Discover more from The View from the Front. By Stan R. Mitchell.
The Stan R. Mitchell report for 3/15/22.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.
We begin with Ukraine today for obvious reasons, though I’ll keep that brief. (Matter of fact, I’ll keep this newsletter brief, as well, because my newsletters have become too long.)
The Russian assault grinds on, but you read more and more about the fact that in the long term, Ukraine might actually win this thing.
If they do, and I’m inclined to think they will, it’ll be the greatest upset in decades for sure. Perhaps in centuries.
This summary below talks about recent Russian strikes to the west (intended to cut off supplies), how far Russian forces have pushed into Kyiv (includes an incredible map of this), and also their efforts in the southern part of the country to push north (which have been fairly successful to date).
Most worryingly, Clint Watts describes how Russian forces are trying to link up and cut off all Ukrainian forces to the east.
But the good news for the Russians stops in the south. There are plenty of reports that Russian forces lack food and gas. That their morale is low. And that Putin is desperate.
There’s even this news.
And also this:
I hope all of this is correct.
One of my newer fears is that Putin — in his desperation, and with the talk of biolabs — will launch a chemical strike on Kyiv.
It will be his punch below the belt in this fight.
Putin will blame the Ukrainians, making the outlandish claim that Ukrainians used chemical weapons on themselves in order to garner international sympathy.
Putin has been lying and murdering people for decades.
You would not trust the words of a convicted, serial killer on death row, so why would you feel any differently toward Putin?
I mean, just consider this point below, from just the past couple of days…
Putin is not to be trusted, and if you were ever forced to have to shake the man’s hand, I’d want a weapon in the other one.
Two quick final points.
Here’s a thread from a retired colonel on why providing older aircraft to Ukraine won’t be a game-changer.
Moving to MUCH more pleasant news (sort of), I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of clowns, but maybe the world really does need more of them. (Hat tip to Alex Plitsas for bringing the below video to my attention.)
I think the beauty of this video is that it shows that even in the greatest midst of uncertainty, upheaval, and trauma to kids, it’s possible to make them smile. It’s possible to engage with them and cheer them up.
And this is something each and every one of us can do in our own communities, even if you’re simply shopping at a grocery store or walking across a parking lot. (Who among us HASN’T seen some kid with a parent or set of parents that you just know by looking: that kid doesn’t have a chance?)
This might be partly true about the kid’s future. But the very least we can do is smile and give them just the briefest glimmer of hope. They may always come across a book, a teacher, or a coach or neighbor, who inspires them, lifts them up, and removes them from their circumstances.
Until that happens, though, it’s up to us to make that smile happen and keep the glimmer of hope burning.
In sad news regarding our military, we lost another of our own from a training accident. Please honor and remember him and his family in your thoughts today.
Freedom most certainly is never free.
Finally, let’s end on something a tad different.
I don’t typically touch much on politics, but I have to say that I’m so intrigued by the Wisconsin race for Liz Cheney.
Clearly, she’s able to raise a lot of money, as seen by the story below. But former President Donald Trump is adamant that she must be defeated.
Cheney’s victory or defeat will have massive, national ramifications. She will have the advantage of probably televised hearings for the Jan. 6 committee in a few months. But Trump will likely visit the state to rally those who support her opponent. These two things will likely cancel each other out, to some degree.
Cheney is even making moves to line up a run for president, if you read the story below. Clearly, Trump is doing the same.
It will be a political clash for the ages, and one I’ll enjoy watching. But from a larger perspective, I’m so curious what this means for the future of the Republican Party. What are your all’s thoughts on the matter?
That’s it for this edition. Let’s end with some motivation and wisdom.
Therefore, be a rarity. Be a loyal kind of person.
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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Stan R. Mitchell
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