December 28, 2022 It has now been ten months of war in Ukraine, and the West still seems hell bent on fighting the war it wants the war to be rather than the war it actually has on its hands. Although cautious voices warn about this being a protracted war of attrition -- I have … Continue reading The West is still fighting the wrong war
Month: December 2022
Problems with morale in the Ukrainian military? Not really
December 24, 2022 A few days ago, news broke out about Ukraine's parliament bill 8271 that increases the penalties for military personnel who leave their positions without an order, desertion, or refusal to implement orders. There's an online petition for Zelenskyy to veto this, but Zaluzhnyi and the High Command insist that the legislation is … Continue reading Problems with morale in the Ukrainian military? Not really
A Russian attack from Belarus might be coming in just a few days
December 22, 2022 We have been monitoring the activities of the Russians in Belarus, and noting that they have been stockpiling forces there for a while. From December 22, the authorities have restricted entry to the border regions in Gomel Oblast. The Belarusian sources have been reporting near constant transport of men and equipment toward … Continue reading A Russian attack from Belarus might be coming in just a few days
Will the Russian Federation fall apart?
December 16, 2022 Human emotions can be quite the rollercoaster ride. From the depth of despair ("Kyiv in 3 days") when the war began, many analysts have now swung to irrational exuberance ("Russia will fall apart"). I, of course, have broached the subject of a possible disintegration of Russia too -- and very early on … Continue reading Will the Russian Federation fall apart?
Lies, damned lies, and stupidity: Gfoeller & Rundell in Newsweek
December 13, 2022 I have seen my share of very bad analysis and amplified Kremlin propaganda about this war, but the recent article by Gfoeller and Rundell in Newsweek manages to stand out even in this crowd for its mendacity, disinformation, and unadulterated stupidity. The authors assert that "lessons from the U.S. Civil War show … Continue reading Lies, damned lies, and stupidity: Gfoeller & Rundell in Newsweek
A dive into support for war in Russia (and the US)
December 10, 2022 I my last post I noted some trends in opinion polls in Russia, but it seems to me a closer look might be warranted to understand how the read them and what they mean. Even though public (lack of) support for the war in Russia is unlikely to be the critical determinant … Continue reading A dive into support for war in Russia (and the US)
Russia is, for now, the insurmountable obstacle to peace
December 5, 2022 It has been a while since I've written an update on the war, and now several recent events have prompted some analysis. The events in question: recent surveys about support for the war in Russia (both public-sourced and leaked internal to the Kremlin), the continuing fallout of the misstep by a host … Continue reading Russia is, for now, the insurmountable obstacle to peace
Washington Post publishes another call to surrender to Putin
December 2, 2022 My happiness of seeing my long-suffering op-ed appear in the Union-Tribune today was destroyed by the Washington Post publishing an outright call to capitulate to Russia by some unknown to me "specialist" named Robert Wright. Comrade Wright has thoughts: "If an enduring peace can be had through negotiation — and we won’t … Continue reading Washington Post publishes another call to surrender to Putin