Superpower Competition Flowcharted

It is generally dangerous to oversimplify complex things, but sometimes a grand conjecture simply begs to be made. I have carefully watched the interaction between Russia and the US over former Ukraine for the past few months. By now, I feel quite sure that I can accurately flowchart the algorithms that are being followed by Putin and by Biden. Note that when I use Putin’s and Biden’s names, I implicitly mean something like “team Putin” and “team Biden.” Here, then, are the flowcharts.

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