Discover more from The View from the Front. By Stan R. Mitchell.
The view from the front for 7/12/22.
Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great weekend!
My weekend didn’t go as planned — not in a bad way — but I had said in the last newsletter that I had planned a special edition on the impact of long-range rockets in Ukraine (HIMARS).
I had planned to do this probably on Sunday, but a couple of different spontaneous family events popped up that prevented me from getting to that. (One of those events might have involved a trip to Dollywood on what was supposed to be a spotty-shower day but was really more of a never-ending, rain-soaked day. lol. The other might have involved several hours (many hours?) at a number of Tanger outlets, where I can assure you we did our part to help keep the American economy humming.)
Nonetheless, the special edition I had planned on the impact of long-range rockets in Ukraine remains timely, and I can’t really push it back much longer.
SOOOOO… I’m just going to make it a part of this edition. A sort of double-edition, which seems oh-so-appropriate for my first paywalled edition anyway.
You drop a little cash in the hat, you get double what you were expecting. (At least today.)
I’ll do a regular edition, ending with the motivation, as always, and then after that, go into the impact of the HIMARS in Ukraine.
We’ll start today with Japan.
Following the assassination of Shinzo Abe (the former Japanese prime minister), the current government intends to change Japan’s constitution. This was a key desire of Abe’s.
For a summary of the situation, see the excellent video below. It provides a quick overview of the country’s pacifist constitution (now 75 years old), the history of the country’s alliance with the United States, and the threats Japan faces.
In Ukraine, there were three things I wanted to share.
First, the United States approved more aid to Ukraine. (You can see the full image of everything included below that tweet.)
This additional aid is clearly wonderful news for Ukraine.
The second thing I wanted to share was this wonderful video, which shows Ukrainian troops retaking Snake Island and already starting to set-up defensive equipment.
Finally, Ukraine is claiming it now has 1 million folks in uniform (including police and national guard units. Furthermore, Ukraine is saying it plans to retake at least all of the southern area that was seized. (I’ll share a map of that below.) Here’s the news, however.
From the story:
Ukraine is massing a million-strong fighting force equipped with western weapons to recover its southern territory from Russia, the nation’s defence minister has revealed to The Times.
In his first interview with a British newspaper since the invasion began, Oleksii Reznikov said President Zelensky had ordered Ukraine’s military to retake occupied coastal areas which are vital to the country’s economy.
And here’s a map of the land that Russia has seized to date:
In the image above, you can see the red that Ukraine certainly wants to take. (In the purple at the bottom is the peninsula of Crimea. Russia formally seized that in 2014. While there are some various comments out there about the future, I think ultimately, Ukraine wants to retake Crimea, as well.
Furthermore, I think the Ukrainian people want to take it back. In my opinion, they will see the peninsula, which is connected to mainland Russia by a bridge, as a foothold that Russia could use again to invade Ukraine in the future.
Moving along, there was some crazy news in Sri Lanka. If you look below, you’ll see that Sri Lanka is an island located just south of India.
And just a few days ago, the following happened there:
All of this came mostly out of the blue, but here’s the bigger story from CNN if you’re interested.
Let’s end the news portion there (minus the HIMARS stuff below).
In an unrelated topic, how crazy is this little factoid?
I must say that I was quite convinced of the demise of movie theaters, but I’ve spent some money myself watching the big screen in the past few months and it’s been a nice (past) experience that I must confess I had missed.
Let’s hope they never go away.
One other amazing, non-news factoid.
How insane is this image, and the story above it?! (And we thought Maverick flew a Navy jet on his low-altitude passes of carriers!)
We’ll end with a humourous note before we get to the motivation and HIMARS.
Watching the video below, I think it’s not only hilarious, but I think there’s a lesson there: it’s not just humans that struggle with parenting! lol
Finally, here’s the motivation and wisdom for today.
Now for the promised edition on the effect of long-range rockets in Ukraine (HIMARS).
The newly-arrived rockets have been wrecking things for the Russian, attacking many of Putin’s massive ammunition depots. (See below.)
And here are just some of the various videos of these explosions. (See, you get to relive July 4th twice this year.) I’ll explain why all of this matters below the videos.
These attacks are huge for Ukraine because of the insane amount of ammunition consumption that the Russians typically use. (Note: this video below isn’t normal).)
Already, these attacks are hurting Russian morale. Check out the thread below. It’s kind of mind-blowing.
Best of all, as I mentioned above, the United States has pledged even more HIMARS to Ukraine, just last week.
And what this all means long-term is the logistical hurdles that Russia will now face with its soft-skinned trucks.
Here’s a long, but absolutely-worth-it thread about that very thing.
And here’s a little
As you can see, HIMARS might just completely turn things against the Russians.
Let’s hope so.
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
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my books. I’ve written a CIA/Marine sniper series, a detective series, a private investigator series, an action-packed Western, a leadership/biography book, and two realistic war novels: one about World War IIand one about Afghanistan.