Discover more from The View from the Front. By Stan R. Mitchell.
The Stan R. Mitchell report for 1/21/22.
Happy Friday, everyone! Hope everyone has had a great week!
One short note before we begin this edition. Welcome, new subscribers!! We added more new subscribers in a single week than we ever have since I launched this six months ago!
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Moving to news, is it possible NOT to begin with Ukraine? No, it is not.
The situation remains tense, scary, and more likely than not that Russia will invade. You can find plenty of evidence of that in the previous newsletter, if you missed that or want a refresher.
I think we have to begin this edition with this perfect summary of the situation from a man who’s been based as a reporter in Ukraine since 2014. He’s also a former U.S. Air Force special operations pilot, so he’s legit and not one to over-inflate. Please take two mins to watch this and understand what’s at stake.
The Washington Post was jam-packed the past few days with maps and articles about the situation. (Such as the one below. Web link here: Four maps that explain the Russia-Ukraine conflict.)
President Biden stumbled in a news conference this week, saying that the United States would differentiate between a full-scale invasion and a “minor incursion.” The White House clarified almost immediately that the United States would not accept even a “minor incursion.”
The remarks matter greatly because while Putin wants the world to think pro-Russian locals in Ukraine were behind the war, that’s not really what happened. Shashank Joshi, a defense editor at The Economist, reminds us that “Russia did not take the Donbas (the eastern part of Ukraine) with hybrid warfare in 2014. It took it with conventional warfare.”
Rob Lee reminds us it was about 20,000 troops, or about a division worth of fighting power.
The Washington Post reports that a war could be anything from new cyberattacks, which have already begun, to missile strikes, to a “full-on march on Kyiv.”
The West and Europe have ramped up their anger about the situation. The British are sending anti-tank missiles. (See below.)
And they’re also sending troops to help train the Ukrainians. (30 British Army Rangers arrived in Ukraine on Thursday to train the Ukrainian army on these anti tank weapons, reports Jennifer Griffin.)
An even bigger deal is the news that broke just today that the United States allowed the sale of Stinger missiles to Ukraine. These anti-air missiles are quite a game-changer for ground forces.
More on this news about Stinger missiles in this story in Politico: U.S. approves allied weapons shipments to Ukraine as worries mount.
Vote Vets has been urging the passage of the Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act. (See below.)
Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act seems to have quite a bit of bi-partisan support, but I have no idea if it will pass. There are other bills that are similar to it.
For now, we just continue to wait and hope that Russia doesn’t make this horrific decision. And we give thanks that the West and Europe are responding to this aggression and preparing to punish Putin if he makes this catastrophic decision.
Moving along to news that most surprised me since Tuesday, there was this:
I’m honestly still trying to process both this news and my feelings toward this.
Moving along, in Afghanistan news, there was this about aid to the impoverished country:
In China news, a couple of things worth pointing out since our Tuesday edition.
First, there was this, which was disturbing:
And also this observation, about how the Biden administration is becoming increasingly clear on where it stands in regards to China.
And in tech news this week, there was this:
Finally, let’s end with some motivation and wisdom.
How about this for some motivation?!
What’s your excuse again?
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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