The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection$
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewMike Whitney Archive
Scott Ritter's Switcheroo: "Why I Radically Changed My Overall Assessment"
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • B
Show CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

On Sunday, the foreign policy blogs were abuzz with the news that Scott Ritter had done “an about-face in his assessment of the war”. It appears that the ex-Marine had examined recent developments in Ukraine and concluded that it’s going to be much harder for Russia to win than he had originally thought..

Naturally, the news of Ritter’s reversal sent shockwaves across the internet, especially among the people who follow events in Ukraine closely and who greatly admire his even-handed analysis. Some of these people clearly felt betrayed by Ritter’s comments and blasted him as a “concern troll” which refers to a person who feigns sympathy while actually feeling the opposite. This is a terrible way to treat a guy who’s devoted so much of his time to informing people about an issue of which they might know very little without his research. Besides, Ritter is no hypocrite. Quite the contrary.

It’s fair to say, however, that Ritter has probably been the most outspoken proponent of the “Russia is winning” theory, a hypothesis that runs counter to everything we read in the legacy media or see on the cable news channels. Unfortunately, Ritter’s views on the matter have changed dramatically, and that’s due almost entirely to developments on the ground. As Ritter candidly admits, “The military aid the west is providing to Ukraine is changing the dynamic and if Russia doesn’t find a way to address this meaningfully… the conflict will never end.”

That’s quite a turnaround from a statement he made just weeks earlier that, “Russia is winning the war, and winning it decisively.”

So, what changed? What are the so-called developments that led to Ritter’s volte-face?

Here are a few excerpts from the interview that triggered the fracas. Ritter was joined by Ray McGovern and host Garland Nixon on Saturday Morning Live. (The quotes are copied from video. I accept blame for any mistakes.)

Scott Ritter (start at 47:50 minute mark) — “The thing that frustrates me… is that, it was my assessment that it would be very hard for Ukraine to absorb this new equipment and material (Material– the additional lethal weapons that have recently been shipped to Ukraine) but the howitzers are already operating against Russia. (And) They are having an effect in the Kharkov region. Not all 90 of them, but they have several batteries in place that are being used.

How did this happen?

And this is why I have radically changed my overall assessment, because I had been operating on the assumption that Russia would be able to interdict the vast majority of this equipment, but Russia has shown itself unable or unwilling to do this and– as a result– the Ukrainians are having meaningful impact on the battlefield. Not in the areas of main contention, like the Donbass, but on the periphery. This is why Russia has carried out tactical withdrawals north of Kharkov, because in order to match Ukraine’s best capabilities, Russia would have to divert resources from its main effort which Russia has decided not to do. So, they are re-configuring the battlefield. (trading land in different areas)…(“Saturday Morning Live with Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern, You Tube)

So, while Ritter’s sympathies have not changed in the slightest, it’s clear that his analysis has. At first, he didn’t think that the deluge of lethal weaponry would affect the outcome of the war. Now he’s not so sure. It’s a honest mistake but, still, he needed to ‘come clean’ and explain the factors that contributed to his U-turn. Here’s more from the same interview:

Scott Ritter– This is a transformative moment in the war, because what it means is that demilitarization is not taking place. For all the forces Russia is destroying in the east, Ukraine is rebuilding significant capability (in the west) I liken this to Moscow in December 1941, when the Germans were moving towards Moscow and the Russians just started throwing things at them., sacrificing everything to slow the German offensive. until General Winter and the combination of Siberian divisions gave them the ability to counterattack. The Germans were bled white and they were stopped and turned back. If Russia doesn’t change the calculation, then that is the trajectory we are heading on., because 200,000 troops–however capable they may be, are only capable of doing so much. And the fighting that’s taking place right now –even though it is slaughtering Ukrainians– it isn’t cost free to the Russians. They’re losing equipment, they’re losing men, they’re losing material, and unless Putin mobilizes or transfers forces in, those aren’t being replaced. So, instead of having 200,000 online, Russia might have 180,000 men. And if you don’t think removing 20,000 men doesn’t change the options available to the Russian leadership, then you don’t know anything about war.”

So, I believe Russia is going to win in the east, they are grinding them down as we speak, they are slaughtering them; the amount of death and destruction that is being dealt to the Ukrainians is unimaginable, but I believe the Ukrainians are willing to take these losses in order to buy time to reconstitute a military that will challenge Russia Because unless Russia is willing to jump across the Dnieper River and head into western Ukraine where it can eliminate the strategic depth that the Ukrainians are being gifted by the Russians, then demilitarization of Ukraine is not going to take place. It can’t take place when tens of billions of dollars of equipment is pouring in and Russia is not able to interdict it. The fact that these advanced howitzers are operating on the front lines right now, shows there’s something wrong with the Russian methodology. And–unless they alter that methodology– I think we’re in for a very long summer.” (“Saturday Morning Live with Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern, You Tube)

It’s hard to grasp what Ritter is saying here. Is he actually suggesting that Putin expand the current “special operation” into a full-blown World War? At one point, he casually opines that Russia will have to mobilize 1 and a half million men (Note: Russia currently only has 200,000 in Ukraine) if they want to prevail in Ukraine and then move on to Finland. It’s impossible to tell by Ritter’s tone whether he is simply making an objective observation of ‘what is needed’ to succeed or if he is making an explicit recommendation that he thinks Russia’s High Command should consider. I can’t answer that. Here’s more from the interview:

Scott Ritter(5:20 mark)– “The idea that the Ukrainian military has been eliminated as an effective fighting force is a flawed concept, and unless Russia broadens its special military operation– probably to the point of changing it form a special military operation to a war which includes the totality of Ukrainian battle-space–(then) this is a conflict that is dangerously close to becoming unwinnable by Russia which means that while they can complete their objectives in the east with 200,000 troops, they aren’t able to prevent Ukraine from rearming and reequipping when Ukraine is being provided with tens of billions of dollars of equipment by NATO —Whenever you provide your enemy with “safe space” to rebuild military capability, you’re never going to win. …

Yes, Russia is winning in the east which is what they said their objective was all along. And they are accomplishing that. That is the special Military Operation. But now we’re talking about “war”, and I don’t think Russia has made that transition yet. This is a defacto proxy war between the west and Russia using Ukrainian forces as NATO’s sword. The object of this is to “bleed Russia dry”. And if Russia doesn’t change the dynamic, Russia will be bled dry.” Zelensky has indicated that he’s willing to mobilize a million people, at a time when the west is ready to provide the funding and equipment to turn those million men into a real military threat.

So, I see what has been happening in the last few weeks as being decisive.

The military aid the west is providing is changing the dynamic and if Russia doesn’t find a way to address this meaningfully, and to eliminate it as a military capability… then the conflict will never end.” (“Saturday Morning Live with Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern, You Tube)

There it is from the horse’s mouth. Readers will have to draw their own conclusions.

IMHO, Scott Ritter is gradually adjusting to the idea that the conflict in Ukraine is not a just regional skirmish between two quarrelsome neighbors, nor is it a proxy-war between NATO and Russia. No. Ukraine is the first phase of a broader plan for crushing Russia, collapsing its economy, removing its leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory, and projecting US power across Central Asia to the Pacific Rim. Ukraine is about hegemony, empire, and pure, unalloyed power. Most important, Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War, a war that was concocted and launched by Washington to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy.

 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, NATO, Russia, Ukraine 
Hide 761 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
    []
  1. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    Zelensky has indicated that he’s willing to mobilize a million people,

    Yes, he is, but are that proposed million willing to get mobilized by Zelensky? What’s their limit as to how much they’ll be willing to sacrifice on behalf of the Zelensky regime? When do the older ones and the high school youths get called up?

  2. you says:

    Contrary to people who criticize Scott I think it’s a sign of honesty to be able to recognize that some aspects of the plan of Putin are not going too well and warns about that.
    But I think Scott being a military guy is missing one important aspect of this ‘war’ : its impact on energy prices (and even shortages of energy), and the impact of those on the economies of Western countries.
    I totally agree with Scott on the risk the new tens of billions of \$ of weapons represent for Russia’s plan because it makes it more difficult to demilitarize, therefore achieve the goals, but we can see the Western economies, already fragile, having growing inflation and starting to have energy and food shortages, and their stock exchanges going down, and cryptos going down, all that are signs that their economies are going down. so it will create more and more unrest in the Western countries who will have to make some choices such as continue to give free weapons to Ukraine or help their populations to not freeze to death during the next winter, and to be able to feed themselves.
    Also, it seems Ukraine has some fuel issue and I’m not sure Scott is including this in his assessment : Kiev for exemple has only 3 days of fuel left and this is very good for Russia because all the nice brand new weapons given by the West needs fuel (or diesel whatever) to work. So, Russia should concentrate on destroying fuel depots and fuel supplies and she won’t have to worry about those tens of billions of new weapons because they won’t be able to move much without fuel.

  3. jimbojones says: • Website

    I has a change of opinion similar to Ritter’s a couple of weeks ago, due to a few reasons. The main one was the lack of movement on the front. The Russians told the whole world about their “Phase 2”, and then proceeded to not make any real gains for a month. That’s not how you win wars. The second reason was Igor Strelkov’s analysis. It struck me as well-argued. I know he is a pessimist and has been wrong before; but he could be correct now.

    Overall, to me it looks like this:
    – The Kremlin thought Ukraine would fold like Crimea in 2014. And while that might have Moscow invaded in 2014, it could not happen now in 2022, because the Nazis and the Anglo-Americans had 8 years to build a proper army. So the Russians blew the advantage of the tactical surprise by diluting the strength of their offensive and pulling their punch.
    – Apart from the questionable leadership at the top, which is a huge problem, the Russians have a few other weaknesses. Tactically, they have not adapted to the warfare of the age and they lack drones. Strategically, while on paper they have 1 million men in uniform, only 280k are in the land army (sukhoputnye voiskа). That works out to parity with the Ukrainians. The third problem the Russians have is that the Ukrainians have dug in in the Donbass over the last 8 years.
    – After spending a month on this Phase 1, Moscow decided to conduct a spectacular withdrawal and to concentrate forces in the Donbass. Now, the Donbass operation looks suspiciously like Operation Citadel from WW2. I.e. Kursk. I thought the Russians knew what they were doing. But now I think their high command goofed again. They have wasted another month pounding away at fortified positions.

    I think Russia has the moral high ground in this war and that the Kiev regime is a Nazi abomination. But as far as the situation on the ground goes, the Ukrainians and NATO are performing better than the Russians. Moscow need to mobilize, set up a channel for getting supply from China, and make changes at the high command.

  4. Ukies put the Howies in the kindergartens and pre-schools just like the USA/NAZO told them to. Civilian shields work when dealing with countries that actually value human life (unlike the leadership in the USA/UK/NATO/EU).

    Assuming Ritter is spot-on with his analysis, Russia needs to decide: protect the civilians of Ukraine or win the war. Tough choice. Incredibly tough choice. Especially for Orthodox Christians who actually walk the walk. Hard to reconcile war and true Christian ethics/values. Impossible, actually. (Unless you’re an American who worships, ‘Rambo Jesus’, of course.)

    I sure as hell wouldn’t want to have to make that call.

    But it is crucial to remember: “…removing [Russia’s] leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory…”, means destroying Russia. And Vlad was clear: “Why would we want a world without Russia in it?”

    (As Mssrs Sarmat and Poseidon wait patiently in the wings…… )

  5. Richard B says:

    Most important, Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War, a war that was concocted and launched by Washington to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy.

    American primacy = Jewish Supremacy Inc. (JSI)

    IMHO, Scott Ritter is gradually adjusting to the idea that the conflict in Ukraine is not a just regional skirmish between two quarrelsome neighbors, nor is it a proxy-war between NATO and Russia. No. Ukraine is the first phase of a broader plan for crushing Russia, collapsing its economy, removing its leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory, and projecting US power across Central Asia to the Pacific Rim. Ukraine is about hegemony, empire, and pure, unalloyed power.

    You’re probably right. But they are doing the same thing domestically with whites in the US. Whites, Russians and Palestinians are all pretty much in the same basket of Global Scapegoats.

    JSI can not function without a scapegoat, ever, at all. That’s why they literally created the Scapegoat in the first place. Survival without a Scapegoat is to them unimaginable. That’s why they’ll fail. Or, at best, achieve a Pyrrhic Victory. Same thing.

    And you’re right. It is about power, “pure, unalloyed power.” Or, Full Spectrum Dominance.

    In fact, JSI’s attempt to create a social order that is free of control and sustained by force has only increased the uncontrolled exercise of naked power (power for the sake of power and not for the sake of effective social management). And it’s exactly that force, constantly applied, that is fast undermining the social institutions their power controls. Just look around.

    The fact is, you simply can not run a civilization more comples and unpredictable than ever before in human history on a steady diet of propaganda, censorship, coercion and force. There’s got to be an element of mind. But they’re eliminating that. A rather unpleasant fact that a glance at our universities makes perfectly obvious.

    That’s why JSI is the real cancer of the human race and why treason against them is loyalty to humanity. Either way, not only will they fail, they are failing. They just don’t know it. But that’s hardly surprising, since psychotic arrogance and self-awareness don’t go together.

  6. meamjojo says:

    “And–unless they alter that methodology– I think we’re in for a very long summer.””

    Not likely. Putin seems to be on his deathbed and/or will be removed by a coup. The smart money will then wager that he gets replaced by a person more willing to recognize the limits of Russian imaginary power (a lot of nuke weapons don’t mean bupkis), commit to working with the west and commit to paying for the rebuilding of Ukraine in order to have the crippling sanctions removed.
    ——-
    Putin Is ‘Very Sick’; In ‘Very Bad’ Physical, Psychological State: Ukraine Military Chief
    05/15/22 AT 9:31 PM

    KEY POINTS
    – A coup could be in motion to overthrow an alleged seriously ill Putin
    – A Russian oligarch said Putin underwent surgery for his back pains in October
    – Speculations about Putin’s health resurfaced after he seemingly suffered hand and leg tremors while meeting Belarusian leader Lukashenko
    ….
    https://www.ibtimes.com/putin-very-sick-very-bad-physical-psychological-state-ukraine-military-chief-3508008

  7. meamjojo says:

    IMHO, Scott Ritter is gradually adjusting to the idea that the conflict in Ukraine is not a just regional skirmish between two quarrelsome neighbors, nor is it a proxy-war between NATO and Russia. No. Ukraine is the first phase of a broader plan for crushing Russia, collapsing its economy, removing its leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory, and projecting US power across Central Asia to the Pacific Rim. Ukraine is about hegemony, empire, and pure, unalloyed power. Most important, Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War, a war that was concocted and launched by Washington to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy.

    Yes sir. Mess withe best, you fall with the rest, Puuty.
    ———–
    Russians ‘ashamed’ as they have to ‘crowdfund’ for military drones after Putin’s losses
    RUSSIAN state media TV hosts have complained that its customs policies are preventing their troops from getting military equipment, labelling it a “crying shame”.

    Sat, May 14, 2022

    In a heated exchange, a Russian TV host and a politician bemoaned the “foolish antics” that are causing Ukrainian troops to be better-equipped in the conflict in the neighbouring country. Russian member of the Federal Assembly Semyon Bagdasarov claimed that Russia needed to “move on to a wartime approach” to stop their forces from being outgunned as Putin’s military continues to struggle to gain ground in its invasion of Ukraine.

    TV host Vladimir Solovyov said: “They tell us from the front line: give us drones! People are crowdfunding crazy amounts of money.

    “They bought up everything that was available. Why can’t that junk be mass-produced in Russia?”

    State Dume member Mr Bagdasarov replies: “Everyone is ashamed to talk about that.

    “Volunteers, like our mutual acquaintances, are buying it all and transporting it there. It’s a crying shame!”

    As he gets progressively angrier at the prospect of Ukrainian’s being supplied with more weapons, Mr Bagdasarov adds: “The country needs to move on to a wartime approach. Enough of these foolish antics.”
    ….
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1607572/Russia-State-Media-TV-Vladimir-Putin-weapons-supplies-shortage-vn

    • Troll: Incisive One, ariadna, Lurker
  8. j2 says:

    It is appropriate that pro-Russian analysts, like Scott Ritter, would change the war prediction when forced by the reality, but his analysis is still far from being correct. The war will not continue for ever, nor will it be several years, nor will Ukraine agree to a ceasefire, as it only would give Russia time to reconstruct its forces.

    Ukraine has already started mobilizing one million men, and in three months, latest mid August, this force will be available and equipped. Russia is unlikely to make a full scale mobilization for internal political reasons and even if it could, it cannot put more than a million poorly motivated men against Ukrainians. It is not more than a million, as Russia must keep its capability for homeland defense. The men would be poorly motivated as their task would be to fix a war of aggression abroad started by Russian army with contract soldiers, who lost the war. Why should a reservist go fixing it? It would be different if Russia was attacked, but NATO is not attacking Russia, nor is it intending to bleed Russia. It only intends to eliminate Russian willingness and strength to invade its neighbor countries.

    But I suspect that the turning point of the war will be before mid August. Breaking the partial siege of Kharkiv was an obvious and necessary initial move by Ukraine. A logical continuation is a counteroffensive on the front from East of Kharkiv to Izium. After that is a counteroffensive in Kherson county. We will see when they will be realized, but so far Ukraine has done the defense just from the text book of territorial defense.

    The realities of the Ukraine war are very simple: Ukraine will not run out of men because it is too large, and Ukraine will not run out of weapons because it gets Western help when needed. Currently Ukraine has over 300,000 men in the army and additionally the territorial troops. It will upgrade this force to one million men in about three months. Russia originally had 200,000 men out of which 150,000 went to Ukraine. The army mainly consisted of 120-125 BTGs. Now Russia has 97 BTGs, but their combat value is smaller as many BTG are reduced in men and equipment and men replacing the original contract soldiers are not as trained for this task. Russia has only c. 80,000 men against this over 300,000 men. It still has some technological advantage, but it is decreasing as Ukraine gets stronger and Russia weaker when this war continues.

    Pro-Russian analysts have one hope: that in early June Russia would make a major offensive. Probably it will try, but there is no reason to assume it will succeed. The other hope is that this will be a long war without end and Russia will manage to keep what it got. This is also unlikely. Ukraine will go to counteroffensive in some time from now, probably not in the far future.

    The idea that Scott Ritter would really have believed that missile strikes can stop Western weapon aid or that Ukrainians cannot learn to use them is ridiculous: they can only slow transports and destroy some transports, but it was obvious from the start that enough weapons will pass to the front and the training time for those weapons is not long. It is also not any surprise that Russia planes mostly fire missiles from Russia airspace to Ukraine instead of giving close-air support, as the loss of Russian planes was quite high due to Ukrainian air defense. Loss of Russian air superiority is significant in the current military situation as it removes one obstacle Ukraine had.

    The importance of Scott Ritter’s “U-turn” may be that it reflects that Russian military is not any more happy with this war. What it will mean to Putin’s gang will be seen.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Thanks: Pixo
  9. Go over to Moon of Alabama Web site and view the Ukraine thread from Sunday.

    I address all of Ritter’s presumptions and demonstrate that they are completely wrong.

    I am baffled at how he has done a 180 and is citing reasons that he himself dismissed repeatedly over the last two month.

    I suspect that Scott has been frustrated by the pace of the war, despite the fact that Russia has set no time line for its execution, and I also suspect he has been influenced by various Russian tactical defeats such as the recent pontoon crossing. Others suspect that he is being influenced similar to the manner in which he was harassed by the FBI after his involvement in the Iraq inspection fiasco as well as his later legal problems, but I don’t know if those suspicions have any weight behind them.

    What is worse is that his notion of Ukraine standing up a million-army is just propaganda nonsense from Ukraine itself, and I find it hard to understand why he is taking that seriously.

    Andrei Martyanov, a Russian citizen living in the US who is known as a military analyst and has written three books on the subject has already dismissed Scott’s concerns on his blog.

    I don’t consider Scott a “concern troll” due to his previous correct assessments. I simply don’t understand how someone with his smarts can completely misinterpret events on the ground to this degree.

  10. Wokechoke says:

    Yes, I think that Edward Luttwak noticed this.
    Dimly.

    In horror the top brains of strategic studies realise the collapse of the RU will lead to several dire consequences.

  11. Biff says:

    There is no off ramp

    Some Jerk

  12. BlackC says:

    The current “Special military Operation” is being conducted in areas that are traditionally Russian with high percentages of Russian peoples, and Russian forces are actually being quite restrained and careful to minimize damage to civilians, infrastructure, etc.

    The idea that, should the fighting need to be extended to Western Ukraine which is not traditionally Russian nor populated by Russian peoples, military operations will be similarly restrained, is rather unrealistic IMO. Should that happen, I would suspect the gloves will come off.

    • Agree: michael888
    • Replies: @michael888
  13. IronForge says:

    Author and Members:

    According to Ritter’s Wikipedia Page, he has claimed that he worked for MI6 on Projects.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Ritter

    He’s also a Repeatedly Arrested Sex Offender – Convicted+Incarcerated for Acts involving “Unlawful Contact with a Minor” et al.

    He did his time in Prison.

    His collaboration with MI6 and the “Prison Term” makes him “Compromised” in my Book. MI6 can never be trusted when it comes to RUS, IND, or CHN; and could be feeding Ritter their Intel Narrative.

    He’s a Marine Intel Type; but he’s not in UKR – the smuggling may have him spooked; but he seems out of sync with the RUS Objectives.

    RUS have Air Superiority. RUS’ Priorities are Securing Russian Speaking Regions from Kiev-Lviv/BanderaNazi. RUS will probably rely on Standoff Weapons to Strike Targets over Kiev-Lviv for the most part. Some Gear may get smuggled in by Truck; but Trains aren’t working very well.

    Trucking Convoys and Lone Trailer Smugglers will be eventually spotted and added to the Targeting List. One of the Benefits of Controlling the Airspace.

    I’ve been on a Guided Missile Cruiser which was an Air Warfare Coordinator in a Warzone for Convoy Escorts.

    Should Odessa+Other Russian-Speaking Regions become taken by RUS+Secessionists (Looks Logical), the Kiev-Lviv “Rump” Should be Set Up for a Dedicated “No Fly Zone” and more aggressive Artillery/Missile/DroneStrike Maneuvers+Sorties, since Kiev-Lviv aren’t going to be Occupied (for very long) or Rebuilt by Russia+Secessionists.

    Perhaps Ritter doesn’t quite comprehend the concept of a Special Military Operation focused on Precision Strike Weapons to spare Civilian Lives+Infrastructure – while taking out the UKR Military+Logistics Schemes. Takes time; and RUS would rather give UKR Military+Conscripts Opportunities to Surrender.

    Ritter calling for a “War” to Occupy the Western Region plays into MI6 and USA_State+Def Plans to Bleed Russia.

    Sorry.

    He’s a MI6 Asset – Compromised.

    As for his Sex Offenses+Incarceration, I have to state that I do not approve of Ritter’s Conduct there.

    If I ran a PMC, would I hire Ritter? Never.

    • Thanks: Iris
  14. northeast says:

    The U.S. has not won a war since WW2. It’s not going to be taking over the world anytime soon.

  15. Anon[828] • Disclaimer says:

    With his history you’d think he would be easy for intel agencies to control, maybe that’s what’s going on here? https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-u-n-weapons-inspector-gets-prison-in-internet-sex-act-case

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  16. Whitney,

    You have been a naughty journalist. You write:

    At one point, he casually opines that Russia will have to mobilize 1 and a half million men if they want to prevail in Ukraine and then move on to Finland.

    YOU are the only person in this article mentioning Finland. (Search page, one occurrence). If you wish to summarize Ritter’s commentary and include “move on to Finland” you better find a reference to that nation by Ritter.

    You have made a rather grave allegation with no evidence.

    Naughty journalist!

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
    , @ProfessorChops
  17. Rahan says:

    Not unlike at least half of the point of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being to show to Stalin “don’t push beyond what was agreed, western Europe is ours”, today’s reaction of the west is likely at least half a message to China.

    Also, most of the foundational measures of humanity’s “soft landing” via the klaus perestroika most likely kick in this year and the next, so right now is something like a “last hurrah” for the 20th century way of doing things. Putin knows this, Xi knows this. But Xi has to concentrate on this year’s politburo meeting to see who gets to be a people’s democratic helmsman for another mandate — him or some new guy.

    • Agree: meamjojo
  18. gT says:

    Some new howitzers arriving in Ukraine is not a train smash. Donetsk and Lugansk will still be liberated, and then its probably going to be Kharkiv’s turn and then Odessa’s turn. Some Western arms are getting in via Moldova, hence they are being seen in Kherson, but Russia can’t now go and bomb Moldova.

    Time is definitely on Russia’s side, they can bomb and precision strike indefinitely, especially after Doneskt and Lugansk are liberated. If Russia needs more men then they can accept all the volunteers from the various Muslim nations such as Iraq and Iran, even Afghanistan. Definitely Rocket Man in North Korea would be willing to spare some of his 200’000 Special Forces if it means that some Americans will die.

    Why much Russia conquer Ukraine quickly, there is no hurry, NATO isn’t exactly going to get involved. In fact, only if NATO gets involved will Russia need to call for mobilization.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Emslander
  19. Daniel H says:

    It can’t take place when tens of billions of dollars of equipment is pouring in and Russia is not able to interdict it

    And then, maybe, Russia will choose a place where she can interdict the equipment: on the high seas, air transport, Polish rail and road transport, and such way lies full-blown, unambiguous war with USA/NATO and a hyper real possibility of nuclear conflict.

    • Replies: @meamjojo
  20. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:

    After the liberation of Donbas, while Russia cannot completely stop the buildup in military capability in Western Ukraine, it can use the threat of “taking off the gloves” to force Ukraine to accept a cease fire and recognize its territorial losses in Donbas and South Ukraine. Russia can also threaten to capture Odessa and landlock Ukraine – forever! If Ukraine foolishly insists on continuing the war Kiev will be reduced to rubble.

    With regards to Finland, Russia already promised to “fortify its border”. But such a long border always has some disputed areas – even a few square miles – that Russia can capture. Finland will complain but won’t be able to do a thing about it. More importantly, since NATO charter prevents admission of members with border dispute, that will shut Finland out of NATO, which is probably even better for NATO as it saves another potential conflagration point.

    • Replies: @Realist
  21. I can’t see the problem with Ritter changing his analysis.
    He’s looked at new, objective facts – has decided that they are significant & has changed his views of the conflict on that basis.
    This is exactly what we should want our public commentators to do. Respond objectively to new circumstances. If we want lies & nonsense propaganda we can return to the MSM (god help you/us).
    This is not to say Ritter is “correct” — it’s to say that he’s trying to be. (which is a hell of a lot more than the MSM).

    • Agree: peterAUS
    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  22. @anonymous

    Good points. All looking a bit “Volkssturm” – with all that that implies.

  23. I was out on Ritter when he pushed a completely wrong obit on Lira. There was no professional reason to do that unless he was told to do so by (((someone))). The comments re MI6 and CP are new information but, if true, would absolutely be reason to blacklist his opinion, regardless of whether he is Pro-Russia or Pro-GloboHomo.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  24. @Richard B

    “Either way, not only will they fail, they are failing.”
    Let’s say that’s true — but are they failing fast enough ?
    The world, civilisation, are on the clock. And now with Ukraine, the sand in the timer is running down faster & faster ….

    • Replies: @Richard B
  25. Notsofast says:

    …… ukraine is the first battle in the third world war….this is correct and i think the russians understood that from the beginning. this is an economic war that the west is losing badly and is now all in, knowing the only way for them to continue their economic ponzi scheme is to put the entire world on a war footing and force all nations to choose a side.

    i think the russians will continue a slow deliberate approach as time is on their side in the larger economic war. as the nato equipment is burned through by an inexperienced ukraine army of conscripts, nato countries are beginning to balk at the never ending demands of the petulant ukrainian government and their hedgemon master. defense contactors are warning of delays in replenishment of depleted stocks due to supply chain issues with china going into a convenient lock down further disrupting their replacement.

    the oil embargo of russia is impossible without destroying the western economy completely and three forths of the e.u. countries refusing to pay in euros have now opened russian accounts to continue payment.

    yes, this is going to be a long war unless nato realizes that they have fallen into the bear trap they set for russia. austin calling shoigu and demanding a ceasefire is quite telling and it seems to be either an act of desperation or more ominously a threat of a nuclear false flag. either way i’m sure the russians are prepared for it.

    • Thanks: Iris
  26. I suspect that if Putin were to nuke the Big Craphole, Filthydelphia, Boston, the District of Corruption, Ratlanta, the Windy Shitty, and many more shithole hives across the US, the war would end rather quickly. And the world would be better off for it!

  27. “Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War”. That is true. But it’s important is to see pattern – go beyond analysis – which reveals that every Great Power eventually gets the war it is trying to avoid: its own destruction. Of course, everyone wants to avoid nuclear war.
    https://patternofhistory.wordpress.com/

  28. pyrrhus says:

    This new assessment flies in the face of Ukrainian soldiers saying the American equipment that actually reaches them is of little use, and Zelenskey calling up completely untrained reserves…also the fact that Putin cannot fail, and will unleash the bombs and missiles if pushed to it…

    But in the end, Russia has more oil and strategic minerals than any country in the world, and will not allow them to be confiscated by the bankrupt West…That’s why a majority of nations support Russia against the imperialists…

  29. bwuce wee says:

    putin is not trying to overtake ukraine and absorb it back into russia. putin is trying to secure 2 russian speaking regions which decided they did not want to be part of ukraine. these regions have been under CONSTANT cowardly attack for over 6 years. he will also likely retain crimea. those appear to be his goals, and they are his stated goals. so really, it is no surprise that he hasn’t gone full blitzkreig. one of his stated goals was to stop the human trafficking and biolabs producing pandemic weapons- looks like he succeeded. so his glass is 1/2 gull, while everyone else think his glass is 1/2 empty. also, the US has basically disarmed themselves while arming ukraine)not to mention running every real soldiers out of the military with his VACCINE MANDATES!)- so what better result could he ask for that his main enemy is disarming itself? that’s how wars are won. the US is bankrupting itself, and disarming itself exactly according to putin’s plan. he is playing chess while being critiqued by CHECKER PLAYERS. chew on that, you pathetic checker players. all those missiles we are sending will take years to replace. meanwhile mass starvation, lockdowns, mass unemployment(MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS EVERY MONTH) face the US- the worst situation since the great depression. help, brandon- please save us…. bunch of really short-sighted cucks here!

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
    • Replies: @bwuce wee
  30. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:

    It would be NATO’s wet dreams to see Russia bogged down in Ukraine with an endless flow of weaponry trickling to a non-existent front, counter-offensives and eventually a Russian defeat, much like the US suffered in Vietnam. There are a few major differences which make this scenario much less likely in Ukraine:

    1. Russia is operating in areas where the population is mostly pro-Russian. That makes a very big difference. How big? Just ask any military man who has been in a war zone.

    2. Ukrainians in Russian annexed territory either receive Russian citizenship or will live in a full autonomous / independent states of LPR/DPR. For most of them it’s the end of the war which started in 2014. It is hard to imagine people in liberated areas, enjoying full independence / citizenship, risking their lives and engaging in guerilla warfare to fight for the Ukrainian regime which they didn’t want to be part of in the first place. Didn’t happen in Crimea, no reason to believe it will happen in East/South Ukraine.

    3. The Ukraine regime is 100% reliant on Western support. That support will wear thin once Europe is flooded with 10 million+ refugees (Western Ukraine so far hasn’t been touched, but that is likely to change), their economies collapse and in the US, Republicans, who are more willing to question the necessity of the neocon-liberals’ war, win elections. US allies have regularly been betrayed by the US – this won’t be the first time and Ukraine should have taken that into account.

  31. Trumpeter says:

    Sink a couple of ships carrying goods to the US, sever a couple of pipelines to Europe, promote a little famine in Global South to overrun US and Europe with imigrants.
    People who live in glass houses…

  32. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Mustapha Mond

    When human shields die it’s the fault of the organization that employed human shields.

    The best way to ensure any form of hostage isn’t used again is to shoot the hostage. It may be emotionally difficult, but it is logically trivial.

    Some cursory attempt to negotiate should be made, just in case they’re not serious. However, do mention that if they don’t give up the hostages, you’re going to shoot the hostages and then charge them for the resulting homicide.

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
    , @Carlo
  33. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:

    If Scott Ritter is correct, I have to remind people what the great Walt Mearsheimer recently said: “great powers don’t just say ‘hey, it’s not working’ and give up. They just take off the gloves and inflict a world of pain.” – which is what I suspect the next phase of the Ukraine war will look like if Ukraine insists on keeping the war going after Russia completes the liberation of Donbas. In other words, Western Ukraine will turn into rubble, its infrastructure destroyed and 10+ million additional refugees will flood Europe.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Rubicon
  34. Alrenous says: • Website

    Scott Ritter is a politician and has never been telling the full story.

    It’s nice that he’s significantly less of a liar than most politicians. However, this doesn’t mean he isn’t basically a thrall to Father of Lies, Satan.

  35. DrDog says:

    My only quibble with Mr. Ritter’s ‘about face’ is why he did not reach the conclusion sooner? I personally only gave the UA a week before they were over run. When that did not happen I adjusted to a wait an see mindset. Ritter has a better background and appreciation of history than I ever will. But suffice it to say, UA is RU’s Vietnam.

    * It not set battle armored assault, it is guerrilla warfare.
    * UA has adopted a sort of trench warfare at key points for defense. The VC had to be rooted out of tunnels.
    * Poland is the equivalent of Haiphong harbor, NVm. Both for supplies and training of UA personnel. Just like then as now, RU can see the supply routes but can do nothing without widening the war.
    * Abandoned resources are turned against them. ditto. ditto.

    What has changed is some key kit. Drones, Stugna-P and stingers have made platoons lethal to armor and low level air combat. Those same weapons change the economics of engagement dramatically. \$60k for a Javelin is cheap when it destroys a \$2-3m tank or self propelled gun.

    The saddest fact of all is this was all avoidable. RU is no ogre, UA is no saint. Both sides will be responsible for massive hunger in portions of the world.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  36. anon[584] • Disclaimer says:

    Not to impugn Ritter, but CIA teed him up for blackmail before they ever let him near Iraq. They had a Big Lie to tell and they weren’t going to leave it to some free human being. His job was to sniff out Saddam’s nonexistent WMD. Ritter subsequently acquitted himself with honest reporting despite state-of-the-art kompromat.

    That Ritter could be a loose cannon despite that is proof of his brass balls. CIA is doubtless threatening his loved ones, his assets, his life. They downloaded him 63 terabits of prostitot vids straight from Comey’s private stock on Playpen. Russian proof of CIA’s banned biological weapons is an existential threat to the CIA regime.

    Regardless of what Ritter really thinks, his arguments are cogent. So on to the merits. Russia can pinch off NATO’s ratline at their convenience. Why haven’t they done so? Because CIA took care to use infrastructure Ukies need to live. This is CIA’s invariant playbook, use the enemy’s decency against them. Make Russia starve out Ukraine to stop the war. Then make Bono, Barbara Streisand, and two hundred 80s hair bands sing “We are the Hohols, We are the Nazis,” strum, strum, strum.

    Needless to say, Systema indicates asymmetrical response. Russia has a grip on CIA’s impunity nuts. Stand by for the yowl.

    • Replies: @Mitar
  37. Realist says:
    @gT

    Why much Russia conquer Ukraine quickly, there is no hurry, NATO isn’t exactly going to get involved. In fact, only if NATO gets involved will Russia need to call for mobilization.

    US/NATO has been involved from the get-go. They are the ones who initiated this. If Russia is as ignorant of this…they have lost. Prolonging a war is always stupid.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Herald
  38. Realist says:
    @Anon

    After the liberation of Donbas, while Russia cannot completely stop the buildup in military capability in Western Ukraine, it can use the threat of “taking off the gloves” to force Ukraine to accept a cease fire and recognize its territorial losses in Donbas and South Ukraine.

    Never threat…DO

    Russia can also threaten to capture Odessa and landlock Ukraine – forever! If Ukraine foolishly insists on continuing the war Kiev will be reduced to rubble.

    This should have been part of the original plan.

    With regards to Finland, Russia already promised to “fortify its border”. But such a long border always has some disputed areas – even a few square miles – that Russia can capture. Finland will complain but won’t be able to do a thing about it.

    Agreed.

  39. Anonymous[137] • Disclaimer says:

    Meh. Russia is going to win this one or the world is going to end. Not only are they stronger and better positioned to commit and escalate, if pushed, in that part of the world but they also know that this is an existential fight. If necessary, they will go full nuclear and that’s the only scenario where they lose.

    And everyone else.

  40. Realist says:
    @Anon

    They just take off the gloves and inflict a world of pain.”

    Russia should have never been wearing gloves in the first place.

    • Agree: Fred777
  41. @Alrenous

    “The best way to ensure any form of hostage isn’t used again is to shoot the hostage. It may be emotionally difficult, but it is logically trivial.”

    Are you from Israel?

    Or did you just take the images of Keyser Soze in “The Usual Suspects” shooting his wife and kids a bit too seriously?

    I suspect Vlad will stay the course, spare the civilians and deal with what comes of that choice. (But maybe he also saw “The Usual Suspects” and is soon to make civilians ‘expendable’ en masse. Somehow I doubt it….. I mean, he’s not a British, or worse, an American leader.)

    • Thanks: Alrenous
    • Replies: @Alrenous
    , @Lurker
  42. Greg S. says:

    I think the question to really ask here is: who’s bleeding who?

    The intent of the Globalist cabal (let us please drop the pretense that this conflict is being driven by a single country) is to bleed Russia by using Ukrainians as cannon fodder. The Ukrainians are brainwashed with entirely controlled state media, provided with weapons, training, “advisors” on the front, satellite and other military intelligence, and sent to die. The Globalists don’t care if the entire nation of Ukraine is reduced to black ash, as long as the conflict keeps going and Russians keep dying. That’s their plan.

    The Russian response to this on the surface does seem strange. They have committed a relatively tiny amount of military resources towards this “special operation” (and not a war, in their eyes), and seem content to let the western “aid” to the Ukrainian side flow almost unabated. There is much gnashing of teeth in some of the Russian circles of people who know this, and know that Russia could be doing much more, much faster, but aren’t doing it.

    My theory to explain this is that Russia is actually trying to inverse the equation, and make the Globalists the ones who will bleed out, in the LONG run. If Russia can successfully use their small military force to keep grinding away at the Ukrainian cannon fodder, and keep destroying and or capturing every single weapon the west hurls their way, and have the west outspend Russia by orders of magnitude, it’s actually Russia who can withstand to have this conflict last basically forever. The west wants to throw every last Ukrainian to their death on the front lines against Russia? Russia says “fine, then we will kill every last Ukrainian who takes up arms against us, for as long as it takes.” The conflict is not taking place on Russian soil. Russian defenses elsewhere are not vulnerable. Normal Russian lives are not being impeded much. And the brunt of the suffering is actually borne again by Ukrainians – the Russian speaking ones.

    Also Russia is surely aware of the current total implosion going on in the west? The high mortality from the never ending COVID death shots (I don’t hear about Russian people taking their 4th and 5th doses of Sputnik, do you?), the supply chain breakdowns, the economic implosion, the devaluing dollar, massive debts, 10-20% inflation, no baby formula, etc, etc. I don’t hear about Russian babies going hungry, do you? So who’s really losing and who’s really winning? From where I sit, all Russia needs to do is grind out the conflict and wait while the Globalist empire of Lies suicides itself.

  43. bwuce wee says:
    @bwuce wee

    us admiral surrenders to putin from illegal US bioweapon pandemic lab in ukraine:

    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/reports-u-s-admiral-surrenders-to-russia-in-mariupol-ukraine

    and this was one of putin’s stated objectives: to expose the US illegal bioweapons labs in ukraine- and this is exactly why biden is sending billions of our tax dollars EACH DAY to protect HIS INVESTMENT IN THE PANDEMIC PLANNING BIOLAB!

    • Thanks: Notsofast
  44. @Richard Steven Hack

    Maybe, just maybe, Ritter is not what he has been touted as: a supremely brave soul who speaks the truth to power. Maybe he is a normal human who can be threatened or bribed into submission. Or maybe worse.

    I recall having written off Ritter years ago as a well-concealed controlled opposition voice when it came to crunch time, and rarely read his assessments published in RT. That analysis may have been correct. Maybe not. Maybe he is right.

    Regardless, we shall see how things proceed from here.

    And by their fruits (and predictions) ye shall know them…….

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  45. Jon Chance says: • Website

    Many observers seem to imagine that the Russian Federation and President Putin wish to reconquer the territories of the Soviet Union and/or Tsarist Empire.

    But I see no credible evidence that the objectives of the Russian government extend beyond securing and liberating Eastern Ukraine and Southern Ukraine.

    Apparently President Putin and most Russian citizens are more sensible than the war-addicted puppets of the UKEUNATO-Israeli Empire.

    Needless to say, if we had legitimate governments in America and Europe, the Russian Federation would have been our ally since the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago.

    Are you surprised that the Gallup News Agency reports that over seventy percent (>70%) of American citizens are consistently opposed to the so-called “US government”?

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/1600/congress-public.aspx

    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  46. Bro43rd says:
    @northeast

    Yes the us hasn’t won a military conflict since the span-amer war but they have dominated the world economically. Installing their debt-based system wherever they go. I would say they’ve already taken over. I will agree that their control is waning & isn’t far from the graveyard.

  47. Ritter hasn’t done an about face. He’s saying that destroying the main Uke army in Donbass is taking much longer than he assumed. Once those units surrender, it was thought the Uke’s would be unable to fill the gap in Central Ukraine and Russia could roll on. Ritter didn’t expect the massive aid from the USA to include training Ukes directly in Poland. These new units should be ready to fill the gap. I expect these units will include thousands of CIA contractors to maintain all their new NATO gear.

    Note that the Ukes outnumber the invading Russian army by a factor of three. They mobilized their reserve forces at the start. Putin has not sent most of his active Army into Ukraine, nor mobilized his three million man reserve force. Putin needs to up the game quickly and send in lots more troops lest his army end up in a long slog westward.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  48. @you

    Russia needs to allow the 50k volunteers to join the offensive in Ukraine with the regular forces so they can learn, assist from the regular forces and reinforce them.

    Russia also needs to mobilize 100k more soldiers to provide security in the rear areas to free up the regular forces for combat.

    This will speed up the offensive so the Zio empire won’t have time to retrain more sacrificial Goyims to send to the front to delay their defeat.

    • Agree: Mefobills
  49. @jimbojones

    Paul Carig Roberts is right, Putin is far too weak and too cautious. Once war starts you have to be ready to go all in.

    Russia needs to allow the 50k volunteers to join the offensive in Ukraine with the regular forces so they can learn, assist from the regular forces and reinforce them.
    Russia also needs to mobilize 100k more soldiers to provide security in the rear areas to free up the regular forces for combat.
    This will speed up the offensive so the Zio empire won’t have time to retrain more sacrificial Goyims to send to the front to delay their defeat.

  50. Zelensky has indicated that he’s willing to mobilize a million people, at a time when the west is ready to provide the funding and equipment to turn those million men into a real military threat.
    This at a time when all the eligible young men are sneaking off to neighboring European countries. The Ukrainian army is so desperate that it is grabbing men waiting in gasoline lines at pumps. And they are starved for fuel. The Russians have destroyed all refineries and most storage sites, getting fuel by railroad is impossible due to different gauge tracks.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  51. Richard B says:
    @animalogic

    “Either way, not only will they fail, they are failing.”
    Let’s say that’s true — but are they failing fast enough ?

    Great question. The short answer is: We’ll see. But the relevance of your question and the fact that there’s no solid answer either way seems to be the cause of a growing malaise.

    One thing’s for sure, biological theory does not assure us that mankind is going to be a successful species. I think a very strong argument could be made that what is happening right now is that we are being evolutionarily tested and very well might fail that test.

    Perhaps a growing awareness of this possibility is the real source of that malaise.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
    , @Ace
  52. StanJ says:

    Why Did Lloyd Austin Call Sergei Shoigu?

    • Agree: nokangaroos
  53. @Jon Chance

    But I see no credible evidence that the objectives of the Russian government extend beyond securing and liberating Eastern Ukraine and Southern Ukraine.

    Russia’s stated objectives include the full demilitarization, denazification and neutralization of the entire Borderlands. It follows that the amount of territory that has to be secured is however much is necessary to attain these goals. I’d say this will have to mean the entire Ukraine, since any space left unsecured becomes the Nazi fortress into which full NATO power will flow.

    • Replies: @Jon Chance
  54. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Mustapha Mond

    You don’t sound like you’re from Israel, so you probably shouldn’t act as if you are. Thanks for letting me know you have no idea what you’re talking about; pure social posturing, zero thinking.

    You’re irresponsibly encouraging the usage of hostages and human shields. “They work! Keep doing it!”

