Category: war arguments

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

It does not matter what happens, Putin must be given a slice of Ukraine: Walt in FP

November 17, 2022 It really does not matter what happens in this war, Walt and his ilk just want Putin to have Ukraine. The Russians invade (see? we told you! NATO is to blame), Russia captures nearly a third of Ukraine (Kyiv in 3 days, let Putin have it!), Russia stalls (don't help Ukraine, we … Continue reading It does not matter what happens, Putin must be given a slice of Ukraine: Walt in FP

Realism without reality: Kupchan in the NYT

November 3, 2022 Another day, and another shoddy analysis of the Russo-Ukrainian War, with appropriately counter-productive policy prescriptions: this time by Charles Kupchan in the New York Times. As usual, I will note problems with logic and evidence in specific parts of the argument. "The war in Ukraine is dangerously escalating." This is the opening … Continue reading Realism without reality: Kupchan in the NYT

When analogies go to war: Lieven on “the West” misreading the Russo-Ukrainian War

November 2, 2022 It has been a while since I wrote a response to a polemic about the war in Ukraine, but this one caught my eye. It's an article by Anatol Lieven published a few days ago in Foreign Policy. In it, the author advances the thesis that the correct analogy for the war … Continue reading When analogies go to war: Lieven on “the West” misreading the Russo-Ukrainian War

Putin’s original regime change plan — evidence

Originally on FB, April 26, 2022 More circumstantial evidence about Putin's original regime change strategy. December 2021: lawyers for the deposed former president Yanukovych sue in Kyiv's District Court about the illegality of his removal. January 2022: they file another suit, this time against the Parliament for removing Yanukovych from presidency. Despite the statute of … Continue reading Putin’s original regime change plan — evidence

Bad Arguments: “It’s easy for you to support the war”

Originally published on FB on March 15, 2022 The third installment in "stupid arguments about Russia's war on Ukraine". I have recently been told repeatedly some variant of the following: "It's easy to support the war from the safety of your living room. Why don't you volunteer to fight in Ukraine?" (The more annoying version … Continue reading Bad Arguments: “It’s easy for you to support the war”