How did the Imperial Masters of War ever persuade themselves that their money,
weapons, several thousand mercenaries, and a large fraction of the male
population of Ukraine could defeat Russia in a high-intensity industrial land
war on its borders?!
Did they really believe NATO armaments, training, intelligence, surveillance,
planning, command, and impotent economic sanctions would be sufficient to defeat
a resurgent Russia in 2022 and beyond?
I think they almost certainly did. Hubris and its attendant delusions are
staples of end-of-empire epochs.
Of course, they're going to try to spin this major geostrategic defeat such that
its true realities, causes, and consequences are obscured. Already they've been
working overtime to subtly dismiss the obvious conclusion that Russia is simply
too strong and capable to defeat militarily.
I've noted the recurring talking point that the repulse of Ukraine's offensive
is being attributed to Russia's supposedly archaic employment of "minefields and
trenches" in a complex array of static defense lines.
Somehow they neglect to mention the overwhelming dominance of Russian artillery,
its dizzying array of battlefield attack drones, its air superiority, its
first-rate motorized infantry maneuver, and its relentless long-range precision
missile strikes on rear-area logistical targets.
-- Cont'd at https://imetatronink.substack.com/p/lost-cause-is-in-the-air