The View from the Front Podcast. By Stan R. Mitchell.
Stan R. Mitchell: The View from the Front
Podcast Episode 8-3-23. What is going on with the Ukrainian counteroffensive that was hyped last week? Four possibilities.

Podcast Episode 8-3-23. What is going on with the Ukrainian counteroffensive that was hyped last week? Four possibilities.

Plus plenty of motivation and wisdom!

Welcome to The View from the Front. My name is Stan and this is the August 3rd edition. 

Today, we are talking about what is going on with the Ukrainian counteroffensive that was hyped last week, which obviously didn’t happen. I’ll share four possibilities. Plus, we’ll talk about the situation in Israel.

We’ll also have a:

  • Segment on bipartisanship/America working/good news.

  • And a segment in which we highlight a U.S. military unit that’s serving (or has served) somewhere in the world.

  • And of course, we’ll cover some motivation and wisdom at the end.


Timestamp: 3:02. The latest on Ukraine’s counteroffensive.

Timestamp: 9:28. So if no massive Ukrainian breakthrough didn’t happen, what exactly happened here?

Timestamp: 35:11. The staggering descent and out-of-control spiral that Israel is on, and what that’s doing for U.S. support for this small Middle Eastern country.

Timestamp: 41:16. Highlighting just a few members and units of our U.S. military.

Timestamp: 46:30. Some good news for the week! The story of two strangers. How a super conservative man and super liberal man struck up a conversation and created a friendship.

Timestamp: 56:30. Motivation and wisdom, just for you.

If you just happened to stumble by, let me say a quick word about what we’re doing here.

For those who don’t know, my name is Stan R. Mitchell, and I’m a prior Marine and journalist.

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Source notes:

“We had not seen any evidence of a battalion-level attack and certainly no brigade-level attacks. If the Ukrainians are indeed committing full battalions and brigades now as reported, that would mark a clear new phase of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.” George Barros of the Institute for the Study of War – a Washington-based group – told CNN.

Source notes regarding a potential stalemate.

Video damage to Chongar Bridge (must view on phone since links are from Facebook/Meta Threads.)

Column mentioned: I don’t recognize the intolerant, illiberal country Israel is becoming. (By Max Boot.)

DOD photos from select units for this week’s show.

A military aircraft is transported on a Navy ship's flight deck.
Sailors assigned to the USS Gerald R. Ford transport an E/A-18G Growler on the flight deck in the Adriatic Sea, July 16, 2023. Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nolan Pennington
A large wave hits the side of a ship.
The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon sails alongside the amphibious assault carrier USS America during a replenishment while underway in the Coral Sea, July 18, 2023. America, the lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Bakerian
An airman looks underneath a parked aircraft at night.
Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Gregory inspects a KC-10 Extender during preflight checks at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, July 6, 2023. Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Cabanero
An aircraft is parked on a tarmac under a starry sky.
An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle sits on the flight line during Northern Edge in Iwo To, Japan, July 10, 2023. The exercise is designed to enhance agility and build interoperability with allies and partners. Photo By: Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexandria Byrd

That’s it for this edition.

As a reminder, please be kind and try your best to love your fellow Americans.

So many men and women have sacrificed, fought, and died to keep this country together the past 240-plus years. Please work daily to unite our country again. The vast majority of Americans are decent, loving, great people.

Also, please try to be a better person each and every day. Try to be kinder on social media and how you interact with others with whom you disagree.

Please join me again in our next episode, and please stay safe until then.

And with that, I’m out.

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Love and peace,

Stan R. Mitchell

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The View from the Front Podcast. By Stan R. Mitchell.
Stan R. Mitchell: The View from the Front
A podcast about defense news and looming hotspots, produced by a prior Marine who's trying to unite the country. Plus, each episode ends with a piece called the, "Never, ever give up segment." It's a piece of American history that will inspire you!