Russia versus Ukraine: It's an unexpected "near-peer" war.
Eleven months of combat and suffering demonstrate that on the battlefield Ukraine can defeat a Russian invasion then launch limited but sustained (and thus effective) local counter-offensives.
As Month 12 begins, satellites photograph trenches and shell holes, wire services report ...Read more
No matter the outcome on the battlefield, the Ukraine War already has a clear winner: that small band of long-range planners, logisticians and military analysts who have insisted "cutting corners in maintaining war reserve stocks was a false economy..."
Definition of war reserve stocks: warfighting material, produced in peacetime or left from a...Read more
Headlines in 2022 damned former President Donald Trump for mishandling "classified information" -- a term designating secrets that have genuine national security value.
2023: current President Joe Biden has definitely mishandled classified info. Damning fact: Biden's negligence -- or malfeasance -- was discovered before the 2022 midterm ...Read more
Confident propagandists relentlessly play "Nothing to see here, move along."
Their don't-believe-your-eyes con game has despicable goals. No. 1: Suppress evident facts that expose their official worldview (narrative) as self-serving fantasy. No. 2: Buy time to peddle lies that blur the real-world situation that challenges their self-serving ...Read more
When 2022 began, Vladimir Putin's Russia was fighting a slow but deadly war with Ukraine -- a war to restore what Putin believed was Russia's historically legitimate empire. In the slow war, the Kremlin could control the level of battlefield violence and gauge the economic costs. For example, Russia could slowly destroy Ukraine's eastern ...Read more
We know why Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine. Once upon a time (as recently as late February 2022), Vlad dreamed a splendid dream of imperial Russian glory restored.
In Vlad's grand reverie the architect, commander and instrument of this repair of the Russian Empire's Soviet Union-era crackup would be... Vlad.
As grandiose, narcissistic ...Read more
For Ukrainians, Dec. 16 was another terrible day of war. Russia fired 76 missiles into their country, most of the missiles slamming into cities. On Dec. 19 Russia launched a similar attack, this time Iranian-made kamikaze (self-detonating) drones augmenting the missiles.
According to Vladimir Putin's Kremlin propagandists, the exploding drones ...Read more
Chinese dictator Xi Jinping lost face when his communist regime, confronting mass and violent protests in major cities, backed off on its totalitarian "zero-tolerance" COVID-19 lockdown policies. Heavens, export dollars from an Apple iPhone factory were at risk!
Chinese protesters from Xinjiang province to Shanghai are heroes in the global ...Read more
The U.S. is once again aggressively banning Chinese-manufactured digital communications equipment.
Let us all be thankful.
On Dec. 2 the Federal Communications Commission expanded and toughened its ban on the "sale and import" of Chinese technology manufactured by firms the FCC determined present an "unacceptable risk" to U.S. national ...Read more
The U.S. military is failing to meet what were already minimal recruiting goals.
That fact should trouble every American citizen who knows the world is a dangerous place.
According to the Stars and Stripes, on Nov. 18 Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth confirmed that the Army undershot its annual recruitment goal of 60,000 troops. Only 45...Read more
As I write this column on Nov. 15, reports are unconfirmed that missiles fired from east to west overshot Ukraine by 10 kilometers, struck near the Polish village of Przewodow and killed two Polish citizens. Polish radio blamed two "stray" Russian missiles. However, the Pentagon had yet to verify critical details, such as: Were they Russian ...Read more
The people of Guam say "America's day begins" when the sun shines on their island.
That Chamber of Commerce claim is geographically and politically accurate. Guam, in the western Pacific east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea, is sovereign U.S. territory on the bright side of the International Date Line.
In 2022, sunrise on U.S. ...Read more