Not Serious People, Not Serious About War

Not Serious People, Not Serious About War

Perusing the headlines, I saw Joe Biden had announced a green initiative for military vehicles. > US President Joe Biden has announced a “process” is underway to make every vehicle in the country’s massive military “climate friendly,” adding that “we’re spending billions of dollars to do it” during an Earth Day celebration on Friday. This is one of those failures that demonstrates, no matter how far down the path of senility dementia Joe has traveled, that the people in the white house, almost…

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Thieves and Liars....

Thieves and Liars....

Yeah, I had Ministry in mind when I titled this. I had written earlier of how in how the US and western nations were handling it, this situation in Ukraine was a war. Sure, NATO troops weren't doing the shooting - instead, we're fighting to the last brave Ukranian while providing weapons and encouragement. We're cutting off any other source of skepticism or contrary statements to the extent of cutting out the Russian Defence Ministry from Google Search results. The real issue isn't even the…

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What if They Meant What They Said?

What if They Meant What They Said?

One thing that is apparent is that no-one on the "Russia Man Bad" side of things has even begun to credit that Putin and the Russians may, more rather than less, mean precisely what they said as to their goals. Colbert apparently was mocking the Russian re-organization over the weekend, eminently predictable if you took them at their word as to their goals, as "Oh, we just declare we won and go home," and western media analysts were worried that some form of victory in Mariupol would give the…

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A Little Self-Determination

A Little Self-Determination

Generally speaking, I wouldn't have taken sides in the conflict in Eastern Europe any more than I would in a drunken brawl somewhere across the bar, or a similar argument between a man and his girlfriend. The problem is, the woman, and everyone around are "yeah, it's all the guy's fault" while ignoring that your buddies have been whispering in her ear all the time about what an abusive guy he is. Even if they were right, they were still stepping in and taking actions, rightly or wrongly, to…

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Why Can't We All Get Along? - Failing Sun Tzu

Why Can't We All Get Along? - Failing Sun Tzu

There was a book/mindset popular among boomers in the 90's as I recall along the lines of : "The most important things in life I learned in Kindergarten". It was epitomized in a phrase often mocked, but nevertheless asked by those who don't believe, as Pournelle explicitly reminded us with his anthology series, that There Will Be War [https://arkhavencomics.com/product/twbw01/], that goes "Why can't we all get along?" That last dovetails perfectly into the end-of-history liberal global hegemon…

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Russia Believes in Itself

Russia Believes in Itself

See the below vide from Sabaton, a cover of a song originally written and performed by Radio Tapok (who had previously covered their "Attack of the Dead Men" in Russian) Consider a nation where a performer can unapologetically and unironically write such a song, and be very popular. If you're wise, you don't pick fights with them.…

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Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting

Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting

* Part 1 of this loose series : Does Anyone Remember? Or Think? Or Understand? [https://thelastredoubt.com/does-anyone-remember/] * Part 2 : More Ukraine [https://thelastredoubt.com/more-ukraine/] * Part 3 : Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting [https://thelastredoubt.com/yes-this-is-a-war/] I've held off to see what's going on. Much of what I've been paying attention to these days comes via Black Pidgeon Speaks and his regular livecasts, often featuring at least one military co…

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More Ukraine

More Ukraine

Ukraine series: * Part 1 of this loose series : Does Anyone Remember? Or Think? Or Understand? [https://thelastredoubt.com/does-anyone-remember/] * Part 2 (you are here): More Ukraine [https://thelastredoubt.com/more-ukraine/] * Part 3 : Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting [https://thelastredoubt.com/yes-this-is-a-war/] Yesterday I looked at how a lot of the disbelief in Russia's actions appears to be based in an inability to believe what they've said, and this appears grou…

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