It looks like the end game is beginning in Ukraine. I’m sure Zelensky was provided a nice lunch at the Elysee Palace but was informed by hosts Macron and Scholtz that they would not provide him heavy armor requested. The US has lately floated stories in WaPo and the NYT about post-war agreements including Russian retention of Crimea and Donbas (both of which have voted by 90+% majorities in self-initiated referenda to join Russia). Most significantly, evidence has suddenly, conveniently “surfaced” to frame Kiev for the Nordstream sabotage, thereby ending European NATO members sympathy and support. It is indeed a game, with the classic concluding “switch.” Dan Pulji’s Body Count at 2:30 on Sundays tracks the details of this rapidly developing story.