    Or are you responsibly trying to get as many non-combatants terrorized and/or killed as possible? The more you people exactly like you encourage the usage of human shields, the more you have to shoot when we reach the sudden stop at the end.

    That’s truly a level of depravity. I’m actually sorta impressed.

  55. anon[379] • Disclaimer says:

    Admiral Olsen, with due regard to your ICCPR Article 14(2)(g) freedom from compelled confession, is it your intention to provide evidence pertaining to banned biological weapons in conformity with Rome Statute Article 56?

    Suck on this, Avril. Suck it till it squirts.

  56. IronForge says:

    One more Issue.

    Looked a bit closer on Ritter’s Wikipedia Bio…

    While at the UN, Ritter worked closely with the ISR Govt to decipher Surveillance Images from USA-Loaned U-2s.

    So he has had an Intel working relationship with the ISR Govt. With Soros-Schwartz, Blinken, Nudelman-Khagan, Kolomoiskyy, and Zelenskyy Khazari-Ashkenazi Tribals milling about in this Conflict – another reason to be more suspicious.

    I don’t care if Ritter has a Spouse/In-Laws from UKR/RUS (IIRC, he claimed he has).

    Sorry.

  57. @Richard B

    Russia can easily win. All Putin needs is a private word with Israeli PM that further assistance to Ukraine byIsrael, US and EU (i.e. Zio Colonies) is not advisable. A big hyper sonic could arrive and disperse greetings above Tel Aviv.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
    • Replies: @anon
  58. HeyHeyHey says:
    @Richard Steven Hack

    For those interested, Mr. Ritter said a few words about FBI harassment in an interview in 2002:

    Are you being investigated for espionage?

    I’ve been called a spy of Israel since 1996, and since I made my documentary film in 2000 the FBI has investigated me as an agent of Iraq. The FBI has also opened up an investigation into my wife calling her a KGB spy. So there is this form of harassment taking place. [1]

    Regardless, I find it difficult to square his recent remarks about Ukraine with an op-ed he wrote not even two weeks ago:

    Biden is sending Ukraine billions of dollars of weaponry it can’t use properly

    The US and NATO seem content with providing Ukraine with old, worn out (obsolete is the operative word here) equipment that is virtually guaranteed to break down rapidly under combat conditions and for which Ukraine has no logistical support plan in place.

    . . .

    Pelosi’s visit has been portrayed as an indication that the Biden administration, by providing Ukraine with the heavy weaponry it has been requesting, is committed to Ukraine prevailing in the ongoing conflict with Russia. But the reality is far different—by providing Ukraine with equipment which is all but guaranteed to break down shortly after entering combat, and for which Ukraine has no infrastructure on hand to maintain and repair, Biden and Pelosi are doing little more than feeding the Ukrainian military suicide pills and calling it nutrition.

    With friends like these, who needs enemies. [2]

    Compare the above with his more recent remarks that were quoted in the article:

    And this is why I have radically changed my overall assessment, because I had been operating on the assumption that Russia would be able to interdict the vast majority of this equipment, but Russia has shown itself unable or unwilling to do this and– as a result– the Ukrainians are having meaningful impact on the battlefield.

    So, Russia is unable to interdict equipment that “is all but guaranteed to break down shortly after entering combat,” etc. Why should this change the course of the war?

    [1] http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,351165,00.html

    [2] https://www.rt.com/russia/555029-western-weapon-supplies-ukrainian-suicide/

  59. Antiwar7 says:
    @Using the Search Function

    Ritter did talk about Finland in that interview. Don’t know what you’re talking about.

  60. @DrDog

    Those same weapons change the economics of engagement dramatically. \$60k for a Javelin is cheap when it destroys a \$2-3m tank or self propelled gun.

    Right?

    This is why I strongly disagree with all the commentators claiming the tank isn’t dead.

    At best, in modern conflict, we can say that use case for the tank is now extremely limited.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    , @Lurker
  61. @Greg S.

    Also Russia is surely aware of the current total implosion going on in the west?….the supply chain breakdowns….

    This is why I question the idea the West can indefinitely dump weapons into Ukraine.

    Multiple militaries are already complaining of depleted stocks.

    Howitzers for Taiwan being delayed until 2026 is another sign MIC production is an issue.

    As for the jabs, the West may have scored a huge own goal with these because they seem as though they are working to close the gap between Western and Russian TFRs.

  62. Anonymous[137] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    Prolonging a war is always stupid.

    You shouldn’t be throwing around words like “stupid” if you don’t understand that in almost every war time favours one side.

    Ukrainian soldiers are dying in unsustainable numbers so the clock is ticking. Their faith in the “we’re winning” narrative is getting demolished by reality daily so their willingness to get ripped apart for the (((people))) who sold them that narrative is… fading, to say the least.

    A similar process is starting to happen among the Western “I stand with Ukraine” NPC herds. It’s easy to posture when it costs little. Clinging to those cheap endorphins becomes much harder when you get colder, poorer and less sure in your survival.

    As a European I’m already seeing some NPCs reexamining their shallow, formerly costless”convictions” just because of the current inflation effects. Others will get a wake-up call as this clusterfuck turd-blossoms way past their pain thresholds. This pain-train has barely started moving and Europe in particular is least prepared to deal with it.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @al gore rhythms
  63. nsa says:

    The Russian Federation spans 11 time zones and sits atop 1/4 to 1/3 of the world’s resources. This is the holy grail of the yids and their globohomo useful idiots…..the empire had their hands on the prize in the early 1990s but let it slip away. Can the Rooskies hold on to their resources?
    The timid Rooskies need to stop with the Kabuki theater and get serious:
    1) Take down the ukie power grid by taking out the 50 to 100 power substations attached to power plants. No modern society exists in the dark…no lighting, no internet, no communications. 10 million refugees flooding the euroweanies with those remaining eating their pets.
    2) The baltic states are still connected to the Russian power grid. Throw the switch and let them live in the dark also and contemplate their western values…..porn, perversion, and penury.
    3) Cut off all ural light sweet crude and nat gas to all the nato straps. Let them stick saudi gunk through their refineries and heat with solar panels and bird killing windmills.
    4) Eventually, it may be necessary to take out a non-nuclear euroweanie capital like Berlin and see if the nuclear armed states actually care to retaliate and risk a full thermonuclear exchange….goodbye London, Joorusalem, JooYork, Wash DC, Joos Angeles, etc
    Or the timid Rooskies can continue with the Kabuki theater and encourage the globo-homo empire……and lose more than just their McDonalds franchises and netflix subscriptions.

    • Agree: allgoodnamestaken
    • LOL: Rurik
    • Replies: @Bro43rd
    , @Rev. Spooner
  64. Falcon 22 says:

    Russia has the moral high ground?? That’s as stupid a statement as I have ever heard!
    Ukraine has the right to be Nazi. If they want, as long as they do not adapt the more evil side of the old Nazi regime from WW2. What of Russia’s extreme humanity crimes in and before WW2, and since. Should we de- Russia, the Russians.
    Russia has no right to use nucs on a nation just because they are a border nation joining NATO. This is not the same as Cuba. soviets were placing nucs on Cuba, in defiance of treaty agreements. We could have nuke armed Japan and South Korea, but we didn’t.

    • Agree: meamjojo
    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
    , @Dubik
  65. Jon Chance says: • Website
    @Flying Dutchman

    Perhaps Russia can avoid a ground occupation of Western Ukraine by establishing a no-fly zone over the territory and intercepting with missiles NATO’s deliveries of weapons and supplies.

    As long as Russia secures Eastern Ukraine and Southern Ukraine, why bother getting bogged down in Western Ukraine?

    And as far as Finland goes, why wouldn’t Russia enjoy an invasion of Finns, as long as they pay rent in rubles?

    This war isn’t only military, political and economic — it’s also cultural.

    If there was no propaganda, how much of Europe would be rooting for Russia over the EU?

    • Replies: @HeyHeyHey
  66. @Alrenous

    Yep, you’re from Israel alright……. and a psychopath. The two often go hand in hand…….

  67. Anonymous[137] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    Maybe, just maybe, Ritter is not what he has been touted as: a supremely brave soul who speaks the truth to power. Maybe he is a normal human who can be threatened or bribed into submission.

    True. In one of the more boring recent interviews he spent quite a bit of time discussing his regret over the decision to start speaking against the Globohomo back in the day. He literally said that he wouldn’t have done it if given a chance to rewind the time tape – not because of the hardships imposed on him since that time, but of those imposed on his family.

    I’m guessing he was talking about financial hardships and if that is indeed the case it’s clear how a Globohomo representative could have turned him with a bag of money and a vague appeal to be “patriotic” like all soldiers should be.

    • Thanks: Mustapha Mond
  68. HeyHeyHey says:
    @Jon Chance

    This war isn’t only military, political and economic — it’s also cultural.

    Yes, unfortunately this is undeniable. Ukrainian officials have no qualms about admitting this. In February, Ukrinform published a petition to ban even the discussion of Russian culture in media:

    https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3415750-ukraine-demands-cultural-sanctions-against-russia.html

    Book fairs, film festivals, art exhibitions, music performances — all of these are to exclude Russian writers, directors, artists, and musicians. They even petition media to “stop covering Russian culture.”

    Ukrinform is Ukraine’s national news agency. It is worth noting that the first two names on this petition are:

    Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Informational Policy of Ukraine

    Galyna Grygorenko, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Arts and Artistic Education

    Sadly, there are many in the West who comply with these demands. On the other hand, some of us are even more resolved to study and promote Russian culture.

  69. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Richard B

    they are doing the same thing domestically with whites in the US. Whites, Russians and Palestinians are all pretty much in the same basket of Global Scapegoats.

    And devout Muslims, and devout Christians, and Constitutionalist patriots, and conservatives…

    What you call Jewish Supremacism Inc, I call Judeofascism. And yes, it’s a mindless, soulless, inhuman entity (the rabbis and gurus systematically make it thus). It sees humanity as soft, weak and gullible. Yet it uses gurus like ((Chuck Schumer)) and dogma like the Holocaust canon to portray itself as the eternal “victim” of “insensitive” goyim.

    So we’re dealing with a psychopathic, imperious, bully who sees itself as a persecuted victim, entitled to desecrate and destroy. This is Judeofascism, and it existed before the corporation, and will exist after. In fact, the corporation is secondary to the Judeofascist entity.

    To stop it, Israel will probably have to be nuked, and ((Jews)) and Zionists made into slaves. This is modern Christendom’s dilemma, as it sees itself as a corporate Jesus since it got so deeply into bed with ((Jews)), and made itself subservient to the Almighty Moneychanger.

    The traditional Christians of Western Civilization would have no problem nuking Israel and making Christ killers slaves. They recognize the true nature and character of the Judeofascist, and see it for what it is: a mad dog.

  70. Catdog says:

    I’m also bored by the slow pace of the advance and Phase 2 never materializing, but I don’t buy Ritter’s argument. The western military aid is quite minor. Ukraine couldn’t stop Russia from occupying a big chunk of their territory when they had their whole military intact and volunteers instead of draftees. Unless NATO can give the Ukrainians more material than they had in February (which they can’t), the calculus doesn’t change. And NATO doesn’t have unlimited arms. The US is already scrounging 3rd-world junkyards for soviet tanks to buy.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  71. Bro43rd says:
    @nsa

    Isn’t that the card they’re holding onto til last hand is dealt. Once played there’s no unplaying it.

  72. Catdog says:
    @DrDog

    \$60k for a Javelin is cheap when it destroys a \$2-3m tank or self propelled gun.

    And a \$.50 bullet is cheap when it kills an expensive soldier too. But of course the flaw in that logic is obvious. How many of these javelins are destroyed or “lost” before they reach the front lines? How many are captured or abandoned once there without being fired? Of those actually fired, how many actually hit, and of those hits how many are actually knock outs? The arms dealers pretend that 1 javelin = 1 dead tank, but obviously that isn’t the case.

  73. j2 says:

    One Western prediction is that Russia will try in the next week or two a new attack probably to Kiev with three armies that it has managed to gather from all over Russia and rearm from the remains of the last attack on Kiev. Scott Ritter naturally makes no mention of this threat, because
    he is a political analyst with some external goal. Anyway, Ukraine should be prepared.

  74. The outcome should not change loyalty. I believe in Russia because the West strikes me as being evil, I felt like this for many years now. Even if Russia loses big, why would I suddenly see the West as good? I’ve never done military service, I just follow history as best I can. No-one said it would be easy, both sides are stubborn, as their histories prove. Wait and see, just like with the vax, time will show a more true image. Some will be right, some will be wrong. It won’t kill me if I’m wrong, but it will make me a lesser being if I join the other side surreptitiously. Slava Rossiya, for the record.

  75. peterAUS says:

    Good article.

    Pleasant surprise seeing the Lt. Col. coming to his senses.

    Except one point, though: RF is NOT winning in the Eastern Ukraine. It’s slowly and painfully advancing along one axis (losing men and material in the process), AND, at the same time, losing territory along other axis, in the same theatre.

    A couple of other points too, but let’s leave them out for the moment.
    In time. Say..a month from now.

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  76. Herald says:
    @anonymous

    Many of the young have already absconded from Ukraine, having no wish to face the Russian grinder. Large numbers of old and incapable Ukrainians though have already been called up, initially as ramshackle home guard units, but they now find themselves shoved up to the front line to act as cannon fodder. The best these unfortunates can hope for is to be wounded just enough so as to be sent home.

  77. meamjojo says:
    @Daniel H

    “‘And then, maybe, Russia will choose a place where she can interdict the equipment: on the high seas, air transport, Polish rail and road transport, and such way lies full-blown, unambiguous war with USA/NATO and a hyper real possibility of nuclear conflict. ”

    Let’s get it on! Time to grind Russia into the dirt. And draw and quarter Putin.

    • LOL: 36 ulster
    • Replies: @Hal Womack
    , @frnmlanm
  78. Miro23 says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Note that the Ukes outnumber the invading Russian army by a factor of three. They mobilized their reserve forces at the start. Putin has not sent most of his active Army into Ukraine, nor mobilized his three million man reserve force. Putin needs to up the game quickly and send in lots more troops lest his army end up in a long slog westward.

    Things not going according to plan is not unusual in war. One of the US’ most successful military leaders from Korea/Vietnam, Colonel David H. Hackworth went into this in his book “About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior”.

    P777. “… it is our responsibility, not only to train our soldiers well, to lead our soldiers well, but to make sure that there are no mistakes made, that they are protected as well as possible from mistakes and error, and once you make mistakes they must be surfaced, critiqued, identified and remedial action taken.”

    And P373. – Germany 1960-62:
    “On one of our secret recons we bumped into four young West German officers. They were not examining future war positions. They were not even on duty. What they were were four totally professional soldiers on leave spending their leave time going over the ground of previous battles, Studying. Being reflective. Theirs was a serious interest in the business of soldiering…”

    The great US industrialist Henry Ford “My Life and Work” worked along the same lines.

    P106 “… Put brains into the method, and more brains, and still more brains – do things better than ever before…”

    The Russians aren’t famous for reflection and adaption in war, but when they do start studying and learning from their failures, they get great results. For example Operation Saturn 1942-43.

    It’s not just a question of pushing in more troops.

    • Thanks: SeekerofthePresence
    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  79. There’s also the point that so long as Russia limits the war to the southeast and we pay the Ukrainians to wage that war, the Ukrainians will keep fighting.

    How could they do otherwise? It’d be financially catastrophic for them to make peace without our approval.

  80. Herald says:
    @Realist

    Russia has stated that one of its main aims of its SMO is to demilitarise Ukraine and this is what it appears to be doing. The longer the SMO lasts the more Ukraine will be demilitarised. The only alternative for Ukraine is to surrender on Russia’s terms.

    • Replies: @Realist
  81. @Anon

    With his history you’d think he would be easy for intel agencies to control, maybe that’s what’s going on here?

    Once kompromat is made public, it loses all its usefulness.

    Compromised people comply in order to prevent the publication of the kompromat; once it’s “out there” (and particularly if it becomes as high-profile as Ritter’s indiscretions) their hands are freed.

    The people controlling Epstein didn’t have Bill Clinton and Ehud Barak imprisoned; they didn’t leak the footage to the press. They are sitting on it, so it’s still useful. That’s how you run a proper honeypot.

    Ritter got lured in to a Jeffrey Toobin-style wank-on-cam bout of idiocy – when he ought to have known to be wary of anything of that nature, given the prurience of the Normies (TV-watchers).

    To me that shows unbelievably poor judgement – on a par with BetrayUs, who compromised the entire US intel complex in order to get his dick wet… with someone who’s maybe a 6½ on her best day.

    The thing we perhaps have to consider, is that Ritter got a phone call from someone telling him that if he doesn’t change his tune they’ve got his ass in a sling for some as-yet-undisclosed misadventure.

  82. Pavel Craig Robertsky may be right. When dealing with the West, you can’t go half-way. You gotta go all in.

  83. Leethal says:

    Why he changed his assessment? Like all commies, their assumption of themselves does not fit reality.

    • Replies: @Peter Rabbit
  84. @Using the Search Function

    I noticed that too. I have still not seen a successful counteroffensive by Ukraine anywhere. Ukraine is apparently losing 500-700 men per day in Donbass. Russia did go in soft as Ritter said, but are still partially constrained by the fact the Donbass is filled with ethnic Russians.I suspect if Russia is forced to take off the gloves and go to war status, their offensive will suddenly move much quicker. Russia will not allow itself to be defeated and will escalate as needed if they feel it necessary. I think we are all becoming too scared due to western propaganda, as anyone with a sense of justice wants a Russian victory. I am Ukrainian Canadian and I want a Russian victory. My tribal loyalties stop when Ukraine and NATO prefer the NAZI battalions when it comes to training and disbursing weapons. Besides, I am sure Russia is planning for a larger war if necessary, which will probably be the case. Russia still has over 900,000 trained reservists to corset the Donbass battalions if necessary.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  85. Realist says:
    @Anonymous

    You shouldn’t be throwing around words like “stupid” if you don’t understand that in almost every war time favours one side.

    Like in the Afghan war?

    You shouldn’t question my choice of words…if you don’t know that people and materiel are lost on both sides…so if one side is favored it does not benefit that side to prolong the war. War should be fought decisively and quickly.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  86. Wokechoke says:
    @Miro23

    The military geography of Europe hasn’t changed a bit since ww2. Kharkov and Izium tend to prove it. The expansion of suburbs might have altered how capital cities can be conquered though.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  87. Realist says:
    @Herald

    Russia has stated that one of its main aims of its SMO is to demilitarise Ukraine and this is what it appears to be doing. The longer the SMO lasts the more Ukraine will be demilitarised.

    Russia should be able to demilitarise Ukraine in short order. The longer a war lasts the more things can go wrong. Wars should be fought quickly and decisively.

    • Replies: @Herald
  88. Maybe Russia listened to Ritter.

  89. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Catdog

    I’m also bored by the slow pace of the advance and Phase 2 never materializing

    A plausible theory.

    Ritter wanted an exciting hollywood war and he got a real war instead. Now he’s passive-aggressively trying to dunk on Putin to goad him into a reaction, like a teenager needling her crush.

    Mad that Putin isn’t giving him any material for the interviews he has lined up, stuff like that. Can you imagine? “I’m going to be on the QRD show next week, all I’m going to have to say is that nothing significant has happened since the last time I was on…”

    • LOL: Levtraro
  90. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Richard B

    Population growth always damages the average gene pool. The upper classes never breed very much; the lower classes breed like rabbits. Upper is K, lower is r. Average IQ falls along with every other measure of virtue.

    Eventually it appears that there is no upper class anymore; it goes from lower, to middle, to nothing left. This is not quite true. (Key word: appears.) However, society has to function as if it has no leadership until Malthusian limits are hit and the lower classes start dying off fast enough for the upper classes to catch up.

  91. Forever slaughter in Ukraine—is this really what we want?

    It is much harder to fight for peace than war.

    It is more our rally call to kick out the psychopaths running our country than to boot the troubadours of George III.

  92. @Richard Steven Hack

    Scott Ritter, the same as Paul Craig Roberts are looking at the situation with American eyes. They do not understand what the Russians want and what the Russians are doing. He thinks that to demilitarize Ukraine the Russians need to exterminate all Ukrainian men.

    Because unless Russia is willing to jump across the Dnieper River and head into western Ukraine where it can eliminate the strategic depth that the Ukrainians are being gifted, then demilitarization of Ukraine is not going to take place.

    This is a purely American approach. No, the Russians do not need to go into western Ukraine. Any serious equipment will be destroyed with long-range missiles. Any aircraft, any warehouse where the heavy weapons are stored will be destroyed with cruise missiles.

    The fact that these advanced howitzers are operating on the front lines right now, shows there’s something wrong with the Russian methodology. And–unless they alter that methodology– I think we’re in for a very long summer.

    Of course there will be a long summer, and a long autumn too. And probably a long winter. But Howitzers don’t mean a shit. Ukraine does not have fuel to tow them. The range of these howitzers is limited.

    And what people like Ritter can’t understand – the Russians are not interested in Kharkov or Kiev. All these maneuvers are a distraction. A false menace. What the Russians are interested in, apart from Donbas, is perhaps Odessa.

    Anything else does not matter. Small arms do not matter.

    • Replies: @Levtraro
  93. Rubicon says:

    This is from The Saker. We assume, penned by Andrei Y. who knows a thing or two about the Russian military, it’s economy, and its diplomatic/political leadership.
    This should be viewed as a rebuttal to what Scott perceives going on in Russia:

    “Larry Johnson Asks Reasonable Questions.
    Especially after Pentagon finally got its wish yesterday and Austin was able to raise Shoigu on the phone. So, Larry asks totally logical and reasonable questions:

    If Russia was losing or completely stuck in Ukraine, one would expect that Sergei Shoigu would be the guy calling Austin and begging for mercy. Well, that is not what happened. It was Austin that placed the call, apparently unconcerned about his recent public call to weaken Russia. Why would Austin urge Shoigu to implement an “immediate ceasefire” if Russia was getting its ass kicked? Russia getting whipped by Ukraine is exactly what Austin has called for. Remember?

    “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine. . .”

    If Russia is on the ropes, why call off the beating? You call off the fight when its your guy getting pummeled. The Russian offensive in the Donbass has ramped up significantly in the last week and it is carving up entrenched Ukrainian units with no hope of being reinforced or rescued by a counter-offensive.

    After that Larry goes on to demolish yet another pack of BS from 404 and her real masters in D.C. and US MSM.”

    • Replies: @Notsofast
    , @Wokechoke
    , @Sean
  94. Sean says:
    @j2

    The realities of the Ukraine war are very simple: Ukraine will not run out of men because it is too large, and Ukraine will not run out of weapons because it gets Western help when needed.

    It is screaming that help is needed non stop. Quite possibly, Ukraine will get too much to be controlled.

    Pro-Russian analysts have one hope: that in early June Russia would make a major offensive

    it has been anti Russian ex Western officer analysts who have been predicting Russian blitzkriegs, saying that Russia still intends to conquer all of Ukraine ECT, ECT.

    It still has some technological advantage

    Which is why the head of Russian army Electronic Warfare was blown up with his HQ staff recently. And why Russian aircraft have GPS devices taped in the cockpit, and why their soldiers keep stealing washing machines, driers, and even toilets .

    It would be different if Russia was attacked, but NATO is not attacking Russia, nor is it intending to bleed Russia. It only intends to eliminate Russian willingness and strength to invade its neighbor countries.

    A country that lacks offensive capability is no longer taken seriously abroad or at home.

    It would be different if Russia was attacked, but NATO is not attacking Russia, nor is it intending to bleed Russia. It only intends to eliminate Russian willingness and strength to invade its neighbor countries.

    Russia sees Eastern Ukraine as a part of Russia. Right or wrong that is what they believe and they are proven to be acting on that belief.

    The war will not continue for ever, nor will it be several years, nor will Ukraine agree to a ceasefire, as it only would give Russia time to reconstruct its forces.

    Ukraine is beating the pants off the Russians and lets stop denying it.

    Russian military is not any more happy with this war. What it will mean to Putin’s gang will be seen.

    I doubt the surviving Russian generals are happy about the CIA /Ukrainian assassination program against Russian generals.

  95. about :38 Ritter says Finland is toast (literately! – “destroyed as modern nation”) IF they join NATO. He said this on Saturday – May 14

    Here is a report from Reuters – Monday May 16:

    “Putin sees no threat from NATO expansion, warns against military build-up”)

    (he is referring to Sweden and Finland “Says NATO Nordic membership ‘no problem’”

    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-calls-finland-sweden-joining-nato-mistake-with-far-reaching-consequences-2022-05-16/

    Huh?! – can anyone help me out here? – I don’t get it.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  96. Herald says:
    @Realist

    This is not a war as the US knows it, hence the Russian designation of SMO. The US/NATO have spent at least six years beefing up the Ukrainian military to be, by their own standards, a very formidable fighting force, but which is nevertheless being taken apart by a rather modest detachment of clearly able Russian troops and the smallish but clearly very competent LDNR forces. Russia doesn’t need or even want to finish this grinding operation too quickly, as for every day it continues the Ukrainian military is being further pulverised.

    • Replies: @Realist
  97. Notsofast says:
    @Rubicon

    i’m reading that avozstal has surrendered, a prisoner exchange has been arranged and the russians are sending 53 “severely wounded” fighters to ukraine. sounds like a deal has been arranged, i’m sure the “ukrainian” government will spin this as a victory, wonder what the russians received other than their pow’s?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  98. @Mustapha Mond

    All made even more difficult because of the historical kinship of Russians and Ukrainians. It’s kind of like they’re a big brother fighting a little brother who has lost his way. Prodigal son indeed. I only hope that the Russian commanders can devise an effective strategy to win swiftly. Though our leaders are too pig headed to see it, the best outcome for all is the one where Ukraine stays out of NATO and commerce begins to normalize.

    • Agree: Mustapha Mond
    • Replies: @Spanky
  99. peterAUS says:
    @RegretLeft

    ….can anyone help me out here? – I don’t get it.

    I can try if….IF…you are not one of many Putintards exiled into this online pub.

    It’s simple. Putin knows who are the real players in The Game of Power. He isn’t one of them, of course. Whatever you can think of people who (visibly) rule the West you can apply to Putin, in Russia. Or Macron in France. Or Johnson in UK. Or…whoever….

    But, he does want his cut in the spoils of The Game. So, all what he has been doing (and the cabal around him) is trying to get, and KEEP, those spoils. They’ve done the former; the later could be tricky.

    He’ll do anything to do that. ANYTHING at the expense of RF and people there.

    When…or better if…you try to look at his moves from that perspective things will start making sense.

    BTW, no need to discuss/debate the above. If it feels correct, take it from there. If it doesn’t, disregard it, and move on.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @RegretLeft
  100. @IronForge

    He’s also a Repeatedly Arrested Sex Offender – Convicted+Incarcerated for Acts involving “Unlawful Contact with a Minor” et al.

    He did his time in Prison.

    I expect you have nailed the best explanation for the turnabout. After doing your prison time, in theory you’re done with the crime.

    But what if some eager beaver Apartheid state types have ‘located’ some new victims who are ready to come forward. Almost certainly a prosecutor could be located who would pretend to believe the charges, and Ritter would be looking at new jail time if he doesn’t do as he is told.

    Hey, it worked when Sweden crafted a rape charge out of thin air against Assange.

    As for other former Alphabet Agency types who have withdrawn, they may have been looking at losing their pensions. Or criminal charges being brought against children or grandchildren.

    The pissant state is really serious about this Destroy Russia campaign.

    Even given Mr. Unz’s religion and wealth, I’d not bet the farm this site won’t get shut down on account of the blatant racism and neo-Nazi stuff. Allowing Anglin to spew his BS here is just begging for trouble, IMO.

  101. Calm says:

    China was scheduled to introduce e-Yuan “Eurasia” currency during the Olympics in February 2022.
    The e-yuan will be equal in value intrinsically to fiat currency (paper money).
    It will also de facto be backed by gold.
    When this e-Yuan is introduced, the United States will collapse economically overnight and lose it’s place as the world reserve currency.
    If the American Capitalists had of allowed this Eurasian currency to occur, China would replicate Germany as in 1918 when the British Empire recognized Germany as an economic threat and prepared for war.
    Following WWII, Britain was bankrupt and had not repaid it’s war loans to America until December 2006.
    The American Capitalist’s can not very well instigate and propagandize their citizens into war against China complaining that “Communist” China has cheated and gained all wealth and influence by fraud and stealth.
    The American Capitalist’s are going enter warfare because China is helping Russia evade sanctions.
    This is all about preventing both China and Russia supporting the e-Yuan. America is attempting to put a hateful and spiteful “Putin Face” on the new Eurasian currency.
    —-

  102. Wokechoke says:
    @Sean

    Sound analysis.

    I’m not sure that Russia is being beaten, but if the Ukrainians can (or are) shoving Russian forces aside with Artillery strikes the Russians will have to accept they’ve been gotten the better of.

    Barring some technological or operational innovation you can’t ceed superior artillery combined with superior aerial recon and exist on the battlefield.

    The 2001 manoeuvres in 29 Palms between the lavishly equipped Royal Marines Commando of 300 spotters, and an US Marine Corps division suggested such an outcome.

    The outcome is as as astonishing as it is dramatic. Smaller tactical events add up to operational ones. NATO may have to throttle an ambitious Imperial Ukie military before too long.

    If the Ukies can cross a river and defend it from Russian counter attacks the Russians are in huge trouble.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    , @Lurker
  103. Wokechoke says:
    @Rubicon

    Ackshually, lol, there’s alarm in the western think tanks, like Edward Luttwak’s recent comments,about how the Russians are getting hammered on a tactical level. If the Ukies can fight a slick cumulative of tactical successes they can achieve operational success. What can the Russians do if they are being shoved around at will by large somewhat mobile Ukie formations? Making Russia too weeks gives us a Ukie Imperium.

  104. @j2

    So if all of what you say is true – then Finland and Sweden should have nothing to worry about… So what’s the problem? Why are they talking further NATO expansion?

    • Agree: JimB
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @j2
    , @Patricus
  105. Miro23 says:
    @Wokechoke

    The military geography of Europe hasn’t changed a bit since ww2. Kharkov and Izium tend to prove it. The expansion of suburbs might have altered how capital cities can be conquered though.

    The saying that militaries always fight the last war has some truth in it. They’re disciplined top down organizations strong on tradition and following orders.

    So, failures tend to be blamed on lack of discipline and not following orders, while in reality they need to be addressed through detailed mental replays, reflection and study of what went wrong in an open non- hierarchical environment. Even worse, this has to be done quickly to enable the fastest corrective action (adaption) possible. Military “experts” just get in the way.

    No doubt the Russians have discovered that some of their conceptions of a modern electronic information rich battlefield don’t exactly correspond to the reality – so they need to fast and creatively address the problems – especially given their numerical disadvantage and the sophisticated equipment being sent in against them. This seems to be their real test.

  106. Jon Chance says: • Website
    @HeyHeyHey

    Thank you for the details.

    I didn’t know the situation was quite so extreme. Yet it doesn’t surprise me after experiencing decades of censorship, harrassment, slander, and terrorism from Judeo-Khazarian fanatics here in the formerly free world.

    Thankfully, this problem is nothing that fourteen points of light can’t resolve:

    Vital Statistics: Metropolitan Areas With The Largest Jewish Population Worldwide
    (2021)

    [MORE]

    Vital Statistics: World Jewish Population

    Metropolitan areas with populations with Jewish parents (PJP) above 100,000

    Rank*
    Metro Area
    Country
    Jewish Population
    % of Metro
    % of World Jewry

    1
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
    3,891,800
    94.8%
    19.5%

    2
    New York – Newark – Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    United States
    2,109,300
    10.8%
    10.6%

    3
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    992,800
    72.3%
    5.0%

    4
    Haifa
    Israel
    710,600
    73.1%
    3.6%

    5
    Los Angeles – Long Beach – Anaheim
    United States
    622,480
    4.7%
    3.1%

    6
    Miami – Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach
    United States
    535,500
    8.7%
    2.7%

    7 Philadelphia – Camden – Wilmington United States 419,850 6.8% 2.1%

    8 Paris France 337,600 2.8% 1.7%

    9
    Washington – Arlington – Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
    United States
    297,290
    4.7%
    1.5%

    10
    Chicago – Naperville – Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    United States
    294,280
    3.1%
    1.5%

    11
    Boston – Cambridge – Newton, MA-NH
    United States
    257,460
    5.2%
    1.3%

    12 Beersheba Israel 247,600 60.4% 1.2%

    13
    San Francisco – Oakland – Berkeley, CA
    United States
    244,00
    5.1%
    1.2%

    14
    London
    United Kingdom
    230,400
    2.4%
    1.2%

    *Rank by total Jewish and non-Jewish population.

    Source:

    Sergio DellaPergola, “World Jewish Population, 2021,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin (eds.), The American Jewish Year Book, 2021, (Cham: Springer Nature, 2021).

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/largest-jewish-populated-metropolitan-areas-worldwide

  107. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    Wow! It’s almost like you’ve never, ever read about any conflict in history. In the real world, one warring side will almost always have time on their side for various reasons, It can be better logistics, superior attrition projections, morale projections, bigger stockpiles of anything from food to ammo or replenishment production capabilities. I can go on and on but it’s not necessary. In any case, lunging forward in those circumstances can only result in unnecessary loses and maybe even in losing that advantage.

    So, “prolonging the war is always stupid” is baby-talk. Try making a case that every boxer or UFC fighter must adhere to this amazing “quick & decisive” strategy that you, and only you, have invented for them. Basically, all of them should just immediately sprint and try to knockout the opponent ASAP. Man, it’s like you’ve never even watched a sporting event either.

    Even your own example actually shows a situation where both sides wanted to prolong the conflict. The Afghan resistance definitely yearned, in their hearts, for quick victory but that was utterly unrealistic so they opted for a low-level resistance until the infidel scum decides to leave. They got their wish and they, in a way, didn’t even suffer irreplaceable damage in all those years. At the start, the US bombed them from the Stone Age to the Stone age so that’s a wash. They probably have more roads, power stations and buildings than before, Weapons too. The initial loss of life has been more than replenished over the years and now that’s actually a problem because they’ll struggle to feed the population without serious outside help.

    We know that the US side wanted to prolong the conflict because they did prolong the conflict. It’s as simple as that. They left like a gaggle of incompetent clowns but the decision to leave certainly wasn’t forced on them by the pathetic resistance or the even more pathetic domestic anti-war opposition. The humongous dollar cost of that enterprise should be visualised as a hand pulling the reserve currency bills from the left pocket and stuffing them into the greasy, right one which also serves as a piggy bank to the hand’s owner and his friends. Lastly, the loss of white goyim life was a bonus to the people in charge and the decades-long fighting certainly helped with training and the MIC profits.

    People keep forgetting that the US is the only NATO member that overwhelmingly pays itself whenever a new batch of weapons or ammo is needed. It’s the other members that pay (the US, again) for that stuff and the privilege of being silent gimps in the arrangement. The US was also able to export inflation to the world for many decades. This is coming to an end, but that’s another story.

    • Agree: PetrOldSack
  108. nickels says:

    Ritter’s pro Russian stance has been so over the top from day one that you can pretty much assume he is a CIA asset and is now flipping to confuse and demoralize the western supporters of Russia.
    The tell is very easy – anyone who has ever been in jail is pwned. It works every time. They are so easily threatened with going back in the can that they will do whatever they are told.

  109. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @peterAUS

    Putintards

    Why are you so bitter, peterAUS? Cheer up. It’s not the end of the world if you’re too physically feeble to help your boys on the front and mentally inadequate to contribute to the Internet war. Your real strengths may lie somewhere else – like singing or interpretative dance. I bet you never tried to be a mime for the cause.

  110. Well, Scott Ritter really timed this perfectly.

    Azov has surrendered in Mariupol and Russia has extended the war into west Ukraine. What a weirdo this guy is.

    • Agree: Dnought
  111. Anon[105] • Disclaimer says:

    The War Party and NATO will escalate this into a multi year war. Watch NATO cloasely – we can expect a massive counter-offensive next Spring or Summer. My guess is the counter offsenuve will be a joint NATO- Kiev-other vassals Army with around 500,000 ground forces.

    The war party escalated because it thinks nothing can ever harm it. The war party derived great wealth and power from the last 30 years of failing wars. Why would they think this round is any different ?

    Take 15 minutes and listen to Senator Tom Cotton – is this bloodthirsty war monger going to step back and reflect on a peaceful solution ? That’s the war party for you

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Buck Ransom
  112. Mikhail says: • Website
    @j2

    The war will not continue for ever, nor will it be several years, nor will Ukraine agree to a ceasefire, as it only would give Russia time to reconstruct its forces.

    A ceasefire benefits the Kiev regime more than Russia. Kirby, Psaki and Austin have pushed the ceasefire for this very reason.

    Russia under performing and making tactical mistakes doesn’t mean a Kiev regime victory.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/05/16/ny-times-shifts-prowar-narrative-documents-failure-of-u-s-in-ukraine/

    BTW, Scott Ritter provided military analysis at a top of the hour telecast today on May 17.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @j2
  113. @Wokechoke

    I have read the Ritter article and all the comments here, and I think I know less about what is actually happening in this war than before I started.

    There seem to be no credible sources and no accurate information.

    This is the true fog of war.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Irish Savant
  114. JimB says:
    @Sean

    The Western media have been endlessly crowing about the 2500 fierce Ukrainian fighters holding out in the Azovstal Steel plant preventing Russia from capturing Mariupol. Today, the last fighters surrendered. There were only 300 defenders and 50 amputees left of a fighting force of over 10,000 originally defending the city. The rest are rat meat. Most of the Western reporting is disinformation, so Joe Blow can keep dumping aid into this rathole country. I seriously doubt AP reported estimates of the current Ukrainian Army size.

    Ukrainians armed with paintball guns

    • Replies: @James of Africa
  115. Daniel H says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Tank? No thanks. Would consider disobeying superior if he ordered me to man a tank. Seems to me, better utility and less death using 4-wd sedans with good tires and chains and tough, agile motorbikes. Drive as close to field location, disembark, leave sedan/bike for evacuation, dig a foxhole (I’ve never served in the military, but from what I have read the foxhole is SUPER important in maintaining one’s life and mission), coordinate from there. Better chance of success and survival than presenting oneself as a sitting duck in a shrapnel coffin. Seems to me, dispersed agile infantry/cavalry frustrates the strategy of expensive guided missile systems. Tanks weren’t a problem dealing with Iraqis, but Russia is not dealing with Iraqis here, but other, ferocious white men. As far back as Vietnam, tank crew had the highest mortality rates.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  116. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mikhail

    On RT. Pardon the oversight.

  117. For a competing viewpoint, have a look at Jacob Dreizin’s latest at “The Dreizin Report.”

    “Russia Helps the Ukraine Meet its Emissions Reduction Targets”
    https://thedreizinreport.com/2022/05/15/russia-helps-the-ukraine-meet-its-emissions-reduction-targets/

    Especially the section “Bye, Bye, Miss Ukrainian Pie,” which deals with Russia’s destruction last week of the Kremenchug oil refinery, which was the last of the 3 functioning refineries Ukraine had at the start the SMO.

    The gas will run out completely in a few days. The only avenue now for supplying Ukraine (and its army) with ready fuel, is via tanker trains coming from Moldova.

  118. @showmethereal

    That is ridiculous. j2 is not writing of something already proven reliably true. In any event why shouldn’t Sweden and Finland fear that, even if Putin departed and Russian miseducation by state media ceased that Russian imperialism could arise again (after all Finland was once a Grand Duchy within the Czarist Empire)?

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  119. Leroy48 says:

    Scottie’s a vaxi Nazi. The vax has eaten his brains.

  120. frankie p says:
    @Anonymous

    Your comment and its reference to MMA and boxing immediately reminded me to the big fight on May 7, in which Russian Dmitry Bivol soundly defeated heavy favorite Saul Canelo Alvarez, considered by many as the pound for pound best in boxing. It was round 5 when Bivol backed Alvarez to the roped and let his hands go, throwing a number of devastating combinations that landed. Bivol backed off a few steps to regroup, and Alvarez beckoned him, daring him to come back and attack again. Bivol, a man with a plan to win, did NOT fall for this emotional bravado; he had accomplished his goal for that part of the round. Instead, he made the same motion, beckoning Alvarez to come back towards the center of the ring and fight. It was a thing of beauty.

    A few other points about this fight that mirror the pathetic nature of the west, the US, and the western media.

    First, the judges of this fight did their best to rob Bivol of his much deserved victory, and EVERY honest analyst were SHOCKED and APPALLED to see that each of the three judges gave Alvarez the first four rounds, 10-9. It was clear that AT MOST, Canelo deserved two of these round. This is tantamount to handing him a clear path to victory. This reminds me of the cheerleading media, endlessly reporting BS about how Ukraine is winning this war. What’s the latest? Russia has lost 25% of its troops so far? Ridiculous.

    The next point, sanctions. Bivol made US\$5 million for this fight, much less than Canelo, the “golden goose” of boxing. Guess what? They haven’t paid Bivol yet, because he is Russian. Here is a man who lives and trains in the US. He just won a decisive fight and is now a two-belt light heavyweight champion of the world. What did they expect? I have seen him asked questions about the situation in Ukraine and the Ukrainian boxers who have joined the Ukrainian forces. His reply?
    “I am a boxer, and I have a job to do in the ring. I don’t allow politics to interfere in my boxing.”
    For this, they refuse to pay him? By the way, in order to unify the light heavyweight title and pick up two more belts, Bivol will have to defeat a fellow countryman who lives and fights out of Canada, Artur Beterbiev.

    • LOL: Realist
    • Replies: @showmethereal
  121. Anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:
    @jimbojones

    Putin had to show the world that Russia won’t take endless amounts of U.S. and NATO shit, but the odds were always stacked against him if the entirety of NATO joined the U.S. in this great game to overthrow a Right leaning National Patriotic regime in Russia and have it revert to a Neo-liberal Yeltsin like regime. Time will tell but I don’t see the West ever backs off until Putin is dead or in prison. Sad.

  122. @Sean

    A country that lacks offensive capability is no longer taken seriously abroad or at home.

    That is bizarre statement for one [or a team] who is generally not so windy. In context I presume you mean that ability to invade other countries is necessary. Switzerland? Norway? New Zealand? Australia? [Oh yes Australia’s ability to invade East Timor would count!].

    What about soft power ? What about the ability to provide economic advantages?

  123. peterAUS says:
    @Justvisiting

    I have read the Ritter article and all the comments here, and I think I know less about what is actually happening in this war than before I started.

    Maybe you could start reading some other sources and comments there.

    There seem to be no credible sources and no accurate information.

    There are, actually, if read/watched carefully.

    This is the true fog of war.

    For a lot of people. Putintards in particular. They get confused because their wishes and realities don’t coincide and they have harder and harder time trying to rationalize the uncomfortable reality. Constantly redefining the objectives and moving the goalposts isn’t easy.

    It’s simple, actually.
    CiC of RF Armed Forces spelled, clearly, the objectives of the effort at the very beginning of this debacle.
    RF Armed Forces tried to execute their mission and, well….YOU compare what’s been done with what’s been said. Now, again, that’s excruciating for Putintards and they, really, can’t do it.
    For normal people, outside of that cult, it’s easy. They just watch and compare.

    Now, that’s not important. Whatever we here think and write.
    What IS important is that some real players know, NOW, what, really is RF hard power. And, make no mistake, they’ll do their best to take advantage of it.
    The losers, definitely, from that will be citizens of RF. One can only hope that the cabal in Kremlin will feel it too.

  124. Sean says:
    @Rubicon

    If Russia was losing or completely stuck in Ukraine, one would expect that Sergei Shoigu would be the guy calling Austin and begging for mercy

    Shoigu is a civilian administrator who has zero authority in contradistinction to Putin. Indeed, under the pretext of having had a heart attack, he is said to have been effectively shelved. I suspect this opening a channel of communication is a prelude to Russia using that channel to subtly allude to a nuking of Ukraine as begining to be toyed with by Putin.

    Russia is a highly procedural country that distrusts the quick practical methods of command and personal loyalty to a general necessary in actual war as making a military coup possible. No actual Russian general (involved in the fighting) would dare call the US because that would geolocate him and the information might get into the hands of the Ukrainians meaning if it was a long phone call he would be dead before hanging up.

  125. Scott Ritter — “The thing that frustrates me… is that, it was my assessment that it would be very hard for Ukraine to absorb this new equipment and material (Material– the additional lethal weapons that have recently been shipped to Ukraine) but the howitzers are already operating against Russia. (And) They are having an effect in the Kharkov region. Not all 90 of them, but they have several batteries in place that are being used.

    How did this happen?

    And later, in the photo:

    Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Force, which comprises foreign mercenaries

    Qualification: Now I am monitoring the progress of the US/NATO war, and I have some knowledge in military matters and America’s forever wars and their tactics … but I am not in the class of Scott Ritter, so take my comments as such.

