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  • What’s Ahead in the War in Ukraine December 22, 2022

    12/24/2022 8:19:50 PM PST · by Cathi · 33 replies
    Russia Matters ^ | December 22, 2022 | U.S. Lt. Col. Alex Vershinin
    Russia Matters Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs AUTHOR Alex Vershinin U.S. Lt. Col. Alex Vershinin retired after 20 years of service, including eight years as an armor officer with four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and 12 years working as a modeling and simulations officer in NATO and U.S. Army concept development and experimentation. This included a tour with the U.S. Army Sustainment Battle Lab, where he led the experimentation scenario team. The Ukrainian Strategy The Ukrainians’ terrain-focused war of maneuver is constrained by two factors: limited artillery ammunition and equipment production, and coalition...
  • Scott Ritter - Ukraine Russia War Latest 12/16/22

    12/16/2022 5:24:25 PM PST · by Cathi · 33 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | December 16, 2022 | Scott Ritter
    A particularly good discussion focusing heavily on Zaluzhny's shocking Economist interview. Ritter shares The Duran analysts views (as does Judge Napolitano) that I already posted a few hours ago though goes into it more thoroughly. He thinks that Zelensky is history and that General Zaluzhny will be the one negotiating the terminal settlement (and hopes to be the next Ukrainian president.) One of the most interesting points is why this interview was set up. Clearly Britain and the U.S. wanted these disclosures made at this time. Ritter believes it is because they want this settled before Russia can take Odessa...
  • General Zaluzhny, Ukraine at a fork in the road

    12/16/2022 2:45:13 PM PST · by Cathi · 20 replies
    The Duran ^ | December 16, 2022 | The Duran
    Alexander: I think the most important news is in fact this interview in the Economist. Three people involved; Zelensky himself; he gave his own version of the events which is exactly the same as he always gives...and then the two military leaders, Zaluzhny, the overall military commander and Syrskyi who is the commander of the Ukrainian army. You read these things and it all looks like on that one hand on the surface that they have had a triumphant autumn. They have won a whole load of victories. They've regained territory, but it doesn't take much reading below the surface...
  • U.S. Patriot missiles will be sent to Ukraine - Will these help? Scott Ritter

    12/14/2022 6:00:55 PM PST · by Cathi · 45 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | December 14, 2022 | Scott Ritter
    Latest update
  • U.S. gives Ukraine OK to drone strike Russia Colonel Douglas MacGregor

    12/13/2022 9:55:59 AM PST · by Cathi · 21 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | December 12, 2022 | Colonel Douglas MacGregor
    Latest update
  • Zelensky's three step peace plan w/Brian Berletic from The New Atlas and Gonzalo Lira (Live)

    12/13/2022 6:36:33 AM PST · by Cathi · 62 replies
    The Duran ^ | December 13, 2022 | The Duran
    Interesting live stream round table analyst discussion of where the Ukraine war is now and how it is likely to end. These analysts agree that there is not likely to be "big arrow" moves, but rather grinding of Ukraine with slow Russian territorial gains and continued huge Ukrainian casualties. They see no possibility of a negotiated settlement and are particularly critical of Angela Merkle's recent disclosure that the Minsk agreements were always a sham in order to buy time for Ukraine to prepare for war. They believe Russia has come to the conclusion that the West can never be trusted...
  • Dr. Michael Vlahos & Col. Douglas Macgregor: Is the war in Ukraine entering its decisive phase? Pt.1

    12/11/2022 12:02:32 AM PST · by Cathi · 19 replies
    Michael Vlahos ^ | December 9, 2022 | Colonel Douglas MacGregor
    21,706 views Dec 9, 2022 Michael Vlahos and Douglas Magcregor meet in the library of the Army-Navy Club, Washington, D.C., to reflect on the war in Ukraine: Past, Present, and Future. Part 1 There will be two more parts to this presentation in follow on posts. Col. Douglas Macgregor, bio: https://douglasmacgregor.com/biosketch.htm Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, the author of five books, a PhD, and a defense and foreign policy consultant. He was commissioned in the Regular Army in 1976 after 1 year at VMI and 4 years at West Point. In 2004, Macgregor retired with the rank of...
  • Dr. Michael Vlahos & Col. Douglas Macgregor: Why NATO strategic failure? A war of deceit, denial Pt2

    12/11/2022 12:02:59 AM PST · by Cathi · 35 replies
    Dr. Michael Vlahos ^ | December 9, 2022 | Colonel Douglas MacGregor
    Part 2
  • Michael Vlahos & Douglas Macgregor What is to be done? Can a corrupted US military be renewed? Pt.3

    12/11/2022 12:03:39 AM PST · by Cathi · 48 replies
    Part 3
  • Iran’s morality police dissolved, says prosecutor general

    12/04/2022 5:30:16 AM PST · by FarCenter · 9 replies
    Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country's strict female dress code, local media said Sunday. Women-led protests, labelled "riots" by the authorities, have swept Iran since the 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran. "Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary" and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency. His comment came at a religious conference where...
  • Lessons From the U.S. Civil War Show Why Ukraine Can't Win | Opinion

