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The Stan R. Mitchell report for 4/8/22.
Happy Friday, everyone! Hope everyone has had a great week and is looking forward to the weekend!
A few quick things about the situation in Ukraine.
First, here’s a summary of all that the United States has sent to Ukraine to date.
Secondly, Ukraine got a huge boost with the delivery of the newest defensive weapon system.
Finally, Ukraine also received some tanks for the first time, which will do much to help it fight off the invaders. (These are Soviet-style tanks that the Ukrainians already know how to use.)
Here’s a short piece on what the Russians are now trying to do, as they try to cut off Ukrainian forces in the east.
One final nugget about Russia, as we try to even imagine how all of this ends. Everyone keeps hoping that Russia might shed itself of Putin, but we’re also seeing that a lot of soldiers are okay with the atrocities, and a lot of people are okay with Putin.
Partly, this is incessant propaganda and a lack of factual information. And partly, this is how many of us would probably feel if America suffered a collapse and lost much of its territory.
We would want that back, just as the Russians blame the West, and even Ukraine, for their problems now.
Adding weight to the challenges of overthrowing or removing Putin is the graphic below.
Most of Russia is made up of actual “Russians” and most of Russia actually supports this war against Ukraine. That’s what we have to come to grips with.
While we have spent a lot of time focusing on Russia, it’s important to remember that Russia isn’t the larger, looming problem.
I’ve written about China since the launching of this glorious (and I do mean GLORIOUS) newsletter more than seven months ago.
Here’s your reminder that they remain the larger potential problem long term.
Moving along, I’ve mentioned Rep. Elaine Luria in a couple of previous newsletters, and here she is again, just flat holding the line.
The clip below is just remarkable to watch. (And also includes some very relevant info on the potential for conflict with China.)
I covered in the previous newsletter how two dozen prior Marine Corps Generals are opposed to the direction currently being taken.
The current leaders have finally realized the probably need to respond and explain a bit.
Let’s end with some motivation and wisdom.
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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