    I beg to disagree. The Uke troops have no training to use the new US 155mm howitzers. The fact that they are located in the Kharkov region, and firing, is proof that they are manned by US/NATO soldiers. It is exactly the same pattern with the 155mm howitzers directly outside Odesa.

    In Kharkov, just prior to that, there was evidence of US/NATO unjamming the communications that Russia had jammed. I say it was this, not the howitzers, that caused the Russians to execute a tactical retreat.

    They do not want to engage US/NATO forces directly.

    They will wait until there is some irrefutable (to the West) event that proves US/NATO are actually fighting in Ukraine. And then there will be no pretence, on either side, that this ia a US/NATO war against Russia, it will be reaching America’s goal of the past few decades: WWIII and gazillions for the military industrial complex.

    Separately, in any case, this is not a big switcheroo that Ritter is making, it is a small one.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  126. Eudion2 says:

    As Colonel Hogan told Colonel Klink, “Don’t be silly. You can’t win a war without oil.”

    How is the West going to fight this war for years when by this winter half of Europe will be freezing its ass for lack of Russian fuel? Then ask what they’re going to eat without Russian and Ukrainian crops.

    The Western oligarchy has survived this far in the war by going all in. But the West is heavily in debt, facing double digit inflation, running short of fuel reserves. The Western Oligarchy may win in Ukraine but only by losing everywhere else.

  127. RobinG says:
    @Notsofast

    Not clear what you mean by Ukraine. The wounded from Azovstal went to LDNR hospital in ‘rebel’ territory.
    Also not sure if all others surrendered. And there’s talk of prisoner exchange. Would that be for those wounded? We’ll see.

    I heard Ritter today. Sounded much less alarmist, more like there’s no big switcheroo.

    • Agree: Dnought
  128. RobinG says:
    @nickels

    Scott was never pro-Russian. He’s been making impartial analysis since before the invasion. (at least)

  129. Lurker says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    This assumes a continuing large supply of such missiles.

    The NLAW is claimed to be quite effective but a Ukrainian PoW said some of them failed due to battery problems (cold and age). And of course not all succeed in taking out the target.

    Apparently the Ukrainians have received @4,000 of them but according to Wiki total production to date is only @10,000+. I take that to mean less than 11,000. Thats an output of less than two per day since the system went into production and we’ve already sent around 40% of all those made to date to Ukraine.

    I’m assuming (but I don’t know) that in reality they were made in batches and the real production rate is higher and could be made higher still. But can it made high enough in a short enough time frame to have a serious affect on the war. Perhaps they’re burning through a long accrued stockpile and when that’s done there are going to be fewer available on the battlefield?

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  130. bert33 says:

    So, the russian govt. has smart people in it, which spells eventual doom for zelensky and his jewish neonazis, and the russians studiously do their homework and in-depth analysis, and they probably even scan the web to sample the latest internet gossip to see what’s up and compare western ‘news’ to their own information resources.

    Russia does not want NATO in their back yard, building that nuclear missile base thing. They frown on that sort of thing pretty much, and will do what’s necessary to prevent it.

    Zelensky needs to be on his way to moscow for his court appearance. He has much to answer for…

  131. Lurker says:
    @Wokechoke

    As far as I can tell most missile strikes, bombings, artillery strikes are happening along the line of contact and in Ukrainian held territory. Almost none behind the Russian lines. That suggests to me that generally, at best, the Ukrainians are holding their ground. While behind their military – the roads, rails, bases are being degraded.

    Most of this info comes from Ukraine/western MSM. If there were numerous noteworthy strikes into or behind Russian lines, I think we’d be hearing all about it.

    The arrival of more western weaponry may be allowing them to hold the current line but it doesn’t seem to be translating into a substantive counter offensive.

    • Replies: @Sean
  132. @JimB

    Hold on now, the Ukie paintballs may contain the vaxx instead of paint! Mysterious strokes may follow soon. It’s called a Fauchi musket, I would imagine.

    • LOL: JimB
  133. Ghali says:

    Unfortunately, a lot of people (including Mike Whitney) do not know who Scott Ritter is. He is NOT an expert in anything. One has to be very naïve, extremely unaware of world’s events and the way U.S. propaganda works to buy into Scott Ritter propaganda. Scott Ritter is a criminal U.S. propagandist. He is regurgitating U.S.-led Western media and Western politicians in a different way to build and audience of sheep.
    It is important to remember that Scott Ritter was instrumental and complicit in U.S. war crimes against Iraqi civilians. Scott Ritter has Iraqis blood all over his hands. After the U.S. terror on Iraq, Ritter changed and turned into an “anti-war” activist and an “intellectual”. It tells you what kind of dirty pigs Americans are.
    The Russia Military Operation is on time as planed and the primary goal has been achieved. West Ukraine is in Ruin. The weapons that the U.S.-EU regimes managed to smuggle into Ukraine have not changed the outcomes of the Operation. Russia is not carpet-bombing Ukraine (as the U.S. did against defenceless nations) to ovoid civilians casualties.

  134. @Intelligent Dasein

    Well, you know…Scott Ritter has pedophile issues….

  135. Gosh gee whiz Scott, are you telling me this is no longer a 72 hour special military operation?

    What did you think would happen to those 20k+ NLAWS and Javalins? Did you and Putin think that the Ukrainians would welcome the little dictator and kiss his height enhancing boots? Did you think they would hand over those weapons and cheer for their loss of democracy and autonomy?

    We don’t even know how many anti-tank and anti-air weapons are even in Ukraine. 20k was a lowball. It could be 50k.

    Maybe next time spend 10 minutes on youtube learning about how deadly these weapons are. You and Putin needed to take modern weapons 101.

    Oh and Ukraine had a full scale military that was training for this exact scenario. Did you think they would put down their guns and have a drink with the little dictator?

    Sounds like Putin is dying which means this was all about his ego from the beginning. A mad little dictator that wanted to take Ukraine for the empire. Well that failed.

    This was a disaster well before the last shipment of howitzers. In case you forgot they planned on taking Kiev and then backtracked. The leaked battleplan shows they thought it would last two weeks.

    You should have figured out this was doomed to fail when the Russians were running one giant column of armor for everyone to see. Reports of 18 year olds being tossed in T-72 tanks were not Western propaganda.

    Now someone tell me how the Jews are actually losing and all the dead Whites on both sides are actually winning. Idiots.

    • Troll: Rurik
  136. Lurker says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    I encouraged a friend to think this way. Or rather used it describe what he had already done.

    He was getting flak from a manager, in front of witnesses, about having gone home somewhat early one day, the clear implication being of his laziness and lack of team spirit etc. He then pointed out that, after that, he had come in and worked half a day on an official holiday no less and that he didn’t expect to be paid for it. I said “That’s great, you shot the hostage”

    The ‘hostage’ in this case being the potential pay for working the half day. But it was worth it to stuff the accusations of the manger back in her mouth, in front of those witnesses.

    So there was a financial cost but he won that particular battle. And later, in a sense, the war too as she was fired (unrelated reasons) while he’s still there.

  137. Max Payne says:

    Scott Ritter is great but a bit naive.

    He saw a propaganda video of a battery of howitzers in action in Kharkov.

    In his mind this indicates US/NATO can still transport heavy equipment through Ukraine to the front line unmolested.

    I see a targeted PSYOP.

    A camera crew + iphone + 4 howitzers + trucks + men to drive them at night with no lights offroad =

    “Look! American equipment is still arriving to the front! Join the Mobile Infantry today and do your part!”

  138. Scott Ritter states:

    So, I believe Russia is going to win in the east, they are grinding them down as we speak, they are slaughtering them; the amount of death and destruction that is being dealt to the Ukrainians is unimaginable …… but I believe the Ukrainians are willing to take these losses in order to buy time to reconstitute a military that will challenge Russia

    Let me address the second part first. ie: about Ukraine buying time to ‘reconstitute their military’.

    What do you think ‘reconstitution’ implies ?

    It means nothing more than gathering up CONSCRIPT raw recruits – people with no military training and no MORALE/COMMITMENT (for the most part) to fight.

    Said conscripts will serve as nothing more than CANNON FODDER. A dozen of them will not be the equal of ONE career professional soldier.

    Also, let’s delve deeper into what the remark ‘I believe the Ukrainians are willing to take these losses’ implies.

    Let me translate that from Orwellian double-speak.

    What it really means is:

    The Zio backed Khazarian leadership of Ukraine, the same one that’s safely ensconced in bomb proof bunkers far away from the war zone, is willing to sacrifice the blood of more christian Orthodox Ukie boys in pursuit of the Anglo-Zionist agenda.

    However, as Ritter himself admits:

    ‘they are slaughtering them; the amount of death and destruction that is being dealt to the Ukrainians is unimaginable’.

    The front line Ukrainian soldiers are taking an enormous battering. With every day that passes, said professional soldiers are experiencing lower and lower morale.

    No matter how disciplined and committed they are to the cause, no man is an island.
    Every man has a BREAKING POINT.

    And I suspect that breaking point may not be too far away.

    More importantly, AS GOES THE FIGHTING MORALE of the frontline professional Ukrainian soldiers, SO GOES THE MORALE OF THE soon-to-be-recruited CONSCRIPTS.

    When the former loses its will to fight, the whole structure caves in like a house of cards.

    Russia has not even gone into ‘Total War Mode’ and already the Ukes are haemorrhaging badly.

    The Ukes are hiding their recently supplied Howitzers in civilian areas/pre-schools and such.
    Clearly they can’t be doing too much damage to the Russians.

    But if and when they do inflict a critical damage threshold, the Ruskies will issue a polite warning to the Ukrainian civilians to stay clear of Howitzers or any military concentrations.
    Because NOW they will become a target.

    The Russians have total air superiority and, if and when Total War is declared (assuming it ever is – because there is much to suggest that this war of attrition is having a CRUSHING EFFECT on the Ukes), a Russian ‘Shock and Awe’ campaign will decimate the Ukrainian military in a matter of weeks.

    This is not Putin’s preferred option, because it will have accompanying civilian collateral damage.

    And when it does come, the recently earmarked tens of billions of U.S and NATO modern weaponry will fall into Russian hands.
    Much of it will still be brand spanking new, unopened in its original crates.

    Sort of brings back memories of those helicopters that were being pushed off the decks of U.S warships at the end of the Vietnam War, because there was no deck space available for incoming choppers, full to the brim with refugees (2 min video):

    Tens of billions of military hardware left behind by the U.S in Afghanistan just last year.

    Countless billions flushed down the toilet in Vietnam in training/arming the South Vietnamese that had NO MORALE to pursue the war.

    And so it will prove to be the case in Ukraine once again. The christian Ukrainians are fast waking up to the fact that this is a proxy war they’re fighting on behalf of world Jewry, fighting against their ethnic and religious brothers in Russia, who GENUINELY wish them no harm and want to live in peace with them.
    It’s just a matter of time before they go the way of the South Vietnamese and do an about face to focus on the REAL enemy. ie: none other than the Anglo-Zionist Empire.

    Wherever the U.S is involved, their hare-brained hegemonic aspirations invariably come unstuck.

    • Thanks: Joe Levantine, Rurik
    • Replies: @Carlton Meyer
  139. j2 says:
    @showmethereal

    “So if all of what you say is true – then Finland and Sweden should have nothing to worry about… So what’s the problem? Why are they talking further NATO expansion?”

    I try to write only what is true. I do not know the Swedish position and can only guess (below some guesses), but the Finnish position is easy to understand.

    After Communism fell Finland did not join NATO, though at that time it could have, because it tried to keep good relations, economic and other, with a neighbouring country, and there was a possibility that Russia would develop into a normal country. But this hope was not realized, which was shown by Russian attacks to Chechenia, Georgia and Ukraine 2014. Since 1990s Finland has been building NATO compatibility with the goal of being able to receive help from NATO in case Russia again develops into a threat: Russia was modernizing its armed forces. Finland also wanted a NATO option: a possibility to join NATO in case the security situation would change in North Europe. When Putin stated that he does not allow NATO to enlargen, this NATO option, a part of the Finnish defense strategy, was denied. When NATO clearly stated in the Ukrainian war that it will not help by airplanes, it become clear that there is noreal NATO help option, only mutual help by special agreements with some countries, and they need not hold. Thus, the only possibility in this situation for keeping credible defense was joining NATO. The terrain in Finland is more difficult than in Ukraine and Finland can defend itself and Russia still would need 1.5 milion men for conquering Finand, but another Winter War is not a pleasant option. Russia is unpredictable. Putin said that Russian will not attack February 2022, but did attack. This is not a basis for trusting the words from Putin. Thus, when Putin now says that Finland and Sweden joining NATO is not a threat to Russia (which it is not), only NATO bases there would be, this also cannot be trusted. Trust is easily lost by lies. Russian army is tied now in Ukraine. This situation will not last very long. This time the short window of time to secure the defense of homeland must be used.

    About Sweden I do not know. Some Swedes say that Sweden did not join NATO during the Communist time because it would have put Finland into a difficult situation. Some Swedes believed that as they avoided two world wars by being neutral, they could continue that way. Some Swedes thought they could act as an independent moral teacher by staying out of alliances. But all these arguments have lost validity. If Finland joins NATO, then it is natural and even necessary that Sweden does the same. For a while Sweden even thought that there will not be any war in Europe and they reduced their army to a level where they could not defend the country. This time is over, this naive believe was false and they are rebuilding defense capabilities.

    Nothing here has anything to do with the USA trying to get Finland and Sweden to NATO and it has nothing to do with any planned NATO war with Russia. Nobody bribed the leaders in Finland or Sweden. This all was caused by Putin, and Putin alone.

  140. As Alexander Mercouris often says, “I am not a military person”, but I can still read the tea leaves and unlike Alexander, I can also read maps. This is not yet a war. It is, as stated, a military operation and the objectives and goals of the Russians are being realised. Once Donbass has been cleaned up, Odessa will be next and the rest of Zaporozhye, Kharkov and the land connection to Transnistria.

    That is is the end game for Russia and will remain so unless NATO moves in (even a de facto Polish NATO). The west can throw as much as it likes into west Ukraine but anything of significance will be destroyed so I am surprised at the claim of howitzers getting to east Ukraine.

    Should an escalation by NATO occur then it will become a war. All hell will be unleashed.

    Keep in mind that the Russians have another million military personnel still sitting at home and a further million or so ready to be called up. Then throw in the hypersonic weapons that could take out all of Europe in minutes and send the US aircraft carriers to the bottom in hours. No country on earth has the capability to resist hypersonic weapons. There is only one other option for some of them and that would probably be too late.

    I really have a problem with the complete stupidity of the Europeans to consider that they might just attempt the impossible and when they have already delivered much to Ukraine, as old as it may be. They just don’t have anything left to confront Russia.

    If anybody makes a significant move into west Ukraine, they will be eliminated. The comments of the Russian leadership are decisive but the body language is foreboding. I read the tea leaves subjectively but I can read the body language of Putin and expecially Lavrov clear and objectively. Rossiya24 has been aired the last two months in Ukraine and I have seen the increase in the determination in the Russians. They mean business.

    People need to understand that Russia’s hypersonic weapons are the real deal. This will end well in the next few weeks with Russia claiming SE Ukraine or it will end badly for the west if it doesn’t go nuclear. Then, of course, there is the final option.

    • LOL: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Culpepper
  141. @Rev. Spooner

    What if Western countries start rounding up these Ukrainian men of military age and press ganging them on behalf of Zelensky? They’re sending weapons so why not Ukrainians? Nothing is sacrosanct to them, not even asylum or refugee status – if they want to do something they will do it.

  142. Scott Ritter didn’t say Russia was winning, he had said Russia had already won and kept repeating it endlessly until now.

  143. Anymike says:
    @you

    Now you’re talking about the hybrid warfare aspects of the situation. Not that the cost of the war behind the line has ever not been an issue in warfare.

  144. Anymike says:
    @jimbojones

    One war trope that has failed is the argument that the Ukraine regime cannot be Nazi allied because President Zelensky is of Jewish ancestry. Sorry, that’s not how it works. No rule in this world that says a Jew cannot be a fascist. Or that a Jewish politician cannot be allied with fascist elements that are Nazi in their sympathies or heritage.

  145. j2 says:
    @Mikhail

    “A ceasefire benefits the Kiev regime more than Russia. Kirby, Psaki and Austin have pushed the ceasefire for this very reason.”

    A ceasefire would cement the situation as it is: with the areas that Russian has gained staying under Russian rule. A ceasefire would give Russia a Chance to rebuild its army, which does not take so long as when there is no active war, Russia would fast get contract soldier volonteers. A ceasefire would suit the USA quite fine: they would have done what is morally expected from the leader of the free world and negotiated stopping war actions. It is incorrect to think that the USA is a determined supporter of Ukraine. The USA may suport e.g. Kurds, and then forget tchem. For the internal opinion of the USA pouring aid to Ukraine has a clear cost and it may not want to do it all the time. For Kiev the goal is so far regaining the lost areas. The Ukrainian counteroffensive should have in my opinion started immediately after Russia withdraw from Kiev, but Ukraine did not use this chance and preferred to wait for Western weapons. Ukraine actually has Soviet era towed artillery quite enough, so it did not need to do so. If Ukraine agrees on a ceasefire, it in reality agrees on Russia preparing another attack later. Ukraine also should not plan for a long war because this war ruins Ukraine economy more than it ruins Russian economy. They should be pressing to heavy battles. Many commenters here believe that Ukrainians are losing more men in Russian artillery strikes on Ukrainian digged in positions than Russians while doing active attacks against these positions. This is wrong: attacker’s losses in such a situation are always bigger.

    “Russia under performing and making tactical mistakes doesn’t mean a Kiev regime victory.”

    Russian mistakes are operational, not tactical. It failed on operational level already in the strategic strike because of false intelligence, in encirculation of Kiev because of failure of logistics, in cutting the country in underestimating the defense, and in closing the caudron in miscalculation of its ability to stop Western weapon aid. These are very serious operational mistakes. Ukraine has some strengths: larger infantry, better situation awareness, higher moral. It should find a way to turn the strengths into successes. Certainly Kiev has not won yet, and if it does not use its possibilities, it will not win. But Russia will lose this war on a strategic level. That is already very clear. Russia’s strategic position in the world has weakened.

    As said, Russia will still try to win this war. It seems to try to win it with three armies. That can mean for Russians anything from 80,000 to 160,000 new men, probably closet to the smaller figure. Russian peace time army was 280,000 men. It is very possible that this last effort is not enough. It also shows that Russia will not mobilize milion or millions of men. That is out of the chances if they try with these three armies, because after that they do not have staff officers for the milion army.

    “Scott Ritter provided military analysis”

    In my opinion Scott Ritter does understand military matters quite well enough, but what he writes is always pure propaganda and you cannot get any truth form it, unless you also read Western analysis at the same time and try to figure out what Ritter really means between the lines.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  146. HBM says:

    Russia’s performance has been surprisingly lackluster. Clearly they aren’t as capable as we suspected. Their ground forces look rag-tag, and they can’t affect the sort of air superiority we’re used to seeing, the kind the US was capable of 20-30 years ago. The influx of Western arms is a serious and growing problem for them, but it is probably Washington’s targeting intelligence and proxy direction of Ukranian forces that got us where we are now. It effectively invalidated Putin’s soft-gloved initial approach. This thing could go on for a long time, and if Russia wins, I don’t see how any kind of normal relationship is re-established, which is just fine for the State Department, since hurting Russia and deposing Putin is why they instigated this conflict to begin with.

    • Agree: peterAUS
  147. @Alrenous

    For you to think that Mustapha is from Israel implies that you have not read very many of his comments, if indeed any at all.

    Before you hoist yourself with your own petard again, perhaps you might consider doing a wee bit more homework.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  148. @animalogic

    It is obvious that the International Cabal knows it’s asymmetrics, how to take advantage of media interpretation of side effects as energy shortages, and probe the willingness of proxy fighting in “high IQ” Western Europe.

    Russia, and allies seem to miss that part of strategic and tactical thinking. They s-e-e-m to miss, unless there is a grander strategy behind their effort (i bet not). Did Putin even consider the bigger context? Russia is loosing ground and influence, the power game is not theirs. peterAUS scepticism over the time period of the conflict makes more and more sense.

    The Western Cabal and tentacles at Moskva ambition civil war within Russia’s sphere of influence, the ex Soviet Territory. Russia is modest enough to not ambition Western Europe which is interpreted as weakness. They are on the defensive. Putin seems not up to the game. A-n-y holding back is interpreted as weakness. Finland and other asymmetries must be answered. Some asymmetries of their own “block”, if Russia – China – North Korea – Assad’s Syria etc. are called for. That is the price. The third world war has started pulling Finland into NATO. This is a good thing, it shows the ambition of the Global Cabal without any doubt.

    Western Europe stands at the ready to serve as cannon fodder for their masters! The grinding down to a dysgenic waste-dump of the population is such. The current (Finland) events, give no margin to any independent Putin strategy: all out, if can do, or cowering down and allow the pillorying of the Russian riches, which they possess. Last call! I’d say to Russia, if Xi indeed is holding your back, give it a shot.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  149. Something else that’s worthy of consideration here as well.

    I believe that Scott Ritter is a good guy. I believe he was probably telling the truth about how he saw the Russian police action in Ukraine, beginning with his interview on The GrayZone.
    That interview did ENORMOUS damage to the neocon/official Zio narrative that Ukraine was the innocent David conducting a righteous defence of its homeland, that the imperialistic territory-expansive Russia was the aggressor etc.

    Scenario # 1: In the interim since that GrayZone interview, it’s possible that enormous pressure was put on Ritter behind the scenes to do an about face – perhaps even outright intimidation and death threats directed against his family.

    [MORE]

    Just think about it. Ritter is probably the most high profile individual with Intel/Military experience and integrity that’s done outsized damage to the official narrative.

    What a feather in their caps it would be if the Zio cabal got Ritter to do a U-turn and come out and say that Russia was on the verge of losing the war, or at least suffering heavy casualties.

    This would strengthen public opinion back in the U.S [and western Europe] to get behind the squandering of countless tens of billions in arming the Ukes with the latest weapons of death.

    Scenario # 2: Perhaps the Zio cabal got to Ritter long ago, after a campaign of intimidation.
    With that in mind, he could have been reading from a Zio dictated script when he was initially declaring that the Russians have the war as good as won.

    This may have been a Psyop from the very start.

    Perhaps it was intended that Ritter come out the way he did in support of the Russian position, thus getting those of us that oppose Anglo-Zionist treachery and malfeasance on board with him, ONLY to do a 180 degree switch later on and come out with an opposing viewpoint.

    This is the CLASSIC M.O of the Zio cabal.

    This may have been what was done in PizzaGate or other paedophile related incidents.

    Yes, individuals within the child ritual sacrificing Zio elite are indeed serial paedophiles and child murderers.

    However, by conjuring up a BOGUS paedophile incident that appears orders of magnitude worse than the other REAL incidents that are rumoured to be occurring, the SPOTLIGHT is now focused on these newer, seemingly FAR MORE EGREGIOUS events.

    It’s promoted to kingdom come in the chat forums by the usual sayanim, some slick Zio funded videos start saturating You Tube and elsewhere.

    THEN, some time down the track, the Zio cabal arrange for some supposedly crack team of investigative journalists to look into said paedophile ring and they prove emphatically that it’s a hoax (of course it would be, seeing as the Zio cabal engineered said hoax to begin with).

    Bottom Line: If the Zio cabal can get you thinking one way, and believe said horrific crime is being committed, only to be disproved emphatically later, the end result is that:

    If this incident, seemingly the highest profile, most publicised example of paedophilia OR False Flag OR explanation for JFK’s demise etc, is DISPROVEN, then the dumbed down masses will ASSUME that ALL conspiracy theories/allegations against the Zio elite are just fluff conjured up by anti-Semites.

    At the end of the day, TRUST NO ONE.

    Analyse things for yourself. The Zionist Usury Banking Cartel (aka the Zio cabal), have multiples of U.S GDP in financial wherewithal (and can digitally conjure up trillions more with a key stroke via their ownership/control of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, ECB etc).

    You can be certain that they have NO HESITATION in using some tens of billions of that to orchestrate Mind-Fucks like the Covid and Anthropogenic Global Warming Psyops to name just two.

    This is what the Zio cabal does constantly.

    It LIES and MANIPULATES us like it breathes.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  150. @meamjojo

    Me_am_ju_ju writes:

    Not likely. Putin seems to be on his deathbed and/or will be removed by a coup.

    It seems that the ju_ju man is privy to some inside information, gleaned from some well connected individuals in his local synagogue.

    If Putin is indeed ill or subject to some fast acting cancer (like Hugo Chavez was after CIA funded insiders slipped some state-of-the-art carcinogens into his food/beverages), then we’ll know for sure* that the ju_ju man is part of the Zio malfeasance empire.
    (*At the moment we’re only 98% sure).

    Well Mr ju_ju, what exactly do you know about Putin’s state of health ?

    Why don’t you come clean and tell the rest of the UR commentariat officially what we’ve long suspected about you ?

  151. RZ says:

    I believe Scott Ritter is one of a group of the best analysist writing about the war. Of course it’s bloody disconcerting when he implies a quantum change in the conflict is coming down the road.

  152. @anonymous

    He said “a million people”, not “a million men”..

    Since every able-bodied Ukrainian has already been drafted or crossed the borders,
    – that only means one thing:

    .. an army of Babushkas.

  153. GMC says:

    I was a bit POd when I heard that , that those 155s made it past Kiev and into the field. Big mistake unless Russia plans on confiscating them in the long run. Vietnam showed what happens when the politicians get involved in the war and stops the military from going into other countries in order to stop supplies.

    Poland/West Ukraine is a perfect example that if the flow of heavy arms , along with Nato men operating them and using US satellite technology to hit Russian sites aren’t addressed Soon, we may be in for a long conflict. So the X Jar Head is spot on.

  154. JamesinNM says:

    At the final judgement, the truth will be shouted from the rooftops, and all evil will suffer the second death and burn forever. Russia has enough evidence of violations of international law on bioweapon against U.S. and other nations to hold tribunals. Dear God, destroy the evil now.

  155. And then move on to Finland??!! If Ritter said that he’s gone barking mad. It negates all the rest.

  156. @Sean

    Oh, dear-they turned over the rock marked ‘Sean’, and out it slithers. Where you been? In Kiev, advising ?elensky and helping him hone his pianistic skills? In London advising BoJo on the best and deepest bomb shelters to withdraw to? Good to see that your love affair with neo-Nazis has not been slaked.

  157. MSMedia is steered by Nato; so any “news” is hogwash prop up; propping up fake Jewkraine.
    The good news: Russia is winning and Jewmerica & hyenas are loosing.
    Russian troops are bypassing enemy cities and fortified areas to avoid losses.
    If there is resistance, RF work with artillery and aircraft until the resistance is minimal. Then RF go in, clean up and move on. Exemplary Proof right now: Azovstal.
    America is losing.
    America has always been a looser.
    A thief and murderer is always a looser.

  158. @HeyHeyHey

    At least this shows just how crazed and Evil these Ukronazis truly are.

  159. Levtraro says:
    @Here Be Dragon

    I think the Russians will take the whole of Ukraine, to the border with Poland, Romania and Moldova. They are just to be doing it in phases and all the time concealing (maskirovka) their true intentions. The statue in Lvov will be taken down during prime time TV and the flow of refugees to the EU will be like nothing that has been seen since WWII. Both NATO and Russia will position nuclear-capable missiles along this border, for defensive purposes of course \sarc. NATO and Russian forces will be facing up close in the longest border ever between adversarial blocks. Europe (including Moscow and St. Ptersburg, Helsinky and Stockholm) and the USA will become the largest killing fields in the brief history of humanity, with hundreds of millions receiving a few million Kelvin suntan, or they will talk and find out that they can be friends after all, no need to worry, let’s go party.

  160. @meamjojo

    Me_am_ju_ju writes:

    Yes sir. Mess with the best, you fall with the rest, Puuty.

    Has there been a new entrant into this war that I’m not aware of ?

    Last I heard, Russia was up against one of the WORST. ie: the Khazarian Zionist proxy state of Ukraine, aided and abetted by the crumbling U.S military and U.S government (the same military that, in the words of Paul Craig Roberts):

    Were incapable of defeating a few thousand lightly armed Taliban in Afghanistan during a near 20 year conflict.

  161. My reading is Mr.Ritter was too optimistic for RF in his early analysis, so now he has to backtrack, but he is now too pessimistic.

    The RF, with less troops committed than Ukr, IMO has been going slow mostly to avoid civilian casualties in the Donbass areas that it wants to incorporate into the RF successfully.

    The stated plan of the RF is to save the Donbass people from the ukronazis, it would be a failure if their operation killed too many civilians. RF also has to deal with 8 years worth of entrenchments, fortifications, human-shield tactics and hostage-taking tactics adopted by the Ukronazis/AFU.

    Like this, the RF will have full support from the civilian population when it finally clears the Donbass from the nazis. The RF has studied how USA failed in Iraq and Afghanistan, it knows you must not only win the battles but also win what comes after that. Thus the RF has no choice but to go slow, even if more and more weapons are poured into Ukr by Brandon.

    Look at Kherson and Mariupol, those cities are already part of RF.

    After Donbass is cleared, and also Kharkov and Odessa, the RF will not go slow anymore, because they don’t want to take Kyiv and Lyiv into the RF. They don’t think they can hold west Ukr succesfully. So the RF will just destroy west Ukr militarily, with much less regard for civilian casualties.

    They will bomb west Ukr flat, and kill Z-boy and also kill his Arestobitch.

    It’s delusional to assume RF will approach Kyiv and Lyiv the same as the Donbass, strange that analysts think the approach will be the same. It won’t. RF often does what analysts don’t expect.

    Ukr is just next door to RF. RF will never lose, and it can take its time. Mistakes will be made, there will be losses, but RF will prevail.

    In Vietnam War 1967, aircraft carrier USS Forrestal got blown up and burnt up, accidents like this happen during wars. USA can only cause problems to RF, but likely cannot stop RF from eventually achieving its objectives.

    USA thinks RF will fail because USA lost tragically in Iraq, Afgh, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Vietnam, Korea.

    Brandon thinks Putin is losing, “he has no off-ramp”.

    This is as delusional as Trump thinking Covid-19 is nothing or it can be cured by injecting bleach into one’s veins.

    Putin is just getting started. It is likely that the SMO will be an eventual, hard-fought success.

    Just because USA failed every time, does not mean Russia, China or Iran will fail.

    • Agree: Robjil
  162. Lavrov: America is leading a hybrid war against Russia.
    Wrong.
    Jew is leading into his final attempt to subdue the world he does not already totally control.
    The Jewish isolation of Russia failed miserably – the world majority refused and refuses more and more to follow America-Israel-Vatican.
    Wait till the BRICS start to be pricks and give the diabolical West its own medicine.Hallelujah.

  163. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:
    @meamjojo

    Fake news from (((the usual suspects))) whose media cartel bombarded the west with endless reports of Kim Jong-Un being on his deathbed.

  164. @peterAUS

    You write:

    RF is NOT winning in the Eastern Ukraine. It’s slowly and painfully advancing along one axis (losing men and material in the process), AND, at the same time, losing territory along other axis ….
    …. In time. Say..a month from now.

    In a month’s time you’ll have egg on your face PeterAUS.

    Let me rephrase that.

    I meant to say you will have EVEN MORE egg on your face than you presently have – seeing as you have several omelettes dribbling down your chin at this very moment, courtesy of your pro-neocon/Khazarian bias whereby you unfailingly always side with the preposterous Anglo-Zionist empire official narrative.

  165. Moscow should just find out where Zelensky is and liquidate him and all his minions, this would cut the head off the snake. With Ukraine being leaderless, they could then take the whole Ukraine in a mad rush before the enemy could regroup.

  166. Bruno says:

    I said the same in my proposed newslink.

  167. @IronForge

    I think it’s best to address his arguments rather than worry about whether he’s a CIA asset or not.

    This morning early a 747, flown from Dover Air Force Base, landed at Rzeszow in Poland, near the Ukrainian border. It’s on its way back now.

    https://planefinder.net/flight/CMB475/time/2022-05-16T21:35:00.000Z/speed/1

    A couple of days ago a ship arrived in Burgas, Romania’s biggest port, and from the airport a Ukrainian AN124 departed for Rzeszow.

    I don’t get the impression that a great deal of this stuff is being interdicted, or they wouldn’t be sending it. I may be wrong.

    There are only a couple of rail lines into Ukraine from Rzeszow, and I presume Russia have satellite info and maybe the odd person on the ground. I’m surprised every road and rail line in the area hasn’t been made unusable.

    • Replies: @ariadna
  168. Knowing against whom Russia is fighting and the tactics that the enemy uses, I never thought that the two goals of keeping casualties, both military and civilian, at a minimum and achieving a swift victory were compatible. It was clear from the beginning that if lives were to be preserved, this would be a war of attrition.
    Russia has natural resources and has human resources. Russia has the best hi-tech armaments in the world, has oil to fuel its military machinery. Otoh, a large proportion of the weaponry sent to Ukraine by NATO has proven to be of little efficiency on the battlefield.
    Pertaining to the economy, Russia produces all the appliances needed by domestic consumers and produces enough food for her population. In short, Russians can sustain a long siege. I am not as sure that the West has as much time on its hands.
    Afaic, apart from a few blunders in the beginning that have cost unnecessary losses, everything is going according to plan.

  169. @Sean

    You wrote:

    Ukraine is beating the pants off the Russians and lets stop denying it.

    Mordechai, is that you again jumping into the fray with your two shekels of disinfo ?

    For those in the commentariat that aren’t familiar with this troll, he uses the Irish sounding handle ‘Sean’ to deflect from the fact that he’s a serial peddler of Zio misdirection.

  170. This entire thing benefits the Davis crowd. I am beginning to wonder if Putin might indeed be in on it and just playing the foil in this WEF script. The guy does have ties to the WEF young leaders program. People in the West have been so politically emasculated since 9/11, that they are hoping that there is outside leadership or strong nation that will fight back, thus these folks(me included) have looked up to Vlad as some sort of hero, when he is not what he seems. Sure he saved Assad, but the country is still a war zone and the US is outright stealing oil and wheat from them. Israel can still bomb them with impunity. This whole thing with Ukraine was billed as reacting to an existential threat. You don’t pussy foot with an existential threat, you destroy it, going in full throttle. Putin should have let the Ukies make the first move and make them the bad guy. He got himself Hitlered/Tojoed. He should have been smarter than that, hence why I think this might just be another round of Kabuki theater for the global masses.

    • Agree: peterAUS
  171. gotmituns says:

    Who gives a rat’s butt about what one of these “In the rear with the gear” pissants has to say?

  172. Z-man says:

    How the ‘duck’ did the Ukes get those howitzers so quickly? WTF happened to the Russian Air Force??
    The Russians should have destroyed the howitzers as they were being unloaded in Lviv or wherever. I am disappointed in the performance of the Russian military. 😠
    I want Colonel McGregor’s take on this.

    • Replies: @GMC
  173. @meamjojo

    Somehow the anonymous “meamjojo” left off a letter from “jowjow” or “Jew Of the Worst Sort”, a key term akin to the former “JewBolsheviki”. “meam” could be posting from Tel Aviv or from the local synagogue closest to the reader. In my own case here in San Francisco that would be Congregation Sherith Israel.

    Here in the USA more broadly we have JAR or the “JewAmerican Regime” and looking in the global scope we have JAPE for “–Planetary Empire”, the 1963 Dallas Jack Whack having been the all-time biggest kosher coup d’etat. JAPE notoriously and, of course, uniquely maintains some 750 military bases in at least 80 foreign countries. Headed by Israel–USA, JAPE also boasts of abusing money from U.S. taxpayers to hire Internet quackers like “meam” here by the hundreds (thousands?).

    Another new term to integrate = CABAT for the “Cabal Above Biden And Trump”, that being Presidents Kneeling Joe “I am a Zionist” and Donald רמת טראמפ Trump. 98-year-old KinkHenKi the Third (after Judah P. Benjamin and Bernard Baruch) sits enthroned above the likes of Haim Saban, Miriam Adelson, Chuck Schumer and so forth. Has the noteworthy Tucker Carlson already challenged to face-to-face debate the Majority Leader who calls himself in Hebrew the “_shomer yisroel_” or defender of Israel in the Senate?

    CABAT trembles while their utterly corrupt and evermore unpopular system increasingly totters. For this reason, so as to create their latest strategic diversion, they have provoked Putin to counter attack Ukraine, headed by the Jew comedian Zelensky.

    We the Am pop, like our Russian sisters and brothers and our whole Eight Billion Strong Rainbow HuRa of our Home Planet Earth, now face the life or death question: Will we pluck up by its poisoned roots the bandit Jew State of Israel and also throw under the jail the JOWs from aged Hank on down to their _Shabbos goyim_ like Biden-Harris, T-Rump, Obomber, Bushez, Clintonz and the rest of that bloody lot? Until our revolution succeeds, the very existence of all higher consciousness in the known Kosmos remains at risk.
    —————————————-
    https://tinyurl.com/abu4amw2 alt.california
    A Comment From a Thread On the UNZ REVIEW

    • Thanks: Joe Levantine
    • LOL: 36 ulster, meamjojo
    • Replies: @Hal Womack
  174. @Leethal

    Congratulations on coming out of the woodwork.

  175. @j2

    Nobody bribed the leaders in Finland or Sweden.

    How do you know this?

    I guess that Scandinavians are such honest people that, if they had received a bribe, they would tell you, right?

    • LOL: showmethereal
    • Replies: @j2
  176. @Zachary Smith

    The conniving and treacherous Zachary Smith (the same one that appeared in the 1960’s TV show ‘Lost in Space’), writes:

    I’d not bet the farm this site won’t get shut down on account of the blatant racism and neo-Nazi stuff. Allowing Anglin to spew his BS here is just begging for trouble, IMO.

    A show of hands amongst the commentariat here in UR will show that, in a contest of Andrew Anglin Vs You, there would be near unanimity amongst us that it is you Zach Smith who has a well documented track record for spewing B.S.

  177. Ron West says:

    Ritter’s reassesment comes just prior to azov surrendering in Mariupol. Russia will continue to do what it has been doing so far. Continue to methodically grind down ukrainian resistance while trying to avoid civilian destruction as much as possible. Although the ukrainians may score a few small victories, that will only slightly delay the inevitable. I expect to see the pace of ukie surrendering start to pick up more and more.

  178. MLK says:
    @you

    “The military aid the west is providing to Ukraine is changing the dynamic and if Russia doesn’t find a way to address this meaningfully… the conflict will never end.”

    The “conflict” Ritter is referring to here is the war in Ukraine. Not the conflict between USG/NATO, which is unending Because Geopolitics.

    Moreover, “the conflict will never end” is a wholly warranted allusion, in my view, to the frozen Korean War conflict, with Russia in the place of China in Ukraine.

    That’s a credible threat. In other words, leverage for the US side. After all, whatever else you might say about the US sovereign, it figured out how to make conflicts interminable. That’s it’s own form of Escalation Dominance in that however mindbogglingly large the \$60B the USG will have committed with the \$40B, in the blink of an eye, it’s a bag of shells in terms of US imperial budgeting.

    We can file NATO ascension by Finland/Sweden under the same heading — credible leverage, as Russia concedes by implication in noting that it will result in “countermeasures.”

    As my previous comments attest, under the totality of the circumstances the probability of a deescalation, has gone up from near zero in recent weeks. Indeed, ‘near zero’ doesn’t capture it as the neocon filth were in “let it burn” shout-mode and Putin responded with his iteration of Trump’s ‘My nuclear button is bigger & more powerful.’

    The sanctions/financial war have been a disaster for USG. It’s impossible to overstate how much this is pressuring the incompetent, illegitimate Biden regime vis-à-vis the rest of planet earth — allies, non-aligned, rivals, adversaries alike. To say nothing of domestically, with the midterms approaching.

    What the above amounts to without further belaboring is that my read of Ritter is that he prefers to be part of the solution in terms of getting the ball moving in the right direction. Believe me, behind the curtain both sides are now well aware of the contours for a fruitful negotiated resolution to this round. By this round I mean the geographical boundaries within Ukraine upon ceasefire which, in my view, Russia is willing to constrain in return for demilitarization along with reversal of the sanctions relating to energy, creating a precedent and agreed framework for unwinding the whole world economy/financial system detonating shebang

  179. @Lurker

    I’m assuming (but I don’t know) that in reality they were made in batches and the real production rate is higher and could be made higher still.

    I’ve worked MIC electronics production in a few different places.

    Both were batch-based and quite slow.

    It was normal to see each batch require multiple deviation waivers from the alleged standard production process to make it out the door.

  180. @Daniel H

    (I’ve never served in the military, but from what I have read the foxhole is SUPER important in maintaining one’s life and mission)

    Trenches aren’t quite foxholes, but the spotting drones being used for artillery are making things look quite unpleasant in those trenches:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TriTro29/status/1526249160202149888

    I think the military economics of trading artillery shells for trained infantrymen probably work out in favor of the artillery.

  181. @anonymous

    They will sacrifice for Ukraine. People like yourself think Ukraine is like Russia. It isn’t. They remember their days under the Russian thumb and will not return there without a very serious fight.

    You’ve repeated misjudged Ukraine, and that lack of thought is being shown to be clownish by the Ukrainians. They aren’t fighting for “the regime.” They are fighting for their country and the Russians aren’t winning.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @al gore rhythms
    , @Lurker
  182. @jimbojones

    I think Russia has the moral high ground in this war and that the Kiev regime is a Nazi abomination.

    Like so many pro-Putinists, you’ve beclowned yourself.

    The Nazis are in Russia.

    https://www.outono.net/elentir/2022/03/01/the-alliance-of-pro-russian-communists-and-nazis-fighting-against-ukraine-in-donbas/

    • Troll: Eric Novak, 36 ulster
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  183. The whole thing is bogus! How is that Russia has made the Ukrainian airspace out of bounds for outsiders yet our senators and representatives keep flooding in, day in and day out. What are they all going there for? Is it to get bags full of money (kickbacks on the 40 billion dollars) of their share from the money laundering Jews headed by the Nazi Jew Zelensky?

  184. Anonymous[320] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    My guess is the counter offsenuve will be a joint NATO- Kiev-other vassals Army with around 500,000 ground forces.

    Russia has not gone to war and has insisted that this is a limited operation. And every single last action, every missile strike, outside of the Eastern Ukraine/Donbas region has been directly related to the operation. Few people are aware of this. Any and every strike at targets in places like Lvov, for example, is directly related to assets against Russia’s operation in Eastern Ukraine/Donbas.

    This extremely limited focus of operations has seemingly led to most people to believe that the Russian military is a paper tiger. It’s like a couple of LAPD cops showing up to your house to arrest you for a perfunctory ‘failure to appear’ charge. You decide to take a stand and you punch out the little Latina cop and take down the other out-of-shape one. And you’re thinking, “Hey, the vaunted LAPD ain’t all that, even I can take ‘em on and win!”

    The insane level, multiple orders of magnitude greater level, that Russia could bring to bear against an opposing conventional force from the West seems to be oblivious to most people.

    The U.S. went to war against Iraq with 300k+ troops and 44 other countries. Against an adversary with < 1/1000 the conventional firepower of Russia. Think about the level of preparations and level of operations it took to set up the force to go in to take on a vastly inferior foe in a sandbox.

    For a second forget about the arsenal of both tactical and strategic nukes and imagine if Iraq had the ability with just conventional hypersonic missiles to sink every ship in the Sixth Fleet, destroy every airbase from where operations are launched, every forward operating base, et al., in the first hour, first minutes, of conflict.

    In the initial hours of a conventional war with Russia, NATO could lose Battle of Verdun level of losses. And I’m talking the full 9-months battle at Verdun.

    • Thanks: showmethereal
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  185. The NATO countries comprise about one billion people and the greater part of global wealth… and their support for Ukraine seems to be based solely on the condition that the Ukies fight with whatever they happen to have. They do not need to leave people at home to run factories or tend to the fields… the Woke Woke West will provide them with food, fuel and anything else they may need, provided even that if all Ukrainian men are killed, even eighty-year old babusjas in wheelchairs and preteen girls will stumble through the ruins with rifles in their hands, to give basic support to the Western specialists operating the high-tech weaponry, which is also sent gratis, together with the necessary “sodjers”.

    This is not about Ukraine, this is about breaking down and carving up Russia once and for all. The war will not end in Donezk or Lugansk, but only in Moscow and beyond.