    12/08/2022 2:34:59 PM PST · by Cathi · 73 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 6, 2022 | MICHAEL GFOELLER AND DAVID H. RUNDELL
    Russian President Vladimir Putin waited only six months before switching from a special military operation to full scale war against Ukraine. Putin's initial assault was limited to barely 150,000 troops. He expected a quick victory followed by negotiations on his principal concerns: Russian control of Crimea, Ukrainian neutrality, and autonomy for the Russian population in the Donbas, but he was wrong. Putin had not counted on Ukraine's stiff resistance or the West's massive military and economic intervention. Faced with a new situation, Putin changed his strategy. Now he is about to unleash his own General Sherman and make Ukraine howl....
  • Ukraine-Russia War, Latest w/Col. Douglas Macgregor

    12/08/2022 4:09:52 PM PST · by Cathi · 18 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | December 8,2022 | Colonel Douglas MacGregor
    Update
  • Scott Ritter - Ukraine-Russia War Longer than Expected

    12/08/2022 8:31:50 PM PST · by Cathi · 68 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | December 7, 2022 | Scott Ritter
    A lot of interesting info about the Ukrainian attacks on Russian air bases.
  • Scott Ritter - Ukraine Russia War Update 11-30-22

    12/03/2022 9:47:02 AM PST · by Cathi · 57 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | November 30, 2022 | Scott Ritter
    Ritter: There are no more Ukrainian breakthroughs, just dead Ukrainians, dead poles, dead mercenaries. Judge: Let me stop you, are there Polish troops on the ground in Ukraine fighting with the Ukrainians against the Russians? Ritter: Tens of thousands and thousands have died. The Poles aren't there as Polish troops. They are there...in the United States we call it "sheep dipped." They basically take off their Polish uniform....they get "dipped" into Ukrainian uniforms and then they go forward. But, they fight as Polish units. I interviewed a senior Russian commander, actually a Chechen and he said, "Look...(he's in the Lugansk...
  • Ukraine Russia War Status update - Col Doug Macgregor The whole thing is on the verge of collapse

    12/03/2022 5:54:45 AM PST · by Cathi · 143 replies
    Judging Freedom ^ | November 28, 2022 | Colonel Douglas MacGregor
    MacGregor: Up until this time at night we have had freezing but during the day it has gone back up to 40 even 50 degrees. It has to drop below freezing and stay that way for at least two weeks. So if it is now below freezing and stays that way you can do the math. Your looking for something happening no earlier than the 10th; probably no later than the 19th of December. And you're talking about concentrations of Russian troops all the way around the country. We've accounted now formally, these are people who sit in front of...
  • Collapsing European security order. Glenn Diesen interviews Richard Sakwa & Alexander Mercouris

    11/25/2022 6:02:32 PM PST · by Cathi · 1 replies
    The Duran ^ | November 25, 2022 | Glenn Diesen interviews Richard Sakwa & Alexander Mercouris
    How it all happened.
  • Breaking: Biden Admin Can't Account For 20 Billion In Aid To Ukraine

    11/27/2022 4:59:48 PM PST · by Pajamajan · 53 replies
    Breaking: Biden Admin Can't Account For 20 Billion In Aid To Ukraine.
  • LIVE: The Rise of BRICS+ and the Ukraine War Fallout w/ Pepe Escobar!

    11/24/2022 11:38:06 AM PST · by Cathi · 67 replies
    The Left Lens with Danny Haiphong ^ | November 24, 2022 | Pepe Escobar
    A look at how the majority of the rest of the world sees things through the lens of Pepe Escobar. Pepe Escobar is a Brazilian journalist and geopolitical analyst. His column "The Roving Eye" for Asia Times regularly discusses the multi-national "competition for dominance over the Middle East and Central Asia." Very useful, eye opening discussion for the very intelligent freepers. I do not recommend it for the others.
  • November 22nd – Ukraine is about to be annihilated (Douglas MacGregor)

    11/23/2022 2:52:07 PM PST · by Cathi · 88 replies
    The Saker ^ | November 22, 2022 | Colonel Douglas MacGregor
    Col MacGregor: The military establishment that Putin and his government built in the last 15 to 20 years was designed preeminently to simply defend Russia. It was not designed for any offensive warfare against any neighbors. And I think that we failed to see that the reduction in the size of the force and the change in its orientation meant something very different from what it meant in Soviet times or even in the Tsars period. Mr. Putin went in to Eastern Ukraine with a set of assumptions that were not valid, but at the time he thought they were....
  • Scott Ritter: Answers Questions On Ukraine & Russia Military Special Operation

    11/22/2022 2:07:01 PM PST · by Cathi · 26 replies
    RealTruthTalk ^ | November 22, 2022 | Scott Ritter
    Answer to one question Scott Ritter: Well now we have people who say we want to do this with Ukraine. Well right off the bat I want to tell you any time we deal with Russia, let's put it this way, you can't solve a problem unless you have properly defined the problem. Any time we are dealing with Russia we need to understand that the United States and our NATO allies don't understand Russia. We don't have an accurate assessment of Russia. We've under estimated them in some areas and over estimated them in other areas. I'll give you...