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'Merchant of Death' Offers to Assist Russia in Ukraine

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While there is certainly reason to celebrate the return of WNBA star Brittney Griner to the US after a stint in Russian prison, many Americans are wondering if the prisoner swap between the White House and the Kremlin may have been a little unbalanced.

You see, America received a beloved professional athlete who was facing a trumped-up sentence meant to put the Biden administration behind the proverbial 8-ball in negotiations, while Russia got back one of the most dangerous men on the planet:  The so-called “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout.

Now free, Bout is praising the inhumane Russian invasion of Ukraine, and even offering up his dastardly services to help win the war for the Kremlin.

Infamous Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, released by the U.S. government last week in exchange for basketball player Brittney Griner, said on Saturday that he wholeheartedly supports Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and wishes he could join the fighting.

“To be honest, I couldn’t even understand why we did not do it earlier,” Bout said in an interview on the state-run Russia Today network (RT).

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The interview was conducted by Maria Butina, who was herself incarcerated in the United States for espionage during the 2016 presidential campaign, and was elected to the Russian parliament after her release. Butina celebrated Bout’s release by President Joe Biden as a sign of Russia’s “strength” relative to the weak Biden administration.

“Why in 2014, you know, there were demonstrations in Kharkiv, people were carrying enormous tricolors and shouting, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ in Donbas and Odesa, as well, you know!” Bout exclaimed.

“Yes, clearly the conditions were not right and we were not ready, but I would have supported it wholeheartedly,” he added.

And then:

Bout said that if he had the “opportunity and necessary skills,” he would volunteer to join the Russian invasion force. Bout was a Soviet air force pilot before launching his lucrative career as the “Merchant of Death,” and at 55 he is younger than some of the recruits Putin is sending to Ukraine, so he would certainly seem to have the necessary skills to help the stalled invasion if he feels so inclined.

“The West believes that they did not finish us off in 1990, when the Soviet Union began to disintegrate,” Bout told RT, harkening back to his days in the Soviet military. “They think that they can just destroy us again and divide Russia.”

The Russian army has been consistently failing to achieve much of anything in Ukraine, except for prompting tens of thousands of war crimes investigations.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.