    And the Chinese are most likely in the racket too… their odd restrictions on semiconductor production “because of environmental concerns” (I did not know there is even a Chinese word for that, since the Chinese have ever been the environmentally most reckless people imaginable!) are causing problems galore for the Russians. Yes, as we all know, there is a lot of silverbackship going on between the West and China because of Taiwan and trade tariffs and Falun Gong and whatnot… but the Chinese are subtle and understand very well that you can quarrel with somebody on some issues and lend support to him on others, and that such a discrimination may ultimately pay. My suspicion is they have been bought with a promise of free access to the Siberian gas fields, maybe also negotiability of Taiwan’s status if everything works well.

    Putin seems to have goofed up completely, either by underestimating the West’s determination to destroy Russia, or – what I would consider more likely – by expecting that the Chinese (supposed to be a high-IQ people and with plenty of experience in dealing with the anglosphere) would be smart enough to see through the ruse, as it is clear that after the war the West is not going to honour its promises (since it never does).

    It will end with Russia effectively erased, the Queer Republic of Ukraine being elevated to the status of alpha chimp in Eastern Europe, the Chinese being royally pissed, and the Rainbow Empire being in such a strong position that it does not have to worry about what China may do. There are going to be millions of deaths on the way, some of which will certainly be niggers, yes, there may even be (horribile dictu) dead faggots or trannies, but, well, you see, it’s all for the Greater Dick or Greater Good or whatever, so even the natural nobility must make sacrifices. The world must be safe for anal intercourse!

    • LOL: Mike Tre
    • Troll: Eric Novak
    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  186. BEHOLD THE POWER OF PROPAGANDA

    Media censorship regarding Ukraine are so total that there is no way to separate truth from and lies. Why believe anything they say?

    Scott Ritter repeats media claims– e.g. Ukraine is using howitzers against Russia, and Ukraine is winning.

    Many people in this thread repeat media claims — e.g. “Ukraine is mobilizing a million men.”

    This is silly.

    Propaganda works by feeding garbage to the peasants so that they squabble with each other. Each peasant claims that his little piece of garbage is the only “true” piece of garbage.

    • Agree: PetrOldSack
  187. Russia’s tactical nukes are ready to fly. God bless Vladimir Putin.

  188. Realist says:
    @Herald

    Russia doesn’t need or even want to finish this grinding operation too quickly,…

    Like we did in Afghanistan?

    The longer the war/SMO/operation goes on the more Russians are killed…the more the Russian economy is hurt.

    …as for every day it continues the Ukrainian military is being further pulverised.

    Like we pulverized the Taliban in Afghanistan?

    Ukrainian military could have been pulverized in the first week.

    We obviously don’t agree on this.

    • Replies: @Herald
  189. @Anonymous

    You made a lot of good points in that comment.

    For example:

    In the real world, one warring side will almost always have time on their side for various reasons, It can be better logistics, superior attrition projections, morale projections, bigger stockpiles of anything from food to ammo or replenishment production capabilities.

    And there’s no better example of that than Operation Barbarossa (the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941).
    Hitler’s strategy was dependent on a quick knockout blow delivered in the early stages of the conflict.
    It is documented in the archives of Hitler admitting that, absent the early capitulation of the Soviets, the latter had such an abundance of men and materiel that prolongation of the war would favour the Soviets more and more with the passing of time.

    Hitler was wrongly criticised as an incompetent military strategist for diverting his Schwerpunkt south at the crucial moment, when his Army was within striking distance of Moscow.
    Hitler was a far better military strategist than the Zio authored post war military literature gives him credit for.

    Of course, the capitulation of Moscow would’ve achieved next to nothing other than a small propaganda victory for capturing the capital.
    The Soviets would simply have abandoned it and moved the seat of government further east and continued prosecuting the war.

    That’s why Hitler moved south – to TAKE THE OIL FIELDS, even though this ultimately led to the Stalingrad debacle.

    This was his ONLY chance of defeating the Soviet hordes. In fact, it is documented in the Soviet archives from that period, that if the oil supply was cut off, the Soviet military machine would grind to a halt, and there would be insufficient capability for the Allies to make up the shortfall through Lend Lease seaborne shipments.

    You also wrote:

    Try making a case that every boxer or UFC fighter must adhere to this amazing “quick & decisive” strategy that you, and only you, have invented for them. Basically, all of them should just immediately sprint and try to knockout the opponent ASAP.

    This statement of yours is perfectly exemplified by Muhammad Ali’s ‘Rope a Dope’ strategy as employed in the Rumble in the Jungle world title fight against George Foreman.

    Foreman’s strategy was always to pound his opponents into submission in the early rounds, seeing as he didn’t have the stamina to last the full quota of rounds.
    The longer the fight went, the greater the likelihood that there’d be an upset against the odds-on favourite Foreman.

    Ali knew this and tired him out. And when Foreman had nothing left in the tank, Ali struck with devastating blows.

    A masterful strategy.

  190. @Truth Vigilante

    G2mil.com Oct 23, 2013 – The Objective of LIC

    As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is destroying billions of dollars of usable equipment because it is too costly to ship home. This reminds me of a passage from the late Col. Fletcher Prouty USAF:

    ” …we must understand that it has become the objective of ‘low intensity conflict’ to continue the wasting of money, the pointless killing of defenseless people, and the consumption or attrition of costly war materiel to make way for the procurement of more. ‘Low-intensity conflict’ is a way in which the hundreds of billions of dollars of armaments produced each year can be used, destroyed, and wasted this year in order that more may be procured and used next year.”

    • Thanks: Truth Vigilante
  191. Ritter’s assessment is too incomplete and devoid of detail to assemble and use. He does not offer any detail of any consequence. Russian cannot stop massive amounts of equipment from entering Ukraine? By what limitation? Is that temporary?

    The howitzers used in Eastern Ukraine. More detail is necessary. It would seem to me that these are relatively statitionary targets that can be taken out in an area of the county where the Russians have largely achieved control.\

    The hundreds of thousands of extra troops to be called up by the Globe Homo Penis Piano Player? Huh? What are they constituted? Young boys. Reserves? Neophytes?

    And finally these Ukrainian troops. How are they going to get replenished materiel, food, medical supplies, shelter, air cover?

    This is hasty pudding with a sticky bottom. Not credible just on omissions. Where does his information come from? I did not like the casual generalities tone.

  192. j2 says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    “I guess that Scandinavians are such honest people that, if they had received a bribe, they would tell you, right?”

    We know it from opinion polls: 76% of the Finns now support joining NATO, it was 26% before the Ukrainian war. But you are correct, people there are more honest than e.g. in Russia.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Dumbo
    , @PetrOldSack
  193. Realist says:
    @Anonymous

    Wow! It’s almost like you’ve never, ever read about any conflict in history. In the real world, one warring side will almost always have time on their side for various reasons, It can be better logistics, superior attrition projections, morale projections, bigger stockpiles of anything from food to ammo or replenishment production capabilities. I can go on and on but it’s not necessary. In any case, lunging forward in those circumstances can only result in unnecessary loses and maybe even in losing that advantage.

    Wow! It’s like you didn’t read my comment…since you didn’t address my reference to Afghanistan.

    So, “prolonging the war is always stupid” is baby-talk. Try making a case that every boxer or UFC fighter must adhere to this amazing “quick & decisive” strategy that you, and only you, have invented for them. Basically, all of them should just immediately sprint and try to knockout the opponent ASAP. Man, it’s like you’ve never even watched a sporting event either.

    It is hard to believe a serious person would try to equate a boxing match to a war.

    I watch very few sporting events…I have better things to do with my time.

    …but the decision to leave certainly wasn’t forced on them by the pathetic resistance or the even more pathetic domestic anti-war opposition.

    Aaah the true war monger comes out…the above comment tells all anyone needs to know about you.

  194. @Truth Vigilante

    “ This may have been a Psyop from the very start.

    Perhaps it was intended that Ritter come out the way he did in support of the Russian position, thus getting those of us that oppose Anglo-Zionist treachery and malfeasance on board with him, ONLY to do a 180 degree switch later on and come out with an opposing viewpoint.”

    That reminds me of an influential commenter during the disinformation campaign just before the onslaught on Iraq during the first Gulf War. This high profile commenter was Edward Luttwak whom I remember as an outspoken opponent to the war against Saddam Hussein. One of the points he stressed that it was morally unacceptable that the US would attack a secular Arab regime in alliance with the Saudi regime “ which whips her subjects for drinking beer while they are holding a glass of champagne in their other hand” and that “ Saddam allowed Christians full religious rights while Saudi Arabia forbade the appearance of the crucifix”. It all sounded to us as high moral standing from an important American media figure whose accent clearly revealed that he is not born in America. Fast forward to 1996 where I met his brother at a trade fare in Italy and the latter informed me about the role that Edward Luttwak played as a counselor to the late Israeli ‘Defence’ minister Moshe Dayan.

    Upon checking Luttwak’s biography, I realized that the man is the epitome of American Jewish neocons. I guess that just like the story of the “ fourth largest army in the world“ that fed Saddam’s illusions of grandeur, Luttwak was the perfect psy-op to give the Iraqis the impression of internal opposition to the war while giving them at the same time the illusion of a fighting chance.

    Is Scot Ritter an American Intelligence asset or controlled opposition? It would sure be sad if this is so for the man has projected the image of an intelligent, sophisticated, truth warrior who does not hesitate to contradict the official U.S. government’s narrative. But then who knows.

    • Agree: JamesinNM
    • Thanks: Truth Vigilante
    • Replies: @MartinHolinde
  195. aandrews says:

    SATURDAY MORNING LIVE WITH SCOTT RITTER AND RAY MCGOVERN
    Streamed live on May 14, 2022

    (https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/scott-ritters-radical-reassessment)

  196. @northeast

    World War 2 taught the United States that winning a war is a costly mistake, resulting in not winning one since, including the War on Drugs and War on Poverty.

  197. My humble analysis of the zeitgeist, the macro, and my own nibblings of news:

    – Victory Day is actually a day of introspection in Russia. It would be normal for them to deeply re-evaluate their strategy.

    – 300 or so Avostal fighters just gave up one of their underground bases yesterday. So Cave Rats have been busy.

    – Western obediency is being cultivated by strategic sharing of the findings of the several Bio-Research Labs which Russia took control of. Some of these analysis see ‘losing ground’ or a ‘feint’ – I see a force which went in, took strategic objective, and controlled it for as long as they needed to dig up the nearby graveyard. Took light field holography [eg. proof] and burned it down/turned it over to patriotic locals.

  198. Russia has tried to avoid civilian casualties and this has slowed down the war effort, unlike the ZUS and NATO and their carpet bombing of Iraq and Libya and Syria and all infastructure in total disregard of civilian life and to top it off the ZUS and NATO were doing this illegally as a result of the attack by Israel and traitors at the highest levels of the ZUS attack on the WTC on 911 and blamed on the muslims to give the excuse to destroy the middle east for Israel.

    NATO and the ZUS also created AL CIADA aka ISIS and all off shoots that are still operating in Iraq and Syria and Libya and now are in the Ukraine, the ones who create terrorists are also terrorists and are the worse of the terrorists.

  199. @Joe Levantine

    Ritter doesn’t have to be a binary ‘us/them’ figure and this doesn’t have to be a psyop. When deeply entangled with the subject, such as being someone who took an Oath to Defend the Constitution – Emotions and even emotional state can tinge analysis. Another alternative is he knows something we don’t, eg. some new weapons system en route to support the Hohols in shooting down another MH17 [Oh yeah Hillary helped them get that BUK and the operator].

    Or he just doesn’t know how to internet too gud and he doesn’t realize there has just been a great bursting of rats from a certain Avostalian Sewer Pipe.

    Also wrt this: “One of the points he stressed that it was morally unacceptable that the US would attack a secular Arab regime in alliance with the Saudi regime” it kind of misses the point that Saddam was installed by CIA in the first place – and we were only in our formative years of turning Shias against Sunnis. [Eg. BLM vs. Maga].

  200. JamesinNM says:

    People don’t realize that evil people will eventually kill them if evil ones are not stopped.

    Does Ritter support good or evil?

  201. hillaire says:

    How surprising… the war will drag on… and then the food shortages..

    you see.. WEF man and high mason Rasputin and his war (plan B) will provide the circumstances for the ‘Not So (for you) Great Reset’…. anglo/satanic/jew world order…

    Circumstance the failed plandemic has now been unable to initiate.. due to the paucity of intellect amongst the ahem… elitists and the sheer quantity of inbred imbeciles drooling into their porridge and feeding data into poorly engineered machine learning..

    let us see how our Russian brethren approach genetic injectibles and WhO tyranny… and senseless Slav slaughter…

    going ahem..forward (to Berlin)..

    or whether the WW2 script being run from the ‘City’.. will have him ‘missing’..last seen in a bunker with a Ukrainian tik tok tart….

    • Replies: @hillaire
  202. @Richard B

    Failing?

    They can print money to infinity……

    • Replies: @Richard B
  203. Z-man says:
    @j2

    Ok, let’s get this straight, the Finns are NOT SCANDINAVIAN!
    Sorry for shouting. 😆

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  204. A lot of this expert commentary is just entertainment. Saturday morning live, huh.

  205. @Mustapha Mond

    Bush and Obama [or Cheney/Clinton however you want to parse it] had no such qualms.

    Oops we accidentally hit Al Jazeera!

    Oops we accidentally AC 130’d that Hospital!

    Oops we accidentally littered Basrah with DU and Mini Nuke fallout! No sir, that isn’t a Nuclear Weapon, it’s a “Bunker Buster with Similar Characteristics to a Tactical Nuclear weapon”

    Oops we accidentally Brandoned! Now we can get those civilian casualty figures up to 72% like they were under the Neocon/lib cadre or Moloch Worshipping Vampires!

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  206. @Incisive One

    “The fact that they are located in the Kharkov region, and firing, is proof that they are manned by US/NATO soldiers. “

    Hmm. A DHL/Kalitta 747 flew from Dover AFB to Rzeszow near the Polish/Ukrainian border this morning, it’s on its way back now. I assumed it was full of missiles for the Ukrainians.

    https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/10570450

    But there is this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalitta_Charters

    “Kalitta Charters is now the sole company that has a contract with the US government to fly the remains of service members to their final resting places.”

    Upthread, Justvisiting was wondering if we could trust any information coming out about the war. I know what he means, but I tend to trust this site more than most, if only because very close to the war zone are major airline routes between Europe and India/Arabia. I doubt there are many planes flying “dark” unless they are very high indeed, well above airline heights.

    Here’s the current track of the Kalitta plane. Will it fly back to their base near Detroit, or to an Air Force base?

    https://www.flightradar24.com/CKS204/2be3e998

    • Replies: @Lurker
  207. Carlo says:
    @Alrenous

    Your proposal has some logic, but in fact I agree with “His Fordship” Mustafa. You have to consider that both the Ukrainian regime and the external powers that support it couldn’t care less for the lives of their people. And usually the civilians used as shields are Russian speakers, who support Russia, so if they die it is just a gain for the Nazis and the regime who wants to get rid of them in order to have a homogenous population of Ukrainian speakers and Russian-haters. Russia of course wants these civilians not only for moral reasons, but because they need supporters inside Ukraine or whatever new state they carve out of it.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  208. @Anonymous

    This extremely limited focus of operations has seemingly led to most people to believe that the Russian military is a paper tiger.

    I believe this thinking has arisen in the West because many don’t understand that the Russian leadership has carefully and intentionally husbanded its forces during this operation.

    The Russian leadership has based this approach on their worst case contingency plan that involved a unified NATO response, somehow led by reconstituted US combined arms brigades.

  209. hillaire says:
    @hillaire

    NB: you may have noticed.. and i have made this observation countless times hereabouts.. the russians and chinese aren’t coming to save you slackers…

    because the High masons/jews that run these so called nations are quite busy grinding their own peons into compliant injected mincemeat…

    to wit:…sending ill equipped Slav teachers and artists to their certain death or marching them up the hill and down again whilst yankee jewish lackeys provide the ordnance for mossad cartoon nazis and press ganged paupers.. or red emperors imprisoning and starving millions of child like insect people…

    little flying robot toys imploring them to ignore the desire of …

    their souls to be free… as they wrap them in plastic and ship ’em for ‘processing’…

  210. republic says:

    A New York Times article from 2012 about Scott Ritter’s legal case
    https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/magazine/scott-ritter.html

  211. @peterAUS

    Ideally I want to believe items that ARE correct; not just FEEL correct. But yes, the “perspective” you offer is at least a thoughtful one; I guess I must admit I do have “Putinard” tendencies in a “last great hope” for the nation state way. And, back to the article/video, how does ANYthing Ritter or McGovern say “make sense” vis a vis Davos and the Great Reset etc ? All that Real-Politik stuff is so last century … the three great powers should be congealing rather than locked in a death grip. China has something like 500 M people under lock down – so as to better get the jump on Taiwan?

    I end as before: “I don’t get it”

    Putin is an old, probably sick man. The tendency there is to grab one last bit of the good life and move on, not make yourself miserable as he certainly must be at this point.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  212. I haven’t seen air power used to its full potential. Russia has control of the air. Why they are not using it to their advantage is beyond me.

    On the other hand, they are bringing in their BMPT Terminator, which could change things if used properly and if there are enough of them.

    • Replies: @j2
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
  213. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Theophrastus

    I didn’t say he was from Israel. Who are you talking to?

  214. @Gaylord of the German Gaylands

    Wrong anal twist!
    But(t) Gayfjord, you are not alone:
    “Suzdaltsev: if Russia loses in Ukraine, China will join its robbers”
    https://www.pravda.ru/politics/1709225-sojuznik_kitai/
    1. China is playing low key, apart from the CN foreign minister talking tough periodically, because China needs a) clean up the West inside China per Dovid while being able to export to the JewWest as long as possible. b) Keep its West exports going as long as possible. The JewS already threatened China with import stops. The JewWest is right now preparing for that and telling its people to get ready for sacrifices.
    2. China knows very well that Russia is the stepping stone for JewWest’s re-colonization of China, as does India. Lavrov: they have memories like elephants do. China knows, if Russia falls China will be alone (with India…) the next prey to be devoured by the Jewvultures & hyena.
    At this point China and Russia have no need to be put into the same basket, but they stand shoulder to shoulder. In the end Russia will let China go through and over to Alaska and down to Oregon-California… The East Coast will get “rehydrated”. America is going to be half the size, of which one part will be Chinese Zone and the remaining southern parts will be Mexican Zone…
    Doesn’t look very gay, does it?!
    What happens if Russia-China promise Japan the end of JewS occupation, mercy, the Kurrills plus Hawaii (incl. Obimbo, the king of Seth & Michael)?

    • Replies: @anon
    , @RegretLeft
  215. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Carlo

    Putin may be doing an optics thing.

    You think Azov is just going to let their human shields go? Precisely because they actively despise Russian lives, what actually happens is they terrorize the shields for a bit, and then, if this doesn’t cause them to win, they shoot the shields in the back before they flee.

    I wish journalists hadn’t utterly debased the word ‘monstrous,’ because using human shields is the act of a frankensteinian chimera. If I call it ‘dishonourable’ nobody understand either. If you carefully tiptoe around the hostages…they die anyway. Often after being tortured. Personnel is policy, and only a very particular kind of person will even agree to carry out such a policy.

    Optics aside, Putin might as well shoot them in the front and get it over with. Then, if Azov has the tiniest shred of sanity, they find the shields are heavy and weight them down without offering protection, and stop using them.

    I personally would employ snipers and try to shoot the hostage-taker over the shoulder, so to speak, but if you miss and hit the shield, the only relevant issue, in terms of final outcome, is the morale of the sniper.

  216. @MartinHolinde

    Exactly.

    Remember what Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove famously said: We’re an empire now and we create our own realities.

    What he didn’t mention was that it was an “Empire of Evil”……… as your excellent post reminds us.

    Thank you.

  217. Emslander says:
    @gT

    Time is definitely on Russia’s side,

    Yours is the better analysis. NATO is contributing a lot of stuff other than full commitment. I think the main thing Ukraine gets from us, even in this new \$40B tranche is more useful to our ever-hungry bureaucracy than to their long-term war effort. Biden and his cast of goofballs are giving plenty of lip service and probably some piles of money in far off resorts for the quick relocation for the top thieves in Ukraine, but it looks to me more like a big fat kiss-off.

    Russia can wait forever in its new land access to Crimea, knowing that it’s gained a very useful new beachhead. If they’ve been defeated, it is a defeat they can hang onto.

  218. Mefobills says:

    MHO, Scott Ritter is gradually adjusting to the idea that the conflict in Ukraine is not a just regional skirmish between two quarrelsome neighbors, nor is it a proxy-war between NATO and Russia. No. Ukraine is the first phase of a broader plan for crushing Russia, collapsing its economy, removing its leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory, and projecting US power across Central Asia to the Pacific Rim.

    Russia has been in the cross hairs of the Atlantacist Globo Homos since Atlantacism began. (It began with the BOE, and its Jewish stock owners.)

    Atlantacism’s forerunner was in the Mediterranean, where tribesters were emplaced in entrepot cities ringing said ocean. This way they could launder pirated goods, move slaves, and take rake-offs on movement of goods. They were the “MBA’s” of the Levantine period.

    Later, after our friends lost their overland caravan routes, they recapitulated their merchant methods in Amsterdam. The overland Haibaru caravan routes were lost when Vasco De Gama discovered the southern route.

    The making of easy money by creating it at debt, and then hypothecating new loans against a ships bill of lading is part of Atlantacism.

    Killing off of Russia, and dividing it into dollarized or pound denominated debt instruments is the plan, an extension of what happened to Russia in the 90’s.

    In the 90’s the tribe was very active, borrowing credit from their brothers in the finance centers, and then buying up the commanding heights of the Russian economy. At the same time, Globo Homo was recycling petrodollars into building Madrassas, and then infecting the brain space of Islamic stans. The idea was to create instability, to then break up Russia.

    The same play was used in the Uighur regions, to then create chaos. After Russia fell, then China would be softened up and easier for finance capital to take over.

    All Russia has to do is adopt Industrial Capitalism by taking over the Russian Central Bank. It can then use Sovereign grants and loans and direct this credit at industry, especially the making of military goods.

    It can also direct credit at increasing the manning of the military, without resorting to the draft yet.

    Russia rules the skies, but apparently there is not enough persistent air cover. Otherwise, no howitzer team would survive more than 15 minutes after exposing their position.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  219. j2 says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    “I haven’t seen air power used to its full potential. Russia has control of the air. Why they are not using it to their advantage is beyond me.”

    Because Russia does not any more have the control of the air. In the beginning, with some 150 Ka-52 helicopters, they did, but that time passed. Ukraine has the air control over most of Ukraine. Russians fly mainly only in Kherson and Donbas short distance from the area they occupy. Because Ukraine has so many ground-to-air missiles, Russian close-air-support too often ends to losing a bomber jet or a helicopter. Therefore they do not do it much any more. As Russians do not have enough precision bombs (they used too many in Syria), they must bomb from high altitude with dumb bombs, which is not effective. Therefore they mainly can bomb cities, which has little military significance. Unlike stated by pro-Russian analysts and commenters on this site, Ukraine airforce was not destroyed, some 50 remained. Then they received 6 Mig-29s as spare parts from the USA and they got an unknown (but significant, Romania had over 100 and removed them from operational usage just now and told that they gave them to Ukraine, but this is only news, not confirmed, I doubt they gave 100) numer of Mig-21s from Romania. Russia never manager to destroy all S-300 and BUK systems, and Ukraine got one s-300 from Czech. Now they also have 60 gepards from Germany for short range air defense. So, it is not correct to claim that Russia has air control. What Russian fighter jets mainly do is that they fire missiles from Russian air space to Ukraine, but this way they only can hit coordinate targets, like fixed military (or civilian) objects. In the beginning of the war it was estimated that Russia had 300 fixed wing jets (fighters and bombers) close enough to the war area. In total Russia has 700, but it cannot use all as they are also (and more essentially) needed for homeland defense. Thus, let us say, they can use half: 350 fixed wing jets. Ukraine claims having dropped 200. That is not verified, but may not be so much off. Russia had 500 combat helicopters at the start and could use here about half, so 250. Ukraine claims to have destroyed 160+, which may also not be that much off. Russia still has lots of fixed and rotating wing aircraft, but it is not so superior as e.g. the USA usually is. Failure to get air supremacy was one of the first failures by Russia in this war of Russian operational failures.

    • Troll: showmethereal
    • Replies: @Catdog
  220. ATBOTL says:

    It’s about time.

    Everyone who shilled for Putin’s failed liberal wimp way of fighting a war has discredited themselves. This is the second issue, along with SARS COV-2, that the “dissident right” has totally blown by taking a factually wrong position just to be contrary. The system pushes these kind of false conspiracies on the right — “the virus is not real” or “Putin’s plan is working” — to distract from immigration and the great replacement as the animating issues for conservatives.

  221. Mefobills says:
    @Mefobills

    Addendum:

    China and the Global South have got to know by now the broad outlines of what I just mentioned.

    China is under threat too, and if Russia goes down, so goes China.

    The empire of lies and chaos is effective, because it is easier to destroy than to build.

    China’s counter-attack method of using Labor/Concentration camps in the Uighur region was more “kind and effective” than Russia’s Chechen war.

    Hitler did the same, where the concentration camps, were to de-brainwash people infected with Bolshevism, and to teach people discipline and to work. Work sets you free.

    The Uighurs have gained skills and have a potential life.

    Maybe our Chinese friends, who have high IQ’s, can stop hugging their pandas, and take an active interest in their own survival.

    Something as simple as standardizing the weapons specs, may allow China to lend-lease to Russia, especially if Putin never pulls head out of ass, and mobilizes Russian industry.

    • Thanks: Rurik
    • Replies: @Carlo
  222. anon[342] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kurt Knispel

    interesting point….but rhetoric from Chinese side seems that they are still angry with Japan over historical war issues as well as current tensions. where do you get the impression of China/Russia making such a deal with Japan, considering the current Jap PM seems to be a complete ZOG stooge?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  223. @Si1ver1ock

    I haven’t seen air power used to its full potential. Russia has control of the air. Why they are not using it to their advantage is beyond me.

    The US seems to have AWACS planes and Global Hawk drones up quite a bit on the other side of the Ukrainian border trying to gather intelligence.

    Maybe the Russians are trying to play things very close to the vest and conceal some of their aerial capability from this data gathering effort?

  224. @Kurt Knispel

    And China is going to do all this with 400 Mil citizens locked in their apartments and their finance and export hub frozen solid?

    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  225. @Mustapha Mond

    Forget the kindergartens! Blow up the fuel supply and make sure that Ukraine runs out of fuel. No matter where a howitzer is located if it has no fuel it cant work

    I never trusted Scott Ritter and will never trust him. Why would I trust Ritter regardless? Give me one good reason to trust Ritter? I pay no attetion to his commentary.

    I have indeed been concerned about the Russian pace in that war, but fast or slow Russia should have achived more that they have over too long periods of time. It’s costing Russia money isnt it the war? And it is a point that that west is using the war to bleed and weaken Russia.

    I am concerned about the Russian home and always insidious quality of the any Zio-Judahite population in any country far less Russia. Are they having such an effect on Russia/The Russian war effort in Ukraine? They probably have the Russian administraton fighting inside against itself and stymied its decision-making relative to the war.

    And I always worry that Putin always plays the fool when he should be decisive, brutal and urgent. Putin should have long ago rendered the Russian Zio population utterly powerless and without any power to affect Russian movent in any and all things.

    Why not? What the hell does he ever expect from the Jews but what they are doing the world over. Take away all their power or forget about it

    • Replies: @j2
  226. j2 says:

    There is also a widespread believe that Russia has an enourmous numer of tanks. So, it has c. 9000 tanks, but only c. 2,800 tanks are modernized. The rest can be pierced with an old RPG or bazooka, and they do not have night vision. They probably will not be used in this war. Ukraine has 1000 of those unmodernized, unknown how many of them move at all. (The Soviet Union had enourmous amounts of weapons, Ukraine inherited much or it). So, Russia had 2,800 and Ukraine claims to have eliminated 1,225 or so. Ukraine has some 500-600 modernized tanks left and got 200 from Poland. Not that big difference, especially as Russia cannot use all its tanks in Ukraine. The weapon gap is decreasing, and most Ukraine weapons are not from the West. They are from the late Soviet Union.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  227. R2b says:

    Russia will bomb Finland as a warning, before the end of June.
    Sweden will take notice.
    There is probably a lot of material the Russians has to deal with now.
    Preparing the next stage.
    Fracking and biolabs targeting certain DNA-strains, is most assuredly in this.
    Will they get it out?
    Many sites may be blocked.
    Maybe we will not get the knowledge, just the bombs.

  228. some_loon says:

    The author writes,

    “… is that, it was my assessment that it would be very hard for Ukraine to absorb this new equipment and material (Material– the additional lethal weapons that have recently been shipped to Ukraine)

    I think the word is “materiel”, and not “material”, though perhaps the difference of a letter is immaterial to the material here provided, or the materiel given to Ukraine. Sort of an ordinance versus ordnance sort of difference, but more subtle.

    I would hope municipal governments would not need heavy ordnance, or other materiel, to enforce the material provisions of local ordinances.

    • LOL: Emslander
  229. j2 says:
    @Ben Sampson

    “Blow up the fuel supply and make sure that Ukraine runs out of fuel.”

    The one issue in homeland defense is that the military has hidden storages of items like ammunition and fuel. Russia does blow up civilian fuel storages, but it first have to find the military fuel storages. Ukrainians have it easier, as Russians bring in the fuel, so it is not
    hidden and with good situational awareness, Ukrainians know more of what is where than
    Russians. It is not only fuel tanks. Let us take tanks. Ukrainian tanks are covered by a net
    or branches. Russian tanks do not have coverage against intelligence from air. It probably
    goes all the way through different things.

    • Replies: @Ben Sampson
    , @Ben Sampson
  230. Looking at the military operations in isolation from the overall economic and other factors in the European and the US houses of cards can lead to all kinds of false conclusions.
    My assumptions are that the fog of war affects us all in understanding the fighting with soldiers and bullets – we just don’t know all that is going on.
    However, believing that that Uncle Shmuel will be able to supply and man this effort economically and indefinitely without consequences at home is not logical. Just examine the supply chains……chips, semiconductors……never mind baby formula.
    Karl Denninger wrote about it a couple of days ago – war has yet to take actual hold of our precarious situation – when DaSHTF we’ll know!

  231. @Richard B

    I agree with what you say apart from the bit about the JSI failing. I see little evidence to support this (desirable) outcome.

    • Replies: @Richard B
  232. anon[260] • Disclaimer says:
    @Quartermaster

    Are you still stuck in the Azovstal steel plant? Don’t worry. You can leave now.

  233. GMC says:
    @Z-man

    I agree – except if we got took for a ride and those 155s didn’t really make it into the Arena, but it’s hard to tell cause I didn’t hear Russia say anything about them – yet. Gotta shut the backdoor into Ukraine tho. Definitely can’t miss the sound out a 105 or 155 going over your head – either. lol.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  234. Safebet says:
    @you

    Remember that basic psy ops propaganda is to have controlled opposition.
    IE: as well as spouting positive propaganda you have selected people spouting the other side they then gather followers, then switch sides at critical moments causing a morale drop among their followers. Propaganda by the west has been massive so far so I’m sure there’s lots of controlled opposition out there on social media.

  235. Safebet says:
    @meamjojo

    If Putin stands down their likely to get a Stalin type in his place who will purge Russia of its western 5th column and smash Ukraine with everything he’s got

    • LOL: meamjojo
  236. Thirdtwin says:

    Either Biden feels so confident about the situation in Ukraine that he’s committing US troops to Somalia, or he’s a blithering idiot.

  237. Dumbo says:
    @j2

    Polls are useless. If they are so sure, why don’t they make a referendum on it?

    They might have won anyway, media propaganda is powerful, we saw it with Covid, but polls are stupid and meaningless in this context.

  238. geokat62 says:

    Russia poised to take control of Mariupol as Ukraine surrenders steel plant

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/russia-ukraine-war-1.6455969

  239. @Greg S.

    So why the ‘special military operation’ at all then? They could have bled the West with economic measures.

    • Replies: @Greg S.
    , @martin_2
  240. @Notsofast

    i think the russians will continue a slow deliberate approach as time is on their side in the larger economic war.

    Time is not on their side. They are looking at 25% inflation and Putin is still playing games with the currency to prop up the economy. It isn’t going to work.

    They will have at least two quarters of depression (negative gdp growth) unless the sanctions are lifted.

    as the nato equipment is burned through by an inexperienced ukraine army of conscripts,

    They have thousands of men that can use a howitzer. It’s really just a big gun that is towed around.

    The M777 howitzer is extremely effective. They are also getting seven Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers from Germany. Both can pummel armor from 15 miles away.

    The Russian’s can’t just hole up in Donbass. The Ukrainians will continue to pummel them with artillery and drones.

    Putin needs to admit this was a colossal failure and throw in the towel. Maybe Ukraine will give them Donbass in a deal. I doubt Putin will even be alive in two months so he should probably make the deal while he can.

    • LOL: Notsofast
    • Replies: @anon
  241. Herald says:
    @Realist

    It seems that you have been getting your “war” reports from the NYT, maybe the Washington Post or heaven forbid Fox News, so no wonder we disagree. You must know better or perhaps you are simply trolling.
    The Russian Special Operation in Ukraine has nothing to do with the Taliban or Afghanistan and these references being transparent straw men do not merit further consideration.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @John Johnson
  242. profnasty says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    Hard to believe the Jews would put howies in schools in session. No one is that evil.
    It’s OK to blow up empty schools.
    If Z puts cannons in open schools- flatten all gov bldgs in Kiev. Shoot down American supply planes.
    No ragrets.

  243. profnasty says:
    @Richard B

    Seems like America has been at war with Russia since 08/08/08.
    This might be the end.
    Of the beginning.

  244. @Quartermaster

    Putin also has Muslims fighting for him and yet his deluded followers here think he is fighting for Christianity.

    Well he tried sending in Chechen Muslims to kill Christian Ukrainians and they were caught pretending to be there:
    https://observers.france24.com/en/europe/20220401-was-this-photo-of-chechen-leader-kadyrov-praying-in-a-petrol-station-taken-in-ukraine

    Ukraine is more Christian than Russia. It is Russia that has a large atheist population that is leftover from the Soviet days.
    https://www.quora.com/How-common-is-atheism-in-Russia

    Russia also has negative population growth:
    https://www.thoughtco.com/negative-population-growth-1435471

    So there goes the fantasy of them having a pro-family Christian culture. Their birth rate is close to the European average.

    It is also Putin that sells Israel oil and raw diamonds. I have posted numerous pictures of him kissing the wall.

    According to officials at the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Israel now imports 90% of its oil from Russia and the Caspian region
    https://www.jpost.com/Israel/Israel-pushes-to-reduce-oil-dependency

    But the Putin followers here want to re-imagine this war as some fight against Jewry. Must take quite a stretch of the imagination. Israel will benefit more than most countries since they don’t have to pass sanctions.

    Kind of like how children re-imagine a story to better match their fantasies.

    Putin is just a bitter little dictator that won’t be alive in two months. He got greedy just like the Tsars of the past. Well in over his head and the FSB will finish him off.

    • Troll: Notsofast, Rurik
    • Replies: @anon
  245. profnasty says:
    @meamjojo

    If Russia needs drones
    China will make drones.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  246. @Justvisiting

    I have found my soul mate 🙂

  247. Realist says:
    @Herald

    It seems that you have been getting your “war” reports from the NYT, maybe the Washington Post or heaven forbid Fox News, so no wonder we disagree. You must know better or perhaps you are simply trolling.

    I have no idea how you got that. You obviously aren’t familiar with my postings. I have been posting here for years.

    The Russian Special Operation in Ukraine has nothing to do with the Taliban or Afghanistan and these references being transparent straw men do not merit further consideration.

    I never said or implied it did. I used it as an example of a long-drawn-out war where the more powerful (US) lost terribly after twenty years.

    We have nothing further to discuss on this subject.

  248. @Herald

    It seems that you have been getting your “war” reports from the NYT, maybe the Washington Post or heaven forbid Fox News, so no wonder we disagree. You must know better or perhaps you are simply trolling.

    Russians have been pushed back to their border in Kharkiv.

    Here is a picture of Ukrainians at the Russian border:

    https://nypost.com/2022/05/16/ukrainian-forces-push-russians-out-of-kharkiv-oblast/

    I could probably find that news in a dozen different articles from the around the world. Which language would you like?

    This is not going as planned for Putin. Time to face reality instead of trying to blame the MSM.

    I despise the MSM but that doesn’t mean that everything they print must be false. That is deluded.

    Read the news from any country of your choice. This is a disaster.

    • LOL: Notsofast
    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  249. Sean says:
    @Lurker

    Russia has not yet culminated, but when they do Ukraine will counter attack in earnest. The Western plan is for the Ukrainians is for going to the 23rd February line and then stop. Not a chance, They will understand to keep going will be the only way to recover their lost territorym and its now or never. As for the Russian generals being killed, while some were undoubtedly careless, the head of Russian army electronic warfare was killed along with his HQ staff the other day. The US is giving Ukraine too much intel and weaponry and not considering how they will use it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  250. Chris A says:

    Just curious if the ability to quickly use equipment is because wetern “advisors” are actually the operators.

  251. Thanks for the news – and the excellent conclusion:
    “ IMHO, Scott Ritter is gradually adjusting to the idea that the conflict in Ukraine is not a just regional skirmish between two quarrelsome neighbors, nor is it a proxy-war between NATO and Russia. No. Ukraine is the first phase of a broader plan for crushing Russia, collapsing its economy, removing its leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory, and projecting US power across Central Asia to the Pacific Rim. Ukraine is about hegemony, empire, and pure, unalloyed power. Most important, Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War, a war that was concocted and launched by Washington to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy.”

    See: https://www.unz.com/article/wwii-redux-the-endpoint-of-u-s-policy-from-ukraine-to-taiwan/

    Keep up the great work.

  252. Listen, I enjoy Ritter’s unvarnished and seemingly uncorrupted analysis..
    But ultimately, he’s just another swinging dick with an opinion.
    In this case, he’s gone out in left field someplace..
    The Russians are stalling on purpose. They know the fall and winter maybe the last economic and political nail in the wests coffin. And any weapons that do make it into the hands of the Ukrainians are too little too late. Ukraine’s best chance was always early in the war when they had 8 years to prepare. Much like D-day, once the allies established a beachhead, it was only a matter of time before they overwhelmed the Germans.

  253. @Wizard of Oz

    Ridiculous is believing western psyops. All you have to do is listen to UK and US officials crow about how “NATO has regained its purpose”. Tony Blair crowing on Fareez Zakaria about all the wonderful new military spending that will take place. Here is the dirty secret – Finland and Sweden have been training and drawing close to NATO for at least 2 decades now. My comment was being facetious. NATO is a war gang and feeds off of instability. It is just too bad the Swedes and Finns now make themselves nuclear targets. The Finns signed a treaty to never allow aggression against Russia (Soviets) after having sided with the Nazis. Neutrality kept the peace (even if behind the scenes it was otherwise). Not bright at all – but they have no choice but to follow orders now.
    But the original point was if Russia is so ineffective then joining an alliance is a waste of time. You didn’t get the sarcasm though

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  254. @frankie p

    Gonnaday Golovkin beat Alvarez and was cheated by Las Vegas judges. That tarnished Alvarez. But like countries – athletes have psyops departments…. It’s called “marketing”. Same mission – fool people – until things get exposed

    • Replies: @frankie p
  255. @nsa

    nsa, you should post more often.

  256. Meanwhile millions of future government plantation slaves via illegal and refugee resettlement’s are storming across the border faster than a speeding poleez car bringing drugs, disease and the best and brightest mutant retards that will breed future generations of criminals just like the shitholes they left behind.
    Here’s to watching PIGs (Pigs In Government) authorized the complete take down of civilization right before our eyes. It’s not just here in JewMerica, but everywhere.

  257. @Falcon 22

    USA had nukes in Turkey and they removed them when the Soviets removed theirs from Cuba.

  258. @RegretLeft

    ChingChong knows all about real dengee; my prof taught em Mefobills for 3 decades.
    The Goanna said, there are two with whom you can not make any profit: Chinese & Jews; is the final showdown China v Jew?
    Those 400 mio flaters are just the right material teaching them Big Merica small fry cooking.

  259. @j2

    I guess you didn’t realize why Finland had a neutrality agreement with the Soviets in the first place. But hey if they want to put a target on their back that’s up to them. But again my point is that spending more on military and joining the NATO gang would make no sense since Russia can’t be a threat according to your earlier comment. Russia must be too weak and incompetent. So either they are all dumb for wanting to spend money or what you wrote about Russia isn’t the full story

    • Replies: @j2
  260. Catdog says:
    @j2

    Ukraine claims having dropped 200. That is not verified, but may not be so much off. Russia had 500 combat helicopters at the start and could use here about half, so 250. Ukraine claims to have destroyed 160+, which may also not be that much off.

    Based on what? It sounds like a wild and incredible lie. They’ve only shown photos confirmation of less than a dozen downed planes and choppers total.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @j2
  261. Carlo says:
    @Mefobills

    “China’s counter-attack method of using Labor/Concentration camps in the Uighur region was more “kind and effective” than Russia’s Chechen war.”
    True. But Russia lost control of Chechnya in the early 1990’s, it was de facto independent, so there wasn’t anything else they could do but launch a full scale military operation to regain control over it.

  262. Catdog says:

    Polish T-72Ms were destroyed during a failed Ukranian attack in Zaporizhzhya. If Ukranians can get something as large as a tank halfway across the country without it being destroyed, Russia is clearly failing to interdict NATO arms shipments.

  263. @j2

    I dont understand! Are you saying thet the Ukies bllow up Russian fuel s opposed to the Russians blowing up thyeirs?

    How is that relevant!? The Ukrainians have supply prblems. Even if they got o the Russian supplies they Russians have no supply problems. The Ukrianians can be reduced or shut down by attrition.

    Then again the Russians and Ukraisn have been joined at the hip since at least 1945. The Russians are likley to know the Ukraian infrastructure inside out. Why would the Russians have difficulty locating Ukrainian ‘hidden’ fuel dumps given that they are likley to have built them as well. Unless since the Ukranians have rebuilt heir military infrastructure since the Russians left which is entirely unlikely

  264. @Hal Womack

    I tried to email Tucker Carlson himself my question above: [ Has the noteworthy Tucker Carlson already challenged to face-to-face debate the Majority Leader who calls himself in Hebrew the “_shomer yisroel_” or defender of Israel in the Senate?]

    His site — https://tinyurl.com/24b7wbnu — gave me this response:
    [Error: Please try again later]

    A few minutes later, I tried again. Guess what?
    [Error: Please try again later]

    Wazzup, Tucker? Is the notorious JAR Internet Technical Squad nefariously meddling with your site or is there some other problem with the public getting through to you with comments? Naturally I will appreciate it if any kind reader –Hello Out There!– can somehow forward this question to Tucker.

  265. @profnasty

    If Russia needs drones
    China will make drones.

    LOL a little late on that.

    You think Putin can just get on ebay and hit BUY NOW one a few dozen Chinese drones to fix this mess?

    Your half pint mass murderer can’t unf-k this war with some Chinese drone purchases.

    The Ukrainians were ready for this war and had been preparing with drones. Those long range drones take experience in using and coordinating with other units.

    The correct move is to apologize and end the war.

    • Thanks: meamjojo
  266. Karl1906 says:

    Scott Ritter may be right. But it’s only one opinion. And his conclusion means that the war is being prolonged – not lost by Russia.

    The main issue remains that without the soldiers to wield the weapons there is no war. It’s not the hare and the tortoise racing each other. It’s a population realising already that whole generations of their men are being murdered for a war that’s only doing their leadership and the United States a “favour”.

    And most of the weapons and the money are not getting to Ukraine anyway.

  267. @j2

    I dont understand! Are you saying thet the Ukies blow up Russian fuel as opposed to the Russians blowing up thyeirs?

    How is that relevant!? The Ukrainians have supply prblems. Even if they got to the Russian supplies the Russians have no supply problems. The Ukrianians can at least be reduced or shut down by attrition.

    Then again the Russians and Ukrainians have been joined at the hip since at least 1945. The Russians are likely to have built the Ukranian hidden fuel infrastructure themselves so would have no problem locating them

    I cannot see or envisage a situation in which the Russians do not know where any Ukrainina hidden fuel is. Why would the Russians have difficulty locating Ukrainian ‘hidden’ fuel dumps given that they are likley to have built them as well. Unless since the Ukranians have rebuilt heir military infrastructure since the Russians left…which seems entirely unlikely

  268. antibeast says:
    @j2

    There is also a widespread belief that Russia has an enormous numer of tanks. So, it has c. 9000 tanks, but only c. 2,800 tanks are modernized. The rest can be pierced with an old RPG or bazooka, and they do not have night vision. They probably will not be used in this war. Ukraine has 1000 of those unmodernized, unknown how many of them move at all. (The Soviet Union had enormous amounts of weapons, Ukraine inherited much or it). So, Russia had 2,800 and Ukraine claims to have eliminated 1,225 or so.

