In Honor of the day…
On January 18th Vladimir Putin went to St Petersburg and gave several speeches for various groups, including Russian and foreign media. The speeches were all about admitting that Ukraine was a war, not a “special military operation” to liberate Ukraine from NATO control. Putin now says his war in Ukraine is a war and one that must be one to rescue Russia from Western efforts to destroy Russia as a country. While many Eastern Europeans considered that a fine idea, it was also seen as impractical and never seriously considered by any European government. To deal with that reality, Putin describes the Western effort as unpublished in the West and part of a very real conspiracy that Vladimir Putin recognized and is now exposing. (Strategypage h/t Claudio)
Trying to make lemonade out of lemons, while admirable, is not always possible. Putin’s tour to try and rescue the failed invasion makes sense from his perspective but it’s pathetic. A month later the promised Russian offensive has not materialized and while fighting continues, it’s a lot like two punch-drunk fighters.
NATO: “The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions and depleting allied stockpiles,” Stoltenberg said. “The current rate of Ukraine´s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defense industries under strain.”
** Jordan Dillon a California movie producer previously pled guilty to “conspiracy to violate the Mann Act for his operation of an interstate prostitution business.” Court records revealed Jordan operated a “high-end” prostitution ring that would provide wealthy clients with women for a charge of $15,000 or above. Per CBS News, this won’t be Dillon’s first time in prison, previously the disgraced producer spent eight years in a Cuban prison for committing sex crimes.
** https://www.strategic-operations.com/ (realistic training)
** While you watched the Chinese Spy Balloon…
** Washington Post: “Ukrainian officials said they require coordinates provided or confirmed by the United States and its allies for the vast majority of strikes using its advanced U.S.-provided rocket systems, a previously undisclosed practice that reveals a deeper and more operationally active role for the Pentagon in the war.
The disclosure, confirmed by three senior Ukrainian officials and a senior U.S. official, comes after months of Kyiv’s forces pounding Russian targets — including headquarters, ammunition depots, and barracks — on Ukrainian soil with the U.S.-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, and other similar precision-guided weapons such as the M270 multiple-launch rocket system.
One senior Ukrainian official said Ukrainian forces almost never launch advanced weapons without specific coordinates provided by U.S. military personnel from a base elsewhere in Europe.
A senior U.S. official — who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue — acknowledged the key American role in the campaign and said the targeting assistance served to ensure accuracy and conserve limited stores of ammunition for maximum effectiveness.”
Not a shock. The US overhead surveillance capacity is unmatched. Assuming that the US Geospatial Agency (including CIA) isn’t involved in the war is naive in the extreme.
** Is NOTHING sacred? The 27-foot hot-dog-shaped vehicle was in Sin City this past weekend for a series of events tied to Super Bowl weekend, but early Friday morning the Wienermobile’s catalytic converter was stolen, according to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS TV.
** “Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”
** My friend Ed Keable is the superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park and sent this picture to me. One of the residents in the park didn’t secure their door and had some unexpected house guests!
NATO: “The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions and depleting allied stockpiles,”
No doubt Russian factories are working 24/7 producing munitions. Their logistic pipeline is far shorter than Ukraine’s dependence on outside suppliers. If Putin and his cohorts can mitigate corruption (shooting/suicide a few Generals) the long term favors them.
They clearly have a short logistics train but they are having to build new factories to meet the demand and they lack microchips. The Russians can’t ever be counted out of a fight but you have to ask yourself why…beyond the obvious lust expansion they’re not going to get.
When are WE gonna build new factories, hmmm? Oh, never mind. The Big Guy hasn’t gotten his 10% yet.
Brings to mind CCR’s Fortunate Son:
“Some folks are born made to wave the flag
Hoo, they’re red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the chief”
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no senator’s son, son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one, no”
i find it odd that 7.62×39 is still available. both sides use it…..the disaster in ohio is unfolding. look for pete buttboy to take another maternity leave. has anybody seen drughead joe? pity the guy that has to go in and get the javelinas? out of the house.
There has to be a javelina wrangler somewhere in Northern AZ.
At least the peccaries? look comfortable.
Agree if we are sending them the HIMARS it would be unrealistic in the extreme not to believe there may be a couple of sets of grid points provided every few hours. Wish there was a good guy in this fight but there is not. I guess I should look at defense stocks; looks like we will be building new hardware to replace stocks for quite a while.
Jordan Dillon. Only five years? That means he will be out in 18 months or so. Hardly enough time to be a just punishment for a repeat offender. Sure won’t discourage him from doing the same thing again.
Dillon will be celebrated in Hollywood the same as Roman Polanski.
I’ve understood (I think I understand) what Vladimir Vladimirovich is doing and why;
does anyone know what Pedo Joe is doing (and/or why)? Does he?
We are (I think the historians will see the current situation this way) in the initial stages of WWIII.
Bless us all.
That couch, so nice that dinner let itself in.
Re. Chef Boyardee ravioli
I recall Peter of The Bayou Renaissance Man, who spent his formative years in Africa, commenting on the WEF touting eating various bugs and grubs as a well-liked treat there, than if you were to display a can of The Chef’s pasta in a village anywhere in Africa you would be mobbed.
Yes, I liked the Chef’s canned ravioli. 20 years is nothing. It’s like twinkie years.
I’ll eat them cold from the can, no reason to heat them up.
When does Russia retaliate, at us?
Hey Larry, long time fan and lurker.
Our masters have stumbled us into an Industrial War, while having destroyed our Industrial Capacity over the last 25 years.
Thanks for emerging from the shadows.