I apologize for my relative absence here.
I’ve spent the last few days working outside on my yard and was too exhausted to write anything last night. The big story in the news has been Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive against Russia near Kharkiv. Liberals / neocons are ecstatic about the good news on the Russian front.
“WASHINGTON — The strategy behind Ukraine’s rapid military gains in recent days began to take shape months ago during a series of intense conversations between Ukrainian and U.S. officials about the way forward in the war against Russia, according to American officials.
The counteroffensive — revised this summer from its original form after urgent discussions between senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials — has succeeded beyond most predictions. Ukrainian forces have devastated Russian command and control, and appear poised to capitalize on their advances in the northeast of the country and in another campaign in the south. …”
Anne Applebaum is so excited in The Atlantic that she is telling us that it is time for the world to prepare for a Ukrainian victory over Russia.
“Over the past six days, Ukraine’s armed forces have broken through the Russian lines in the northeastern corner of the country, swept eastward, and liberated town after town in what had been occupied territory. First Balakliya, then Kupyansk, then Izium, a city that sits on major supply routes. These names won’t mean much to a foreign audience, but they are places that have been beyond reach, impossible for Ukrainians to contact for months. Now they have fallen in hours. As I write this, Ukrainian forces are said to be fighting on the outskirts of Donetsk, a city that Russia has occupied since 2014.
Many things about this advance are unexpected, especially the location: For many weeks, the Ukrainians loudly telegraphed their intention to launch a major offensive farther south. The biggest shock is not Ukraine’s tactics but Russia’s response. “What really surprises us,” Lieutenant General Yevhen Moisiuk, the deputy commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, told me in Kyiv yesterday morning, “is that the Russian troops are not fighting back.” …”
Charlie Sykes is worried that a Republican Congress with a stronger MAGA contingent could pressure Republican leadership to cut off Ukraine. I endorsed JD Vance over Ukraine.
“A Ukrainian victory would, arguably, be the most significant U.S. foreign policy triumph in decades. Despite some initial hesitations, the Biden Administration has forged and led a remarkable international coalition, and has supplied many of the arms that now appear to be turning the tide.
So this may seem like an odd time to raise the question: How reliable an ally are we, really? Is is possible that the United States could bail on Ukraine if the war drags on?
Vladimir Putin certainly thinks so. He may be counting on it.
Of course, this may be another one of his epic miscalculations, but his hope is not baseless. …”
The offensive was made possible by the unfathomable amount of military aid and new weapon systems that have poured into Ukraine from the United States in recent months. The Biden administration has poured a couple billion dollars of new military spending into Ukraine every week for months.
“Ukraine’s cause hasn’t gotten any more just or inspiring over the last couple of months; it’s gotten better armed.
Ukraine couldn’t win a straight-up artillery fight with the Russians, and in fact it was losing one in a grinding war of attrition. A HIMARS, or high-mobility artillery rocket system, versus artillery fight, though, is a different matter.
The Ukrainians have used these long-range, precision systems provided by the U.S. to hit Russian artillery parks, ammunition dumps, and logistical hubs. The strikes have caused breakdowns in Russia’s fuel and ammunition supplies as well as in the cohesion of its troops and command-and-control. …”
The “intelligence community” is also basically directing the war against Russia.
When these people aren’t accusing you of “semi-fascism,” it is worth remembering that they are arming Zelensky’s dictatorship and fighting an all out land war against Russia on the Eastern Front like Germany in World War II. Oddly enough, they are the ones who are bent on world domination.
If you are a small-r republican who supports the classic American foreign policy of minding our own business and no entangling alliances in the world and refusing to support vindictive crusades to slay various monsters in Eurasia, you are an enemy of “Our Democracy.” There is nothing more “fascist” than opposing militarism and imperialism and wanting to abolish the FBI, CIA and the Pentagon.
Note: Southern Republic or Global American Empire? It is an easy choice for me.