    Russia’s battlefield losses so far are mostly T-72 MBTs, losing several hundreds of them to either Bayraktar TB2 armed drones or roadside ambushes by Ukrainian guerrillas armed with NLAW, Stugna-P and Javelin anti-missiles. But Russia still has 1,500 of the older T-90 MBTs with several thousands of the remaining T-72 MBTs which have yet to be deployed in Ukraine. The tactical mistake of the Russian SMO is to deploy tank battalions of T-72 MBTs, traveling along open roads, with neither close-air-support nor forward units of infantry scouts to clear the path of anti-tank mines and protect against roadside ambushes. Rather than facing the Russian tank battalions head-on, the Ukrainians simply opted for guerrilla tactics by setting up roadside ambushes. The Bayraktar TB2 armed drone is the star of the show, easily outgunning MBTs which are defenseless against anti-tank missiles launched from armed drones.

    • Replies: @antibeast
    , @j2
  269. anon[260] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    Putin also has Muslims fighting for him and yet his deluded followers here think he is fighting for Christianity.

    Well he tried sending in Chechen Muslims to kill Christian Ukrainians and they were caught pretending to be there:

    You remind me of the guy who during WW2 would’ve said, “Hitler is fighting with Japanese. He has a Muslim Waffen SS division too. And yet his deluded followers think he is fighting for the Aryan race or the West.”

    Ukraine is more Christian than Russia. It is Russia that has a large atheist population that is leftover from the Soviet days.

    This is just a flat-out lie. Your faux concern for the state of Christianity in Russia and Ukraine shows us how you post in bad faith. Both Russia and Ukraine are majority Orthodox, but both countries have been influenced by secular neo-liberal values and Westernizing influences. It’s not their fault but simply a consequence of the US and collective West having enjoyed a hegemonic status for so long.

    It is also Putin that sells Israel oil and raw diamonds. I have posted numerous pictures of him kissing the wall.

    He does business with Israel in the same he does business with the enemies of Israel, such as Syria and Iran. As for kissing the wall, I agree it’s a little excessive. You can’t really get away from cringe displays of philo-Semitism, regardless of the country. Zelensky invokes Golda Meir, who was born in Ukraine, to rouse Israeli support for Ukraine. Whatever business Russia conducts with Israel pales in comparison to the weapons and foreign aid that the US pours into Israel. It’s a silly point, though, since Russia gives oil and gas to many countries.

    But the Putin followers here want to re-imagine this war as some fight against Jewry.

    But it’s not what “Putin followers” think that matters. It’s what Jews themselves think that matters, and the Jewish community overwhelming is on the side of Ukraine. They’ve historically hated and continue to hate Russia, even if the Russians don’t reciprocate that hatred.

    Kind of like how children re-imagine a story to better match their fantasies.

    You’re the one doing a lot of “re-imagining” here.

    Putin is just a bitter little dictator that won’t be alive in two months. He got greedy just like the Tsars of the past. Well in over his head and the FSB will finish him off.

    If there was any doubt remaining, this last line gives you away as total Russophobe. Your characterization of the Tsars is totally inaccurate and exaggerated, showing your contempt for Russia. Putin’s life is intertwined with the well-being of Russia, and he is a patriot who loves his country, even if that patriotism is conceived along somewhat different lines from that of other people.

    In fact, as soon as someone talks shit about the Tsars, it’s pretty much a dead giveaway that you’re probably a Russophobic Jew. You’re understanding of Tsarist Russia is probably informed by silly Jewish musicals like Fidler on the Roof.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  270. Speaking of endless wars and all the shitholes they create….

    Here’s today’s lesson on the origins of ‘ShitHole’.

    The word “shtetl” is Yiddish, and it means “shithole.”, Jewish ghetto.

    Today you’ll learn why they want to turn every city into a “shtetl”, a reminder of where they lived happily conniving, counting, in a den of thieves near synagogue’s of Satan.
    Today you’ll also learn why for over two thousand years jewish tribes have been thrown out of over one hundred counties.

    What Were Shtetls? | My Jewish Learning
    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/shtetl-in-jewish-history-and-memory/

  271. As far as all those new million man conscripts? In Vietnam they were called “cherries”. Lucky to last a week in combat unless they had a good sergeant to help train them after boot camp.

  272. Ritter has a point.

    If this war was simply between Russia and Ukraine, and if Russian wants to carve out the Russian-part of Ukraine for itself, its current operation will prevail one way or another.

    But it’s not just between Russia and Ukraine. It’s really between Russia vs the Jewish Empire(that controls US and EU). So, it’s wrong for Russia to see this as a local affair. It’s a global one. So far, Russia has mostly ignored Western Ukraine because it’s non-Russian and/or anti-Russian. It’s focusing on the East.

    For some time, Ritter has argued that Russia must deal with western Ukraine. It must go all the way to Lvov and blow up the Bandera monument(like the Allies blew up Nazi symbols in Berlin). His point is, no matter how much Russia wants to keep the war ‘local’ in Eastern Ukraine, the Collective West will use western Ukraine to keep mounting offensives against whatever Russia has gained. You can’t fight a local war when the other side is fighting a global one.

    Now, ‘lose’ is relative. Did the US lose in Iraq and Afghanistan? It won all the major battles and occupied those lands. It wasn’t militarily defeated, but it ‘lost’ in the sense its objectives were not met. Same goes for Ukraine. Russia can take a good chunk of Eastern Ukraine and keep it but the JeWest will continue to apply pressure via western Ukraine. It can win in the east but if western Ukraine remains a hotbed of anti-Russian agenda, one could say Russia has ‘lost’.

    For the Jews, remaining Ukraine will always be used as wrecking ball against Russia. For that reason, if Russia wants to decisively win and keep western influence totally out of Ukraine, it has go into total war mode and take Lvov as well. An all-out war and no more pussyfooting. Pavel Craig Robertsky said the same thing.

    I say let’s have WWIII. When will China attack Taiwan. It should grab Okinawa while at it. Russia should take Hokkaido, and North Korea should take South Korea. That will be fun.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
    , @Justvisiting
  273. antibeast says:
    @antibeast

    But Russia still has 1,500 of the older T-90 MBTs with several thousands of the remaining T-72 MBTs which have yet to be deployed in Ukraine.

    Correction: ‘newer’ T-90 MBTs.

    • Replies: @j2
  274. @John Johnson

    It turned out that there were no fights with the RF and the entry of the AnalFU to the border. In fact, the militants brought a border post with them for the staged video:
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UqC5PdyMW4)
    So much for “reaching the border of the Russian Federation”:

    Real is…
    …Sasha Sladkov; famous RUS reporter naming Azovstal POW figures:
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AWhwgjzayk)
    Total of over 2500 servicemen, including 804 “Azovets”.
    – 404 wounded, including 55 seriously
    – 200 corpses (stored in refrigerators)
    – 3 Russian prisoners of war (1 officer, 2 soldiers).
    That is reality; the reality is that Jewmerica is loosing it and it will be the end (of me, hopefully, because I am sick of the crooked world and that includes CheatyJohnJohns in particular).
    Watch and eat your heart out (if you have got one?).
    Who would want to take a CheatyJohnJohns prisoner and make the cunt watch the following video every day as long as this Jewmerican war in the middle of Europe continues?!:
    https://odysee.com/Battle-for-Mariupol:519a5c491923fa1caa7887ac7e1eda31e4d7c275?src=embed

  275. It’s hard to believe that a man with Scott Ritter’s bio and career and entourage is a man who could enjoy an impartial freedom of expression against the grain without repercussions. It would be like a vegetarian wolf enjoying full support and understanding from a high echelon of very carnivorous wolves.
    I saw this interesting and plausible thesis presented by Gonzalo Lira, whom i hold in a thousand times higher esteem than any military expert with second thoughts:

  276. MarkNiet says:

    What an insistence on comparing that bunch to the “Nazis”. The “National Socialist” ideology has nothing to do with that in Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Passing By
  277. Jarhead says:
    @jimbojones

    I agree with your assessment, as well as Ritter’s.

  278. j2 says:
    @showmethereal

    “Russia must be too weak and incompetent. So either they are all dumb for wanting to spend money or what you wrote about Russia isn’t the full story ”

    Russia is a very serious threat to Ukraine right now. Russia is always a strong country in the military sense compared to any small country, but Ukraine is not all that small. Russia seems to have now some problems with its military planning and intelligence, but this situation will be fixed in a short time and nothing should be concluded from it for the future. Right after 1990 Russia was weak in the military sense. That did not last long.

    “I guess you didn’t realize why Finland had a neutrality agreement with the Soviets in the first place.”

    There was never any neutrality agreement with the Soviets. The Soviet Union attacked Finland in 1939-40. In order to gain back the lost area Finland joined Germany in the Barbarossa operation, but it ended to a defeat. The Soviet Union required signing a “friendship and co-operation agreement”. When the Soviet Union collapsed, this agreement lost power. Finland tried to interpret this agreement as compatible with neutrality, but the Soviet Union considered it an alliance in war time and once even proposed that the article for armed cooperation would be implemented. Western powers did not interpret Finland as fully neutral because of this agreement. Certainly this agreement was not a neutrality agreement, it was an agreement making neutrality less credible. Clearly, you do not know this agreement. Because you know too little, you should not write “I guess you didn’t realize”. In fact, you should not write comments at all before learning more.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  279. j2 says:
    @antibeast

    “Russia’s battlefield losses so far are mostly T-72 MBTs”

    Yes, but there are several modernizations of this main battle tank, like T-72B3 in three versions, and other variants (T-72A, T-72AB and so on). Considering that in 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed, Ukraine and Russia inherited tanks, so if 1000 T-64 tanks in Ukraine are unmodernized now, I suspect that most of the 9000 Russian tanks are T-72 or T-90 unmodernized versions.

  280. Anonymous[136] • Disclaimer says:
    @Catdog

    I’ve seen a video where three “Russian” choppers got shot down over some “Ukrainian” forest in quick succession. Alas, it was actually part of some game’s cutscene.

    Yes, Zelensky’s PR hamsters released literal computer game footage as prof for their claims. LOL! Look it up.

  281. j2 says:
    @antibeast

    “Correction: ‘newer’ T-90 MBTs.”

    It is fine as you wrote, T-90 is basically a newer T-72. Russia also has T-14, which is not really seen in Ukraine. But if Ukraine destroys tanks with this speed, Russia will have tanks, but mainly old junk. Good against infantry, but easy to destroy.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  282. @j2

    Even Chomsky (master of a sandy man) threw this in the open, it was such an obvious phenomenon of democracy as to be harmless in being public knowledge. “Manufactured Consent”.

    • Replies: @j2
  283. ricpic says:

    The Russians are keeping their focus on the Donbass because that’s where the great bulk of the Ukrainian Army IS. Once that army is crushed…the war will be over. There are Ukrainians west of the Dneiper? Yes, but hardly any Ukrainian fighting force EXISTS west of the Dneiper. And the casualty figures for the Ukrainians in the Donbass are ATROCIOUS. The grind down will continue to victory.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  284. @Priss Factor

    Yes, put the asymmetrical and the hypersonic back into the pipeline, and blow out the other side media. Give London a peep of a submarine.

  285. gatobart says:

    “It appears that the ex-Marine had examined recent developments in Ukraine and concluded that it’s going to be much harder for Russia to win than he had originally thought.”

    Wow, I could have said that even before the Marine, as soon as world master chess player Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin launched his ill fated invasion of Ukraine in Feb. 2024. Oh, wait, i actually said it and I wrote it in this same website. Check what I wrote in a Comment the 12th of March 2022″

    “Putin is an idiot. The day is not far away when everyone will see it. Maybe Russia will finally obtain what they are looking for, what they have been looking for since the end of the Cold War, respect and security in her borders, but they won’t thank him for that. His disastrous foreign policy (“my first F.P. priority is to have good relations with the U.S.”) will ensure that the verdict of mankind and History will be extremely harsh on him. It was his failure time after time in asserting the role Russia must have in the world, if only because of her imposing nuclear arsenal, that has brought the world to the present situation. Forgetting the lessons of October 1962, he engaged instead in the brainless pursuit of a pipe dream of him, that the West “liked him”. That is why he never stopped pleasing, appeasing and beseeching the US NATO gang while these last laughed in his face and kept inflicting him slap after slap. He finally exploded, as only the weak can do, overreacting and doing something so stupid that even his Israeli pals must have told him he couldn’t do under no circumstance: to invade a country. “Look as us, we are incredibly more powerful than the Lebanese, astronomically more powerful than the Palestinians of Gaza…YET NOT EVEN WE CAN CONTROL THEIR SMALL PIECES OF LAND…! IF YOU HAVE A BEEF, BOMB, DON’T INVADE. But he wouldn’t listen. It boggles the mind.”

    And see what I wrote Feb, the 28th.

    [MORE]

    “BTW, Putin’s Shock and Awe was different from that of the U.S. in Iraq but FAR FROM GIVING HIM ANY ADVANTAGE, MILITARY OR POLITICAL, THIS FACT GREATLY DIMINISHED HIS CHANCES FOR SUCCES, SOMETHING HE DIDNT SEEM TO BE AWARE OF. He didn’t intend to cause much harm to Ukrainian people or property and he hoped Ukrainians would understand that and that they would be grateful and maybe stand aside peacefully and let him finish the job. Well, that wasn’t what happened, his plan backfired badly because he didn’t realize that such a behavior wouldn’t make Ukrainians more willing to surrender but to the contrary, would embolden them in their resistance. And that means that Zelenzski now got one ace in his sleeve. He could drag the talks on and on while watching Putin and Russia getting in an European quagmire of their own while the rest of the world hate them more with each days that passes”

    And check how right I was on my assessment the same day:

    “In Eastern Europe and even Central Europe nations were formed out of pieces taken from here and there, contrary to what happened in South America for example where nations were established as whole entitles and so they have remained for two centuries. So the same thing that has been said for Ukraine can be said for nations that don’t exist anymore like Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia and for others that still exist. So when I wrote that IN EUROPE YOU DONT INVADE NATIONS I WASNT REFERRING TO THE NON–FACT THAT THEY ARE WHOLESOME ENTITIES LIKE IN SOUTH AMERICA BUT TO THE REAL FACT THAT INVASIONS IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD HAVE A VERY HIGH POTENTIAL TO TRIGGER MAJOR MILITARY CONFLICTS LIKE THE ONES WE HAVE SEEN FOR THE LAST CENTURIES UP TO THIS DAY. TWO WORLD WARS AMONG THAM. If Brazil invades Paraguay and takes a chunk of it, or even the whole country, we can be sure it will make some big waves but it wont spill into a world war, let alone WW3 but that is a distinct possibility in any place in Europe.

    “On the other hand, I see that the people who approve of this invasion of Ukraine by Russia seem much taken by the positive results they see to this moment out of this operation which blinds them to some extent of the price Russia will have to pay”

    And to boot, my comment of Feb the 20th.

    “As I said, Khrushchev and Stalin were practical men and in their Putin court martial they would have asked one single question to determine his fate, the same that I ask. “Tell us, mister Putin, how far from Moscow were NATO missiles and installations when yo took power and how far are they now…? That would have decided his fate. A simple question cutting to the cheese, just like Stalin did to stop the West babbling about making the Vatican a part in the club of victors of WW2: and how many divisions the Pope has…? Please, Mr Putin, don’t try to humor us telling us how agreeable chap Mr Macron is, how many inroads you have made with Angela Merkel or how brilliantly you managed to “neutralize” Sultan Erdogan and the guy from Belarus or how soundly you beat the sheet out of the uppity Georgians. None of that is important because there is absolutely no guarantee that any of those supposed victories of your foreign policy will stand. Once again, how far are those NATO troops and missiles launchers now compared to where they were when you took power, that is the question we want answered”.

    I already wrote 10 years ago that Vladimir Putin could become the most disastrous Russian leader in their entire History and that his incredible shortsighted, naïve foreign policy toward NATO would lead the world in the end to the brink of nuclear war and here we are now. Nothing of what I have written in my Comments here in the UR and elsewhere has been proven wrong, quite the opposite, unfortunately. I could see that a decade ago, I may say even two decades ago, as soon as I saw the great chess master running to Washington to console George W. Bush with the warm embrace of is arms after 911, the first world leader to do that, and realized by this act that this man was not good news if only because of his shortsightedness and incompetence which made him unfit for a Russian leader. And I not even a (former) U.S. Marine or Special Forces or a military strategist for that matter.

  286. peterAUS says:
    @PetrOldSack

    Did Putin even consider the bigger context?

    You decide.
    He, apparently, made all the mistakes a CINC could:
    -Misunderstood the paradigm –>West is united and new countries want into NATO.
    -Underestimated the enemy–>that’s obvious.
    -Overestimated own forces–>that ‘s obvious too.
    -Didn’t understand the terrain–>inability to interdict Western supplies; can’t take cities.
    -Time–>thought it would be done in a week.
    -Civilian consideration–>people on the ground aren’t joining/helping.
    And you are correct in

    …Putin seems not up to the game. …

    A decent CINC would resign. A proper system would replace him/her.
    In Russia, though, that “replacing” works different.

    Western Europe stands at the ready to serve as cannon fodder for their masters!

    Not really. No need for it. Ukrainians are doing well, and even if more men are needed Eastern Europe will provide it. Or “volunteers”. In a dire need NATO can simply gather all Ukrainian citizens who fled the theatre and use them.

    …cowering down and allow the pillorying of the Russian riches,…

    His (and his cabal) plan, for me, looks like this: keep doing what’s been done so far and HOPE something will happen to shift the reality in his/their favor. It’s doable, with the current tempo of operations there.

    ….if Xi indeed is holding your back….

    He, obviously, isn’t. Otherwise we’ll see similar flow of help from China to Russia as we see from West to Ukraine. NOBODY of Russian …ahm…allies….aren’t doing anything. RF Armed Forces, obviously, lack a lot of material. I don’t see anything of it coming from those ‘allies’, China in particular. Now, there are a couple of reasons for it, none complimentary.

  287. Abbybwood says:
    @Greg S.

    I am surprised no one is mentioning the surrender of the Azovstal Steelworks Nazis in Mariupol.

    Alensky ordered them to surrender to save their lives. Hundreds of wounded were taken to a hospital in the Russian controlled Donbas region. Twelve buses were loaded up with surrendering Nazis and taken to Russian controlled areas for questioning.

    There are still around a thousand foreign mercenaries down in the catacombs waiting to surrender. What will all these Nazis say under interrogation after Alensky abandoned them? How many French higher ups and Canadians, Turks and US military “advisors” remain?

    There is a very good reason Macron and Erdogan were trying so hard to negotiate the release of these mercenaries with Putin. There was a reason various attempts were made to “rescue” these Nazis.

    Those catacombs and all the Azov Battallion Nazis have stories to tell. Maybe more information to come out regarding Biolabs in the catacombs?

    This is what Putin is gathering for war crimes tribunals. Intelligence. Intelligence the US, France, Canada and Turkey do NOT want him to have.

    Putin said his objective with this Special Operation was “de-militarization and de-Nazification”.

    Scott Ritter or no Scott Ritter. Putin is keeping his eyes on the prize.

    • Agree: Cking
    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
    , @Greg S.
  288. @Gerhard57NL

    The scenario he outlines may seem totally insane prima facie but it becomes actually quite plausible when you connect the dots spread all over US media and when you take into account the culprits’ character. Among the best I’ve seen from Lira so far, even though I wish him to be wrong b/c the scenario is indeed insane.

    • Agree: Gerhard57NL
  289. “Bleeding Russia dry” isn’t my chief concern, it is the fact that my own country is being bled dry by the same human trash that is so obsessed with taking down Putin and Russia. It’s not my project, not my goal but it is my money. People in the West who are cheering this on show just how foolish they are and like I told this Ukrainian I dealt with a few weeks ago, I find it beyond irritating that he and his fellow travelers think they have a right to my money for their country when it is so needed here. If you show any color or anger toward these people they of course turn that into “your side is losing”. And on one hand they’re correct. My country, my people are losing. And these guys obviously believe that’s a good sacrifice. Very good thing cooler heads prevailed between myself and this loud mouth or it well could have lead to a rare flare in temper from me and I would have gone to jail for what happened next. These people are scum. I hate to say that frankly, but that is how I view them. Just another gang of Zio-nationalists, funded and lead by vermin like Ihor Kolomoiskyi, Zelensky, Borislav Bereza et al. Combined with the death grip the Zionists have on my government and media.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  290. antibeast says:
    @j2

    Russia has around 1,500 T-90 MBTs which are better than the older T-72 MBTs. Here are some features which allow the T-90 MBT to defend itself against ATGMs:

    However, the Russian T-90 MBTs are still defenseless against armed drones such as the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 which are the real star of the show in Ukraine. Without anti-aircraft artillery or surface-to-air missile defense system, tank battalions can be taken out by armed drones as proven by the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 against the Russian T-72 MBTs in the Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh Wars.

  291. peterAUS says:
    @RegretLeft

    Ideally I want to believe items that ARE correct; not just FEEL correct.

    Well, we could now get into discussion (debate?) about the nature of truth, intuition and all that.
    A lot of times the quest for truth starts with feeling “something is amiss here…” and they, yes, one gets necessary facts etc.

    But yes, the “perspective” you offer is at least a thoughtful one; I guess I must admit I do have “Putinard” tendencies in a “last great hope” for the nation state way.

    Free will.

    And, back to the article/video, how does ANYthing Ritter or McGovern say “make sense” vis a vis Davos and the Great Reset etc ?

    An EXCELELENT question. More than happy to discuss that here.
    Now…I don’t read/watch those two gentlemen. Stopped around two weeks into this debacle.
    As for what this war has with The Great Reset I do have a theory, of course. Nothing special there, really: big enough wars have a tendency to change things. I see a couple of options/scenarios where this one can “help” with implementation of The Reset.

    All that Real-Politik stuff is so last century … the three great powers should be congealing rather than locked in a death grip. China has something like 500 M people under lock down – so as to better get the jump on Taiwan?

    I hear you.

    I end as before: “I don’t get it”.

    How about this, just an idea: Putin IS the part of The Great Reset. But, as in any game of power, weaker players get consumed by stronger. He was, Hell, he still is, playing that game, but, he knows “they” are now onto him as well. This debacle is his attempt to NOT get taken out/replaced.
    Oh, BTW, Xi is too. These last lockdowns tell all. For those who want to see, that is. As you can see, no article so far in this online pub, have addressed that. Makes you think?

    Putin is an old, probably sick man. The tendency there is to grab one last bit of the good life and move on, not make yourself miserable as he certainly must be at this point.

    It’s more serious, actually. “They” decided to move on Russia. “Yes, you’ve been playing with us, but, you know, we want your stuff”. And, he and his mates, obviously, don’t like that.
    He’s Vito Corleone; Biden is Barzini. Or, even better: Putin is Michael Corleone; Biden is Hyman Roth. Maybe the best: Putin is Michael Corleone, Biden is Altobello, and the real people after him are like Gilday and Lucchesi.
    Makes sense?

  292. @MarkNiet

    I’ve written it elsewhere but it bears repeating here: the Ukrotards aren’t national-socialists, they are a Jewish manufactured cartoonish ersatz based on a Jewish manufactured representation of nazis.

  293. @anon

    You remind me of the guy who during WW2 would’ve said, “Hitler is fighting with Japanese. He has a Muslim Waffen SS division too. And yet his deluded followers think he is fighting for the Aryan race or the West.”

    Huh? Hitler said he was fighting for the German race. Many times.

    Putin has changed his explanation for the war four times now.

    Yes Putin followers here seem to think he is fighting for Christianity. I don’t see how exactly when Ukraine is already Orthodox and sending in Muslims to kill Christians really isn’t a very Christian thing to do. Neither is bombing residential areas. Can provide quotes from posters here if you would like.

    But it’s not what “Putin followers” think that matters. It’s what Jews themselves think that matters, and the Jewish community overwhelming is on the side of Ukraine.

    So you believe Putin is fighting Jews even though he is selling Israel its oil and diamonds? Even though there are more Jews in SoCal than Ukraine? Hitler removed most of Ukraine’s Jews in WW2. Or are you on the side of killing 100k Whites to remove Zelenskyy even though he has a term limit? Is that sticking it to Jews? Why doesn’t Putin just shut the oil off and wait for his term to end? Answer: Because he is pals with Israel and it is a fantasy of posters here to think otherwise.

    If there was any doubt remaining, this last line gives you away as total Russophobe.

    I don’t have a medical fear of Russians. I oppose a little dictator that has bombed residential areas.

    He will be dead in less than 2 months and you will be on the side of one of the dumbest European wars of all time. Anyone defending Putin at this stage is a fool. The Russian military is against this war and most Russians would be as well if they weren’t limited to PutinTV.

    • Replies: @bwuce wee
    , @geokat62
  294. @Richard Steven Hack

    You lost me at “russians lost at that Pontoon crossing”. Many of us watched the Russian video releases of they themselves destroying that pontoon crossing 2 days before fuzzy pics “proved” Ukraine actually won a decisive victory there.

  295. Mefobills says:
    @Gerhard57NL

    Gonzalo is ignoring the Wall Steet Finance sector that is in bed with Chinese economy.

    The donor class does not want war with China.

    The donor class nurses an ethnic grudge against Russia.

    Putin kicking the Oligarchs out of Russia, and reseting the country along moral lines is huge middle finger to Globo Homo.

    Where are the Chinese sanctions? Self Serving puppets in Washington are not going to bite the hand that feeds.

    • Replies: @Passing By
    , @Gerhard57NL
  296. RobinG says:
    @ricpic

    Yes, the Russians are better informed on their focus than Ritter.

    Here is both the best and the most concise explanation of the Azov fighters that I’ve seen. Well worth the listen, despite less than perfect audio. One key point still relevant after the Azovstal surrender, whoever has suggested all Azov were in Mariupol is mistaken. This guy Jacob Dreizin seems like true expert on this. Funny his name didn’t cross my path until now.
    The Dreizin Report, Everything you ever wanted to know about the Azov
    https://thedreizinreport.com/2022/05/17/the-fall-of-the-azov/

    • Thanks: Notsofast
  297. Ace says:
    @Richard B

    Jehovah’s Witnesses think that WWI was the definitive proof that man cannot govern himself. I agree completely.

    The collapse of the USSR was the last chance to try to rethink the future of man but it was squandered and instead we got intellectual and moral featherweights who hammered about a unipolar world, the American century, R2P, the RBIO, multicultural, diversity, globalism, “terror,” AGW/climate change, net zero, transgenderism, BLM, censorship, monopoly, offshoring, open borders, minority worship, Israel worship, Talmudic supremacy, plutocracy, and demonic Russia.

    The optimism that came with my freshperson Western Civ 101 is no more, to say the least. What a joke. And other than Marjorie Taylor Greene and Vladimir Putin, I don’t see any visionaries. Satan rules.

    Seriously.

    • Replies: @Ace
    , @Alrenous
  298. Ace says:
    @Ace

    Yammered. . . multiculturalism.

  299. Dario says:
    @jimbojones

    >>> and that the Kiev regime is a Nazi abomination.<<<

    Yeah, it would be funny to make such statements if they weren't pitiful.
    None of you lived under the regime of the Soviet Empire and know what Russia is and who the Russians are. What you write is only self-esteem-raising to make you feel better than you really are. It is a simple human behavior which is worth realizing.
    If one wants to understand what danger lies behind the imperial actions of today's Russia, one should read the history of Central and Eastern Europe as told through the experiences of people living under Soviet oppression. Is this so difficult to understand? The leaders of the Russian Empire are continuators of the USSR. Putin is descended from the KGB. Howgh!

    Bonus:

    • Agree: peterAUS
    • Replies: @buddy love
  300. @Abbybwood

    Gas them all, like here in Florida for termites. You tent the house and circulate poison gas for a few days and it gets them all.

    Mercy seems a lot more merciful, if you are brutal first – Poupon Marx

  301. https://www.pi-news.net/2022/05/warum-machts-putin-nicht-wie-die-usa-in-tripolis-bagdad-und-kabul/

    Why doesn’t Putin do what the US did in Tripoli, Baghdad and Kabul?

    [MORE]

    May 16, 2022

    By KEWIL | Anyone who reads our completely brain-amputated press and hears our stupid politicians is currently learning that Putin only has six months left because of blood cancer and before that he wants to quickly recapture the entire Soviet Union including the GDR, which is why Finland and Sweden should now join NATO. And the inhuman Russian animals, who rape all Ukrainian girls between the ages of eight and 80 all day long and shoot their babies, would have lost a third of their soldiers, but the good Ukrainian Azov mercenaries, who are exemplary in pushing every disabled woman in a wheelchair, but none single national fighter.

    And, of course, the entire Western press now believes in Ukraine’s victory over Russia. This is due to the gigantic stupidity of the West, which doesn’t seem to know a jot about Ukraine and Russia. Above all, our idiots still don’t understand the division of the Ukraine into the West-friendly West and the Russophile East with many residents of Russian origin. But that is the central linchpin.

    While the United States bombed Tripoli, Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, Kabul and the surrounding area indiscriminately for days and weeks during the attempted regime change , breaking up houses and people, this is not an option for Putin. He doesn’t want to bomb up Russians and Russia’s friends.

    Russia could have turned the whole of Ukraine into a rubble field long ago, like the Allies did with Dresden in 1945 or the Americans in Iraq, but that’s not possible. And that is not possible, especially now in the east of Ukraine, which in some parts was still up to 90 percent “Russian” before the war. So everything is crystal clear.

    Russia’s soldiers are in the east, in the Donbass, in the middle of friendly country. Nobody wants to shoot their friends. Russia also doesn’t want civilians in the line of fire if possible. That is why thousands are transported to Russia.

    And of course these people are being investigated, whether they have guns, whether they have anti-Russian tattoos, what they think. Ukraine does exactly the same thing in reverse, but our rag press only attacks the Russian military.

    And Russia does not want to bomb the infrastructure if possible. After the war, the pro-Russian part of the population should return to its country in the east, which is as undestroyed as possible. In Mariupol, where the ultra-nationalist Azov mercenaries and anti-Russians had barricaded themselves for a long time, things unfortunately went differently.

    But Ukraine wants it that way. She wants to destroy the entire Donbass and exterminate as many Russophiles as possible. She shoots at the whole area as she pleases, hides combat posts and military positions in high-rise buildings, destroys bridges, holds people of Russian descent hostage, writes “kindergarten” on all sorts of buildings and then blows them up before dumb press greasers are invited to visit . And so forth.

    Despite all the wrong calculations, this is the main brake on the Russian army and a tremendous advantage for the regime in Kyiv, which treats part of its own population and its own country in the east as enemies.

    Russia is currently trying to create facts behind the front line and officially annex the whole Donbass. No matter what Americans and NATO dream, Putin and his colleagues (and eventual successors) will not give back Crimea or Donbass. Russia absolutely cannot afford to withdraw. Should it come to that anyway, it would mean that Russia is weak and has done for decades.

    And maybe even the grotesque Baerbock and her friends have heard that Napoleon and Hitler once came to Moscow’s suburbs when they conquered the world. But that was the end of it.

    • Replies: @Proud_Srbin
  302. Руски Мир, WAS the biggest and hardest hit, VICTIM of a coup, executed in 1917.
    The chosen method to LIBERATE, Mother Russia first and than Russian World, appears to be bearing fruit.
    Cosmos, moves in mysterious ways, when scientists conquer it, train it and above all, teach it to behave according to the rules of enlightened it will move more predictably.

  303. Vidi says:

    Ritter is assuming that Ukrainians will continue fighting as long as the West continues to supply weapons. And that Russia will therefore have a hard time succeeding in its special military operation.

    However, Ritter seems to ignore morale, the fighting spirit of the Ukranians. (Or at least the author, Whitney, hasn’t mentioned it.) As Napolean said, “In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one”. Napoleon was right. The Russians proved it in the Siege of Leningrad: the city was surrounded by the Nazis for nearly three years but it survived and fought. The Russians’ morale, their fighting spirit, was heroic.

    Do the Ukranians have good morale? For what would they be willing to die?

    • Agree: Poupon Marx
    • Replies: @Dario
    , @Notsofast
  304. j2 says:
    @Catdog

    Catdog writes concerning the Ukrainian claim of having downed 200 fixed wing Russian planes:
    “Based on what? It sounds like a wild and incredible lie. They’ve only shown photos confirmation of less than a dozen downed planes and choppers total. ”

    Try this simple logic. Western weapons get to Eastern Ukraine. This would be impossible is Russia controlled Ukrainian air space. Therefore Russia does not control most of Ukrainian air space.

    Ukraine has less than 100 planes left. As Russia does not control Ukrainian air space, it cannot have much more than 100 planes.

    Russia originally had 300 planes. Now it does not have much more than 10o. Therefore Ukrainians have shot down c. 200 planes.

    Oryx page shows visual evidence of only 26 Russian planes that were shot down long ago. The number does not seem to grow at all. So, how can c. 200 planes been shot down? Easy, these planes flew close to Russian controlled area and when the plane was shot, the pilot still could fly to the Russian controlled area before he jumped and the plane crashed to the ground. Surely he did not want to be captured by UkriNazis and tried the best to get to the own side.


    liveuamap.com gives announcements. You can follow it. Some days Ukraine makes an announcement of a downed plane or two. Recently only seldom: mostly they shoot Russian UAVs as planes do not fly any more over Ukraine. The sum of these announcements does give the 200 planes shot down in ukrinform. I find it quite credible, or at most not much off.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  305. bwuce wee says:
    @John Johnson

    1. too bad putin’s popularity is at an all time high! ouch!
    2. too bad the ruble is currently the strongest performing currency in the world. ouch! AND IT IS GOLD BACKED!!
    3. too bad the price of gas is \$.85 a gallon in moscow. ouch.
    4. too bad that the azov battalion surrendered to putin- thousands of them- to a man! ouch. now they can face war crimes charges and work in siberia till doomsday. ouch.
    5. too bad putin exposed the US backed illegal bioweapons labs in ukraine. ouch.
    6. too bad a US admiral was one who surrendered from the mariopol steel plant where the illegal biolab was located. ouch.
    7. too bad the infrastructure of ulraine has been bombed back into the stone age all because the fake president zelensky who was installed by obama was told he would be backed by the US to victory. ouch. what a sucker he was. he will be tried for war crimes. ouch.

    too bad you backed the losing side, little jonnie. ouch. THAT’S GOTTA HURT!

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  306. ariadna says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    “Burgas, Romania’s biggest port”
    Where is this Burgas?!?

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  307. Dario says:

    This is how today’s Russians describe today’s Russia.

    Those who do not know Russian should turn on the translation. The first minute is enough to understand what Russia was and what it still is.

  308. j2 says:
    @PetrOldSack

    “Even Chomsky (master of a sandy man) threw this in the open, it was such an obvious phenomenon of democracy as to be harmless in being public knowledge. “Manufactured Consent”.”

    Absolutely. Putin manufactured that consent.

  309. @Quartermaster

    it is Ukraine that has misjudged Nato and the West. The one certainty we can have regardless of who wins the war is that they will learn about that the hard way, as we all have to sooner or later.

  310. j1 says:

    The Russians have made the tactical error of being too gentle and sparing on the Ukrainians. This only provokes the enemy.

    If you try to be gentle with them they abuse your kindness and make you the villain anyways. Total war, like the one in Chechnya, is what brings real solutions.

    • Agree: Thim
    • Replies: @Passing By
  311. geokat62 says:
    @John Johnson

    I don’t have a medical fear of Russians. I oppose a little dictator that has bombed residential areas.

    If that were true, then why weren’t you vociferously opposing the bombing of residential areas in the Donbas (14,000 innocents slaughtered) for the past eight years?

    • Thanks: showmethereal
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  312. Boll says:

    This war will end when the US stops supporting the Ukrainian war effort that has been build over a quarter of a century until 2014. From what I see there seems to be no decent information available on what goes on at the frontline and whether the military performance of either military is good or bad. Nevertheless, I wonder why anyone thought a Russian military strength of roughly 200000 men would be enough to crush the opponent‘s regular army of 300000+ men and a national guard of 600000+ men, troops equipped and trained by NATO and battle-hardened in the Donbass campaign in the past 8 years. I do think the American effort aims at Europe, not so much at Russia which is bait.

  313. Cking says:

    The overall geopolitical description of American policy reaching for total control of the world for the next century, I believe, is true. Is Global Domination realistic and can this great endeavor be accomplished by other means?

    In the immediate, Azovstal surrenders, Russia continues its’ offensive; who surrendered to who? This Ritter ‘reversal’ as it appears to me, is a limited-hang-out story for what I don’t Know. Ukraine has had some success, yet will be bleed to death before the Russians are bleed dry. Ukraine can’t afford to lose one man or boy, they lose entire companies. The capture of Ukraine’s bioweaponry labs is scandalous, the West can afford to ignore. The Donbas is Russia’s and will stay Russian. Poland will take their portion as Hungary will take theirs. Ukraine will shrink. The barking at Russia’s borders will never stop. Putin makes time to call Israel’s PM Bennett by telephone, what are the implications beyond the press report? Cat and mouse?

    We are looking at a Russian limited offensive. It’ reported elsewhere that US Secretary of Defense Austin called his counterpart Russian Defense Minister, General Shoigu looking for an exit plan. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-defense-secretary-speaks-with-russian-counterpart-for-first-time-since-russia-invaded-ukraine/ar-AAXf8vi

  314. @Anonymous

    Walking through central London on Sunday I came in quick succession first across a well-attended and raucous rally for Palestine, and right next to it a biggish one made up of Africans that were protesting about South Sudan or something (I didn’t stop and check, but they were climbing all over the statue of Field Marshall Alan Brooke, who had his head turned to the side in what looked like disgust) and then right next to them, three glum looking people holding Ukrainian flags. I think one of them was trans, or a very unfortunate-looking woman.

    It was actually quite funny, almost a cartoon like depiction of how fickle the public are. Only a few weeks ago in the same spot Ukraine were at Boyband-like levels of popularity. Ukraine need to mix it up a bit–Rocky doesn’t fight the same chap in every film, because after a while that would just get stale.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  315. @Mefobills

    As I wrote in my comment to the video, the idea of war with China seems insane prima facie. Because we surmise that those in power are rational actors who assess cost/benefit ratios of their undertakings realistically. By thinking so, we overlook the fact that those in power suffer from afflictions that can gravely alter their judgment: drunkenness with power, vanity, greed often beget recklessness.
    Plus, if the donor class feels that its grip on power may be loosened by failing to subdue Russia and bearing in mind that China truly is the conservatives’ bête noire, what better way to tighten back the grip than to start a conflict that’ll have conservatives on board by default?

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  316. @j1

    And kill the Russian speaking people of Ukraine that the operation is supposed to save in the process? The Russians aren’t sparing the Ukrainians, they are trying to spare their kin whom the Ukrainian use as human shields.

  317. Rubicon says:
    @Anon

    “…….the great Mearsheimer recently said………”? According to Finkelstein, in an interview over at The Saker, quoted Mearsheimer & Chomsky, saying that Russia going into the Ukraine “was an act of terrorism.”

    You do realize that in most of the world, including Western Europe, these US Jews are NOT given much notice? Their *only* voice is in the US of A. And they are there because there’s lots of \$\$\$ & prestige to be had.

    In the meantime, my very well educated Europeans said two things: “No one in Western Europe, especially linguists, pay any heed to that ole buzzard Chomsky……and they’ve never heard of Mearsheimer.”

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride
  318. Dario says:
    @Vidi

    >>>Do the Ukranians have good morale? For what would they be willing to die?<<<

    For the right to self-determination? 🙂

    • LOL: Poupon Marx
    • Replies: @Vidi
  319. @j2

    Doesn’t Russia have AWACs type planes that stay aloft constantly and monitor all air traffic??

    Yes it does: https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/30204-russias-new-awacs-plane-turns-radar-on-for-the-first-time

    So, why are vehicles entering en mass on the Ukraine borders. Is this no fixable?

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  320. @bwuce wee

    Boy you seem emotionally agitated by anything I post.

    If you want to stick with the dictator that wears shoe steppers and bombs maternity wards then go ahead.

    It will just confirm your long life of poor decision making.

    I predicted the path of this war better than Scott, Anglin or Mike and that is in my history.

    Maybe I should blog here since so many posters like yourself seem unable to discern reality without strong direction.

    This war is a failure and Putin will be dead within 60 days.

    Your deluded fantasies will crumble and you will eventually have to come to terms with the reality that Putin is a mass murderering dictator that just wanted to play a war game in his last days. A war game that will cost the lives over 100k Whites and Israel will get cheap Russian oil. This war has nothing to do with Jews. Putin would have launched this war even if a non-Jew was elected president of Ukraine. He is trying to go out like Peter the Great but instead will look like Nicholas II and his disastrous Russo-Japanese war of 1904. Ironically it is Zelenskyy that was a nobody and Putin has turned him into a global hero. Great job.

  321. @Gerhard57NL

    Now this makes a whole lot more sense to me than Scott Ritter, very reasonable and logical.

    It may not be right or totally right etc., but from here it fits the scenario far more than Ritter, explains all that’s going on particularly the Russian pace of war and especially the flare-ups when Russia starts to pound the hell out of something and someone

    And Lira is far more regular, sane and so one. There is no need to trust anyone in these matters. work with the facts and the logic and when things work out we know. Same we we deal with the people: Ritter is from inside the Beltway…there is no need to trust him at all but to always be on the look out for what proves him out one way or the other.

    Then again…no need to spend too much time if any on that. There has to be comensurate value to it. Whatever Ritter is matters not to me…and I guess that is precisey because I think he is still inside the Beltway

    • Agree: Gerhard57NL
  322. @geokat62

    If that were true, then why weren’t you vociferously opposing the bombing of residential areas in the Donbas (14,000 innocents slaughtered) for the past eight years?

    I oppose the bombing of residential areas in all wars.

    You can find it my history where I criticize both Hitler and Churchill for not taking a stand against residential bombing. Both wouldn’t back off on urban bombing and civilians on both sides suffered. Completely indefensible. Churchill should have been strung up for Dresden.

    I don’t see how that should make me less critical of Putin.

    He ordered this bloody war and could call it off at any moment.

    But he isn’t a real man and can’t admit when he is wrong. So more 18 year old conscripts to the slaughter and more lame excuses from his deluded defenders at Unz. They don’t have any sons to offer him and as usual the poor lose their sons and fathers for some loser dictator’s war that was never needed.

    • Replies: @geokat62
    , @Avery
  323. @Dario

    The Soviet Empire was ruled by Ukrainians. Maybe you thought they were ‘Russians’ because you can’t tell the difference. Whatever savagery you imagine as Russian could just as easily be called Ukrainian, even more likely now we see how savage Ukrainians can be at their worst.

    • Replies: @Dario
  324. @Priss Factor

    “remaining Ukraine will always be used as wrecking ball against Russia. For that reason, if Russia wants to decisively win and keep western influence totally out of Ukraine, it has go into total war mode and take Lvov as well. An all-out war and no more pussyfooting.”

    I think you have the big picture correct.

    That is why nuclear war is more possible than any period in my long lifetime.

    The “West” has done exactly what they said they would never do and every military expert for seven decades told them never to do–create an incentive for Russia to roll the dice on WW III.

    All the adults have left the room.

  325. geokat62 says:
    @John Johnson

    I don’t see how that should make me less critical of Putin.

    Poroshenko and Zelensky were shelling residential areas of the Donbas region for eight straight years, resulting in the slaughter of 14,000 innocent civilians, and you never bothered criticizing them, but you choose to criticize the “little dictator” for responding to what you claim you “oppose”… and you don’t see what the issue with this is?

  326. Cookie says:

    When you read Zalenski willingness to do this or that what you are reading is the real power behind the throne talking.

    I mentioned it many times, the people fighting this war in Washington don’t give a fig about Ukrainians…they will burn all 44 million of them for their objectives, they will burn all Europe for their objectives.

    The people with the power fighting this war in Washington are the real Nazi’s, remember those that supported Hitler at the start were in Washington and London, their agents and friends in Berlin got out when they realized they couldn’t control Hitler…that he went off script.

    Remember the Winsors giving Nazis salutes when they thought Hitler was their guy.

    These people secretly despise the great unwashed and will burn us all to keep their power and privilege, that is who is backing Zalenski, and Zalenski is scared sh#t of them…with good reason, they are a criminal cabal, a blight on humanity that destroys peoples lives.

  327. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    He is trying to go out like Peter the Great but instead will look like Nicholas II and his disastrous Russo-Japanese war of 1904.

