For the low-comprehension visitors here, search in vain so much as two syllables hereabouts advocating U.S direct involvement in this dust-up. Then kindly STFU about that whole line of Strawman bullshit. That was never our position, nor ever would be.
Besides, at this point, the EU is liable to send Ukraine all they need and more, and short of taking on all of Europe, or going batshit-crazy-nuclear, Putin's running out of troops, time, options, and most of all, the one thing he needs in war or peace, and hasn't got nearly enough of.
Amateurs talk tactics. Professionals talk logistics. Strategists point out that nations, and wars especially, run on only two irreplaceable items:
And even more money.
'Twas ever thus.
Some brave Anonymous keyboard commenter tried to point out that we'd used MSM sources for the stories regarding the current freefall of the Russian economy. Had he the wit to make an actual intelligent point, could he but hear himself over the sound of his own awesomeness, he might have linked to credible sources pointing out that the Russian stock market was open for business, the ruble was strong, and no one was rushing to Russian ATMs to get whatever cash they could before the total collapse of that economy, because everything was normal and right as rain.
They failed to do that, not only because of a low gray matter titer, but because any evidence of such doesn't exist In The Real World, because the Russian economy is in freefall, their market crashed, then closed, the ruble is past the toilet, in the pipes flowing to the sewage treatment plant, and their economy will take God-Alone-Knows-How-Long before anyone can seriously speak about any attempt for it to recover. A Trident warhead on Moscow couldn't have nuked their economy any better than Putin's invasion has done already.
FFS, even the effing permanently-neutral Swiss have chopped Putin's and Russia's financial dicks off at the base! Wake up and smell the vodka.
We mention these wee factoids because, well...
We yell because we care. If that applies, because this all happened while you were still in diapers, or before, the clown shoes fit, and you should wear them.
Meanwhile, back in Reality, Putin's entire economy just shit the bed. His piggie bank got ass-raped, got dick cancer, died in a fire, the flames were beaten out with a wrecking ball, and the ashes and debris were dropped into the meltdown at Chernobyl, and are part of the Earth's magma core. And it's not coming back ever, for any practical value of ever. Win, lose, or draw. Putin has flushed his economy and his nation down the toilet and onto the dung-heap of history for a dream of a restored Soviet empire that will never again be.
Vlad is now a liability to the entire Russian nation, and any future it might have. Ukraine, not so much. The people who think he has vast armies to call up: They have this wee problem with multiple other formerly free republics Vlad has warmly welcomed back into the Sov,er...Russian Federation, with a wet sloppy kiss on both cheeks, and a gun to their heads. If Putin pulls forces out of them, and he gets multiple Ukraines, and he's playing whack-a-mole for the rest of his short life. His own people are protesting this war en masse, because they can't buy food anymore. Despite being arrested by the
KGB FSB, they're still coming out in droves, every day. If he pulls troops from the Chinese border, and the actual "traditional invasion route" into Russia, the one where they've had multiple unreported actual hot wars with China, with tens of thousands of actual casualties, it's suddenly and invitingly open to Xi.
And Vlad only started with 500K troops, and a limited reserve of bombs, rockets, missiles, etc. He can't buy more, and he can't pay anyone to make more, and nobody's taking his credit cards or his phone calls, including China. He can't sell shit to anyone, at any price. The Bosporus is closed. If he attacks Turkey to open it, that's NATO. Tries to sail the Mediterranean, that's NATO again. Tries to go through to the Baltic Sea? NATO again. And he's already committed half his army to get thumped on by pipsqueak Ukraine, with 40M people who speak fluent BFYTW.
If I can figure it out, so can Russian generals and their command staff. And all the political underlings yearning to be the next leader there.
Russians don't take a crap without a plan? Vlad's was evidently to crap himself. The jackals in his own government won't be so clumsy, and his rule will end, probably in a stroke occasioned by a few rounds behind the ear. And his bedraggled leftover conscript army wants none of his quest for glory over Ukraine, a country Putin has done more to unify in a week than any 500 years of history ever could. And every screaming one of them wants to do nothing but kill Russian invaders, including the grandmothers and grandfathers.
And. They. Will.
Sorry if that pisses you off, or caught you choking on Putin's wedding tackle, but that's where it looks to be headed.
And beheaded is liable to become another word you hear again, one of these days. Metaphorically, or actually. History is funny like that.
Don't be a Pu-tard. It's not even working for its namesake.