‘If I Can Find You, I Can Target You’

 

There are some lessons to be learned from the Russian invasion of Ukraine for European nations, NATO, and for US forces. The tuition for those lessons is very expensive. Expensive for Ukrainian civilians, and monetarily for NATO nations. Expensive for Russian families and Russian soldiers that have died in the thousands.

Let’s move on beyond Putin’s disappointment that he and Russian soldiers were not welcomed as liberators in Ukraine. Putin may be healthy but he’s delusional in his belief that he would be welcomed as a liberator in Ukraine, or in his belief in Russia, and Moscow in particular is the “Third Rome.”

‘Our Decision Was Made on February 24’

 

“Our decision was made on February 24”, is a quote from a former Finnish Prime Minister. The date that Russia invaded Ukraine. Sweden will probably make the same decision in the weeks or days to come. 76% of respondents to the last poll taken in Finland approved joining NATO.

Since 2014 Finland has been increasing their defense spending to 1.96% of their GDP. NATO has set a goal of two percent for NATO nations.

Jim Geraghty is back! Today, he and Greg get a kick out of the sleazy Lincoln Project vowing to help Democrat Tim Ryan win the Ohio Senate race and Ryan’s team makes it clear they don’t want the group anywhere near the campaign. Jim sounds off as the Biden administration publicly confirms even more intelligence work directly connected to Ukrainian military operations, including the sinking of the Moskva. And outgoing Press Secretary Jen Psaki refuses to tell abortion protesters to stay away from the private residences of Supreme Court justices.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis tempered with some brief banter about the NFL Draft. First, they wince as the economy actually suffered negative growth in the first quarter of 2022. Then, they hammer the Biden administration for its new “Disinformation Governance Board,” which appears to be little more than an effort to stop speech it doesn’t like. And they react to a major escalation in state-run Russian commentary, which now openly refers to the Ukrainian conflict as a holy war and frequently suggests the use of nuclear weapons.

 

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I’ve never been a fan of a propaganda monoculture. I feel it removes context that both Citizens and their Representatives need in order to inform good policy. The reporting on the war in Ukraine has been suspiciously devoid of context. I finally saw some confirmation yesterday to my suspicion that the surprising successes reported by […]

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80 years ago on Monday. USS Hornet now a museum in Alameda, Cal. One of my friends from my carrier adventures 50 years ago a guide.  Big celebration tomorrow in honor of the Doolittle raid and offered to get me in since I had never been there.  But don’t like crowds. PBS from Boston has […]

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Casualty of War: Russia’s Arms Industry

 

One of the many casualties of Putin’s war in Ukraine will likely be Russia’s global arms industry, which was already in trouble both financially and reputationally.

The appeal of Russian gear to foreign markets has long been:

  1. Its low cost compared to western counterparts.
  2. Its unconcern over such messy details as the client’s human rights record or intended use for the weapons.
  3. Its under-the-table generosity to corrupt government officials and purchasing agents.

Unfortunately for Russia’s arms merchants, the war has made their job much more challenging for three key reasons:

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As a youngster, I did not identify much with the Perry Mason stories as being a criminal lawyer did not look like much fun. Or lucrative. I was mesmerized as a teenager watching the Defenders with E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed. Interesting civil cases. Weird clients. And judges. Dad was a lawyer (Washburn Law School […]

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Civilian control over the military has been embedded since the Constitution was adopted. Recall little in history about U.S. Presidents getting directly involved in military issues. Remember Lincoln and his frustration with the McClellan types until he selected General Grant. Truman got into it with MacArthur over Korea and that result is what one would […]

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As slow as the shore establishment was in giving our CO the support we needed the civilian State Department types were worse.  Some lawyer exaggeration here. I never threatened a State Dept. type but had some tense negotiations. But they finally did their job and supported our sailors. PIMP HAND Preview Open

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The ability of military units to support comrades in trouble is legendary. Any ship in trouble could expect other sailors to volunteer to help out. The ship’s flight surgeons got called out in the middle of the night to transit to the Midway to help with several terrible injuries after a flight deck accident.  Destroyer […]

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Back in January, more than a month before Russia invaded Ukraine, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman joined the 3 Martini Lunch to explain why he thought Russia and Iran were the most immediate threats to American national security in 2022.

In addition to expecting Putin to invade at that time, Lieberman details the Iran threat and explains why China is less of an immediate danger to national security but is probably our greatest long-term problem. And he takes us inside partisan groupthink that is on full display in Washington.

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I first learned about mass punishment when I was in a Catholic boarding school in high school.  I did not know if it was something embedded in a Papal encyclical I missed but resented having to stay up for hours at night at a desk when a kid’s locker got tapped and he lost five […]

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Refueling in Air: Not as Easy as It Looks

 

Tanker-configured A-7E Corsair with Buddy Store.

If you woke up yesterday wondering about Aerial Refueling and why military pilots do it, or if you were in a bar and someone suddenly mentioned that same question but you thought they were talking about the sans-serif font Arial, well this post is for you!