    This quote alone shows how little you understand Russian people and their history. You basically reinforce Jewish narratives and Jewish interpretation of current events and history in everything you write. According to you, Nicholas II is the “bad” Tsar or “failed” Tsar, shifting blame to him and away from many, many decades of revolutionary Jewish terrorism going back to the Narodniks, Narodnya Volyna, Volya y Zemya, etc. and culminating in the Bolsheviks. Peter the Great is a common reference point for the “good” Tsar for Western people, even though that is by no means the consensus among Russians. As for the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, Jacob Schiff and Jewish finance helped Japan win that war more than anything. Again, it’s always a red flag when people like (((John Johnson))) tell us how bad Nicholas II was, avoiding the fact that Nicholas II was murdered by Jews (most likely in a Jewish ritual sacrifice), after which the Jewish Bolsheviks proceeded to basically target non-Jewish Russians on a purely racial basis regardless of their social class, religion, and political ideology.

    Ironically it is Zelenskyy that was a nobody and Putin has turned him into a global hero.

    No, the Jewish media turned Zelensky into a “global hero.” He’s only a “global hero” in the West because he has the backing of (((Western))) media, not in Russia.

    This war is a failure and Putin will be dead within 60 days.

    Keep dreaming

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    , @Mefobills
  328. Z-man says:
    @GMC

    I mean, those things are hard to miss.
    Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of those shells.

  329. It’s okay for an analyst to have a change of heart if some crucial new information arrives. Why is this a controversy to begin with? It’s not Ritter’s fault if the Russians are not doing as well as they should. He’s just conveying what he’s seeing. I hope he’s wrong, I hope for a quicker resolution of the conflict and to NATO’s loss, but even as a layman, my gut feeling has been telling me for a while that this war is gonna see at least another winter.

    But who’s to say that the Yanks aren’t gonna pull something even crazier than 44 billion dollar’s worth of weaponry and materiel? Like actual feet on the ground. Or missile strikes from Poland. Then any analysis thus far, even the most competent one, is out of the window anyway.

    And speaking of Poland, I’m afraid it’s bound to become the new training and assembly ground for the Ukrainians, once the Russians devote enough resources and energy to deal with the Western Ukraine. It already kind of is, because the Yanks ARE that crazy. But once it fully adopts that role, we’ll see the spilling of the conflict over to a NATO country. The Russians, to my mind, are choosing the lesser evil of leaving half of the country at the enemy’s free disposal.

    • Replies: @Dario
    , @Wokechoke
  330. bwuce wee says:
    @John Johnson

    once again, you are either lying, or mentally incompetent: I NEVER MENTIONED JEWS- NOT ONCE IN THIS THREAD. what a lame debater you are- you cannot even win one point when you debate me!
    how does that crow taste. little johnnie boy?

  331. peterAUS says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Doesn’t Russia have AWACs type planes that stay aloft constantly and monitor all air traffic??

    No.

    Yes it does: https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/30204-russias-new-awacs-plane-turns-radar-on-for-the-first-time

    That’s how Putintards see that. There is HUGE difference between shows, scripted exercises etc. and hard reality of combat.
    That difference was glaringly obvious after just two weeks into this debacle.
    Of course, not easy to let go of the cult “Russia stronk”.
    That’s fine, anyway.

    So, why are vehicles entering en mass on the Ukraine borders.

    Depends on who’s asking.
    For Putintards:
    -Kremlin is extremely careful about collateral damage.
    -Kremlin keeps its best capabilities in reserve for the real conflict, that between NATO and RF.
    -It’s to get these weapons closer to the RF and then destroy them there.
    -Failing all above the last, and the best: it’s all part of The Plan. We, mere mortals, can’t get that.

    For non-members of the Putin cult:
    They are entering because RF Armed Forces can’t stop them.
    Now, why they can’t do it is a long story. A bit technical too. People who are interested in the topic already know why; the rest can find , if they want it, with ease, online.

    Is this no fixable?

    Again, depends on who’s asking.
    For Putintards: there is nothing to fix. All is fine. We are winning. All is going according to The Plan.
    For non-members of that cult: RF Armed Forces simply can’t “fix it”.

  332. @Richard Steven Hack

    William Scott Ritter, Jr.’s latest change in tone regarding ongoing Ukraine-Russia War is due to the severe pressure from American government.

    Lately I’ve observed that, radio talk-program host George Ralph Noory is in the similar situation — being under American government’s intense pressure — as he started inviting American government’s retired security analysts to double-down on American propaganda against the Russian Federation!

    Let’s face the truth, America has lost Ukraine to Russia.

    All those billions of billions of dollars of investments in Ukraine from American govt. have gone down the toilet so far, whereas the Russian Federation has not spent more than \$10 billion as of yet in its Operation Z.

    [MORE]

    =============================================
    =============================================

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA AT THE MILITARY PARADE ON MAY 09, 2022

    Vladimir Putin:

    Dear citizens of Russia!

    Dear veterans!

    Comrade soldiers and sailors, sergeants and foremen, midshipmen and ensigns!

    Comrade officers, generals and admirals!

    I congratulate you on the Great Victory Day!

    The defense of the Motherland, when its fate was being decided, has always been sacred. With such feelings of genuine patriotism, the militia of Minin and Pozharsky rose for the Fatherland, went on the attack on the Borodino field, fought the enemy near Moscow and Leningrad, Kyiv and Minsk, Stalingrad and Kursk, Sevastopol and Kharkov.

    So now, these days you are fighting for our people in the Donbass. For the security of our Motherland – Russia.

    May 9, 1945 is forever inscribed in world history as a triumph of our united Soviet people, their unity and spiritual power, an unparalleled feat at the front and in the rear.

    Victory Day is near and dear to each of us. There is no family in Russia that was not scorched by the Great Patriotic War. Her memory never fades. On this day, in the endless stream of the “Immortal Regiment” – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. They carry photographs of their relatives, fallen soldiers who have remained forever young, and veterans who have already left us.

    We are proud of the unconquered, valiant generation of victors, that we are their heirs, and it is our duty to keep the memory of those who crushed Nazism, who bequeathed us to be vigilant and do everything so that the horror of a global war does not happen again.

    And therefore, despite all the disagreements in international relations, Russia has always advocated the creation of a system of equal and indivisible security, a system that is vital for the entire world community.

    In December last year, we proposed to conclude an agreement on security guarantees. Russia called on the West to an honest dialogue, to search for reasonable, compromise solutions, to take into account each other’s interests. All in vain. The NATO countries did not want to hear us, which means that in fact they had completely different plans. And we saw it.

    Openly, preparations were underway for another punitive operation in the Donbass, for an invasion of our historical lands, including Crimea. In Kyiv, they announced the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc has begun active military development of the territories adjacent to us.

    Thus, a threat that is absolutely unacceptable to us was systematically created, moreover, directly at our borders. Everything indicated that a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera, on whom the United States and their younger partners staked, would be inevitable.

    I repeat, we have seen how the military infrastructure is unfolding, how hundreds of foreign advisers began to work, there were regular deliveries of the most modern weapons from NATO countries. The danger grew every day.

    Russia gave a preemptive rebuff to aggression. It was a forced, timely and only right decision. The decision of a sovereign, strong, independent country.

    The United States of America, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, started talking about its exclusivity, thereby humiliating not only the whole world, but also its satellites, who have to pretend that they do not notice anything and meekly swallow it all.

    But we are a different country. Russia has a different character. We will never give up love for the Motherland, faith and traditional values, the customs of our ancestors, respect for all peoples and cultures.

    And in the West, these thousand-year-old values, apparently, have decided to cancel. Such moral degradation became the basis for cynical falsifications of the history of the Second World War, inciting Russophobia, praising traitors, mocking the memory of their victims, erasing the courage of those who won and suffered the Victory.

    We know that American veterans who wanted to come to the parade in Moscow were effectively banned from doing so. But I want them to know that we are proud of your exploits, your contribution to the common Victory.

    We honor all the soldiers of the allied armies – Americans, British, French – participants in the Resistance, brave soldiers and partisans of China – all who defeated Nazism and militarism.

    Dear comrades!

    Today, the militiamen of Donbass, together with the fighters of the Russian Army, are fighting on their own land, where the combatants of Svyatoslav and Vladimir Monomakh, the soldiers of Rumyantsev and Potemkin, Suvorov and Brusilov, fought the enemy, where the heroes of the Great Patriotic War – Nikolai Vatutin, Sidor Kovpak, Lyudmila Pavlichenko fought to the death.

    I am now addressing our Armed Forces and the Donbass militia. You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of the Second World War. So that there is no place in the world for executioners, punishers and Nazis.

    Today we bow our heads before the blessed memory of all whose lives were taken by the Great Patriotic War, before the memory of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends.

    We bow our heads before the memory of the martyrs of Odessa, who were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions in May 2014. Before the memory of the elderly, women and children of Donbass, civilians who died from ruthless shelling, barbaric strikes of neo-Nazis. We bow our heads before our comrades-in-arms, who died the death of the brave in a righteous battle – for Russia.

    A moment of silence is announced.

    (Moment of silence.)

    The death of each of our soldiers and officers is a grief for all of us and an irreparable loss for relatives and friends. The state, regions, enterprises, public organizations will do everything to provide such families with care and help them. We will give special support to the children of the dead and wounded comrades. The Presidential Decree on this was signed today.

    I wish the wounded soldiers and officers a speedy recovery. And I thank the doctors, paramedics, nurses, medical staff of military hospitals for their selfless work. A low bow to you for fighting for every life – often under fire, on the front line, not sparing yourself.

    Dear comrades!

    Now here, on Red Square, soldiers and officers from many regions of our vast Motherland stand shoulder to shoulder, including those who arrived directly from the Donbass, directly from the combat zone.

    We remember how Russia’s enemies tried to use bands of international terrorists against us, tried to sow national and religious enmity in order to weaken and split us from within. Nothing succeeded.

    Today, our fighters of different nationalities are together in battle, covering each other from bullets and shrapnel like brothers.

    And this is the strength of Russia, the great, indestructible strength of our united multinational people.

    Today you are defending what your fathers and grandfathers, great-grandfathers fought for. For them, the highest meaning of life has always been the well-being and security of the Motherland. And for us, their heirs, devotion to the Fatherland is the main value, a reliable support for the independence of Russia.

    Those who crushed Nazism during the Great Patriotic War showed us an example of heroism for all time. This generation of winners, and we will always look up to them.

    Glory to our valiant Armed Forces!

    For Russia! For victory!

    Hooray!

    =============================================
    =============================================

    • Thanks: RobinG
    • Troll: Corvinus
  333. @ariadna

    “Burgas, Romania’s biggest port”
    Where is this Burgas?!?

    In Bulgaria!!

  334. @gatobart

    You know where this is heading..
    Not a happy place.
    The Russians have always been wiling to meet you in hell, in case you thought you could bully them into submission.
    Ultimately what happens is entirely the wests fault.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
    , @gatobart
  335. @j2

    You are confusing yourself… Your newest words don’t match your previous comment. Both parts can’t be true.

    As to Finland… Oh ok – yeah sure – side with the Nazis because the Soviets attacked you. Got it. Ok and since the Soviet Union collapsed are you sitting here pretending Finland hasn’t been working with NATO behind the scenes???

    • Replies: @j2
  336. Avery says:
    @John Johnson

    {You can find it my history where I criticize both Hitler and Churchill for not taking a stand against residential bombing.}

    Where is it?
    Show it to all the eager readers of UNZ.com.

    And since you claim to have a history of criticizing Hitler and Churchill, you surely must have history of commenting on the Ukrainian situation going back to the UkroNazi putsch in 2014.

    So let’s see your* comments criticizing the UkroNazi war crimes.
    Starting with the Odessa Massacre.

    ______________________________
    * how do we know who “John Johnson” is?
    It’s a common enough name.

    • Agree: SS-The Independent
    • Replies: @geokat62
  337. frankie p says:
    @showmethereal

    GGG beat Canelo soundly in the first match. The judges robbed him and called it a draw. It was a farce. GGG fought him again and Canelo won. Many scored that fight as a draw, but Canelo did improve his performance. However, he had tested dirty for PEDs.

    I hope that they fight again. GGG is kind of old at 40 years old, but he’s an excellent fighter.

    Thanks.

    • Agree: peterAUS
  338. ema says:

    Because THEY told to do so, that’s because you change your opinion Mr. Ritter

  339. anon[101] • Disclaimer says:

    PeterAUS is funnier than Baghdad Bob. Humiliation and abject surrender really seem to drive him up the wall. I wonder why?

  340. Dario says:
    @buddy love

    Snake oil. That’s all I see…..

  341. GeneralRipper [AKA "GKWillie"] says:
    @James Bond

    The Russians have always been wiling to meet you in hell, in case you thought you could bully them into submission.

    Unfortunately, that’s the only thing the ((( Globalist Elite ))) and their bought lackeys/whores in the West understand.

    I pray that that Russia calls their bluff and gives them exactly what they so desperately need.

    You don’t want to ‘live” in the world these Demonic filth have planned for you.

    • Agree: SS-The Independent
  342. Dario says:
    @Boba Lazarević

    >>>Or missile strikes from Poland. <<<

    Thus far, Russia is attacking from the territory of Belarus.

  343. @DarkSideLawyer

    I followed Ritter over the Iraq debacle. He struck me then that he was that rare thing: a voice of reason. I saw the under age sex allegations and at the time I thought it smacked of his having been set up and my primary reaction was surprise for his being so gullible but one never knows. I’m less concerned about contact with spooks because In his line of work it’s inevitable. Overall he seems to me to be worth a read/listen if not given automatic credibility.

  344. Notsofast says:
    @Vidi

    the esprit de corps and that’s exactly what was broken for the ukrainians in mariupol (and the french foreign legion as well).

    • Replies: @Vidi
  345. El Ogro says:

    On the subject of NATO weapon deliveries: this May 5th article explains why it’s not so easy for Russia to intercept those deliveries
    http://johnhelmer.org/the-last-ditch-is-poland-russias-phase-3-plan-for-western-ukraine/
    The author suggests a solution to this problem: open up a front in western Ukraine and block the Polish and Slovakian borders.

    I saw Gen. Patreaus on MSNC a few days ago. According to him almost all of the 90 howitzers and 190k rounds of ammo have made it to the front. For context, Ukies probably lost over 1000 artillery pieces by now. I saw an estimate that they might be using 10-30k shells daily. So it’s hard to see how these deliveries can prevent Ukie defeat but they can certainly prolong the war and cause additional Russian casualties (which is all that matters to the USA).

    Regarding Finland. If their joining NATO is not a problem for Russia than why was Ukraine in NATO a problem? Putin says it will only be a problem if NATO builds structures in Finland. But if Finland becomes NATO member it will be impossible to prevent that. It would be a constant headache for Russia. Maybe Finland is hoping for a NATO-Russia war so they can retake Karelia. Seems to me the smart thing to do would be to invade Finland now and finnish them as a state (no pun intended).

  346. Thim says:

    The original plan failed, so they retreated, and created a stage 2, which is now visibly failing.

    The blame rests on Putin.

    Russia needs a new leader, one who is willing to fight.

    • Replies: @gatobart
  347. Anonymous[145] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gerhard57NL

    US pivot towards war with China. My dear Lord, what next?

    Black activists used to say that they could “make the wheels run backwards” in US society. War against China through blockade would be wildly successful. China would drop through the floor, lasting just long enough to make global trade unworkable — too many missing links in the network. The consequence would be mass famine, and a general drop in technological level as replacement parts become unavailable. Every country that retained its industrial base would have to provide capital goods for the processes that broken links have made unavailable. If you think that’s simple, think about the brief 2 month delay in baby formula availability in the US, coupled with advice to (as I understand it) let the babies starve for 2 months because substitutes for baby formula are “unsafe”.
    What has happened in similar conditions, usually during wartime but sometimes the consequence of sanctions, is that the replacement processes for component parts simply can’t be established before industry is crippled by equipment failure. Historically, core industry is retained, but some fraction of the population supported by that industry dies.
    And this happens world wide.

    So: war with China. Dumb idea.
    China now owes 3 times its GDP to other countries, and has misinvested its capital since about 2008 for political reasons, to maintain employment construction projects. China will not be able to meet its payback schedule. That will give the rest of the world a slightly less severe form of the problems listed above.
    The real problem the US has is the inevitability of a world wide economic failure on the level of the Soviet Union in 1990. There is some question whether the US could get China into a war before this world wide failure occurs.

    The real problem with the government controlled economies that we have now is variance: they either succeed on a massive scale or they on a massive scale. Thanks to globalization, the massive failures are now on a global scale. Ain’t progress wonderful?

  348. @anon

    This quote alone shows how little you understand Russian people and their history. You basically reinforce Jewish narratives and Jewish interpretation of current events and history in everything you write. According to you, Nicholas II is the “bad” Tsar or “failed” Tsar, shifting blame to him and away from many, many decades of revolutionary Jewish terrorism

    The Russo-Franco war was a complete disaster like this one. That isn’t a Jewish narrative.

    They got their asses kicked in a single naval battle against the Japanese.
    https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/12/the-battle-of-tsushima-the-only-real-battleship-battle-ever-fought/

    One of the biggest naval losses of all time.

    Had nothing to do with the Jews. Nicholas II was arrogant and completely underestimated his enemy. Putin has done the same thing which makes him more like Nicholas II than Peter.

    Nicholas also didn’t learn his lesson and entered WW1 with the same arrogance. The Germans crushed the Russians in the Battle of Tannenberg. That loss further demoralized the Russian public and energized the Communists.

    Maybe you think he was still swell for chasing some Jews to the Americas. No one cares.

    Military historians regard him as a disaster for the Russian military and Putin will get the same status.

    Jewish Bolsheviks proceeded to basically target non-Jewish Russians on a purely racial basis regardless of their social class, religion, and political ideology.

    They were about half Jewish and Nicholas didn’t have the guts to go after them when he had the chance.

    No, the Jewish media turned Zelensky into a “global hero.” He’s only a “global hero” in the West because he has the backing of (((Western))) media, not in Russia.

    He is a hero in Asian media and they don’t have any Jews.

    The world is on the side of Ukranie and Zelenskyy is the anti-hero.

    There are heroes in war that can exist outside some Jewish context. Not everything is about the Jews. Wars and war heroes existed in Western and Asian history well before Jews had any influence.

    • Troll: Notsofast
    • Replies: @anon
  349. @frankie p

    Correct… The second fight was either a draw or one round win for GGG. But yes robbery again… But it wasn’t so much improvement as it was an older GGG. Once you pass 32 in boxing – every year brings deterioration in power and or quickness. In the 1st fight GGG was already passed his prime and still “won” to real judges. But you can see he was slower by the 2nd fight. At 40 it makes no sense. GGG is even further passed his prime. Real fight fans know he was robbed.

    • Agree: frankie p
  350. @El Ogro

    Regarding Finland. If their joining NATO is not a problem for Russia than why was Ukraine in NATO a problem? Putin says it will only be a problem if NATO builds structures in Finland.

    Because it was a lame excuse for the war that he has since changed to protecting Donbass.

    Ukraine actually never qualified for NATO because of Donbass. You can’t apply with a contended border.

    Ukraine never applied for NATO and both France and Germany stated that they wouldn’t vote for them even if they somehow resolved Donbass.

    But don’t expect such details on PutinTV or any Whitney/Anglin blog.

    If Putin says NATO then it must be true……until he changes his explanation and we will defend that one as well.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  351. dimples says:
    @El Ogro

    “Regarding Finland. If their joining NATO is not a problem for Russia than why was Ukraine in NATO a problem? ”

    Unlike Finland, Ukraine would be a hostile state due to being run by a fanatic anti-Russian mafia. Although admittedly that sounds just like the US, another state run by a fanatic anti-Russian mafia, the Jewish neo-cons. Strange that the US and Ukraine are in it together!

  352. @you

    It’s becoming clear that Russia needs some strong allies willing to fight with them. It’s too bad we’re several months away from Germans freezing to death in order to support the Exceptional Nation. So, what’s China doing to help Russia these days? What’s happened to their alliance, supposedly cemented at the Olympic games? Doesn’t China realize that, once Russia falls, the Exceptional Nation will have them in their crosshairs next? China needs to stop making millions of its citizens prisoners in their apartments, in a ridiculous attempt at Zero Covid, and get busy helping Russia before it’s too late. Even as the Dis-united states becomes unlivable for its citizens, Exceptional Nation will accept nothing less than world domination.

  353. Mefobills says:
    @Passing By

    Passing By, you may have seen the below video, but if not it is worth a look.

    At around 30 minutes, Massie talks about how much donor money the leadership has to amass, to then pay off the party system. Then of course, politicos need money to run for election.

    Those string pullers that manipulate the politicians, I agree, are drunk with power, vanity, and greed.

    Maybe you are right, donor class might become reckless.

    I’m no Libertarian, but one has to admit they are able to take moral stands, like Massie has.

    • Thanks: Truth Vigilante
    • Replies: @Passing By
  354. Mefobills says:
    @anon

    Here is one of my favorite Tsars:

    https://johndenugent.com/tsar-ivan-the-terrible-on-the-jews-russians-continue-military-advance-and-encirclements-of-the-main-jewkrainian-army/

    Ivan the terrible had to fight against court intrigue from a very young age. Polish Oligarchs were constantly trying to kill him. Polish princes would take out loans from our (((friends))), to then create havoc in Russia.

    Our friends had plenty of money from their usury operations, especially taking arbitrage on precious metal money on the trade routes.

    If they came into Russia from Poland, then the Jews were asking for trouble.

    ___________________________

    “As cruel and intolerant as he was, Ivan the Terrible never persecuted people on religious grounds, except for the Jews.

    He did not seek to introduce them to the Christian faith or to have them baptized.

    He burned them alive, hung them, and drowned them.

    His habit was to say that no prince should believe their words or feel any pity for them.”

    • Thanks: Pheasant
  355. frankie p says:
    @Anonymous

    “So: war with China. Dumb idea.
    China now owes 3 times its GDP to other countries, and has misinvested its capital since about 2008 for political reasons, to maintain employment construction projects. China will not be able to meet its payback schedule. That will give the rest of the world a slightly less severe form of the problems listed above.”

    As far as I can see, ALL debt in China originated in China. Please explain what you mean by saying that China owes 3 times its GDP to other countries. From the 1980s, when China made the big decision to move forward with a mixed economy promoting market forces (bottom up) mixed with economic planning (top down), all debt in China originated from CCP run banks, namely the PBoC (People’s Bank of China) and the four banks spun off in 1978: the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the Bank of China (BOC), the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), and the China Construction Bank (CCB). Please note that these banks are also state controlled. China made a smart decision to keep all the debt “in house”, as they studied and came to understand how western institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, the BIS, etc. were designed to extract from undeveloped countries through the issuance of debt. Those undeveloped nations usually had corrupt leaders who were willing to sell out their people, the nation’s resources, and the future of the nation for a few shekels deposited in a bank in NYC.

    The only investment from foreign entities in China are in private companies, such as Evergrande, now teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and being guided by the state run banks into reorganization and refinancing. My guess is that the foreign bondholders are going to take a major haircut from this action.

    Please clarify your comment.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  356. @Ukraine Tiger

    Please don’t waste our otur ime with your amateur reading of tea leaves or your absurd pretence at objective truth by personal observation..

    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  357. Notsofast says:
    @John Johnson

    although trolls like you and jojo the dogfaced troll are doing your best to wreck this site, you never will succeed. the readers of this site are far to informed to fall for your troll bullshit. you are merely an inconvenience like a pile of dog shit to be stepped over in the park.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  358. @Z-man

    Finns are NOT SCANDINAVIAN!

    Well, whatever they are, I don’t get the feeling that critical thinking is their forte. And that also applies to the Swedes, who definitely are Scandinavian.

    • Replies: @acementhead
  359. Notsofast says:
    @follyofwar

    russia doesn’t need the prc to hold it’s hand, as it’s absolutely destroying the west in both economic and military terms. lay off the pcr and please remember the old coot is still trying to defend the reagan administration, where all these neocons demons spawned originally. as to who got to scott ritter, i’ll bet some kiddie porn got downloaded on to his computer, somehow.

  360. peterAUS says:
    @follyofwar

    Good questions.
    I am sure you already have some answers. Probably too uncomfortable. That’s fine. I’ll try.
    Two sets. One for Putintards (1), another for normals (2).

    It’s becoming clear that Russia needs some strong allies willing to fight with them.

    1. You are wrong. You consume too much MSM/American/Jewish propaganda. All is fine.
    2.Yep.

    …what’s China doing to help Russia these days?

    1. Russia doesn’t need any help. All is going according to plan.
    2. Nothing.

    What’s happened to their alliance, supposedly cemented at the Olympic games?

    1. It’s working great. You just don’t see it.
    2: Nothing. Public show for NPCs.

    Doesn’t China realize that, once Russia falls, the Exceptional Nation will have them in their crosshairs next?

    1. Doesn’t matter. There will be no “next”. Russia will win, NATO will collapse and USA will disintegrate.
    2. Not really. The real game is something else. You touched that with “Zero Covid” below.

    As for:

    China needs to stop making millions of its citizens prisoners in their apartments, in a ridiculous attempt at Zero Covid, and get busy helping Russia before it’s too late.

    1. Xi is fighting ZOG bio weapon and with great success.
    2. Don’t say. Besides, it’s not ridiculous at all. It’s a very good execution of a certain plan.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Truth Vigilante
  361. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    They were about half Jewish and Nicholas didn’t have the guts to go after them when he had the chance.

    Nope. The senior leadership was primarily Jewish, and to the extent there were non-Jews (which I am not denying), the most violent, radical, and committed elements of the Bolsheviks were Jews. I’ll refer you to Kevin MacDonald’s article on the subject:

    https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/STALIN%E2%80%99S-WILLING-EXECUTIONERS-Slezkine/52513e7b877fe15aa00fe410b7e3f76e9affb71f

    https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.169.8635

    Anton Denikin and the White army generals leading the fight against the Bolsheviks were very explicit about the fact that they were fighting Jews on a racial basis. Churchill obviously talked about it in his article “Zionism vs. Bolshevism: The Struggle for the Jewish Soul” (and that’s a comparatively philo-Semitic article when read in context).

    The idea that the Bolsheviks were 50% Jewish is even more misleading when you take into account the fact that they even even killed the non-Jewish leftists and Bolsheviks within their ranks, as well as supporters like the Kronstadt sailors. They murdered peasants in the Tampov rebellion. They murdered the peasants and priests who led the protest at the 1905 Bloody Sunday example, whose killing supposedly was used to justify their ideological pretenses:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-wing_uprisings_against_the_Bolsheviks

    Bolsheviks also killed in a symbolic manner that made their ethnic hatred so obvious as to rub it in and make it explicit what their intentions were. Lazar Kaganovich destroyed the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where the 1812 overture debuted, among thousands of others. They turned Optina Monastery, where many of Russia’s greatest literary and artistic figures went for artistic inspiration, into a gulag and killed the starets, as they did many millions of Orthodox Christians and priests. We can go on and on…

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  362. @showmethereal

    Better not try combining the “facetious” and “sarcasm” on a we site with so many time-wasting nutters. I may share your opinion of Tony Blair. I have never met him but was puzzled by Paul Jounson’s early enthusiasm and even more to hear from a contemporary of hishis at his Oxford college that he was king of the kids there – already a charismatic leader of the mob.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  363. Anon[574] • Disclaimer says:

    Ritter’s ‘re-assessment’ happened days ago and is already old new. In the meantime
    his Twitter account seems to have vanished. You have to marvel at those who give
    Putin and the Ru General staff tips on how to up their game in the Ukraine SMO.
    Better to go Andrei Martyanov, probably the most knowledgeable comment who today
    has opined:
    “I will repeat for those who still don’t get it, VSU cannot fight in the classic framework of maneuverable warfare. When they get in the open, they get annihilated. The only way
    they fight is by means of hiding inside civilian infrastructure and using civilians as
    human shields. The ongoing annihilation of the US’s best ever proxy under the
    Pentagon’s direct command will surely eclipse the shame of Afghanistan. This is is what
    happens when one claims to be “the finest fighting force in history” without facing a real
    war against an opponent who has big guns.”
    So Mr. Ritter should calm down, because this million man reconstituted Ukie Army is
    being trained by those who are incompetent, unless they copy the Russians.

    • Troll: Wizard of Oz
    • Replies: @El Ogro
    , @map
  364. Ritter has almost certainly been leaned on.

  365. El Ogro says:
    @Anon

    In the attack that Martyanov is referencing Ukies lost 100 men whereas RF lost 10. Assuming this 10:1 loss ratio if UKR is willing to lose 200k men then RF would lose 20k. RF losing 20k is significant. So my question would be how does RF finish off UKR for good (including demilitarizing the entire country) without suffering such huge losses.

  366. Anon[262] • Disclaimer says:

    Ever since this war started we have been flooded with military “experts” the majority of whom have never fought in a war and those who have done so, have not won a war. What credibility should one attach to their opinions. Even the video gamers and paint ball players are into the opinion act.

    Now the article is quick to point out that Scottie was a Marine but so what. Is this supposed to confer some Papal type of infallibility ? Scott was an intelligence officer and to me that signifies that he would be far removed from the Operational and Strategic Planning of a major campaign. His military education seems to indicate that while no doubt he is intelligent, his experience is a far cry from that needed to conduct major operations. What we are saying here is that Scott knows better than the Russian General Staff.

    I can pick apart his assertions, every last one. For example, he asserts that Russia will need 1.2M men to successfully conclude this campaign. I would like to point out that Adolph assembled 3M for the Barbarossa operation. Is Scott saying that the Russians need almost half that number to overcome the Eastern half of Ukraine. Further Army Group South of the Wehrmacht consisted of 200,000 men. Is Scott asserting that the Russians, with their vast experience of fighting the Wehrmacht, now need 6 times the German number of troops.

    UR readers just need to apply common sense to the points in the article to succesfully contend the statements made. Scott suddenly doing an about turn is to my mind questionable, one minute this and another minute that. This indicates to me that his initial thinking was far from clear. The changes in initiative in war are always subtle and unpredictable and take time. To suddenly wake up one morning and do an about turn is the sign of an amateur.

    Every night there is some General pointing out what Russia will do, what this withdrawal means, why Russia will fail because they did not cross some river and all this nonsense. The fact is the only people who know what they will do is the Russian General Staff and the top Politicians. For anyone else to assert anything is sheer tripe.

    Russia will prevail. The careful and cautious approach is due to the fact that Eastern Ukraine is populated by folks with a close affiliation to Russia. Does anyone in their right mind believe that Russia could not flatten Kharkov and Kiev if they wanted ?

    I categorically disagree with Scott. Whatever his motives for the sudden turnaround, he is out to lunch. We have all listened to this and that expert and unfortunately all these people expound turns out to be bullshit whatever the topic or issue.

    • Replies: @Mulegino1
  367. gatobart says:
    @James Bond

    “The Russians have always been wiling to meet you in hell, in case you thought you could bully them into submission”

    What are you talking about, peasant. I have never in my life been willing to face Russia in anger in any battlefield, quite the opposite, simply because I have always thought that ever since WW2 they have almost always been on the right side of History. Wow, another one who doesn’t understand the difference between the blind, misguided foreign policy of Vladimir Putin towards the NATO crime family and Russia, the former Soviet Union, as the stand bearer against Fascism, Nazism and Western Imperialism and Colonialism for almost a century. Anyone who has read even this brief compilation of my comments will realize where my criticism is addressed at; not at a country or its people but at the insane belief in his present leader that he could be liked by those who hate him and Russia with a passion and who wouldn’t want anything less than to see them destroyed.

    Now, the point that most if not Putin fans fail to see, blinded as they are by the magnificence and brilliancy of their icon, is that my prediction of a decade ago is becoming truer every day that passes, even if many of them recognize it indirectly. They say I am right in what matters AND THAT IS THE FACT THAT AS THIS UKRAINIAN INVASION TURNS MORE AND MORE INTO OPEN NATO VS. RUSSIA WARFARE, THE MORE LIKELY IS THAT IT COULD ALL END UP WITH ONE OF THE SIDES USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE OTHER ANSWERING IN KIND.

    That is why my (right) prediction of a decade ago was NOT that Russia would get her butt trashed when pushes cometh to shoves some day in the future, but that at one point the blind foreign policy of tolerance and appeasement carried out by Putin would collapse like the WTC towers and that the end result then would more likely be open warfare between both sides. So, for those who still don’t get it, I wasn’t talking about Russia being beaten in the battlefield when I wrote that his policies towards NATO could be disastrous in the end, but about them leading the world right into nuclear war. On which way we are as we speak, something many commentators here are already predicting. How about being right.

    • LOL: Wizard of Oz
  368. Anon[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @peterAUS

    Peter

    I agree with all you say. People seem to think Putin just woke up one morning, scratched his balls, found a flea on a nut, got pissed and invaded Ukraine.

    I will bet the planning for this was long in the making and that every contingency was anticipated and countered.

    People. in spite of the constant lying by MSM, still, for some reason, listen to their shit and give credence in whole or in part to what they see and hear. For instance, some British rag put out an article about Ukes routing the Russians. The photo shows 4 soldiers, all fresh faced and clean, bunched together. They must have been trained by Mutt and Jeff and clothed by Gentleman’s Quarterly.

    This might look impressive to teenagers and video gamers. To men with a smidgin of military experience it is all hogwash.

    All our “experts” know what Vlad should and should not do. They are like the spectators in a heavy weight boxing fight. They know what each fighter should and should not do but not one will go into the ring and demonstrate THEIR boxing “skills”

    Like Covid, I just wish this would come to an end. The bullshit is so thick you need a fucking spaceship to stay above it all.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  369. Wokechoke says:
    @follyofwar

    Stunned they are not sending pilots. Easy to conceal.

  370. @Jonathan Revusky

    Both Finland and Sweden are ‘led’ by stupid (comparatively)young women. I can recognise stupid young(ish) female ‘leaders’ as I live in New Zealand. None of them have a STEM degree; they all have ‘degrees’ in lying. Ardern’s ‘degree’ is a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations and Politics. There should be no such ‘degree’, and wasn’t when at least some brain power was required to enter university.

  371. Wokechoke says:
    @Boba Lazarević

    I couldn’t have predicted the “the total sanctions”. Nothing in US behaviour toward Russia so far has ever I dictated such extraordinary seizures of assets.

    The total integration of the Ukie signals and surveillance with the US is also extraordinary.

    But we will see how this turns out.

  372. I think the issue is fairly simple.

    I don’t buy the political fliperoo by Inspector Ritter. In having read his articles since his objections to invading Iraq. I am certainly comfortable that he is a gentleman who responds to the data sets as he comprehends them.

    And in this case he simply says, I thought the data sets would be this, but over time, the data is indicating something else. He is being true to form for any sincere analyst. I am sure he still opposes the US intervention here from the start.

    But that is a separate question of what is happening on the ground based his observations o the data sets.

    The political axe is not the same the data analysis and good for him that he has the integrity to do respond to the data.

  373. @gatobart

    Okay, man…if you say so…I think you are 99% wrong, but I could be wrong too…We will see…sooner than later. Until then, my advice to you is to read more and spend less time posting speculations which appears to people like me, to be ‘ wishful thinking ‘…Anyway, as a guy who spent his first 30 years in Eastern-Europe and about 27 in USA, I remind you and others that USA/West is bankrupt, financial and moral/spiritual. If you know one single nation/people in over 6 thousand years, which got out from a stage like the one USA/West is today, without a pain/sacrifice and long time to recover, please let me know. Until then, get informed !

    • Replies: @gatobart
  374. @anon

    They were about half Jewish and Nicholas didn’t have the guts to go after them when he had the chance.

    Nope. The senior leadership was primarily Jewish

    I said the Bolsheviks were half Jewish. That is an accurate statement as party members were about half Jewish.

    Or did you think I was trying to downplay Jewish overrepresentation by calling it half-Jewish? Jews were about 2% of the Russian population at the time. Obviously overrepresented.

    You aren’t schooling me on anything. People that try to downplay Jewish involvement in Communism avoid the subject entirely. In fact you can lose your job in many sectors for even taking about it despite it being public record.

    Lenin wasn’t a Jew and ironically it was a left-wing democratic Jewess that nearly killed him (Fanya Kaplan). Nicholas II didn’t have the guts to take him out and would have saved us a huge amount of trouble. That was really my point. Nicholas II botched two wars and let Lenin walk. Putin will be remembered in the same category of loser Tsars.

  375. Anonymous[136] • Disclaimer says:
    @al gore rhythms

    True, at the centre of the herd – where the loudest virtue signalling resides – are lemmings who are almost unrecognisable as human beings in their shallowness, ADD affliction and lack of original thought.

    Still, they will be reminded over and over again as the pain increases. Some of them will even start learning stuff because pain focuses the mind. This fight between West and East (China is with Russia 100%) will not go away even when Ukraine inevitably bends the knee.

    Meanwhile, almost all European countries have joined the fight by blowing up their energy security as the first order of business which firmly puts them at the kiddies table now. That’s how you win stupid prizes.

  376. @Anon

    Any great enthusiasm among the vassal-state Europeans to go to war against Russia is likely to be somewhat dampened by a winter spent shivering and hungry in the dark.

    And then there’s the Covid thing. Will the EU citizenry be browbeaten into getting boosted another 3 or 4 times before they get packed off to the front next year, and how many will collapse from heart attacks after a few kilometers of marching?

  377. peterAUS says:
    @Anon

    I agree with all you say.

    I am not quite sure about that.

    People seem to think Putin just woke up one morning, scratched his balls, found a flea on a nut, got pissed and invaded Ukraine.

    Some people.
    Some believe otherwise. I am one of those.

    I will bet the planning for this was long in the making and that every contingency was anticipated and countered.

    Yep, for the former; definitely NOT for the later. He and his team, somehow, missed several contingencies. Poor performance of own forces, very good performance of enemy’s forces, NATO/West reaction, including freezing/seizure of assets and all that help pouring in….etc…etc…

    All our “experts” know what Vlad should and should not do. They are like the spectators in a heavy weight boxing fight. They know what each fighter should and should not do but not one will go into the ring and demonstrate THEIR boxing “skills”.

    Well…I must confess I am one of them. If not an expert an interested observer.
    I’ll reiterate my angle(s): he shouldn’t have attacked Ukraine as he did. Had he PREPARED his forces accordingly and had he attacked “by the book” (concentration of forces with proper ROE) he would’ve already taken Donbas and linked it with Crimea. Probably within the first 3 weeks.
    He didn’t.
    And, I do not know what he should do now, if I were on his side.

    Like Covid, I just wish this would come to an end. The bullshit is so thick you need a fucking spaceship to stay above it all.

    Neither will stop. It’s, when you used that boxing analogy, one-two. Now, I think we’ll get the left hook too, and rather soon.

  378. Vidi says:
    @Notsofast

    the esprit de corps and that’s exactly what was broken for the ukrainians in mariupol (and the french foreign legion as well).

    As I understand it, the Ukies that surrendered at Azovstal in Mariupol were supposed to be the Ukraine’s best, most highly motivated troops. If these gave up, how could the rest of Naziland have much morale left?

  379. loren says:
    @IronForge

    HOW YOUNG WAS THE VICTIM?

  380. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    Lenin wasn’t a Jew

    I know you are trolling but I am just using your troll posts as a springboard to share information.
    Lenin was one-quarter Jewish.

    http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2077413,00.html

    https://www.thejc.com/news/features/lenin-s-jewish-roots-1.447185

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    , @El Ogro
  381. @peterAUS

    ” All is fine. We are winning. All is going according to The Plan. “…And WHO is ‘ we ‘…?!…Are you Forrest Gump clone/twin 🙂

    • LOL: InnerCynic
  382. @John Johnson

    ‘ Putin will be remembered in the same category of loser Tsars. ‘…Wishful thinking, man…wishful thinking…Unless you ‘ work ‘ for Unit 8200…and you are aware of what’s really going on…

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  383. Vidi says:
    @Dario

    >>>Do the Ukranians have good morale? For what would they be willing to die?<<<

    For the right to self-determination? 🙂

    What self-determination? Not even the Ukrainian president, Zelensky, would dare to disobey the Empire of Lies. A slave does not have self-determination.

    Even if the Ukranians obtain their freedom from the US and the Russians, the most the average Ukie citizen can look forward to is to continue to be robbed blind by their oligarchs — and to continue to be poorer than some African countries. Is that worth dying for?

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  384. I would say they didn’t even know he was out there until now.
    They then realized the damage he has done to them already.
    So they had to get him to change course radically.
    My first hit, that is always right, is he was threatened in some way.
    This is no different than the censoring of millions of people that they are already doing.

  385. Richard B says:
    @Robert Dolan

    Failing?

    Yes. Failing. Case in point…

    They can print money to infinity……

    As if printing money is the secret to permanent power and not proof they’re failing (as in failed economy, which, as you well know, they control).

    And no Robert, they can’t print money to infinity. As I’ve said to you before, I read your comments often and agree with a lot of what you write. But I don’t at all agree that they’re invincible.

    We might not be able to stop them. But that still doesn’t mean they’re invincible. Nor does it mean that the problems they cause us, intentionally, are insuperable. They’re not.

  386. Richard B says:
    @Irish Savant

    I agree with what you say apart from the bit about the JSI failing. I see little evidence to support this (desirable) outcome

    A few commenters here like yourself whose point of view I share on a number of issues and whose comments I enjoy reading, often call me out on that one. And I understand why. But I still stand by it. And though there’s more than one reason, the main reason, one that I’ve mentioned before in other comments, is this:

    Though they’re good at infiltration, subversion, betrayal, destruction and death (they’ve been at this a long time, as you well know), they’re no good at social management.

    To put baldly, if somewhat crudely, Jews are to Social Management what Blacks are to Self-Control (and swimming), and what Whites are to Racial Self-Preservation.

  387. frnmlanm says:
    @meamjojo

    that’s ridiculous. Russia has a hero, we have evil clowns, you sir are one of them

  388. @anon

    I know you are trolling but I am just using your troll posts as a springboard to share information.
    Lenin was one-quarter Jewish.

    Wow 1/4, and Ashkenazi as well. A real Moses.

    If his grandfather is Jewish then he doesn’t count according to the tribe.

    • Replies: @geokat62
  389. Mikhail says: • Website
    @j2

    J6BmM

    The Ukrainian counteroffensive should have in my opinion started immediately after Russia withdraw from Kiev, but Ukraine did not use this chance and preferred to wait for Western weapons. Ukraine actually has Soviet era towed artillery quite enough, so it did not need to do so. If Ukraine agrees on a ceasefire, it in reality agrees on Russia preparing another attack later. Ukraine also should not plan for a long war because this war ruins Ukraine economy more than it ruins Russian economy. They should be pressing to heavy battles. Many commenters here believe that Ukrainians are losing more men in Russian artillery strikes on Ukrainian digged in positions than Russians while doing active attacks against these positions. This is wrong: attacker’s losses in such a situation are always bigger.

    “Russia under performing and making tactical mistakes doesn’t mean a Kiev regime victory.”

    Russian mistakes are operational, not tactical. It failed on operational level already in the strategic strike because of false intelligence, in encirculation of Kiev because of failure of logistics, in cutting the country in underestimating the defense, and in closing the caudron in miscalculation of its ability to stop Western weapon aid. These are very serious operational mistakes. Ukraine has some strengths: larger infantry, better situation awareness, higher moral. It should find a way to turn the strengths into successes. Certainly Kiev has not won yet, and if it does not use its possibilities, it will not win. But Russia will lose this war on a strategic level. That is already very clear. Russia’s strategic position in the world has weakened.

    As said, Russia will still try to win this war. It seems to try to win it with three armies. That can mean for Russians anything from 80,000 to 160,000 new men, probably closet to the smaller figure. Russian peace time army was 280,000 men. It is very possible that this last effort is not enough. It also shows that Russia will not mobilize milion or millions of men. That is out of the chances if they try with these three armies, because after that they do not have staff officers for the milion army.

    “Scott Ritter provided military analysis”

    In my opinion Scott Ritter does understand military matters quite well enough, but what he writes is always pure propaganda and you cannot get any truth form it, unless you also read Western analysis at the same time and try to figure out what Ritter really means between the lines.

    The West is clearly hellbent in supporting the Kiev regime, which is lacking weapons when compared to the Russians. Hence, the ceasefire benefits the Kiev regime more tan Russia.

    Kiev regime wasn’t in a good position to counter the Russians following the latter’s withdrawal outside Kiev.

    From May 12, here’s a Scott Ritter interview indicating his belief that Russia will soon prevail in Donbass:

    • Replies: @j2
  390. @SS-The Independent

    Putin will be remembered in the same category of loser Tsars. ‘…Wishful thinking, man…wishful thinking…Unless you ‘ work ‘ for Unit 8200…and you are aware of what’s really going on…

    Wishful thinking? Military historians already are calling this a disaster. How is he going to fix it? Mobilize for the war that he has claimed doesn’t exist? Kill another 50k Russian conscripts? Draft 18 year olds for a war that was supposed to be a 2 week special military operation?

    Putin needs months to fix this mess and he won’t make it to the fall.

    The FSB will finish him off before then.

    He is terminal which is why he launched this stupid war. That is why his explanations are inconsistent and his overall plan lacks strategy.

