Discover more from The View from the Front. By Stan R. Mitchell.
The Stan R. Mitchell report for 1/18/22.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start.
In defense news, the situation in Ukraine remains our primary concern. And unfortunately, there’s been absolutely nothing good happening there to reduce tensions since Friday.
A few negative bullet points to consider.
As a reminder…
More on the point above.
And then there’s this scary fact:
Here’s the latest look at what an invasion might look like:
One good thing did happen, since Friday, however.
And I’m sharing this similar tweet on that same topic because it has a good map of Europe and shows perfectly the wall that Ukraine helps provide against Russian aggression.
Let’s hope that all of these data points I’ve listed above, which predict a third Russian invasion of Ukraine, are incorrect. Like, let’s seriously hope this is the case. (And, I know, most news sources don’t say “third invasion,” but first Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula. And they followed that up by invading the eastern part of the country in the Donbass region.)
Moving to a different topic, I’ve talked about China increasingly bullying their neighbors these past six months, and their stupidity these past few months is starting to pay dividends. (But not how they were wanting, I’ll bet.)
I couldn’t have said it better than the above, so let’s move to the next topic.
Moving to the Middle East, this was pretty big news for those hoping the Yemen situation wouldn’t spread.
From the story above:
Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement said Monday it had carried out a military attack on the United Arab Emirates as authorities in Abu Dhabi, the capital, announced suspected drone strikes targeted an industrial area and the airport, killing three people and wounding six others.
The UAE’s state news agency quoted Abu Dhabi police as saying that a Pakistani and two Indians were killed in the incident.
Police in Abu Dhabi said three petroleum tanker trucks exploded in an area close to the city’s port, near storage facilities used by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. Separately, a “minor fire” occurred in a construction area at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the statement said, adding that a preliminary investigation found objects that were possibly drones in the two locations.
In tech news that will certainly be applied to military hardware at some point, there was this:
Before we end, let me hit this final topic. This is kind of old news, but it’s still a sore spot for me:
I will still continue to hold both the Trump and Biden administrations responsible for the disaster that ensued in Afghanistan. Both wanted to pull out and both will own whatever befalls both Afghanistan (and us), should terrorism bases again be built there.
But we’re not off the hook either. Ultimately, the American people didn’t care enough about Afghanistan, so our political leaders executed (poorly) the will of the American people. That’s the bottom line, and our hasty, nasty withdrawal has caused untold heartbreak and shattered beliefs in literally hundreds of thousands of vets who served as best they could in the country.
It’s also shaken and rocked the faith of those who believed in the ideas of this great nation and who served us and assisted us, both in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the rest of the world. (And no, that’s not an over-statement.)
Before we sign off, let’s end on a lighter note with plenty of wisdom and motivation.
That’s it for this edition. And as a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love and support your fellow Americans. The vast majority of Americans are decent, loving, great people, and we must unite this country again so that we can at least discuss issues with dialogue and solemnity; not screams and threats.
I beg of you, please don’t name-call the other side on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. They are mothers and fathers and folks not much different than you.
You can be the change we all want to see. (And most of those who are loudest are also those who are the most scared. You can only win them by showing love and kindness.)
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Stan R. Mitchell
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