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It is going to drag on. Although the Russians are giving back territory, they will be fighting better. I saw a video in which an armored column was ambushed and retreated; but quickly sent a vehicle into the target zone, but to pick up the soldiers from the knocked out BMPs.
By my count 11 men in each BMP, where are the prisoners?
This vote, and their silence about it, is particularly confounding — one could, without hyperbole, even say chilling — given how rapidly Democrats’ rhetoric about Ukraine is escalating. As we noted on Tuesday, many leading Democrats, such as Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), have begun speaking about this war not only as an American proxy war — which it has long been — but as “our war” that we must fight to the end in order for “victory” to be ours, while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vows that there be “no off ramps” to end the war diplomatically, since the real goal of the war is regime change in Moscow.
Even worse, the eighty-two-year-old House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), now in his twentieth term in Congress, went to the House floor on Friday to twice say that "we are at war” — meaning the U.S is now at war with Russia — and that it is therefore inappropriate to heavily criticize our president:
Only two months ago, those who observed that this was not a war between Russia and Ukraine, but really a proxy war between Russia and the U.S./NATO, were vilified as Kremlin propagandists. Now, U.S. leaders openly boast of this fact, and go further, claiming that the U.S. is actually at war with Russia and must secure full victory. That there is not a single Democratic politician willing to object to or even question any of this speaks volumes about what that party is, as well how dangerous this war has become for Americans and the world generally.
It's not just the Dems. A lot of Republicaqns are uttering similar rhetoric.
It worries me.
The chest thumping and the arms continue to flow while the Russians keep saying, "Keep it up and we'll nuke you."
I can only speculate our ruling masters see that as an idle threat. They are paying no heed.
Military Throwing Cash at Recruiting Crisis as Troops Head for the Exits
The article does mention that Only about 40% of Americans who are of prime recruiting age are vaccinated against the virus. Outright refusal to get the shot immediately precludes joining the force and short-circuits any pitch from recruiters.
No mention is made of CRT training or the emphasis on recruiting sexual deviants as factors in running people off.
Son #5 finished 6 years in the Army Reserve and did not re-up. At the end, 50% of his trainings were political rather than military in nature. "Please don't rape people." "Sometimes black people have had difficult lives." Meanwhile there are waiting lines for EMT and medical trainings.
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The simplest answer is the most likely: some percentage of that $40b in aid is finding its way into the pockets of members of Congress.
Yes, through companies like Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors.
It's another reason why Rand Paul is being called a Putin stooge and a traitor for demanding oversight and accountability for the 40 billion $ being sent to a tremendously corrupt country--the last thing most Congress members and Senators want is an actual accounting of where that money ends up.