In a rare speech to the nation in September, Russian President Vladamir Putin made it clear that he wouldn't hold back from using nuclear weapons in defense of Russia.
Now, Palantir Technologies Inc PLTR CEO Alex Karp warns that the threat of nuclear war is real.
What Happened on Wednesday, September 21, Putin announced Russia's first mobilization since World War II and warned that he's not bluffing when it comes to using nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, and our country will use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of NATO countries.
Karp said on Thursday that Putin underestimated his enemies.
The Palantir CEO said on CNBC's Squawk Box that software plus heroism can really slay the giant. Russia underestimated the power of such a power, he said. Karp said failure is not an option for Putin, which increases the threat of nuclear war.
I believe that it is a zero-sum game in Russia and there is no way for Putin to lose. He can't just fail at war and then retire, Karp said.
This is different from what the West is used to do. Politicians, for example, fail all the time and are simply replaced by another politician, he said.
Karp said that you are backed into a corner, where the corner is: if you fail, you will be killed.
Most of the flights out of the country sell out, others priced sky-high.
Why Does it Matter: Karp suggested that the war could end if Putin fails, but it doesn't look like a failure. Karp didn't provide a specific solution.
My job is to deliver something that works and wins. Karp said that he doesn't do that for a living, but I do know that somebody who does that for a living needs to be very engaged right now.
Karp chalked up a win as Ukraine has massively outperformed in the war, as a result of the fact that Ukraine has massively outperformed in the war. He suggested that Ukraine's use of Palantir software is going to change the ways in which wars are fought.
He said that you have a tiny country with very little assets and that you can push off and win against a Goliath in the use of software and heroism.
With 100% certainty, every country in the world that is big is saying : Holy sh t! If the people are willing to die and if they have very specialized, not very expensive software and other products they can outperform us and grind us into the dust, that changes the way the world actually works today, said Karp.
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