by Larry Johnson
While Western pundits (I think shills is a more apt description) and media continue to insist that Ukraine is pounding the snot out of Russia, the facts on the ground in Soledar and Bahkmut tell a different story.
Before delving into the specifics of the Russian advance, let me highlight some buffoonery from Niall Ferguson, born in Scotland and living in the United States. Ferguson revels in ignorance and delusion while serving as a Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University:
US support for Ukraine since the Feb. 24 invasion has undoubtedly succeeded in weakening Putin’s regime. The Russian military has suffered disastrous losses of trained manpower and equipment. The Russian economy may not have contracted by as much as Washington hoped (a mere 3.4% last year, according to the International Monetary Fund), but Russian imports have crashed due to Western export controls. As Russia’s stock of imported component parts and machinery runs down, Russian industry will face deep disruptions, including in the defense and energy sectors.
Last year, Russia cut off gas exports to Europe that it cannot reroute, as there are no alternative pipelines. Putin thought the gas weapon would allow him to divide the West. So far, it has not worked. Russia also tried choking Black Sea grain exports. But that lever had little strategic value as the biggest losers of the blockade were poor African and Middle Eastern countries.
The net result of Putin’s war thus far has been to reduce Russia to something like an economic appendage of China, its biggest trading partner. And Western sanctions mean that what Russia exports to China is sold at a discount. . . .
The war therefore seems destined, like the Korean War in Cold War I, to drag on until a stalemate is reached, Putin dies and an armistice is agreed that draws a new border between Ukraine and Russia. The problem with protracted wars is that the US and European publics tend to get sick of them well before the enemy does.
How can a guy like this be regarded as an “intellectual” when he trades in blatant disinformation? For example, there is zero evidence that Putin and his government have been “weakened.” Just the opposite. Russia has been busy building a new international financial and trade system that is independent of the United States.
Ferguson’s specious claim that Russia’s military “has suffered disastrous losses of trained manpower and equipment,” is more psychological projection. He is describing Ukraine, not Russia. Ukraine is so short of personnel that it is forcibly mobilizing 16 year old boys and 60 year old men. As I have written before, the last European leader to resort to such desperate recruitment was a guy in Berlin hiding in a bunker beneath the Reichstag while the Russian Army swarmed over Berlin.
Poor Niall also is having a tough time grasping the fact that Russia is a modern industrial society and is producing technologically sophisticated weapons, planes, tanks and ships. Russia, unlike the United States and the United Kingdom, does not depend on harvesting key rare earth minerals and metals from foreign countries. Russia has vast natural resources within its borders to meet its needs. One note of irony, the Brits tried and failed to launch a space satellite today:
Britain’s attempt to become the first European nation to launch satellites into space ended in bitter disappointment early on Tuesday when Virgin Orbit said its rocket had suffered an anomaly that prevented it from reaching orbit.
Sorry, could not help myself. Britain does a face plant while Russia continues to provide the rockets and space craft that take U.S. astronauts (and others ) to and from the International Space Station. And Ferguson blindly insists that Russia’s economy is suffering.
After a couple of months of relentless grinding, Russia is on the brink of destroying the Ukrainian forces hanging on to Bahkmut and Soledar. CNN, in a shocker, reported on the unfolding disaster today in Soledar and Bahkmut:
A Ukrainian soldier fighting in the eastern town of Soledar told CNN that the situation is “critical” and the death toll is now so high that “no one counts the dead”.
The soldier is from the 46th air mobile brigade, which is leading Ukraine’s fight to hold onto Soledar in the face of a massive assault from Russian troops and Wagner mercenaries. . . .
He described a dynamic battlefield where buildings change hands daily and units can’t keep track of the escalating death toll. “No one will tell you how many dead and wounded there are. Because no one knows for sure. Not a single person,” he said. “Not at the headquarters. Not anywhere. Positions are being taken and re-taken constantly. What was our house today, becomes Wagner’s the next day.”. . .
The soldier said that he believed Ukraine’s military leaders would eventually abandon the fight for Soledar and questioned why they hadn’t done this yet. “Everyone understands that the city will be abandoned. Everyone understands this,” he said. “I just want to understand what the point [in fighting house to house] is. Why die, if we are going to leave it anyway today or tomorrow?”
