Putin’s actions remind me of the schemes of an old boss of mine.
I asked my boss after a department meeting, “Why did you suggest the company do such an oddball project? You already complain that we can’t even finish the projects we have.”
He chuckled, then gazed at me through half-lidded eyes. “Whenever I am overwhelmed, I look for another ball to throw in the air.”
“That doesn’t make sense. We’re already overwhelmed.”
“Watch. At the next department meeting, the other managers will be fighting so hard not to catch my latest hot potato that I’ll be able to swap any of my projects for whatever easy projects are flying loose.”