stupid. It won’t be long before a bunch of them get together for a quiet conversation -- perhaps in a Moscow board room, more likely on a yacht anchored off the Cote d’Azur -- to, um, decide what might be best for Russia’s future."
In other words, "conspiracy theories" and their bad name notwithstanding, Meyer is openly advocating a conspiracy with the "blonde-bombshell-shopoholic-mistresses-stashing-flashing" despicable, subhuman Russian oligarchs to kill Putin. It is also perhaps relevant to say that Meyer's piece was published in what calls itself "American Thinker" (and "Ten Years of Thinking").
For Meyer and the American Thinker, "subtlety doesn't work": "If Putin is too too stubborn to acknowledge that his career is over, and the only way to get him out of the Kremlin is feet-first, with a bullet hole in the back of his head -- that would also be okay with us. Nor would we object to a bit of poetic justice.... For instance, if the next time Putin’s flying back to Moscow from yet another visit with his good friends in Cuba, or Venezuela, or Iran, his airplane gets blasted out of the sky by some murky para-military group that somehow, inexplicably, got its hands on a surface-to-air missile."
Since Meyer wrote this in the very aftermath of the MH17 false flag terror attack carried out on the day when Putin's plane was crossing the same air space and when the junta's active Buk missile deployments suddenly went from a few to nine batteries, one has to wonder and also marvel at Meyer's subtlety of thought, which comes very close to a possible confession of the conspiracy or, at any rare, of a motive and intention.
If a Russian high official or a former high ranking KGB officer wrote a similar article, I would bet that the Western media and governments would make sure to make it a global headline story and that the Obama administration would see it as a usable justification not only for more sanctions, but also as a usable equivalent of the declaration of war.