The creator of the Russian Wagner Group reported late on Tuesday (Ukraine time) that Soledar was surrounded and Ukrainian troops have been given an ultimatum to surrender:
You don’t replace commanders when military campaigns are going well.
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McCarthy vows to take no action against Santos, who lied his way into Congress, because “The Voters elected him to serve.”
What’s one more rotten apple in the barrel, when he’s your rotten apple?
Republican leaders from his own state are requesting his immediate resignation, but Santos has refused.
It’s simply amazing how many times Biden has lied over the years.
It must be in the hundreds of thousands by now.
Compare that to Donald Trump, who hasn’t lied about anything.
His partisan haters continue to look like fools, and Trump continues to lead the country as our de facto president.
Who negotiated and made a deal in the Congress, and got our broken government working again?
Leadership isn’t something that comes from votes.
It’s something you earn through hard work, failure, and picking yourself up again and kicking ass.
Thankfully the false gods of the Democrats are being slain day by day.
Even his HAIR is a lie!
Are we talking about Donald’s comb-over? The bald guy isn’t Biden.
Should garland appoint a special counsel to investigate biden?
Garland should resign and take idiot Biden with him.
biden is guilty of stealing classified documents.
You probably are, since you obsess and fantasize about Trump constantly (by the way, he has no “comb over”). No, we are talking about idiot Biden’s ridiculous plugs. They must have drilled too deep and pinged his atrophied brain. Maybe that’s what makes him so stupid and lie pathologically and constantly.
Whoa there plugs is still bald take a better look. Thin scraggly hair always too long in the back.
Nobody cares about Santos.
EVERYONE cares about the recent release of documents that prove the government engaged in corporate censorship and fascism, a growing authoritarian state who installed a puppet into our White House illegally, and continues to install senators and governors.
EVERYONE is watching.
If we were to trust your sincerity, and not just write you off as the partisan pig you are, you would call for the immediate resignation of imposter Biden.
Democrats care about his vote. I care about his vote. I want his vote to stay. Democrats lie so much and so constantly that I don’t care one bit about any of Santos’ lies.
Anyone who truly cares about the nation should care about such a travesty.
Did you care about Blumenthal lying about serving in Viet Nam? Did you care about Omar committing immigration and income tax fraud? Did you care about Fartsmell sleeping with a CCP spy and giving her a heads up that the FBI was on to her? Did you care about Pelosi insider trading? Do you care about all idiot Biden’s lies?
… the Afghanistan withdrawal went perfectly?
… the southern border is secure?
… Border Patrol mounted agents whipped illegal immigrants?
… inflation is transient?
… gas was $5 a gallon when he took office?
… Putin caused all the inflation?
… there was no vaccine when he took office?
… he has traveled 17,000 miles with Xi?
… that there are no background checks at gun shows?
… that the Georgia election law suppresses the ability to vote?
… the “surge” of illegal immigrants he caused happens every year?
… that he would only serve one term?
… that the disaster at the border is Trump’s fault?
… that the information on Hunter’s laptop was “Russian disinformation”?
… that he had no knowledge of Hunter’s foreign business deals?
… the Supreme Court had decided election fraud cases?
… that he hasn’t taken lobbyist money?
… that he vaccinated (at the time) 70% of the population?
… he has driven an 18-wheeler?
… that the Georgia election integrity law would suppress votes?
… that he was a coal miner?
… he was a civil rights activist?
… he was arrested in the Capital?
… he was arrested in S. Africa?
… 350 million Americans had been vaccinated?
… no foreign leaders had criticized him?
… about nation building and putting soldiers in Afghanistan?
… about not leaving Afghanistan until all Americans were removed?
… that the collapse in Afghanistan “caught him by surprise”?
… he visited the Tree of Life synagogue after an attack on it?
… that he was going to end COVID?
… he was working “around the clock”?
… he had an opportunity to go to Annapolis and play football?
… that the 2nd Amendment banned weapons?
… the .223 and 9mm round were the most powerful rounds?
… told union members that since he took office, they have more money, more savings?
… that he was responsible for a planned Social Security cost of living increase?
… he would fire anyone on his staff that showed disrespect to anyone?
