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The Stan R. Mitchell report for 2/11/22.
Happy Friday, everyone! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.
The Ukraine situation will soon be coming to a head. And honestly, it’s hard to read the below and not leave convinced that Russia will invade Ukraine... 😢😢
Love to hear your all’s thoughts in the comments below as to whether you agree with what Dmitri has said above.
I’m with Dmitri. I think an invasion is happening. But invasion or not, this will not be easy for Russia. See below.
And the realities of a potential war are explained perfectly in the forty seconds of this clip below:
Ultimately, as Steven Erlanger writes in The New York Times, Putin has a decision to make. (See his story: In Ukraine Crisis, Putin Faces a Stark Choice.) Erlanger argues that:
Europe still badly needs Russian gas and oil, and Russia the income from selling it. Russian gas makes up 40 percent of the continent’s supplies — in Germany, it’s more than 55 percent — and Russian oil, 25 percent. At the same time, Russia still relies heavily on energy sales, which represent more than 30 percent of its economy and more than 60 percent of its exports.
Both countries are trying to present a united front against the global influence of the United States, both in Europe and Asia. But how much Russia wants to turn away from its European markets, and how much China wants to anger Europeans are open questions.
Here’s the link again to that story:
Moving on from Ukraine, which really is such a big story right now, it’s important we keep our eyes on the ball. And in military matters, that means keeping the focus on Asia, as laid out below:
I mentioned in a previous edition the killing of the head of ISIS. But additional reporting has shown that the U.S. spied on the man for months and learned of couriers and other vital intel that is undoubtedly being used to cripple ISIS. Nice work on the intel community’s part on this one.
Moving along, on the topic of weapons you have to see to believe, I came across this:
How crazy that they created a lethal umbrella, huh? (I’ve seen umbrellas with swords in them, but this was something else for sure.)
One final note before we sign off with some light stuff, I wanted to re-vist something from the last edition. When I was recounting the story on Tuesday of the closest I ever came to dying when I served, I mentioned in passing how scared we used to be of flying in Ospreys, the helicopters/planes that were brand-new back then.
But thinking on it some more, I wanted to see just how dangerous the tilt-rotor planes actually are compared to regular helicopters. It turns out, if you read the article below, that they’re much safer than I originally believed.
I always want my information to be as accurate as possible, so I apologize for not researching that prior to the last edition.
The bottom line is that the Ospreys are not only faster with a wider reach, they seem to be pretty safe after all.
Finally, let’s end with some wisdom and motivation.
That’s it for this edition. As a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love your fellow Americans. We need to pull this country together, and that starts with all of us.
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