Well I have to apologize to everyone! I have only kept half an eye on the 'Kraine lately, in a clear case of dereliction of duty. I thought it was proceeding according to Russian military doctrine: last I looked, the Russians had encircled 3 or 4 towns, cut off any reinforcement or retreat, and were slowly pounding them into rubble and smoky cauldrons of blood and debris. The Ukrainians recently admitted that they are losing 1000 troops a day now, with fatalities of near 50% in the cauldrons.
I kinda stopped reading Aesop for awhile too; for obvious reasons. But this one really has me interested. Ignoring the California Girl's ... harrrrummmmppffff...."opinion"... there is a link in there to an actual ordinarily viable source of informed opinion and commentary. Unlike our hysterical male nurse and armchair general, I tend to trust Martin Van Creveld. Jeebus, Martin. What in hell happened to you? 6 possible outcomes? Perhaps Martin is having a senior's moment?
Let us dispense with the fat old guys larping as tacticians. In point of fact, there are only two. To recap: Putler does not want ANY of the Ukraine. Remember his terms conditions before we basically forced him to take it:
- A demilitarized Ukraine
- No more NATO forces on the Russian border
- An end to Ukrainian corruption and cheating on numerous international trade agreements.