A new video of a UK-made Challenger 2 tank**, which was destroyed by Russia last week shows the exact moment when Kornet anti-tank missile struck the British tank. The UK has admitted to the loss of one among the 14 tanks sent to Ukraine and has indicated that London has no intention to replace the tank. All six Ukrainian servicemen operating the tank survived. The 9M133 Kornet is a Russian man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) intended for use against main battle tanks and entered service around 2000.
**The UK can’t afford to keep giving Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, it currently pays. £42 million per week for asylum seekers to stay in hotels in Old Blighty and that’s roughly the price of 9 tanks.
One of the problems with Russian armored doctrine, that of Ukraine, and the Turkish armor in use against the Syrian Kurds is that operating armor at the kinetic point of engagement without infantry support (including infantry that can dismount from AFVs) means that the anti-tank missiles get free shots, often close range shots at that armor.
Infantry often has little appetite for operating in this environment because there will be significant losses, but failure to do it means that you will lose tanks, no matter how good they are. The Russians demonstrated that early in the war with Ukraine when they sent their armored spearheads against Ukrainian ATGMs unsupported and lost the whole spearhead.
The Russian helicopter losses (their best rotor-aviation) were massive. Often rotor aviation can be used to support an armored thrust on the ground in much the same way as infantry might if the environment is tough because they can stand off, maneuver around, and strike the ATGM crews (think of the use of US Little Birds as well as Apaches). That doesn’t work when the MANPAD threat is high or in the case of Ukraine when they lack the rotors.
**. Jules asks whether or not fish have tongues.
** The war on education – As Adam Coleman opines at the NY Post this week, Portland is setting up its students to fail and succumbing to the soft bigotry of low expectations when it comes to minority students.
** If all you wield are government solutions, everything looks like a private-sector nail in desperate need of a hammering.
** Pedo Joe heading to bed – President Biden called for a nap during a rambling, 26-minute international press conference in Vietnam on Sunday that capped off his whirlwind trip to Asia. “I tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go to bed,” Biden, 80, joking during a riff in response to a question about why he hasn’t spoken to Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Somebody needs to increase the dosage on Pedo Joe’s meds.
** The movie goes like this: The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked up in their homes, and people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs, and keep taking them, over and over…
** Global Digital IDs, managed by the UN? What a great idea! (When your sarcasm is on point but they think that you’re being serious.)
There are people who are willing to tolerate progressive beliefs in others, provided those beliefs are kept within limits, for example, limited to the political realm, not shoved down the throats of customers seeking to play a game or read a story.
Such people do exist. They are naive.
By its very nature, progressivism must transgress all norms. This includes the norm of not shoving your belief down my throat when not wanted. They will never stop corrupting stories and games, because they will never stop overstepping any boundaries or limits or rules of logic.
The whole point of their philosophy, its heart and core, is a deep hypocrisy devoted to rebellion against reality itself.
To them, a chain of logic is a chain to be broken.
All bounds of morality to them are walls to tear down. Do you think the bounds of courtesy, of social convention, or of consumer goodwill will halt their rage and strange hunger? Not a chance.
The Wallace Line
Decivilizing America – The Death Spiral
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