    The FSB won’t let him take this into another year. They know he has lost his marbles.

    He will go in for surgery and they will snuff him out.

    • Troll: Olivier1973
    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  391. @John Johnson

    Lenin’s wife was Jewish and the family spoke Yiddish at home.

  392. geokat62 says:
    @John Johnson

    If his grandfather is Jewish then he doesn’t count according to the tribe.

    According to Israel’s Law of Return, if you have one Jewish grandparent, you are eligible to immigrate to Israel.

  393. @anonymous

    Russia controls the gas/oil.
    Russia controls the food.
    They can’t lose this.
    Zelensky million will starve and freeze to death come winter.

  394. Scott Ritter is a Russian agent so he and his family can die in a car wreck with a drunk illegal alien

  395. gatobart says:
    @SS-The Independent

    Frankly, I couldn’t care less about what your think about “my speculations” and I care even less about what you think I should spend more of my time in. Not only I feel the greatest contempt for what complete strangers think of my use of time or my intellectual musings but it happens also that since I was very young and even before I learnt to walk I knew already that the way to check if my views and opinions about people and things were right WAS NOT TO FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OF THEM, AS ALREADY AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE I HAD SEEN THAT PEOPLE ARE MANY IF NOT MOST OF THE TIMES WRONG IN THEIR OWN ASSESMENTS, BUT COMPARING THEM WITH REALITY ITSELF, WITH EVIDENT FACTS AND PROVEN TRUTHS. That method has never failed me so you may guess what is the importance I give to your musings, complete stranger.

    Fact is, Putin’s incessant babbling about his Western partners and about how much he wanted to be liked by the West and all his compliance and appeasement of the last two decades, since the day he flew to Washington to the waiting arms of G.W.B., has led him and Russia nowhere and the world to the brink of WW3, something no one can dispute at this time. Yeah, maybe Russia could prevail in Ukraine, but what a Pyrrhic victory that will be if this turns out into an Europe–wide war and then into nuclear war. You can keep your self important opinions, I was right and I am even more now.

  396. Anon7 says:
    @you

    Several of Ritter’s previous comments may be of interest here:

    Comparison of Ukraine “special operation” and the Iraq War (Desert Storm)

    Russia’s failed strategy in Ukraine leaves them with a serious problem, and it’s a problem with a short timeframe. What if the Russians start mobilizing 500K additional troops, and spend the intervening weeks before the troops are ready bombing Ukraine? The US-led Coalition started the Iraq war by dropping 90,000 tons of bombs over five weeks before moving in ground troops, destroying Iraq’s infrastructure before any troops moved in. Will Putin double down and decide to destroy Ukraine’s ability and will to fight? Will the Russians use bombs and missiles to destroy Ukraine’s electrical grid, communications, potable water, food stores, bridges (especially on roads leading east), trains and major roads. In other words, have a real war in Ukraine? And then negotiate for what they want?

    Comparison of Ukraine “special operation” and the Vietnam War

    Ritter pointed out that American generals in Vietnam realized how hard it was to fight an adversary that had sanctuaries that could not be attacked. The Ukrainians are using Poland the way the Viet Cong used Laos and Cambodia, to rest and recuperate, retrain and rearm, and then go back to the fight. What happens if Putin makes the same decision that Nixon did, to bomb the sanctuaries? The people who argued against it were worried about expanding the war; people should be concerned about the same thing if the Russians try it in Poland.

  397. gatobart says:
    @Thim

    “Russia needs a new leader, one who is willing to fight.”

    Something Russia has been sorely needing for two decades as it has become painfully clear already long time ago that Vladimir Putin is NOT such a man.

  398. @acementhead

    Liberal fascist feminazis, many alumni of the WEF young global leaders program, are, inevitably, DISASTROUS in power. They still seem, to my eye, victims of those socialised and evolutionary imperatives to please the males about them.
    Whether Soros, Gates, Schwab or Obama, they need to show their ‘desirability’ for promotion, and their proper sheserker hatred of the ‘rogue male’ like Putin. They think themselves emancipated, but they are more under male control than ever. And the worst of men, as well. Thatcher was different, although she used her ‘wiles’ from time to time, but her ideology was catastrophic.
    As long as Western liberal fascist regimes are motivated by the desire, the imperative, to dominate, even when loathsomely excused as the ‘ mission civilisatrice’ of the Western ubermenschen, women in politics must unsex themselves and become de facto ‘trans-gender’ men. Only if we seek ‘harmony’ in politics and society, within and between states, will women be able to take a constructive leading role in politics, diplomacy and social relations. The blokes can go ‘trans-gender’, too, if they want, although there are plenty of constructive male virtues that have fallen out of fashion, too.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  399. @Wizard of Oz

    Paul Johnson, a fanatic Sabbat Goy, would have appreciated Blair’s devotion to The Tribe. After all, Blair’s controller, Michael, Lord ‘Cashpoint’ Levy, was known to order Blair about, in his PM’s Office, like a servant-which he was. Blair proved his loyalty in destroying Iraq, and killing a million or so Iraqis, to the Zionazis’ undisguised delight.

  400. @El Ogro

    Ukraine joining NATO is only one of the many grievances that Russia had with regards to the Kiev regime. What made Russia eventually intervene isn’t Ukraine’s membership per se, it is how the Kiev regime behaved.
    There aren’t ten million Russians in Finland that nationalist extremists can victimise. It is unlikely that any Finnish regime will accept to have a network of biolabs that will use local native Russians as guinea pigs. And it is unlikely that Finland will seek to acquire nuclear weapons.
    Russian attitude towards Finland will entirely depend on what NATO will deploy in Finland. If it doesn’t pose an existential threat to Russia, Finns can do as suit them. Though at some point, they will likely have to import the electricity they’re lacking from elsewhere than Russia.

    • Agree: Dnought
  401. Stewbumer says:

    Didn’t the war just end today? And Russia won.

  402. j2 says:
    @showmethereal

    “You are confusing yourself… Your newest words don’t match your previous comment. Both parts can’t be true.”

    There is no confusion. You have not understood what I wrote. Read again and try to understand this time. Take your time, you will get there.

    “since the Soviet Union collapsed are you sitting here pretending Finland hasn’t been working with NATO behind the scenes??? ”

    Finland has quite openly (and not behind the scenes) built NATO compatibility in its defense forces and had exercises with NATO countries in the partnership in peace initiative, and later as a partner in NATO exercises. This has openly aimed to the capability to receive NATO military help if needed. Finland is not participating in any behind scene plans to invade Russia, once it did so and it ended into a defeat.

    • Replies: @bike-anarkist
  403. El Ogro says:
    @anon

    There’s been suggestions that his grandmother was also Jewish. Lenin’s mother spoke Yiddish at home. Lenin also claimed not to know who his other grandfather was which is strange.

    Lenin’s early life is very mysterious. Many of his photos are obvious fakes. It’s almost as if he was just an actor playing a role.

  404. map says:

    Scott Ritter is full of bs and, furthermore, he is probably a spook.

    Look at his reasons for supporting the Russian attack on Ukraine:

    This is worth watching in its entirety.

    To Ritter, Russia is justified in attacking Ukraine because Ukraine is full of Nazis. The Maidanists and the Azov Brigades have so completely taken over Ukraine that Zelensky is, in fact, a hostage of these Nazis. This Nazi history goes back to as early as WWII, when the “Banderists” were busy allying themselves with the Germans because they wanted to maintain Ukrainian Supremacy over all non-Ukrainians. These Banderists were busy slaughtering all non-Ukrainians because they shared the Nazi Supremacist ideology that Germans…or…Ukrainians…or White people…or something that wanted to kill everyone, not like them, which I guess meant that Ukrainians and Germans would eventually be fighting each other to death like the last two starving rats.

    There is no mention, of course, that the Banderists faced the Holodomor at Soviet hands, or that, when faced with an existential threat, sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Of course, it would make sense for them to side with the Nazis. After all, no German ever called Bandera a Kulak. No, this obvious conclusion taken from historical facts can’t possibly be true. No, there is simply Nazi DNA inside Ukraine that Russia is trying to purge.

    Such is the “brilliant” analysis from a military analyst that thinks Russia is losing because it is not winning fast enough. Or, Zelensky is actually hostage or some other nonsense.

    The reality is that Ukraine is going to lose and Ritter is preparing all of those NPCs waving Ukrainian flags and believing everything they see on CNN. He will assuage them by explaining how Ukraine deserved to lose because of all the Nazis. All will be right then and the matter will be memory-holed.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  405. @Wizard of Oz

    Lizard of Ooz

    What is the object without the subject?
    (“objective truth” is Orwellian Doublespeak.)
    Truth is. And there is always only one truth.
    To describe truth, the subject and his observations are needed.
    Truth lives from and with personal observations and differentiations.
    The incarnate (hence personified) soul in its highest form (human) can know truth.
    You for one appear regularly more interested in your subjective arrogance,
    which is nothing but a deep seated personal feeling of inferiority; a mind problem.
    To pervert something like that further (down the negative line), the Jew stole and bloated “psychology” (and Big Pharma).
    Based on the inferiority of the subjects of the New World (OozUsCanNzer)…
    the Jew is able to terrorise “Old Europe”, hence “Jew & hyenas”. You & the Jew; your perennial anal fixation… Is that why you are constantly crawling up the Con Runzing’s ass?

    Keep going Uki Tiger and find the truth (everytime afresh).

  406. @Mefobills

    Sanctions were and are used effectively by the US to wreck the economies of smaller countries. But they backfired when used against Russia because it grows its own food, has its own military and transportation industry, has refrained from buying US Treasury bonds and doesn’t need to purchase and import raw materials from abroad. Russia is also not dependant on Western markets for sales of its cars and planes, household appliances, electronics, clothing and holiday destinations, because Westerners see all these products as inferior. So the main sanction measure that really hurt was the outright confiscation of gold and money reserves that the Russians had foolishly deposited in the West. They will never make that mistake again, but even if they will never see those 265 billion Dollars worth of savings back, their economy will not falter because of it.

    Even if China is not officially in the crosshairs yet, it has learned from the US/EU attempts to wreck Russia and Beijing knows that it is next in line, should Russia indeed have been brought to its knees. Already, China is reeling in its foreign deposits and is getting rid of the US value papers it gathered in the past. China has become convinced that the US is utterly unreliable and untrustworthy and no longer has any good intentions and motivations. Comments of Chinese politicians on US and EU agressions are very clear on that.

    So, China has been forewarned and is already preparing. It was reluctant in providing military support for the Russians, but it will go all out to support Russian and Indian strategies to wreck Dollar hegemony. The SWIFT banking code and credit card alternatives are in progress and even Saudi Arabia had picked up on the idea tbat freeing energy trading from Dollar chains is tbe way to go. All the Russian oil and gas not sold to Europe is eagerly absorbed by China and others, and is paid with any other currency than the Dollar.

    The Chinese have also understood that Germany, the only EU member with a fair bit of domestic manufacturing industry left, is now voluntarily destroying that. With the Belt and Road Initiative nearly completed and scores of long freight trains packed with Chinese products already entering Europe daily, the EU has made itself as much dependent on Chinese manufacturing as the US has. So, the West may freeze Chinese assets in the west and declare US Treasury bonds in Chinese ownership null and void, but China in return can manipulate goods logistics to the entire West. The West will have no purchasing/ sourcing/ manufacturing alternatives, as it has foolishly outsourced the lot. Elite billionaires have invested heavily in tbe Chinese supply chain and logistics, and Wall Street and the London City will likely follow, as the only US/EU things left worth investing in will be of financial or real estate nature.

    Furthermore, China has its own sourcing and logistics chain of raw materials from Africa, South America and Australia and has its own excellent transpirtation industry (trains, planes, ships, trucks). That’s another department where sanctions will be ineffective.

    Therefore, i agree with Gonzalo Lira that the hostilities towards China are likely to be military.

  407. j2 says:
    @Mikhail

    “From May 12, here’s a Scott Ritter interview indicating his belief that Russia will soon prevail in Donbass:”

    I have listened to two one hour interviews by Scott Ritter posted in earlier threads on this site. In the latter one he explained how the Donbass caudron will be closed in two weeks (this was three weeks before May 9. ) and then 60,000 Russians move West and take the whole Ukraine. Obviously it did not happen so. I am not motivated enough to listen what he now may predict. So far Western analysts have been much more correct than Scott Ritter, but Western analysts were systematically overestimating Russian strength. It was from them that Kiev would be taken in 72 hours. I have my own views on war and when this war started I shared the (let us say, traditional) opinion that Russia tried the invasion with too small forces to start with and that Kiev would not fall that easily if at all if Ukrainians defend their country with territorial defense as seemed to be the case.

    So far this war has not contained any surprises to me: it is very much as it should be in territorial defense. Ukraine defeated the initial strategic strike and managed to hide half of its aircraft to be used later. Its peacetime army withdrew and weakened Russian forces giving time for mobilization of the best trained reserves (1. and 2. echelon) in 1-2 months, after which Russia was forced to withdraw from Western Ukraine (it was a forced withdrawal, the supply lines of Russian troops were destroyed) and even from Sumy, later even from Kharkiv. The Russian idea of cutting the country from several places and taking Odessa failed, finally encircling the Donbass Joint Forces Operation troops failed. This all was done as it should have been in territorial defense. Keeping Mariupol was not something I would have done, but it made heroes and upgraded the spirit, and tied Russian troops, so maybe it was a good decision. Thus, starting the war from where it must be started: from the time when Ukraine had mobilized the 1. and 2. echelon reserves, Russian advances have been quite minor. Taking ground before the opponent tries to keep it does not count as great victories, so none of Russian advances before this time can be taken as a sign of any success.

    But I am still waiting for the Ukraine counteroffensive. Maybe they do not have the competence and strength, or the terrain is too difficult. You do realize that the Russian style of advancing in roads and then securing territory succeeds only in certain territory. By that style you get ambushed and encirculated in some other territory. But maybe Ukrainians will figure out how to use their territory and their strengths, and they will launch a major counteroffensive.

    Russia was expected to win this war and initially I expected that they will win. Now I am not so sure. But what is sure is that in a strategic sense Russia has lost this war. The geopolitical situation of Russia will be weaker after this war than it was before the war, and strategy aims just to the opposite result. It is also very clear that Russia has made many operational level mistakes. That shows that their armed forces are not up to the level that was expected. The best performance from Russians so far has been on tactical level. There they are not so bad and their low level commanders seem to be quite good. But as a total, this war is Russian failure whether they finally win it or not, and I do not think they can win as the West has decided that Putin will not win this war. That counts quite much since Russia is not so strong as believed.

  408. map says:
    @Anon

    Just remember, in the American military, Colonel Vindman is a war hero.

  409. @John Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson (aka J & J – so named on his birth certificate because, as a member of the Jewish Sackler family of Purdue Pharma infamy, due to its central role in creating the opioid crisis that’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and the close ties the Sacklers had with the Johnson & Johnson Big Pharma behemoth), wrote:

    This war is a failure and Putin will be dead within 60 days.

    J & J has several times mentioned that Putin will soon be dead.
    Would you care to share with us why you think Putin’s demise is nigh ?

    [MORE]

    What info have you been privy to within Unit 8200 of the IDF where you’re employed, that suggests Judeo miscreants like yourself have managed to slip some fast acting carcinogens into Putin’s food/beverages/toothpaste (?), like they did with Hugo Chavez ?

    Meanwhile, I have to give it to you, you’re good for a laugh. You write absurd things like this for example:

    I predicted the path of this war better than Scott, Anglin or Mike and that is in my history.

    Maybe I should blog here since so many posters like yourself seem unable to discern reality without strong direction.

    We’ve seen your history and it’s nothing but wall to wall apologia for Zio criminality.

    Your block quoted remark is especially funny seeing as you’re the man who got everything wrong in relation to the Covid Psyop. eg:

    1) J & J: The hospitals are filled with the unvaccinated.
    Reality: The hospitals were disproportionately filled with the double and triple vaxxed.
    (To the extent that there were any ‘unvaccinated’ in the hospitals or morgues, they were in fact those that took the first jab, had a serious adverse reaction that required emergency hospitalisation OR said first jab killed them).
    However, seeing as they hadn’t yet taken the second clot shot, they were categorised as ‘unvaccinated’, since to be fully vaccinated you must have had the second or booster jabs AND simultaneously not died within 2 weeks of that second/third jab.

    2) J & J: The Covid vaxxes are safe.
    Reality: The Covid vaxxes have killed MORE in the first year of use than ALL the other seventy or so vaccines administered in the U.S combined have killed in the last 30 plus years in aggregate.

    Of all the DUMB-FUCKS spewing Zio B.S, you J & J are the dumbest of them all.
    And, on the Ukraine Special Operation Police Action undertaken by the Russians to neutralise the Judeo-Fascist Ukes, you’ve continued on in that vein with more wrong calls.

    You just can’t take a trick, can you ?

    If Winston Churchill was alive today, he’d describe you thus :

    Never in the field of human conflict has so much been gotten wrong, in so short a time frame by so few*.
    (‘Few’ as in one brain-dead imbecile called J & J)

    .

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  410. J.T. says:

    I sure wish The Saker was here to do his usual braggadocio about how awesome the Russians are.

    • Replies: @Brewer
  411. Kaylene says: • Website

    Russia is doing magnificently in its demilitarisation of Ukraine to stop its nazi-infested military causing genocide to Russian speakers in the Donbass region. Russia is not just bombing and blitzing Ukraine as the US/NATO wars have brutally done with impunity for 20 years in their wars of aggression on many mainly Muslim countries this century. Because Russia is not just wanting to dominate by violence as western countries do, it’s far more difficult.
    Russia is providing humanitarian supplies to beleagured Ukraine regions, rescuing civilians, held as hostages by hideous Ukraine forces and is now providing essentials for Ukrainian soldiers who have surrendered; also getting treatment for wounded “enemy soldiers. It’s destroyed tonnes of weapons being sent by criminal western countries, who are entirely ignorant of the consequences of what they are doing. And then there’s the problem of sorting out the high level nazi criminals who are responsible for massacres and torture.
    What can we do to help, since Russia is defending the world from tyranny and the cruelty of white supremacist, neo-nazi ideology?

  412. Smith says:

    I don’t put much stock in political commentators.

    It’s better to open the map, see the war unfold and have an open mind.

  413. Backward says:

    I rather think this is a globalist war against the “useless eaters”, to set the conditions for the great reset. This explains why Russia is not stopping Western aid to the Ukraine nor using decisive force: both “sides” want the war to last.

    • Agree: peterAUS
  414. @John Johnson

    Nuisance; fact free brazen insanity is your trademark.

    Everything you scribble – as part of the Kabal prop ups – just the opposite is true.

    The level of respect for Putin at home and abroad has never been greater. The JewWest is a sore looser. Have a look in the mirror.

  415. @peterAUS

    In response to commenter ‘FollyOfWar’ you said this:

    You are wrong. You consume too much MSM/American/Jewish propaganda.

    You, PeterAUS, whose defence of the Judeo-Fascist Ukrainian regime as the few remaining Ukrainian military battalions that are still cohesive and have any remnant of offensive military capability get pummelled into the turf, are just repeating talking points that could have come straight out of a CNN broadcast or establishment rags like the NYT and the CIA affiliated Washington Post.

    The IRONY that you, someone with a clear allegiance to neocon dictated U.S foreign policy and Anglo-Zionist global hegemony, would be saying such a thing.

    It’s not lost on the rest of us. You’ve become an embarrassment in this thread.

    • Replies: @IreneAthena
  416. @Mefobills

    I forgot to mention the one key factor that is at the core of every manifestation of violence and that may actually be the principal cause of a pivot to war against China: frustration.
    If the “donor class” fails to achieve its goals pertaining to Russia, it will feel immensely frustrated and it will have to vent that frustration, it will feel the urge to lash out at someone, somewhere, anyone, anywhere. China is a good candidate b/c even if they got their way with regards to Russia, they would have gone after China next anyway. Business is lucrative now but they don’t control Beijing and the ultimate goal is full dominance. Moreover, given the American Right’s general attitude towards anything Chinese, they are confident that there will be little if any opposition at home initially.
    As I said, we look at things as rational people and we tend to overlook the fact that the people in power are more often than sometimes driven by irrational motives, and that they wouldn’t be where they are if they weren’t so.

  417. @peterAUS

    Where do you get these clowns from, as featured in your video ?

    The so-called expert, some British twat called Chip Chimp-man, lives up to his name when, after being asked if a short war is possible in Ukraine, he says:

    … the short war scenario, where the Russian army absolutely collapses.

    This sub-par primate of a man suffers from delusional paranoia.
    Is this the best you can do PeterAUS to make a case for the Judeo-Fascist Ukrainian regime coming out of this war without having copped one almighty shellacking ?

    You and your spiritual twin brother and serial troller Johnson & Johnson are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  418. hopefully, russia will get desperate and infiltrate america with nukes and take its revenge on big cities in america…

  419. geokat62 says:
    @Avery

    Where is it?
    Show it to all the eager readers of UNZ.com.

    I think we’ve all waited an adequate period of time for JJ to accept your challenge, but he seems to be reluctant to either confirm or deny your serious allegation.

    I suspect it’s because he didn’t expect you to call his bluff.

    You see soon after he posted his comment, I did a quick search of his archive of comments using the keyword “Churchill” and came up empty re anything remotely resembling his opposition to the bombing of residential areas.

    It appears JJ was engaging in a bit of prevarication with the readers of UNZ.com.

    You should apologize for being a naughty boy, JJ, and promise to never try to intentionally deceive us again.

    Promise? … and don’t try crossing your fingers behind your back.

    • Agree: Avery
    • Replies: @Passing By
  420. @geokat62

    Truth be told, Yohanan Ben-Yohanan would be a more fitting pseudo for JJ.

  421. Anonymous[313] • Disclaimer says:
    @frankie p

    See: https://www.bofit.fi/en/monitoring/weekly/2021/vw202104_3/
    Granted that this is on the high end of estimates.

    China made a smart decision to keep all the debt “in house”, as they studied and came to understand how western institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, the BIS, etc. were designed to extract from undeveloped countries through the issuance of debt.

    So the Chinese population (a) won’t have the money to lend to more internal projects and (b) will be more than a little bit upset that their money has been wasted.

    The only investment from foreign entities in China are in private companies, such as Evergrande, now teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and being guided by the state run banks into reorganization and refinancing. My guess is that the foreign bondholders are going to take a major haircut from this action.

    So, no more foreign investment, maybe trouble keeping their plants going because they can’t afford parts needed to repair failures, maybe trouble buying raw materials.

    Perhaps the capital goods could be used internally to mollify the Chinese debtors, and eventually entice new foreigners to lend again? The capital investments are not productive; they are in fact resource hogs. That’s what happened to the USSR – the value of their industrial production was less than the value of the raw materials it consumed, and was decreasing as their capital plant wore out and could not be replaced. They compensated by foreign goods purchase in exchange for raw materials until the raw materials needed for trade exceeded what their system had left over after consumption by USSR manufacturing. Eventually, the Russians switched over to their light manufacturing / raw materials sale.

    That’s what I’m referring to.

    If you are an adherent to modern monetary theory, of course, you can dismiss the above out of hand.

  422. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:

    The Ukies have one big factor working against them: they are 100% reliant on US support and the US has proven to be fickle and unreliable as a long term backer. Just ask the Afghans who were recently abandoned. As soon as MSM propaganda wears out and even the stupidest Americans realize they are being taken for a ride, and that their broke country is loaning money to pay for the war of another broke country and their domestic economic situation deteriorates, America will drop Ukraine like a disposable diaper. The lesson that everyone should have learned long time ago: it is better to have good relationships with your neighbors than rely on an overseas power to support you.

    Many people here ask “was it worth it for Russia” but few are asking “was it worth it for Ukraine”, which stands to lose vast swaths of territory and potentially be landlocked for good – because once the Russian flag is hoisted, there is no power in the world that can take it down. All that Ukraine had to do to avert all this was to declare neutrality and respect the Minsk agreements.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  423. The question then is what are others like, Larry Johnson, Colonel McGregor, Jacob Dreizen etc are saying. Do they agree with this assessment.

  424. Corvinus says:

    “IMHO, Scott Ritter is gradually adjusting to the idea that the conflict in Ukraine is not a just regional skirmish between two quarrelsome neighbors, nor is it a proxy-war between NATO and Russia. No. Ukraine is the first phase of a broader plan for crushing Russia, collapsing its economy, removing its leaders, seizing its natural resources, splintering its territory, and projecting US power across Central Asia to the Pacific Rim. Ukraine is about hegemony, empire, and pure, unalloyed power. Most important, Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War, a war that was concocted and launched by Washington to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy.”

    This is off the rails commentary. Ritter is NOT making any of these implications nor suggestions. Rather, like any military analyst worth their salt, he is taking in new information and adjusting his position. Putin is seeking to crush his own nation for his own demented gains. The Russian people I have talked to understand that he uses his power to control the narrative, especially the press. And they highly doubt that Putin’s successor will continue with this war and risk further alienation. Ukraine is all about the people of that nation exercising sovereignty. Isn’t that what white people seek?

  425. Corvinus says:
    @Anon

    “because once the Russian flag is hoisted, there is no power in the world that can take it down”

    Except Putin’s successors. Do they have the guile and gumption to have a permanent Russian presence in Ukraine?

    “it is better to have good relationships with your neighbors than rely on an overseas power to support you.”

    The more important lesson is that a sovereign people should be able to make their own decisions internally, and not have their neighbor insist to change those decisions to suit their own needs. It’s not their business.

    • Replies: @Anon
  426. @Zachary Smith

    @Zachary Smith-

    I was thinking much the same. I’m ‘accredited’ by a university to opine on militay history, so I have been following all this fairly closely.
    I was struck by how emphatic Ritter was on his appearances on the Duran YT channel. I also follow SouthFront and found it curious that a site which openly says it’s taking a pro Russia editorial stance showed the Russians being way behind what was being presented by Mr Ritter.
    Then I heard from Tom Luongo’s podcast that Ritter had had a little trouble in his past and perhaps shouldn’t be trusted so easily.
    It looks like Russia put into motion a scheme to link up with points seized by air mobile forces to threaten Kiew directly and possibly bring the coup regime to terms. The dagger thrust to the capitol, having failed to achieve this, the Russians necessarily pulled back from this exposed position and focused on their actual stated object, the consolidation of the breakaway provinces.
    All the mimetic warfare going on has obfuscated what should be obvious to students of military affairs.

  427. anon[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    Other people may recognize (((John Johnson))) by his other handle “gay troll”

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  428. Greg S. says:
    @Abbybwood

    >Alensky ordered them to surrender to save their lives

    No he didn’t, like Hitler at Stalingrad, he ordered them to fight to the death for the glory of himself and his Nazi Fatherland. Starving and dying, against orders, they surrendered. However else the Empire of Lies spins events is just that: spin.

    However the question of foreign “advisors” among the Nazis and what they might have to say is indeed an interesting topic. Russia is being very, very coy about all this. Maybe it’s just that they suck at propaganda, but you know if the tables were turned, the Empire would be parading the foreign militants up and down in front of cameras 24/7. But Russia, being smarter and more mature than the Empire, are probably going for secret negotiated settlements and prisoner exchanges behind the scenes instead of the photo-ops. Russia does not seem interested in scoring political points against the empire, or even taking down the corrupt western leaders, only actions that directly benefit Russia. Again, I think Russia knows exactly what they are dealing with in the west, because in many ways the current west resembles the old Soviet Union (another Empire of Lies). Also what benefits Russia more: having corrupt clowns in charge of western nations (Biden, Trudeau, Johnson, Macron – all total frauds and sell outs), or having smart, strong, nationalist leaders in the West? I don’t think Russia is scared at all of that cadre of clowns, because Russia knows they are all sociopaths who only really care about themselves. That type of leader won’t enter a nuclear war or do anything that seriously risks the only thing they really care about: themselves. Only senile old Biden is an x-factor because we don’t really know who’s controlling him, but it’s most likely only more sociopaths: Obama, Clintons, “Big Mike,” etc.

  429. Greg S. says:
    @Irish Savant

    I disagree: the Western “sanctions” that Russia was 100% prepared for that the West ironically was not prepared for, could not have come on their own.

    Russia also has serious desires to take back at least the Russian speaking areas of Eastern Ukraine – this area has always been a “heartland” of Russian civilization, that happened to land outside of Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Much like Crimea, Russia has been looking for ways to get it back, and is able to take advantage of the weak and corrupt western leadership to accomplish this. As I said already, the cost Russia is paying for this is relatively cheap, at least so far. Their only defeats are political and in the sphere of propaganda. Transitory. The land they grab, they will keep forever.

    So Russia gets their land back, adds millions of Russian speaking people under their umbrella, bleeds the empire and hastens its inevitable collapse. At least that’s the plan. They are kind of doing to the West what the West did to the USSR.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  430. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Except Putin’s successors. Do they have the guile and gumption to have a permanent Russian presence in Ukraine?

    I assure you that no Putin successor, unless a Western puppet, will ever return territory that Russia spent blood and treasure on. You seem not to understand that the territories that Russia is integrating are populated by mostly Russian speakers and supporters who for the most part are much happier to being Russian citizens than of a backward failed corrupt state ruled by extremist anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalists.

    The more important lesson is that a sovereign people should be able to make their own decisions internally, and not have their neighbor insist to change those decisions to suit their own needs. It’s not their business.

    The lesson that Ukraine is learning is exactly the opposite. If you initiate hostile policies towards your neighbor, which is threatened by an expanding NATO alliance, you should take into consideration that your actions have consequences. Ukies lost Crimea in 2014 and still kept poking the bear. They won’t be poking the bear no more when this is all said and done at the risk of losing their entire country.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  431. Outraged says:

    I agree completely with Mike.
    This has never been limited to the US fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian.
    The Empire wants Russia’s lands, waters and resources and they are willing to kill every last Russian to get them.
    This is only the first step. Russia could completely conquer Ukraine (not that that is the plan) and it wouldn’t matter.
    The Empire will not stop until it is stopped at the source.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  432. Corvinus says:
    @Anon

    “I assure you that no Putin successor, unless a Western puppet, will ever return territory that Russia spent blood and treasure on.”

    I heard that message when the USSR was in Afghanistan and it left with its tail between its legs after a decade of supposedly “winning”. And should the next leader of Russia decide to leave Ukraine, how are you certain that decision is based upon he being a “puppet”? Could not that choice be merely based on reason and logic on what is in the best interest of the Russian people?

    “You seem not to understand that the territories that Russia is integrating are populated by mostly Russian speakers and supporters who for the most part are much happier to being Russian citizens”

    In some cases I imagine.

    “ than of a backward failed corrupt state ruled by extremist anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalists.”

    There is decidedly more corruption in Russia under Putin, who is ex KGB and a backer of oligarchs. Putin has made his money at the expense of his own people.

    The lesson that Ukraine is learning is exactly the opposite. If you initiate hostile policies towards your neighbor, which is threatened by an expanding NATO alliance, you should take into consideration that your actions have consequences. Ukies lost Crimea in 2014 and still kept poking the bear. They won’t be poking the bear no more when this is all said and done at the risk of losing their entire country.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  433. Corvinus says:
    @Outraged

    Do not white Ukrainians have agency? Do they not have the liberty to make their own decisions on what is best for them internally?

    • Replies: @DevilAdvocate
  434. Corvinus says:
    @map

    Lol, so now Ritter is a spook because he has the audacity to reevaluate in light of new evidence.

    “To Ritter, Russia is justified in attacking Ukraine because Ukraine is full of Nazis.”

    What is the percentage of the population that fits this description? What is the ball park figure in terms of numbers? How do you know? Sources would help bolster your case.

    Furthermore, isn’t your ideology predicated on pro-white, anti-immigration, anti-Jew, and anti-feminism, which are tenets of Nazism?

    “No, there is simply Nazi DNA inside Ukraine that Russia is trying to purge.”

    So why wasn’t this effort made years ago by Putin if he was that concerned with Ukrainian Nazism? Are there any documents or speeches within the past decade that demonstrates his concern for this philosophy supposedly infiltrating and dominating Ukraine?

    “The reality is that Ukraine is going to lose…”

    Maybe. Then again, perhaps not. Furthermore, how certain are you that Putin’s successor will remain committed to controlling the areas of Ukraine under their dominion for decades to come? Why?

    • Replies: @karel
    , @map
  435. Patricus says:
    @showmethereal

    It’s pretty simple. Finland and Sweden saw Russia invade a sovereign nation. They fear future Russian aggressions in their direction. Both nations remained neutral through the cold war.

    • Replies: @Bri Guy
  436. martin_2 says:
    @Irish Savant

    That’s what I was thinking. There might have been better options than war. Starve the West of raw materials.

  437. @Truth Vigilante

    J & J has several times mentioned that Putin will soon be dead.
    Would you care to share with us why you think Putin’s demise is nigh ?

    1. Better explanation for the invasion than the four different reasons he has given. He is most likely dying and wanted to take Ukraine for the empire as part of his legacy. That is why he never opened a line of diplomacy or gave an ultimatum before invading. The goal was to take the country and install a puppet government. NATO was an excuse (the first one) and it wouldn’t have mattered if Ukraine offered a neutrality pact.

    2. Gripping the table the entire time during the staged interview.

    3. Skipping the hockey game that he never misses.

    4. Inconsistent/odd behavior like giving completely different responses to Finland wanting to join NATO. Strange and limited interviews, TV appearances.

    5. US/British intelligence most likely has a mole inside the Kremlin. They knew the details of the planned invasion before anyone else. Even Ukraine doubted the report until the actual invasion. Well they believe that he is seriously sick.

    COVID is over so try to stay on topic.

    Tell you what….

    Putin won’t make it to September 1st. I won’t post on Whiteny or Anglin for the rest of the year if I am wrong. If am I am right you have to refer to me as Your Excellency in any response.

    • Replies: @Bri Guy
  438. Alrenous says: • Website
    @anon

    look at what his name is slang for, realize this is a thoughtful warning

  439. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Ace

    Satan rules.

    Not since January.

  440. Mulegino1 says:
    @Anon

    Russia will prevail. The careful and cautious approach is due to the fact that Eastern Ukraine is populated by folks with a close affiliation to Russia. Does anyone in their right mind believe that Russia could not flatten Kharkov and Kiev if they wanted ?

    I agree completely.

    Russia is not waging the war on any Hollywood fantasy timeline or for the benefit of infotainment proles, who get their fix of dopamine by watching “shock and awe” fireworks on cable news. A large plurality of Americans have been conditioned to think that all wars ought to be like the easy expeditionary wars that the USG has waged against such superpowers as Iraq and Grenada.

    Ukraine had the largest army in Europe (except for Russia’s) and was trained for interoperability with NATO forces. One of the primary Russian objectives for what Andrei Martyanov has characterized as a “combined arms law enforcement operation” was to demilitarize Ukraine, which does not mean merely defeating its forces in the field but destroying its military infrastructure and command and control capabilities. Russia is doing so methodically and thoroughly. The VSU can only conduct small scale, highly localized operations at this point.

    The dragooning of the Territorial Defense Forces into a Volkssturm to battle in the east is a tragedy and a crime against humanity . These are untrained men from 16-60 years of age and they are not trained for the kind of combat going on in Donbass. The moral depravity of the Kiev regime is sickening.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  441. nickels says:

    Ritter supports abortion. That means he is a retard.

  442. IreneAthena says: • Website
    @Truth Vigilante

    Unless I’m misunderstanding, the “type 1”statements and “type 2” statements in his comment were intentionally labeled as such to indicate that they are coming from opposing points of view.

    To avoid confusion and needless alienation, I would’ve chosen different phrases from the ones peterAUS used to describe “type 1” and “type 2.”
    Instead of using “Putin-tards” for “type 1,” it could be acknowledged that type 1 not only includes Russians who either believe, or are trolling for, everything that comes from Russia’s censored pro-Putin press, but ALSO includes Westerners who are so disgusted by the lying pro-Zelensky pro-NATO State-managed press in their OWN countries, that they are moved to cheer for the “other team,” Putin’s.

    Type 2, with the ambiguous label “normal people,” includes “low information” Americans who stuck Ukraine flags in their yard in February 2022 without knowing anything about Victoria Nuland’s 2014 coup. We’re also aware of “Type 2” people who troll for that pro-NATO position. But “type 2” ALSO includes Russians who are suspicious of the war propaganda coming from their own country.

    With such powerfully oppressive enemies that we all have, I don’t like to see common people worldwide — who might become allies — reflexively slapping the “troll,” Nazi, or Zionist label on one another.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  443. Corvinus says:
    @Mulegino1

    Days before Russia began its invasion on February 24, an estimated 190,000 personnel were stationed around Ukraine’s borders. At that time, the independent news website Meduza reported that conscripted soldiers had been forced to sign contracts that saw them sent to the Ukraine border.

    Currently, most estimates hold that approximately 25 percent of the Russian military is made up of conscripts, with the number varying within each military service and between unit types. Yet public support for conscription is limited in Russia, and the deployment of conscripts is controversial. Conscripts are generally less capable than their contracted counterparts, as their service period limits their training. And although a longer conscription period would lead to a more capable conscript force, such a decision would prove unpopular with the Russian public.

    Furthermore…

    • Replies: @Mulegino1
  444. Bri Guy says:
    @anonymous

    I wonder who got to him?

  445. Bri Guy says:
    @John Johnson

    Re 1.  Putin tried to negotiate, to get Ukraine to honour the Minsk Agreements, many times and was rebuffed/ignored.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  446. Bri Guy says:
    @Patricus

    If that is all they saw, they missed half of the picture.
    The Ukraine government had been waging a war against the mainly Russian eastern provinces since 2014 and had ignored the Minsk Agreements.

  447. TheMoon says:

    Even people I’ve read who think Russia will win never said it would be a walk in a park.

    I mean, it’s not like the U.S. who only attacks third world shitholes.

    • Agree: Mulegino1
  448. @Corvinus

    Afghanistan was different. There are no Russians living in Afghanistan unlike in large parts of the Ukraine.

  449. Sendejo says:

    Scott Ritter believes the Holocaust, stating emphatically in his most recent YouTube podcast that Nazis “murdered 30,000 Jews in Babi Yar.”

    I like Scott, and will entertain his analyses. But, I am skeptical about the accuracy of the military and geopolitical analyses of anyone who has yet to discover the Holohoax is nothing but an international extortion racket.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  450. peterAUS says:
    @IreneAthena

    You know, there is, really, no need to explain/excuse/clarify what I write here.
    Anyone is free to take my posts any way he/she wants.

    You make a post and see a reaction. That tells you, really, all you need to know about the poster. A quick selection process starts.
    Rude, and one/two liners you simply ignore.
    Of longer, some are knowledgeable, some are not. You, from then on, disregard the later, unless they ask for clarification, properly.
    Of those knowledgeable you can see, in instant, are they on your wavelength or not.
    You have two choices then:
    Debating with the later, or simply having a conversation with the former.

    Now….a lot of people here, for various reasons, do get into debating. I don’t. Experience, especially after The Scamdemic.
    I see it as pointless waste of time. Maybe 5% people, tops, can shift their core positions after some (prolonged) online debate. Maybe. Is it worth your time, effort..energy? For some, yes. Definitely “no” for me.
    I prefer to use that time, effort and energy for something else.

    My take, anyway.

  451. @Corvinus

    When the world is shared by just a few large and powerful states, NO, they don’t have that liberty.
    Is it right or wrong ? Doesn’t matter, the reality is every small state must choose his side.

    And Ukraine did a very bad choice, back in 2014 (and even before).
    They picked the side who today doesn’t care a bit about their citizens and their country, preferring to sacrifice them all, and to burn all their land, to attain his geopolitical objectives.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  452. Mulegino1 says:
    @Corvinus

    The SMO began once it was obvious that the VSU were planning on a major offensive to retake the independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. It was a preemptive action. The concentration of troops in the east clearly indicates this.

    Even the pro-Ukrainian OSCE admitted that there had been a great intensification of the shelling by VSU on civilian areas and infrastructure in the days leading up to the commencement of hostilities by Russia. This was in complete violation of the Minsk Accords.

    The “Servant of the People” _elensky also threatened to acquire nuclear weapons, likely at the behest of his puppeteers in the Brandon Administration. The Administration is chock full of neocon Zionazis chomping at the bit for a major war in Europe. Such a conflict harmonizes with Brandon’s own political interests- or what his handlers perceive as his interests- as a distraction to his catastrophic presidency and his family’s monumental corruption, as it does as a NATO-Zionazi proxy war with the ultimate objective of restoring the Khazarian Khaganate.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  453. @peterAUS

    Now….a lot of people here, for various reasons, do get into debating. I don’t. Experience, especially after The Scamdemic.
    I see it as pointless waste of time. Maybe 5% people, tops, can shift their core positions after some (prolonged) online debate. Maybe. Is it worth your time, effort..energy? For some, yes. Definitely “no” for me.
    I prefer to use that time, effort and energy for something else.

    That poses the question of why you keep coming here…
    Just to make show of your contra-knowledge ? To irritate people ?

    As for me, I do believe that if 5% can be convinced and shifts position, it’s already a great victory. Even if it’s just 1%.
    Because the idea is to propagate things:
    iteration 1 —- 5% shifts –> 95% remains
    iteration 2 —- 5% x 95% shifts –> 90,25% remains
    iteration 3 —- 5% x 90,25% –> 85,7% remains
    ….
    iteration 15 —- 5% x 51,3% —> 48,7% remains

    So, by now you have the majority of people shifting their positions.
    In fact, it should go much faster, because those who change sides will contribute (we hope so) to spread the truthful views, so instead of achieving just 5%, that figure should go up progressively.

    • Agree: IreneAthena
  454. @j2

    Finland has quite openly (and not behind the scenes) built NATO compatibility in its defense forces and had exercises with NATO countries in the partnership in peace initiative, and later as a partner in NATO exercises.

    …and of course being a de facto NATO partner had the full ascent of the Finnish citizenry; like wise Sweden.

    When are the referendums occurring?

    • Replies: @j2
  455. @Bri Guy

    Re 1. Putin tried to negotiate, to get Ukraine to honour the Minsk Agreements, many times and was rebuffed/ignored.

    Wrong. Putin didn’t answer the phone to Ukraine prior to the invasion:
    https://iravaban.net/en/370801.html

    There was never an ultimatum or any demands. No attempt at diplomacy and they also wouldn’t take calls from the US.

    Putin said nothing about Minsk. His first explanation for the war was NATO:
    https://thebulletin.org/2022/02/putin-says-ukraine-membership-in-nato-would-make-nuclear-war-more-likely/

    Ukraine didn’t qualify for NATO nor were they invited. Furthermore if the goal was restricting them from NATO then first demanding that they join a neutrality pact made far more sense than launching a 1939 style invasion. And it was half assed compared to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

    It was a BS excuse as seen by the fact that he has since changed his reason to protecting Donbass:
    https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/russia-ukraine-crisis/putin-says-stopping-ukraines-genocide-in-donbass-was-special-military-operations-goal-articleshow.html

    Unlike PutinNET and PutinTV we have a record of his inconsistent statements.

    He is dying and tried to take Ukraine for the empire. He failed and the FSB will finish him off before the fall.

    • Troll: Olivier1973
  456. peterAUS says:

    Azovstal, Mariupol, three realities, briefly.

    1. Putintards
    The de-nazification of Ukraine has been completed. Nazi forces have been destroyed; most killed and the remnants captured.
    The victory in Mariupol broke morale of Ukrainian Armed Forces. They now realize that “resistance if futile”. Especially in urban environment.
    2. Russophobes
    After magnificent resistance the members of Azov regiment, with attachments, have been evacuated. RF Armed Forces there have exhausted themselves in the battle and are incapable of further participation in war. The city, itself, is like Dresden/Hiroshima/whatever.
    The heroic defense of Mariupol lifted spirits of defenders of the homeland and showed how to fight and win this war.
    3. Normals
    The battle for Mariuopol is over. After surprisingly effective and long resistance, remnants of defender forces surrendered.
    The battle has shown quite poor MOUT capability of RF Armed Forces which the Ukrainian side will seek to exploit in future combat.
    The future of captured soldiers remain unclear; it’s realistic to expect a lot of “play” behind closed doors of warring parties in months to come.

    • Troll: Olivier1973
    • Replies: @IreneAthena
    , @Olivier1973
  457. Corvinus says:
    @Mulegino1

    As I suspected, you fail to address your hypocrisy. You stated it was a “crime against humanity” for untrained men to be conscripted. That is EXACTLY what Russia is doing/has done. Instead of acknowledging it, you ramp up the pro-Putin rhetoric.

    • Replies: @Mulegino1
  458. IreneAthena says: • Website
    @peterAUS

    You could take the advice to avoid lumping a quite diverse group “type 1” under the derogatory blanket term “Putin-tards.” None of the points you are trying to make would suffer, and rather than pointless arguments being started, more people might be finding — and sharing ideas on — common ground, e.g. preparing for what what the World Economic Forum has in mind, Global Pandemic Treaty, etc.

