Why did the initial Russian invasion fail?
Notes for March 7, 2022
(I didn’t learn my lesson. I’ve been posting on social media and not here… And now I am throttled on FB, Twitter, and IG due to “fake news”, which wasn’t? Either way, I am posting here too, almost daily. It’s a mix of my research for shows, videos and podcasts I find interesting, and other stuff you need to know. And memes.)
This was an excellent video outlining some specifics of how the Russian military operates and why they stalled in the first week of the war.
Here are a couple of related articles:
In Syria, roughly 50% of the country was displaced. There’s no guarantee that half of Ukraine’s 41 million residents would leave the country, or that Russia and the EU/USA (by proxy) will conduct the war similarly here… but 20 million displaced people is mind-boggling to contemplate. Reports on the ground are saying the border checkpoints are seeing a daily increase, and most of the refugees are from the East, meaning Western Ukrainians have not yet, or cannot, reached the Polish border.
I was thinking the Polish are great to refugees… Then I saw this from last year. Lukashenko in Belarus offered tourist visas to Middle Eastern refugees only to send them to the EU border after he was sanctioned for stealing an election with Putin’s help.
Poor Kurds, Iraqis, Syrians, etc… get pushed to the Polish border by Belarusian troops only to get pinned by Polish troops. Poland offered to give aid to refugees on the Belarus side due to the brutality of the Belarusian troops, Lukashenko said no. Wikipedia.
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Katja Hoyer’s new book, “Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire”, was published in 2021 with incredibly positive reviews. Her book is just terrific. In this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Katja details why and how the creation of the German Empire completely changed world history. Given what’s happening in Ukraine a discussion of European history is timely.
Fred Kagan is a well-known conservative scholar at AEI and military history professor from West Point. He has a B.A. in Soviet and East European studies and a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet military history, both from Yale University. As you can imagine, a non-interventionist would have many disagreements with him, but this is really interesting and challenging as he lays out the case for American hard power.
Putting on my tin foil hat, what if China is doing to America what was done to the Soviets? A country with an over-bloated debt and too many security commitments can’t survive a war in multiple theatres. So send in Putin and Kim to force America to defend in Europe and Asia.
What is the history of NATO, and what purpose does it serve? This was a good explanation.