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time for another war thread.
^^^I get all that, but what are they supposed to do? Putin is a supervillain figure and most of the west ( no matter, and they are impotent!!) have no appetite for war. You can't really sit down with chaps like that. What does Putin really want?
The Republicans here were taken over by isolationists a decade ago and Trump solidified that. Trump is Putin’s bitch, but the rot is far deeper than one old man and his pee tapes.Predictably, Trump is praising Putin for this.
No has ever provided a coherent explanation why Ukraine should join NATO in the first place. And even if such explanation exists, it would have been much smarter to have Russia join NATO, as they requested decades ago.IMO, we should have started the process to admit Ukraine to NATO a few years ago.
A Russia-Ukraine war can likely be stemmed at the low cost of acknowledging reality. That's a better outcome than risking war for the sake of principle.www.nbcnews.com
"It’s abundantly clear that NATO members are unwilling to shed blood and possibly stumble into a war with a nuclear-armed Russia for Ukraine’s sake."
Must suck for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
IMO, we should have started the process to admit Ukraine to NATO a few years ago. But now, what can we do is a very good question. I can see a new Cold War with Ukraine becoming the next Afghanistan: stinger middles and covert support from the West leading to an extended and bloody proxy war.
Yeh, not saying I agree or hope it happens, just that it is a real possibility.Why fight on his terms? They still have a presence in Syria. Syrian rebels might suddenly get arms and transport to be able to sabotage their forces in Latakia.
Last I checked there are a lot of hungry and poor Afghans wanting the West to release their money. Tried and true tactic to make a ruckus with another former SSR republic that will run to Russia for help.
And Iran is still waiting for President Biden. Sign a deal, dump oil on the market and release some petroleum reserves so the funds that power their petrol-dollar country craters.
It's too late to do an Arctic training exercise to divert their attention but there isn't any way they can pivot a 160K or 190K fighting force to another front any time soon.
Yeh, not saying I agree or hope it happens, just that it is a real possibility.
I don’t know how much appetite Russians have for this war, but maybe ramping-up Russian language external news sources like VOA and providing support for some Russian opposition could put pressure on Vlad … if there anyone left he hasn’t already killed.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday called on all citizens who were ready to defend the country from Russian forces to come forward, saying Kyiv would issue weapons to everyone who wants them.www.reuters.com
Is there mandatory military service in the Ukraine ?
I think he specified anyone who is trained/has done their military service. It’s still a move in desperation - cobbling together new units at the last minute.Because giving guns to anyone who wants it seems like a recipe for a whole lot of friendly fire and self inflicted gunshot wounds.
Playing Call of Duty doesn't count. I await the comments of the Americans on this forum who will say any 8 year old boy knows how to operate a firearm.
The EU was against sanctions on Russian's continued access to SWIFT which tells you how gutless and spineless they are.