… there was no action on COVID19 “for months” under Trump?
… Officer Sicknick was murdered at the Capital?
… Republicans were defunding police, not Democrats?
… the economy was “in a tailspin” when he took office?
… the Capital riot was the worst incident of violence since the Civil War?
… the trillions of dollars Democrats were spending would cause inflation?
… Trump said white supremacists were “fine people”?
… there were Russian bounties?
… Democrat spending would not increase the deficit?
… no one making less that $400,000 would see tax increases?
… his infrastructure bill was “paid for”?
… the majority of illegal immigrant families are sent back?
… no family members of his or staff would get government jobs?
… the government was going to “buy American”?
… that he was a member of Ukraine and Polish secret service?
,,, that he didn’t know what Top Secret documents were illegally kept in his private office or how they got there?
Anyone who truly cares about the nation and can be objectively honest MUST….MUST require the same set of morals and principles from every rep and senator, not just the Party they help lie for.
You don’t care about the nation.
Are you talking about Fetterman now? Besides Biden he’s the newest travesty on the block.
Biden/Fetterman 2024. It’s a no brainer. Coming soon to a bumper sticker near you.
Biden/Fetterman/Neck Lump 2024
Did Pelosi take any action against Blumenthal for lying about Vietnam service? Did she take any action against Omar for immigration and income tax fraud? Did she take any action against Swalwell for being a patsy for a CCP whore? Did she take any action against Schiff for his massive lie about having evidence Trump was a Russian asset? Did Pelosi take any action against Omar or Tlaib for antisemitism? Did she take any action against any members of the House for insider trading? (oh… never mind. That would have been embarrassing).
Why don’t you get back to us when the Democrats display even a modicum of integrity. Santos stays.
Blumenthal’s lie about Vietnam service was front-page news on the New York Times and covered by every major news outlet during his 2010 Senate campaign. He was publicly humiliated, acknowledged the truth, publicly apologized, and was subsequently elected in spite of it, so in his case the voters did decide. It remains as a black make on his resume. Wikipedia includes the incident in the article about his political career. I’ll forgive, but certainly never forget. It was too personal of an insult.
Santos was elected based on numerous undisclosed lies that the voters knew nothing about.
Yet he’s still in the Senate. Democrats ARE a humiliation. Santos padded his resume’. Big deal. Idiot Biden got votes based on his lies and the truth that was covered up, but he was elected due to fraud.
Blumenthal has one helluva successful legislative history. THAT’S why he’s still in office.
So, you approve of lying, even stolen valor, probably the most despicable lie that can be told, as long as you like them? I don’t think that surprises any of us, given your unwavering for the liar idiot Biden.
If most of our representatives and senators were being honest, about 99% of them would/should resign.
I’m all for it.
Good for you. You can wear your special MAGA hat proudly.
I’ll wear my American citizenship more proudly.
What nation do you serve, exactly?
Biden is unelected. He LIES. About so, so much.
They rigged an election for him to be installed.
THAT is news. Installing Fetterman and Hobbs is news.
I have no issue with Santos being publicly tarred and feathered (figuratively) and stepping down.
I just expect EVERY politician who’s been caught lying to do it too.
That’s Biden. NOW. He’s literally lied on camera since his bogus inauguration. He said he was in the SS…er…Secret Service, most recently. That’s a lie.
Where’s your outrage???
So until you’re going to call for that level of accountability from everyone, you’re just a partisan piece of sh*t who needs to shut the f*ck up.
You people are losing, and losing bigly.
YOU’RE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THIS, GREG…AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT RIGHT/LEFT, GOP/DEM.
We will keep an eye on that one checking his voting record is he America First is he in it like AOC to get rich quick.
But you might if the mission is accomplished and the commanders efforts are needed for another front.
You see it takes no military background only a little logic to know a demotion in Russia is an all expense paid trip to Sibera.
Comments below article are interesting.
Zelensky at the gloden globes or Davos or anywhere he can pick up a couple of bucks for his laundry service.
The Rothchilds might have to create a new Ukraine to cash in on.
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(a)Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(b)Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
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No one cares about Putin. This war was desired by the WEF, and war criminal Zelenskyy and Biden delivered.