The Daily Broadside


Posted on 03/06/2022 5.00 AM

JCM 3/5/2022 4:54:25 PM

Posted by: JCM

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 8:29:30 AM

Ukraine war: Russia's corruption is 'no doubt' affecting its military's combat performance

ictures on social media indicate that troops carried rations that had expired in 2015, and the equipment appears dated, with radio communications transmitting over open channels and lacking long-range capabilities. Tanks and vehicles abandoned during combat show evidence of poor maintenance and care. 

But Spoehr stressed that strategic issues and logistical shortcomings are likely more responsible for Russia’s shocking performance in Ukraine than could any possible corruption.

Dan Hoffman, a Fox News contributor and former CIA station chief in Moscow, argues that we can’t know to what degree corruption has impacted the Russian military – only that the troops are "challenged" and cannot say what the cause is. 

He argued it is just as likely that the planned revitalization of supplies and forces following the Georgia invasion in 2008 never took hold as it should have, or it could be that the military hadn’t tried to stage a full invasion since World War II and wasn’t prepared for the realities of such an operation. 

Occasional Reader 3/6/2022 9:26:40 AM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 1:

Without a doubt (in my mind), corruption is a yuuuge tax on their performance.

JCM 3/6/2022 10:11:49 AM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 1:

I've seen posted videos and reports of Russia equipment simply running out of gas, and just abandoned them. The Ukraines come along fuel it up and drive off.

buzzsawmonkey 3/6/2022 10:31:17 AM
The Lefties I know on FB are all-in for Ukraine support.  It seems to be a combination of war porn---that is, proxy thrills at the prospect of battle and heroism, weeping for refugees, etc., all at no real cost since the US is not yet directly involved---and a way of working off leftover Trump hate by proxy, since of course they still believe he was collaborating with Putin, and since they can then ascribe all the rises in gas and food prices to Putin/Trump and let Droolin' Joe off the hook.
Occasional Reader 3/6/2022 11:06:33 AM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 4:

The political fault lines on this issue are pretty weird.

buzzsawmonkey 3/6/2022 11:14:04 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 5:

The pro-war Lefties are giving me the heebie-jeebies.

JCM 3/6/2022 1:24:16 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 4:

I find the circle back to Trump / Putin fascinating. It has been thoroughly disproven yet they still cling to it.

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 2:01:24 PM
I had a weird dream las night that there was some sort of mercenary group traveling through some form of teleportation (space, time, both unclear) to cause a lot of trouble, and they thought I was part of them, at least for a while, but I was a reporter for an online news site and was trying to write an article about them and hope it did get published. I woke up before it ended.
Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 2:03:29 PM

Worth reposting from yesterday:

Russian space head to the US on stopping shipments of Russian rocket motors to the US: "Let them fly on brooms"

Elon Musk tweets a SpaceX Falcon launch labeled "America's broom"

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 2:04:36 PM

In #7 JCM said: I find the circle back to Trump / Putin fascinating. It has been thoroughly disproven yet they still cling to it.

"That's the problem with sheep. Once they get an idear in their heads there's no shiftin' it"

-- Monty Python from the flying sheep sketch

buzzsawmonkey 3/6/2022 2:47:37 PM

What I'm seeing on WZ and, to some extent, on Insty/PJM, is that the coalition/alliance of different stripes of conservatives commenting there, fragile at its best moments, is rapidly self-fracturing over whether to support anyone in the current conflict, and, if so, who, how and why.  

There is not only a great deal more hot-tempered personal abuse being flung around, but lots of running to and citing sources, or alleged sources, that are sounding increasingly fever-dreamed.  In the process, the previously-coalescing unity against the Left is being fractured as we lumber towards the midterms, while the Left is coalescing more firmly over Support For Ukraine, Putin is Evil, Trump is Probably to Blame, and Support President Biden.

Someone tell me why I'm wrong.

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 2:54:09 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 11:

I don't spend much time on the comments on these sites; don't have the time.

But I would not be surprised there are a bunch of Russian bots running, or people who pretend to be conservatives but are working for Russia. Putin does not want to have Trump back; Biden is under his control.

Occasional Reader 3/6/2022 3:07:51 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 11:

I do not know that the left side of the aisle is not also fracturing. I’ve seen some links about the Code Pink types reflexively taking the side of whoever the United States is against.

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 3:29:50 PM

And if handing Ukraine to Putin wasn't enough, Biden seems to be chanting "Death to America" along with the Iranian Mullahs

‘Iran got much more than it expected’ in nuclear talks, Russian envoy says

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 3:52:23 PM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 12:

Plus there has always been an isolationist strain of conservatism.

Kosh's Shadow 3/6/2022 4:22:28 PM
Note that Israel in no way asks for American troops. American weapons, but not troops. Now, the weapons can be titanium handcuffs, like when Obama cut off supplies of precision weapons when Israel was stopping Hamas terrorists, but it is quite different from asking for American blood.
buzzsawmonkey 3/6/2022 4:53:30 PM

In #16 Kosh's Shadow said: Note that Israel in no way asks for American troops.

Which in no way stops a certain strain of commenter on some of the "conservative" websites incessantly reiterating that it does, mostly in the form of them talking about American politicians (mostly, but not all, Jews) "sending Americans to fight wars for Israel."

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