The Wider War

How about this, from the NYTimes.com:

The United States has provided intelligence about Russian units that has allowed Ukrainians to target and kill many of the Russian generals who have died in action in the Ukraine war, according to senior American officials.

Ukrainian officials said they have killed approximately 12 generals on the front lines, a number that has astonished military analysts.

. . .

Officials interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the classified intelligence being shared with Ukraine.

The administration has sought to keep much of the battlefield intelligence secret, out of fear it will be seen as an escalation and provoke President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia into a wider war.

. . .

The United States prohibits itself from providing intelligence about the most senior Russian leaders, officials said.

How about that.

“The administration has sought to keep much of the battlefield intelligence secret, out of fear it will be seen as an escalation and provoke President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia into a wider war.”

And, oh yeah, they’re publishing it in the New York Times. Like just to provoke President Vladimir V. Putin into a wider war.

Well, wars are good for business. Good for Raytheon, and General Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin.

(I didn’t say Boeing because I don’t want to add to their grief.)

And all those employees of Raytheon, and General Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Grumman, have got to feed their IRAs and 401(k)s.

And think of the shareholders. Think of the lobbyists. Think of the politicians. They all have to buy bunkers in a temperate zone between global warming and a nuclear winter. Prime real estate is going fast.

I reckon they’ll milk this Russian war as long as they can. They’ll kill a lot of young men on both sides of the line. But the Russian leadership doesn’t need to worry about any of that.

“The United States prohibits itself from providing intelligence about the most senior Russian leaders, officials said.”

I wonder if Mr. Putin reads the New York Times, or if he sticks to Fox.

3 comments

  1. They used Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system, which was paid for with our tax dollars, to target those generals. Funny world, ain’t it. Turns out WWIII started a while back. And we are the enemy.

  2. Could it be that Russian generals lead their men from the front and not from a desk in the rear? That would account for higher casualties.

    I’ve had this conversation with a Canadian friend, Carol. Like me, she is also Ukrainian and so we talked about the situation there. We asked ourselves, what is the role of Elders now? How should Elders respond? This was our dialog:

    CAROL: Elders support life … not dogma or dictators.
    Elders support people … not profit.
    Elders support, and act, like the future matters more than anything else.

    JERRY: Our job is to hold space, not stir it up; let the young ones do that. Also to hold the Story but question the narrative. I’m not as optimistic that this (Ukraine) is a referendum on western liberties versus Russia; that’s the narrative we’re being fed. Maybe it’s a death struggle between two competing systems neither of which bodes well for the planet? Neoliberal corporatism (NATO – the landfill economy) versus nationalist fascism (China and Russia ). No matter which one wins, we all lose. Now who set that up?

    I see the dour face of Klaus Schwab – “You vill own nothing und you vill be happy.” Uh, who voted for that?

    The Story is the New Story ala’ David Korten and Charles Eisenstein – interbeing and where that takes us. No more “isms” that are so 20th century.

    1. Here’s the lede from ForeignPolicy.com: “Russian generals have had to lead from the front because its amateur army can’t move otherwise.”

      For what it’s worth.

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