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“Honey badger don’t care” does not mean what Wiktionary says it does: A person who displays indifference or disregard for others’ opinions. At least, that’s not what I take from the saying.
“Honey badger don’t care” refers to the persistence and toughness of the animal in pursuing its prey — typically venomous prey that can even temporarily paralyze the honey badger. It makes a diet of venomous snakes and African bee larvae, all while getting repeatedly bitten and stung. If you’re unfamiliar with the honey badger, here’s a short descriptive clip.
I got to thinking about the honey badger while reading VDH this morning. I’m no historian, military or otherwise, so this is a sincere question: when was the last war of attrition in which Russia (or the Soviet Union) was defeated? I’m not sure Hanson’s article was meant to be comprehensive on this point, but the examples he provides are not encouraging … for Ukraine.
Yet the resilient Russian army is also dogged as it bends but rarely breaks—even if its tactics of pouring men and fire against the enemy are scripted and predictable. We laugh at the unimaginative Russian entrenchments, but we also accept that to breach them will require a cost in blood and treasure that Ukraine and its Western benefactors may not wish to pay, although Russia itself may well gladly pay that tab and more still.
It seems Russia can be defeated battle after battle, with incompetent leadership and massive losses of men and materiel, and still win the war. It’s like the honey badger that way. It just doesn’t care how many lives are lost in the process of pursuing its aims. As the saying goes, “you have to break a few eggs. . .”Published in