It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight

“You know, we’re kind of poking the bear here… We’re bragging about it,” Republican Sen. Tuberville complained. Antiwar.com: https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/10/sen-tuberville-says-us-risks-war-with-russia-by-poking-the-bear-in-ukraine/ Sen. Tuberville Says US Risks War With Russia by ‘Poking the Bear’ in Ukraine Tuberville made the comments during a Senate hearing with DNI Avril Hainesby Dave DeCamp Posted onMay 10, 2022CategoriesNewsTagsRussia, Ukraine Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) warned Tuesday that the USContinue reading “It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight”

Putin’s Victory Day Speech

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Fellow Russian citizens, Dear veterans, Comrade soldiers and seamen, sergeants and sergeant majors, midshipmen and warrant officers, Comrade officers, generals and admirals, I congratulate you on the Day of Great Victory! The defence of our Motherland when its destiny was at stake has always been sacred. It was the feeling of true patriotism that Minin and Pozharsky’s militia stood up for the Fatherland, soldiers went on the offensive at the BorodinoContinue reading “Putin’s Victory Day Speech”

“Be glad to trade you some ARVN rifles. Ain’t never been fired and only dropped once.”

Famous line by “Cowboy” in “Full Metal Jacket.” After taking Popasnaya over the weekend, the head of Chechnya special forces explains to Ramzan Kadyrov actively covering the work of Chechen units in Ukraine provided the following comments to the videos: “Almost every house and every street here is littered with modern weapons, which the nationalistsContinue reading ““Be glad to trade you some ARVN rifles. Ain’t never been fired and only dropped once.””

The Vise Tightens as Russia Breaks Through

The pace is picking up in the East. In the last 24 hours, the Russian Federation forces took two towns threatening the AFU position in and south Severodnetsk: Voronove to the south-east (circled on the right above) Bilohorivka (circled on the left above in the AFU’s rear) The AFU supply line is the blue-highlighted roadContinue reading “The Vise Tightens as Russia Breaks Through”

February 1, 2008: US Ambassador to Russia Predicts the Ukraine War

Wikileaks: https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08MOSCOW265_a.html We could label this cable: “Russia never bluffs” Ambassador Burns is current Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ********************************************************************************** NYET MEANS NYET: RUSSIA’S NATO ENLARGEMENT REDLINESDate:2008 February 1, 14:25 (Friday) Canonical ID:08MOSCOW265_aOriginal Classification:CONFIDENTIAL Current Classification:CONFIDENTIALHandling Restrictions– Not Assigned —Character Count:9713Executive Order:– Not Assigned — Locator:TEXT ONLINETAGS:NATO – North Atlantic Treaty OrganizationContinue reading “February 1, 2008: US Ambassador to Russia Predicts the Ukraine War”

Doors Closing on the Severodonetsk Cauldron

Southfront.org: https://southfront.org/battle-for-popasnaya-result-in-russias-victory-videos/ Note the proper handling of this Izhmash AN-94 (Abakan) (successive to the AK-47). The safety and the fire selector are two separate controls. The safety is mounted inside the triggerguard, and the fire selector is a small switch above the triggerguard at the left side of the receiver. The fire selector has 3Continue reading “Doors Closing on the Severodonetsk Cauldron”

Run Silent, Run Deep

Per Reuters May 4 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it had fired two Kalibr cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets from a submarine in the Black Sea and reiterated a warning that it would seek to hit shipments of NATO weapons to Ukraine. The defense ministry published video footage of the cruise missiles being launched from the Black Sea,Continue reading “Run Silent, Run Deep”

Person of Interest

Meaning in History: https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/scotus-law-clerk-research-breaking But first, a disclaimer: I have no inside information. This thread is speculation, based almost entirely on publicly available information. I could easily be wrong. Cool? Cool. Her academic background isn’t that uncommon for Supreme Court clerks. Yale undergrad, Yale law, and 2 British Master’s degrees, from LSE and Cambridge. Do note theContinue reading “Person of Interest”

Day 69: Offensive Intensifying

Southfront.org: https://southfront.org/war-in-ukraine-day-69-steady-offensive-of-allied-troops/ On May 3, 2022, the situation in Ukraine did not change significantly. However, there are noticeable successes in the advance of Russian and LDPR military forces in some areas. Northern direction: The Russian Armed Forces conducted retaliatory strikes against Ukrainian military facilities in the Sumy region. These actions were revenge for the sabotageContinue reading “Day 69: Offensive Intensifying”

Michael Pettis: China’s Five Paths

Michael Pettis:https://carnegieendowment.org/chinafinancialmarkets/87007 The Only Five Paths China’s Economy Can Follow MICHAEL PETTIS There is increasingly a consensus in Beijing that China’s excessive reliance on surging debt in recent years has made the country’s growth model unsustainable. Aside from the economy’s current path, there are only four other paths China can follow, each with its ownContinue reading “Michael Pettis: China’s Five Paths”