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I’ve been away from the news for two days for a family Christmas. No following the news, just time with my son and his family. They only live about ten miles away, but my wife and I packed the presents, and we were house guests.
On Christmas Eve, we prepared a smoked salmon fettuccine dinner. We enjoyed some champagne, and some adult libations in the late evening hours. We helped the two grandsons prepare cookies and milk for Santa and sent them off to bed.
Christmas morning when the boys came downstairs, they found packages under the tree that were not there the night before. The small plate of cookies was empty as was the glass of milk. After wrapping paper was bundled away, breakfast and then the preparations of a Christmas dinner began.
I checked Ricochet on my cell phone once, but I had no intention of posting a comment, or to redact any comments. We are back home this afternoon.
Like Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, a post on Ukraine launches hundreds of comments, as well some insults.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is close to its one-year anniversary. Kiev still stands as the capital. I do not see a quick victory or loss for either side. I hear pundits that say this is a very complex problem. I see YouTube bloggers that have no combat experience opining on tactics. Then we have the morality police on how immoral either side is. Lots of cheerleaders, but all that matters is sometimes things go well for Russia and on other days, things go well for Ukraine.
The bottom line is Russia has not taken Kiev. Russia has moved Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership. In about two more years, Poland will have the largest armored force in Europe. Germany, which has been ignoring the battle readiness of its own armed forces, is now increasing their defense spending.
As the old saying goes, what does Russia have that Norway, Finland, and the Baltic States don’t have? A good neighbor. Putin is going to get exactly what he didn’t want. You can add Ukraine to that list.
A link to the ISW Ukraine report.Published in