    I’m ALL FOR avoiding pointless arguments, so you can take my advice, or leave it, but I wish you would take it.
    (Granted, I’m currently at a loss for a less alienating blanket term that would serve. I notice you occasionally add an “I’m no fan of Zelensky’s either” disclaimer, which helps to temporarily clear these VERY muddied waters. )

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  459. Corvinus says:
    @DevilAdvocate

    “When the world is shared by just a few large and powerful states, NO, they don’t have that liberty.”

    Don’t be ridiculous. by your own metric, the Jews in Israel have legitimate authority to strong arm anyone into their camp. Each nation is sovereign. “Weak” states are not inherent vassals of “strong states”–geopolitics are the root cause for such designations.

    “Is it right or wrong ? Doesn’t matter, the reality is every small state must choose his side.”

    Their OWN side, irrespective of their neighbors or more powerful countries.

    “And Ukraine did a very bad choice, back in 2014 (and even before).”

    According to Who/Whom?

    “They picked the side who today doesn’t care a bit about their citizens and their country, preferring to sacrifice them all, and to burn all their land, to attain his geopolitical objectives.”

    No, the Ukrainians on their own behalf chose to become closer to the West. That is ultimately their decision to make. Why must they submit to become Putin’s bitch? Just because he (and you) say they ought to?

    • Agree: peterAUS
    • Replies: @DevilAdvocate
  460. Bri Guy says:

    Russia must be doing something right as its ruble is stronger than before the conflict started.

    • Replies: @Avery
  461. @John Johnson

    If you want to stick with the dictator that wears shoe steppers and bombs maternity wards then go ahead.

    I take it your source for that is the Ministry of Truth.

  462. Mulegino1 says:
    @Corvinus

    Russia is not sending conscripts into direct combat.

    So far, it has only committed a fraction of its forces. Most of the fighting in Donbass on the ground is being done by the LDNR armed forces and Kadyrov’s Chechens.

    Even if Russia did send conscripts into battle, that would not be the equivalent of what Ukraine is doing. Conscripts undergo basic training and advanced infantry training.

    The men from the Territorial Defense Forces that Kiev is currently sending to the front lines have received little or no combat training. As I wrote previously, it is the equivalent of the Volkssturm
    forces during the Battle of Berlin. That didn’t work out too well.

    • Replies: @Avery
    , @Corvinus
  463. peterAUS says:
    @IreneAthena

    …more people might be finding — and sharing ideas on — common ground, e.g. preparing for what what the World Economic Forum has in mind, Global Pandemic Treaty, etc…..

    That’s an interesting point. Disagree.

    Having said that, what are YOUR ideas on how to prepare for what the World Economic Forum has in mind?

    Speaking of which, just yesterday, had a contractor doing some work around my house. HE initiated a conversation re The Scamdemic. Started quite well , proceeded with nano tech in the vax for, apparently, “remote control”, and finished with adrenochrome.
    My experience, where I live, is that around 70% of people who are against lockdowns are like that guy. Any thoughts about this?

    • Replies: @IreneAthena
  464. @Corvinus

    You live in a world of phantasy.
    Will you wake up one day ?… Doubtful, looking at how you cling to your funny ideals.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  465. IreneAthena says: • Website
    @peterAUS

    Ok, good, three categories up from two is definitely a move in the right direction. Category 1 needs refinement still, but I’ve already said all I need to say about that today.

  466. IreneAthena says: • Website
    @peterAUS

    I’d love to hear you, Devil Advocate and Truth Vigilante discussing “what can be done to prepare.” Some practical ideas might come forth and maybe a sense of camaraderie.

    My small contribution: Buy essentials (example, food with long shelf life,seeds, sturdy gardening equipment) and soon before your cash loses much more value. (As to vax discussion, I tend to trust data that I can see with my own eyes, such as the kind that’s available on VAERS or yellow card systems. I know we’ve both found James Corbett to be a useful source for info on the injections as well as WEF, Great Reset, etc.).

    And I’ve got to stop here, or be late for work!

  467. Avery says:
    @Bri Guy

    The main reason is that Russia will sell oil and natural gas to “unfriendly” countries only for Rubles. So in effect Ruble becomes hard currency, backed by valuable commodities.
    EU made grandiose noises about not paying in Rubles when Putin laid down the law, but slowly, quiet they are paying.

    What will come next is Russia will demand Rubles for other valuable commodities it sells, like strategic, rare minerals and such, wheat, barley, buckwheat,……

    And Kremlin has floated the idea of further backing the Ruble with gold reserves.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  468. Avery says:
    @Mulegino1

    {That didn’t work out too well.}

    Indeed: Volkssturm in action.

    [Downfall – Panzer Alarm! T-34 Panzerfaust Scene. Battle of Berlin.]

    • Replies: @Mulegino1
  469. anon[138] • Disclaimer says:

    Baghdad BobAUS is here with the cope: the victorious heroes of Azovstal have elected to pursue other opportunities.

    In other news, NATO has appointed Adm. Olsen as chief NATO delegate to the Khabarovsk convention on who gets to go to Siberia for banned biological weapons.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  470. Anastasia says:

    Another brilliant article by Whitney. Ritter simply does not understand Putin’s objectives.

  471. peterAUS says:
    @IreneAthena

    I’d love to hear you, Devil Advocate and Truth Vigilante discussing “what can be done to prepare.” Some practical ideas might come forth and maybe a sense of camaraderie.

    I see.

    My small contribution: Buy essentials (example, food with long shelf life,seeds, sturdy gardening equipment) and soon before your cash loses much more value.

    Thx.

  472. Turk 152 says:

    Anyone who is certain that Scott is wrong and claims to know what our reality will be in 2 months with any kind of certain, is not credible; is all we have at this point are likely, probable and unlikely scenarios. There are many variables and events that could occur if certain other events occur which we wont know until they occur. For instance, what is the impact of the \$40 billion, nothing, everything, or somewhere in between. What is the impact of Sweden and Finland? Again, who knows. What happens if either Russia or the US/NATO suffer a complete humiliating loss that results in a clear cut loss of power for the US or a colonization/decapitation of Russia? Will nuclear weapons be deployed? Nobody has those realities in front of them, so we are just guessing on outcomes, those decisions have not been made yet. We are in unchartered territory and dont need false prophets.

  473. RobinG says:
    @anon

    …Adm. Olsen as chief NATO delegate to the Khabarovsk convention…

    Okay, first, Adm. Olsen’s presence anywhere in the theater has NOT been confirmed. 2nd, surrender of officer corps also not yet confirmed.

    Ukrainian troops, not commanders, surrender at Azovstal
    “Top-ranking Ukrainian commanders at Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks are still inside the plant and have yet to surrender, local media quoted pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Pushilin as saying on Wednesday””
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ukrainian-troops-not-commanders-surrender-at-azovstal/ar-AAXpEjs?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=d1c551bd60884ccabc5a740fccdb7eb4

  474. Disciple2 says:
    @Richard B

    I think it is clear that JSI is the BRICS alliance. Israel being the center hub of the Belt and Road initiative. Every Prime Minister of Israel from it’s inception in 1948 has been from either a Ukrainian or Polish Bolshevik upbringing. There are 250 Kabutz’s in Israel today. It is a Russian Bolshevik Jewish outpost nation. The cyber security dominance that Israel has is due to young Russian software minds that came out of Unit 8200. It is Russia in disguise.
    The Americans under Zionist control are dupes. They are thinking Project for a New American Century. Think again. They are walking in to and provoking their own nuclear destruction. Russia has had scalar weaponry perfected since the 60’s. Col. Tom Bearden’s report declared Russia 50 years in advance of the US capabilities. We can’t even catch up to conventional weaponry like Hypersonic missiles. You can see the wholesale dismantling of the USA over the last 25 years. We are slated for the dust bin of history. All western countries are going with us. The plan is for the WEF to fail!!!! Anglo Saxons be damned and exterminated. I’m not for this either but it is a factual review of what is occurring now.
    God be with you!

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  475. Mulegino1 says:
    @Avery

    Can you imagine Malcolm Nance, MSNBC “military analyst” in that situation?

    His only use would be that of an anti-tank barrier.

  476. Corvinus says:
    @Mulegino1

    “Russia is not sending conscripts into direct combat.”

    Yes, they have and they are. It has been well-documented. You simply don’t want to believe it.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/conscripts-sent-fight-by-pro-russia-donbas-get-little-training-old-rifles-poor-2022-04-04/

    “Even if Russia did send conscripts into battle, that would not be the equivalent of what Ukraine is doing. Conscripts undergo basic training and advanced infantry training.”

    Doesn’t matter. By YOUR metric, countries that use conscripts are committing”crime against humanity” It makes no difference regarding how many or how little. What matters is that Russia is clearly engaging in that conduct.

    You are a hypocrite.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Olivier1973
  477. Jimmy4 says:
    @John Johnson

    “If you want to stick with the dictator that … bombs maternity wards then go ahead.”

    “Putin is a mass murdering dictator that just wanted to play a war game in his last days.”

    Hey, ((John Johnson)), what’s it like being a sociopathic liar?

    • Replies: @Wayne Gabler
  478. peterAUS says:
    @Corvinus

    Actually….there is a bit more there.
    Offensive vs defensive missions.

    When RF sends conscripts we know, now, they aren’t well trained, equipped and led for OFFENSIVE operations. Especially in urban environment.

    When Ukraine sends conscripts we know that they trained enough, are well equipped and reasonably well led for DEFENSIVE operations. Especially in urban environment.

    One could see, with ease, that Ukrainian defense is based on urban strongpoints.

    A platoon of conscripts could be trained, for static defense, on their home (urban) terrain, in three weeks.

    A platoon of conscripts could be trained, for offense, in enemy’s home (urban) terrain in 3 months. At least. And I am talking SAS approach to training, definitely not that one used by RF.

    • Replies: @j2
  479. It is true that as long as NATO can send in equipment and proxy soldiers, the battle would go on. Once Donbass and Lugansk are safe from ‘terrorists’ Russia could take the war to NATO Member Starting with Belgium and Denmark to show the UK and France and Germany that their bases re not any more ‘secure’ than the training facilities they had in the Western Ukraine.
    Brussels will not be concerned about any country than Belgium. Bankers are not known for ‘fighting till the last child banker falls’.

  480. @Jimmy4

    Are you sure you have identified the side with low to zero morality?

    Madeleine Albright – The deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it for Iraq’s non existent WMD’s

  481. @RobinG

    So how many are left there and what can be expected of them to do? Commit mass suicide rather than surrender and reveal classified information and face war crimes tribunals and the publicity damaging to Ukraine and NATO? Is that what they have been ordered to do and are now deliberating?

    • Replies: @Olivier1973
  482. Moses22 says:

    Consider the effect this ‘SMO’ has had on Russia: the ruble is at its highest in several years, and Russia internally is unified. China has their back, and many key countries are refusing point blank to support Western sanctions.

    Meanwhile in Europe and the US… Does one need to elaborate?

    I think Putin would like this war to go on for as long as possible.

  483. Wokechoke says:
    @RobinG

    It will be a bunch of yids.

  484. @Anonymous

    As for China: sanctions will not be the weapon of choice. The Chinese government is indeed in deep debt, but mostly to domestic banks. China has not borrowed money from other nations and a lot of other nations owe lots of money to China, especially the US. Also, the Chinese own a lot of infrastructure and real estate in the US. Furthermore, the US and EU were so foolish to throw away much of their economic autonomy and outsourced much of their manufacturing capabalities

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  485. @Moses22

    If there weren’t dead and wounded, yes.

  486. j2 says:
    @bike-anarkist

    “When are the referendums occurring?”

    Surely you understand what a referendum is and how and when it is used. Issues like joining NATO are decided by those political leaders whose task it is (and who have themselves been elected to represent the people). In Finland joining NATO is decided by the president. In Sweden (I think but am not sure) by the king. A referendum may be requested by politicians (or any other, like journalists) in order to gauge if there is popular support from a decision, but the political leaders who decide the matter do not need to call for a referendum. They only do so if they need to gauge the popular support. In the case of joining NATO deciding political leaders in both countries decided that opinion polls of the population and positions of the parties in the parliament show the popular support without a need for a referendum. There was and will not be any referendum, the decisions are made.

    If you are not fully ignorant, you must have understood what a referendum is, so why did you decide to ask me to explain this to you as to a child?

  487. @peterAUS

    What about Mariupol was liberated?

    Compare with Fallujah when the yankees did not have to care about the inhabitants.

    Effective and long resistance? LOL. Hiding among civilians who voted at 85% for the autonomy of Donetsk, taking civilians as shields, hiding in the buildings and not letting the civilians flee, killing the civilians like for fun, yes behaving like nazis.

    Effective resistance while hiding in the underground of Azovstal like rats? LOL

    You do not even understand that Russians are not in a hurry, time is on their side.

    Denazification is on its way: azov is not only in Mariupol, and there are other battalions: aidar, c14, donbas, tornado, etc.

    Your 3 categories are particularly stupid, misrepresenting everything. And you are very poorly informed of the reality.

    You do not even know the fate of the captured azov nazis. LOL.

    It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.

    ― Mark Twain

    Same applies to Ritter.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  488. @Moses22

    It is obvious that retards do not understand the Russian душа.

  489. @Commentator Mike

    Several foreign officers trapped in Azovstal have been killed by the azov nazis.

    The orders came from the foreign officers’ own governments.

    Reason: they did not want that they would be captured by the Russians and could reveal too much.

    The Russians do not reveal whom they captured among those foreign officers to keep those foreign governments in the blue.

    The higher commanders are still hiding inside the tunnels of Azovstal.

    In two days, 1750 people surrendered.

    Reminder: 6 foreign languages were spoken inside Azovstal.

  490. @frankie p

    I do not quite get how two doods beating each other up is a topic.
    Is it some harkening back to the ancient indogermanic rite of
    “surrogate champion duel” (as laid out in the “Return of the Heraklids”
    i.e. the Spartan foundational myth, and probably David vs. Goliath)?
    Schmeling could have killed Louis too without getting red in the face,
    but Joe was doped to the gills and Good prevailed, Baruch Haschem.

  491. @IreneAthena

    You wrote:

    I’d love to hear …. Devil Advocate and Truth Vigilante discussing “what can be done to prepare.

    I’m not a prepper and don’t have a nuclear fallout shelter, a generator and hundreds of litres of petrol stored in case of a cataclysm.

    But, as I have said in many previous threads here in UR, in relation to the coming inflationary depression, you will need a store of precious metals in the years to come, as all the world’s currencies [and especially the USD], implode and massively lose purchasing power as the world reverts to a gold standard.

    Of course, the gold standards of the past were in fact a bimetallic standard, whereby gold AND silver were the monetary metals that were accepted as money throughout the world.

    As in the past, the usual naysayers were whining that you can’t eat gold.
    Indeed that’s true – no more than you can eat your VISA credit card or a \$100 bill.

    Gold [and silver] has no pretence of being able to feed, clothe and provide shelter for you.

    It is a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE that will be used to purchase all of the above.
    Again the doubters will counter with, if there’s a nuclear winter in the aftermath of WWIII, and 90% of humanity is dead or dying, gold won’t do you much good as people will go on a barter system and only trade one tangible resource for another.

    My Response: NO matter what proportion of the Earth’s population survives, other than for perhaps a short time and employed in isolated pockets, the remainder of civilisation will NEVER go back to barter on an ongoing basis.
    Something WILL be chosen to be the medium of exchange and 5000 years of UNINTERRUPTED history (other than for the experiment of the last 50 years), has ALWAYS said that would be gold and silver.

    Knowing this, the Chinese and Russians have been accumulating gold like there is no tomorrow, in preparation for the demise of the USD as world reserve currency.

    I’m in Australia but you don’t have to live here to purchase from the Perth Mint which assays the bulk of Australia’s gold and silver and can ship it around the world.

    If you prefer, you can get your 1 oz silver eagles and Maple leaf coins from the U.S and Canadian mints respectively.
    U.S dimes, quarters, half and dollar coins (pre-1965) are 90% silver.
    Canadian pre-1968 equivalents are 80% silver.

    For those that don’t have enough to buy too much gold (just under USD \$60K per kg of Au), put aside some money for those silver coins.
    When the SHTF, you’ll be glad you did.

    Lastly, if you must hold any currencies, the least worst would be the likes of the Swiss franc (the Swiss central bank has the largest gold holding in the world relative to its population), or perhaps the likes of the Russian Ruble, Australian and Canadian dollars.

    The last three are resource rich countries and the world will need their output (iron ore, coal, gold, copper, nickel, oil and gas etc) so they’re nowhere near as likely to collapse like the USD seeing as these currencies will have a significant ‘backing’ from the commodities they export.

    The U.S certainly does have mining output of its own BUT, it is infinitesimal in comparison to the OBSCENE quantities of USD that have already been printed/digitally created, let alone the likely tsunami of USD that are still to be conjured up in the years to come.

    I hope that is of assistance IreneAthena. Get cracking kiddies and start accumulating those silver coins.

    • Agree: IreneAthena
    • Replies: @IreneAthena
  492. @Corvinus

    At the beginning of the special operation conscripts were sent to the front lines. When Putin learned about it, he forbade it. Period. Conscripts now care only about logistiks.

    You are a liar, member of the empire of lies like the corrupt merdias you are quoting.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  493. j2 says:
    @peterAUS

    “Offensive vs defensive missions.”

    With no intention for starting neither a conversation nor a debate, I want to point out that the distinction between offensive vs defensive capabilities is correct in some type of warfare, mainly in symmetric situations. But it is not necessarily so in an asymmetric situation where:
    Side A has large but less trained light infantry with antitank and antiaircraft weapons capable of defense against B, and some small troops with capabilities of offence against B.
    Side B has a small force, but it is very mobile and has superior firepower.

    In this situation the infantry army A can make a counteroffence without practically ever going to attack. That is, B cannot hold many places or if it tries, it is too thin in most places. Thus, A can move to where B is not and if B wants to take this site, it has to attack, so A defends. If B does not move, it gets encirculated by a siege that only defends. B tries to control ground by taking roads and hubs (cities, villages). To take hubs it has to attack, so A defends. Roads are supposed to delineate the so called secured area, but it is not secured since the only effect controlling these roads is to stop supplies and movement of A. But to get supplies through, all A needs is to take a temporary control of a part of the road. That can be made with two ambushes. B has tanks and planes, but A has weapons against both. B has artillery, but poor situation awareness and does not know where to shoot. Unweeding digged in infantry is as hard as removing weed always is, but if infantry is not digged in, it is spread and difficult to locate. B has too few goals for its firepower. A makes a successful counteroffensive without practically ever attacking. Some places it must take by attack, but then it is not light infantry that does it.

    Already from Napoleon we know that a professional army loses to people’s army simply because the latter is larger. The former is better trained, but just because of that it gets weaker when trained men are eliminated. The latter is less trained and can replace with less trained.

    Already from the American Civil War and WWI we know that a Napoleonic infantry charge against firepower is a bad idea. Thus, infantry makes a counteroffensive without attacking. Even the USA loses this way, because a small and powerful professional army is only a tool for special military operations and colonial wars, not for real wars. If ground is not occupied by forces, it is finally occupied by the other side, thus a large infantry is needed.

    • Replies: @j2
  494. One testimony from Mariupol:

    The most terrifying was… when azov set on fire the basement of the house number 18 and were throwing grenades at people. We were hiding in the house next door, a private one and we could hear the screams and cries of people who were running from there. I was just horrible.
    – Did they explain why they were doing it?
    – People who were there – we had a friend there that’s how we know it was azov and that’s how we know many died… They just mined around, when retreating, nailed the basements shut so that people could not get out and in remaining openings they threw grenades – that’s what she said. And then, the men who were there started breaking the doors so they managed to save some but a lot of people died. People were screaming and we could hear it sitting in the basement next door but we couldn’t do anything because there was shelling. It’s just nightmare. If before this, you know, I had a moment when I still believed Ukrainian news, but aftere this I understood that this is such propaganda and lies.

    This is what is called effective and long resistance by some people here. Indeed.

  495. j2 says:
    @j2

    Napoleon is the one to learn about warfare, as Clausewitz, Hitler and Stalin did. Artillery is for destroying fighting order, not so much of killing men. The side that goes to attack in good formation is worse hit by artillery, so Russian attack preparations are vulnerable to precise artillery strikes. Spirit by ideology, religion, symbols is needed for a people’s army to do war anywhere but in primate instinctive protection of territory. Thus Z is wasted as the army is contract soldiers: they do not need Z or home front support, they need to stay alive to collect the wages. Peoples armies need a reason to die for and home front support. Another to learn from is Mao, not Sun Tzu: they fight their way, we fight our way, and war is not about winning battles – there need not be a center of gravity, it is all about controlling the country after the war. I think Russians have not carefully thought about philosophical concepts, but they are the foundation.

  496. @Disciple2

    Russia outdoes the USA in military equipment on 10% of the US budget because of the MASSIVE corruption of the US MIC. Hoist on their own petard. The US war-machine is built to murder peasants and city slum dwellers, and destroy weaker or disarmed victims. They CANNOT fight Russia or China, in their home territories, and they know it.

    • Agree: Olivier1973
  497. @Avery

    Putin, or whoever advises the Russian Government, outsmarted the EU femocrats with elan. ‘Meringue Head’ Ursula is a buffoon. Will sane, rational, empathic women (or men) ever enter Western ‘democratic’ politics?

  498. @Sendejo

    The problem with Ritter’s statement is that he mentions Jews, only, which, as we know, is de rigeur in the West. He neglects the tens of thousands of other victims, Roma, psychiatric patients, Soviet POWs, Russians, communists, even OUN members, slaughtered at Babi Yar. Murdered by the Nazis and their Ukrainian allies, the forefathers of the current Ukronazi regime.

  499. karel says:
    @Corvinus

    “The reality is that Ukraine is going to lose…”
    Maybe. Then again, perhaps not.

    Maybe, Elensky will soon learn how to play Ще не вмерла Українa with his prick on a piano.

  500. karel says:
    @IreneAthena

    Buy essentials (example, food with long shelf life,seeds, sturdy gardening equipment) and soon before your cash loses much more value.

    Great thoughts of yours. Perhaps buying a villa somewhere near Sevastopol could be a good idea for a suitable place to plant your seeds.

    • Disagree: IreneAthena
  501. Anon[118] • Disclaimer says:

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! JTRIG bot robing rushes to disclaim capture of US illegal combatant ADMIRAL OLSEN!

    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/reports-u-s-admiral-surrenders-to-russia-in-mariupol-ukraine

    JTRIG bot robing knows perfectly well that illegal combatant Admiral Olsen, will, under the Geneva Conventions, lose his rights to communication and representation when he is hors de combat. This allows JTRIG bot robing to disclaim proof.

    JTRIG bot robing is very sensitive to impending trial of illegal combatant ADMIRAL OLSEN, because Olsen’s trial is formal proof that the USA lost this war.

  502. No mysteries, just confirmation:

    1. Scott Ritter, military background notwithstanding, doesn’t really understand how war works
    2. Consciously or not, purposefully or not, for reasons known only to him if to anyone, turns out he’s descended to the level of a Putin shill, and that’s what he’s mostly been throughout all of this

    Not understanding -1-, war, and being so deep in -2-, shilling, he didn’t notice that he was spewing pure B.S. and since he actually believed his own B.S., he dug himself a deep hole, and now he’s trying to dig himself out of it without looking like someone who doesn’t understand war who was shilling for Putin – and, turns out that’s hard to do. Looks bad. Kind of messy. Ugly even. To watch it, ordinarily you would feel embarrassed for the guy but I’ve been feeling embarrassed for him all along.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  503. @j2

    Napoleon is the one to learn about warfare, as Clausewitz, Hitler and Stalin did. Artillery is for destroying fighting order, not so much of killing men.

    Not so much of killing men?????

    Artillery has killed the most men in every major war since Napolean.

    It doesn’t have the glamour of tanks or infantry battles but it kills the most soldiers.

    The m777 that the US sent over has a 75 yard kill radius. Extremely deadly against infantry.

    The German and US howitzers are the best in the world. Ukraine has around 100 of them. Russia is furiously trying to destroy them with missiles and air raids.

    It is a myth that artillery doesn’t kill that many people and just sends everyone for cover.

    Spirit by ideology, religion, symbols is needed for a people’s army to do war anywhere but in primate instinctive protection of territory. Thus Z is wasted as the army is contract soldiers: they do not need Z or home front support, they need to stay alive to collect the wages.

    That is correct and why the Russian soldiers are demoralized. They don’t believe in this war.

    The German soldiers believed in Hitler and were willing to die for him. Even in Stalingrad they wrote letters home telling their wives to not mourn them because the Germans will win the war. That is pretty incredible. Putin doesn’t motivate the soldiers like Hitler, Alexander the Great or Napolean. They don’t believe in him or the cause.

    • Replies: @j2
    , @karel
  504. @Olivier1973

    You do not even understand that Russians are not in a hurry, time is on their side.

    Time is not on the side of the Russians.

    This is not 1980. Their heavy machinery and tech is dependent on the US and Germany.

    When the machines start breaking they won’t be able to order replacement parts.

    Putin planned on taking all of Ukraine through a decapitation strike and then negotiating away the sanctions. Well that didn’t work and he doesn’t have a backup plan.

    He also doesn’t understand his own economy. He said the Russians can basically learn to depend on themselves which shows that he doesn’t understand how much of the GDP depends on Western technology. You can’t just knock off 20% of the GDP and shrug. You get a spiral effect where people stop spending and areas of the economy that should in theory be unaffected start collapsing.

    • Troll: Notsofast
    • Replies: @Olivier1973
    , @Wokechoke
  505. j2 says:
    @John Johnson

    Yes, artillery is the main killer on the battle field, but you do not get what I mean. It is much more than a killer of men when correctly used. It can stop attacks before they start, and that is how it should be used against Russia because traditionally Russian does not care of how many men are killed, and will not care how many Chechens or Donbass separatists are killed. You cannot stop Russians with losses.

    Napoleon was the first one to effectively use artillery. The opponent could also use artillery, but against the enlightenment-inspired Frenchmen it did not matter how many were killed: they were to liberate the world, they had the spirit and little training. But for a professional army opposing Napolen, though they could take the loss of men, the effect was losing combat order and therefore not being able to attack effectively. This was so with Russians in WWII, it is still so, they amass for a battle, they do not swarm, artillery can stop them from starting an attack. Artillery fire must be precise and effective to do this. Think about this. To get an advantage you have to think what really gives the advantage and what gives the opponent its strength.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  506. @Anonymous

    Please disregard my previous reply to your reaction. I wrote it while in a commuter train, where my phone froze due to a lost internet connection. When the connection was back up, the unfinished text appeared to be uploaded in part, ending in midsentence. This is the complete text.

    Yes, you are absolutely right, the scenario that the US plans to take on China is very unsettling. But then, the people wanting it have a mindset totally different from ours, and possibly even a brain with a totally different wiring. Some characters, determined to push really big projects through, are known to do this with ruthlessness and total disregard for the smaller details and for underlings who do the work. History shows that there have been such characters for at least 2000 years. We are merely the people suffering from them in present times.

    Some generals regard certain victories worth the sacrifice of thousands of soldiers. Madeleine Albright was convinced that the starvation of thousands of children was “worth it” in order to bring a nation to its knees. Some hedge fund or venture capital managers have to qualms about wrecking whole communities or destroying enterprises, in order to get their mitts on real estate or to achieve maximum liquidation profits. And there are certain Wall Street types not merely content with disrupting markets and obliterating competitors, but they even “want to rip their hearts out” (Dick Fuld quote). These characters share an egomaniacal and military focus on their own interests and they have only regard for their own ilk. It is no coincidence that business leaders are regarded as “officers”(CEO, COO, CFO, CIO) or as “captains of industry” and that “The Art Of War” by Sun Tzu is one of the favorite inspiring book presents given to juniors joining the ranks.

    Gonzalo Lira may not have much military experience, but his brilliant analytical mind is spot-on when he pinpoints the characters with these special mindsets as the true culprits. I think that this observation of Lira is the perfect context for the video which I linked in my earlier comment:

    As for China: sanctions will not be the weapon of choice. The Chinese government is indeed in deep debt, but mostly to domestic banks. China has not borrowed money from other nations and a lot of other nations owe money to China, especially the US. Also, the Chinese own a lot of infrastructure and real estate in the US. The US and EU were so foolish to throw away much of their economic autonomy and outsourced much of their manufacturing capabilities, with hardly any alternatives. The Chinese have their own supply chains of raw materials from Africa, South-America and Australia. And what’s more; the alternatives for the SWIFT banking codes, set up together with Russia and India, are nearing completion. The times when the Chinese needed our knowledge and manufacturing expertise for copying and for manufacturing on our behalf are gone. Chinese hi tech and engineering prowess are starting to surpass ours. So, the Chinese actually have us by the balls and are the ones behind the control levers to withhold our supplies and sabotage our economies. Sanction attempts are likely to be answered with painful retributions which will hurt our economies more than theirs.

    Attacking the Chinese will probably go along a well known and worn down path. First there will be smearing and lots of disinformation. The claim that the Chinese economy will soon crash spectacularly and that Xi Jin Ping’s health hangs on a thin thread, signal the beginning of a vile campaign.

    There will also be lots of sabotage, like we have seen with viruses killing pigs and poultry (staple meat suppliers for Chinese daily food supplies) and viruses targeting aspects of the Chinese human genome. Sabotage targeted at the Belt and Road railroads, infrastructure like the Three Gorges Dam, power grids, high speed railway lines and infrastructure for Chinese bulk and container shipping are also possible. There will be lots of false flag operations and proxy fighting. Gonzalo Lira suspects that Australia will be used for that purpose just like Ukraine was, and that scenario is very realistic.

    Like the Russians were provoked by intense shelling of the Donbass region by the Ukranians, the Chinese will be provoked by staged events in the Chinese Sea, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Tibet, Taiwan and strategic points along Chinese shipping routes. Furthermore, it is likely that the US will try to peel away allies from China, like India, Russia and several South-American relations, in order to break down the combined power of that allegiance. The US will do its best to sour the relations of the participants and to corrupt their currencies and economies. Chinese products will become the subject of false safety-, health- and security concerns and partnerships with Chinese entrepreneurs will be labeled as suspect and dangerous. Exported Chinese hi tech products like passenger planes, trains, trucks, power generating- and medical equipment and industrial machines may be covertly involved in or drawn into accidents, disasters and high profile incidents, to show their “inferiority” and “unfitness for use”.

    Chinese officials on visits abroad may be a target for honey traps, in order to associate them with scandals. Or high ranking Chinese officials may get invited to play leading and shaping roles in world organizations, to be used for leverage once relations are established and they are firmly integrated and committed. There will also be attempts to weaken the Chinese people through social media and to introduce and spread “woke ideas” among Chinese students, tutors and infiltrated PR-departments of businesses and state organizations. If Twitter and YouTube can be (ab)used for that in the US, WeTalk and TikTok can be (ab)used for it in China. And there will be the usual inserted plants in high government functions to influence thoughts from within; in this case ethnic Chinese officials bought and trained by US or UK alphabet soup entities.

    Putin was right to kick all NGO’s and alphabet soup related individuals out of Russia for just those reasons, but we have not yet seen such steps undertaken by the CCP. Deng Xiao Ping’s intention to focus on business and flood the entire west with Chinese products (which was his main goal duyring his reign from 1978 to 1989) is still high on the CCP’s political list and the scenario to use deprivation of supplies as a weapon is not yet mentioned as a possible weapon. But the Chinese are closely watching how Russia fares under the current sanctions and they are fast and agile learners. The Eurasian power block with China on center stage is definitely in the making and the US pivot towards China is unavoidable and indispensable for the US. It will get nasty.

    • Agree: Passing By, frankie p
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    , @frankie p
  507. IreneAthena says: • Website
    @Truth Vigilante

    Thanks so much for those suggestions, Truth Vigilante!

    A lot of people get overwhelmed, believing that if they don’t have a fully-stocked bunker, they’re doomed, and there’s no use setting anything by if they don’t have the resources to hoard everything they’ll need to survive until [what age?]

    It’s important to start somewhere, say making preparations to survive 72 hours after store shelves are bare. After that goal is reached, work towards independence for increasingly longer periods of time.

    As to your belief that the survivors WILL organize into some semblance of civilization, where precious metals will be used for currency: agreed. This is a hope to hold on to, beyond the hope of mere survival.

    Thanks again.

  508. @j2

    traditionally Russian does not care of how many men are killed, and will not care how many Chechens or Donbass separatists are killed. You cannot stop Russians with losses.

    Yes traditionally Russia will throw waves of men to the front but Putin isn’t Stalin and doesn’t have some secret reserve of tanks.

    The Russians can’t send in men unprotected against modern weapons. Even if they ordered a million men to march West it wouldn’t work.

    Germany would have easily finished off the Russians in WW1 if they weren’t fighting two fronts. Russians are not invincible and would have lost WW2 as well if they fought Germany alone. They lost the Afghan war and that was before the US started sending stinger missiles.

    This was so with Russians in WWII, it is still so, they amass for a battle, they do not swarm, artillery can stop them from starting an attack.

    That is correct but it is extremely dangerous to fire these howitzers because of satellites and drones. Moscow still has long range missiles and limited air support. I honestly don’t think the howitzers will last very long so they have to be careful in how they use them. The sats detect when they fire and they send out attack helicopters.

    I think they are right to take out armor and supply lines. It demoralizes the infantry. All these tank shells start piling up and the frontline soldiers don’t feel so confident in what they are being told.

    • Replies: @j2
  509. @Gerhard57NL

    Like the Russians were provoked by intense shelling of the Donbass region by the Ukranians

    Intense shelling? Do tell when that happened. Give the date exactly and how many were killed.

    Putin was right to kick all NGO’s and alphabet soup related individuals out of Russia for just those reasons

    Putin is an arrogant prick that doesn’t understand economics. He is like Hitler 1940 and thinks he knows better than any of his advisors.

    He has kicked out tech experts and they can’t be replaced by watching youtube videos with Russian subtitles.

    The fact that he is trying to play a currency game shows that he is in over his head. You can’t kick out the experts and then try to prop up the economy by manipulating the currency. That is something a clueless African dictator would do. If your economy has fundamental problems you can’t hide that through lame schemes like trying to force your enemies to trade in your currency.

    • Replies: @geokat62
    , @Turk 152
  510. geokat62 says:
    @John Johnson

    Intense shelling? Do tell when that happened.

    Ukraine: Heading East. Donbass Residents Taking Refuge in Russia (After 8 Years of Suffering & Death) I RT Documentary

    https://rumble.com/v12ajl4-ukraine-heading-east.-donbass-residents-taking-refuge-in-russia-rt-document.html

    Description:

    There are 2.5 million refugees from Donbass in Russia. Although they left their destroyed homes, volunteers try to give them a chance for a new life.

    For the past 8 years, Donbass has been a war zone. Government troops began shelling due to views on the Russian language, history, and the country’s future, which did not coincide with the official Ukrainian position.

    At the end of February 2022, Russian troops and volunteers helped refugees from Donbass move to a safe place. Watch about it in the film Ukraine: Heading East.

    Give the date exactly and how many were killed.

    April 2014. According to UN estimates, over 13,000 people (including children and elderly civilians), have been killed in the conflict.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/549468-putin-donbass-genocide-claim/

    • Thanks: Gerhard57NL
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  511. anon[154] • Disclaimer says:

    My new favorite thing is John’s Johnson dicksplaining to us why Russia is losing as Hoholes surrender in divisions

    https://yt3.ggpht.com/yowKq-gNKmZKOsqtpC5F2iWjjXnSmvK-Gat34ep6-e1HJRhXnZcT1mcW7KWLx8sUQ9hG1T09W_29=s800-v1-nd

    • Replies: @geokat62
  512. j2 says:
    @John Johnson

    “That is correct but it is extremely dangerous to fire these howitzers because of satellites and drones. Moscow still has long range missiles and limited air support. ”

    Russian stock pile of medium range missiles was expected to be about 2000 by Western estimations. They have shot a bit over 2000 in Ukraine. They should have short supplies rather soon. With the howizers, they should move after firing. It is easier with self-propelled howizers. I wonder when the training time for those from the Dutch and Germans is over. As for drones, Ukraine does manage to take out artillery drones rather well with MANPADs, and attack helicopters also. But yes, both sides have anti-artillery radars, so staying in a place a howizer will not last long. Should have many batteries shooting to the same place at the same time and then all moving.

    About this war, there seems to be two opinions of the situation. NATO thinks nothing will happen in the next weeks, some other people think that Russian next attack will start in early June, after 24. May anyway, but quite soon. Some think Ukraine now has the window for a counteroffensive and should use it. And some debate if Ukraine can regain the lost areas or not. I have my view and it is a counteroffensive soon, but mainly not by attacks. Ukraine has to use imagination to do it.

  513. peterAUS says:
    @SimplePseudonymicHandle

    Yep.

    You’ll, probably, find this as O.K. read:
    https://anti-empire.com/scott-ritter-catches-up-to-anti-empire/

    The guy is a bit hard on the Lt.Col (ret), but, he’s been pretty much correct about the war so far.

    …..former Marine and presently a clown…

    ….an “intelligence officer” (desk jockey) ….

    ….he was still dispensing triumphalist garbage…..

    ….Ritter is only now waking up to the reality….

    …soothing garbage….

  514. karel says:
    @John Johnson

    The German and US howitzers are the best in the world. Ukraine has around 100 of them.

    Are there not somewhat fewer of the howitzers by now?

  515. So Putin was unaware of the Rand Corporation’s plan to grind Russia down in Ukraine in a proxy war with the US, in which case his intelligence operation betrayed him.

  516. @jimbojones

    Russia has very large bombs they can use to wipe out all such fortified positions in the Donbass in a day or 2 but Russia doesn’t use them. Why?

    Once the Russians use such bombs Ukrainians will surrender in large numbers quickly.

    Use them on Ukrainian air fields as well

    Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP; Russian: Авиационная вакуумная бомба повышенной мощности, АВБПМ),[1] nicknamed “Father of All Bombs” (FOAB; Russian: “Папа всех бомб”, Пвб),[2] is a Russian-designed, bomber-delivered thermobaric weapon.

    The bomb is reportedly similar to the US military’s GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast which is often unofficially called “Mother of All Bombs” derived from its official military acronym “MOAB”. This weapon would therefore be the most powerful conventional (non-nuclear) weapon in the world.[3] However, the veracity of Russia’s claims concerning the weapon’s size and power have been questioned by US defense analysts.[4]

    “FOAB” was successfully field-tested in the late evening of 11 September 2007.[5] The new weapon is to replace several smaller types of nuclear bombs in the Russian arsenal.[6]

    The thermobaric device yields the equivalent of 44 tons of TNT using about seven tons of a new type of high explosive.[7] Because of this, the bomb’s blast and pressure wave have a similar effect to a small tactical nuclear weapon.[8] The bomb works by detonating in mid-air. Most damage is inflicted by a supersonic shockwave and extremely high temperatures.[6][9] Thermobaric weapons differ from conventional explosive weapons in that they generate a longer, more sustained blast wave with greater temperatures. In doing so, they produce more damage over a larger area than a conventional weapon of similar mass.[3]

  517. Dnought says:
    @j2

    Artillery was responsible for 58% of all casualties in World War One. In World War two the overall percentage was even higher; in open terrain outside of cities it was responsible for nearly 75% of all casualties. Modern artillery is even more lethal.

    Artillery is plenty good “for killing men”.

    • Agree: peterAUS
    • Replies: @j2
  518. Turk 152 says:
    @John Johnson

    You are probably being fed information from the US military intelligence, as the people who I have encountered in those circles have similar views about Crazy Putin moments away from a coup; Putin is stepping into the Cat’s Paw in Kiev, Russian tanks are coffins on wheels, the destruction of Russian economy due to sanctions, yada, yada, yada.

    As a non-military person, it seems you are living in an echo chamber with loads of confirmation bias. Ruppel for Gas and the boomerang effect on inflation was unexpectedly brilliant and impactful; not to give credit, where credit is due, because you are so far out on a position, wont help your analysis.

  519. Anon7 says:
    @j2

    Here’s a Russian video showing the million-dollar American howitzers being towed by trucks in Ukraine, and then being towed into the woods to hide, and then being destroyed.

    https://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/14657745

    • Replies: @j2
  520. Loup-Bouc says:

    Scott Ritter erred, significantly. Virtually all his new analysis’s premises and inferences are wrong.

    See this rebuttal: https://sonar21.com/scott-ritters-unforced-error/

    And see also all other Russia/Ukraine conflict articles posted here: https://sonar21.com

    • Replies: @Hartmann
  521. anon[299] • Disclaimer says:

    John’s Johnson could maybe get a job instead of yammering evident bullshit here 18 hours a day:

    https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2022/05/17/foreboding-army-psyops-recruitment-video-shows-whos-pulling-the-strings/

    He certainly has the endurance to cheer on pathetic losers as they get crushed!

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  522. @acementhead

    I was wrong, was just going from memory. It’s even worse Ardern’s ‘degree’ is a ‘studies’ degree. Bachelor of Communications Studies.

  523. @geokat62

    So you don’t have a date for the mass shelling incident that you made up.

    I knew you made it up because if Ukraine wanted to mass shell Donbass then it wouldn’t exist. It would like what the Russians did to Mariupol.

    Donbass fighting started with separatists wanting to split the land from Ukraine. They blew up a passenger jet, remember?

    What did you expect Ukraine to do? Shrug? What if New Mexico wanted to join Mexico and started a violent insurrection? You would be fine with it?

    • Replies: @geokat62
  524. @anon

    Speaking of recruitment:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/05/14/russian-military-recruitment-centres-hit-spate-arson-attacks/

    Nothing says high morale like burning down recruitment centers.

    As for employment I mastered my profession years ago. I can pretty much work when I please.

    Too bad that I ruin your pathetic little Putin cheerleader party. Cry more. Scott changed his mind so are you still certain that I am the one that is out of touch with reality?

    Then I get called a Jew for not wanting a pointless war between two White countries. Yes because that is what Jews say all time. Oy vey not Whites on Whites!

    Your little boots dictator won’t make it to September. The FSB will give him the Alex II treatment for his arrogance. No more trips to Israel for him. L’cchhhChaim.

  525. frankie p says:
    @Gerhard57NL

    Very good analysis on the current situation with China, and a very accurate prediction of the nefarious activities that the US will carry out in order to hamstring the growing East Asian hegemon.

    One thing I would add to this:

    “The Chinese government is indeed in deep debt, but mostly to domestic banks. China has not borrowed money from other nations and a lot of other nations owe money to China, especially the US. Also, the Chinese own a lot of infrastructure and real estate in the US. ”

    Not only do they own a lot of infrastructure and real estate in the US, if things get REALLY unfriendly, they will own a lot of western manufacturing infrastructure, factories and plants, located in China. Can you imagine the US trying a liquidity grab like the one they pulled off on Russia against China? China could nationalize trillions of dollars of western factories and businesses located in China.

    Tit for tat is a bitch.

    • Thanks: Gerhard57NL
  526. geokat62 says:
    @John Johnson

    So you don’t have a date for the mass shelling incident that you made up.

    Since it’s not an “incident” but a prolonged activity, I noted the start date (April 2014).

    What did you expect Ukraine to do? Shrug? What if New Mexico wanted to join Mexico and started a violent insurrection? You would be fine with it?

    If you poke a bear in the eye, expect a response.

    Kolomoisky is the kingpin moving the pawns on the chessboard in Ukraine, aka Second Israel. He groomed Zelensky in his presidential role and financed his campaign. He also financed the Azoz Regiment and promoted their ideology of ethno-nationalism, which is anathema in the rest of the West. He did so for one simple reason… to use these people as cannon fodder in a conflict against another group of white Christians. I oppose brothers’ wars, so I wish to see this conflict come to a quick conclusion, as there are no winners, except for the group who pushed for this conflict in the first place.

    • Agree: Passing By
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  527. anon[344] • Disclaimer says:

    John’s Johnson 536, thanks for the precious moment of hearing you assure disembodied internet voices that you’re not a lonely obsessive loser but a man of leisure with redoubtable expertise in losing wars comically fast.

    Been perusing your Linked-in, it’s very interesting! After leading Gadafy to triumph in the Toyota War, Keyboard Commando Johnson earned the esteem of geostrategists worldwide with critical armchair advice to Operation Gothic Serpent. He personally took Vicarious Command of Operation Piss My Pants in Maroun al-Ras from his command post at a dispiriting corporate coffee ship. Currently from his basement eagle’s nest he commands an elite squadron of elderly bus drivers marching with brooms in the basement of Holodomorskaya Nursery School.

  528. peterAUS says:

    Written by an ex-GRU fellow , on 02/03/2022:

    h