Armas No. 14 — Guerre à outrance.
What's next in the Ukrainian war, the end of Russia, and more Mexican tracks.
Buried in a NYT report from 18 January, on American willingness to countenance what the Ukrainians were going to do anyway — namely, attack Crimea — was this passage, which seems like it should have gotten a story all its own:
This week, top U.S. and Ukrainian commanders will hold a high-level planning meeting in Germany to game out the offensive planning, another senior U.S. official said. The drill, the official said, is meant to align Ukraine’s battle plans with the kinds of weapons and supplies NATO allies are contributing.
It’s more than means-ends alignment, of course. We know that the Americans and British have directly involved themselves in Ukrainian war planning for some time. The successful early-autumn offensives around Kharkiv were the direct outcome of a Ukrainian planning and war-gaming series led and advised by US and UK personnel. The NYT had that story too. From 13 September:
The strategy behind Ukraine’s rapid military gains in recent days began to take shape months ago during a series of intense conversations between Ukrainian and U.S. officials about the way forward in the war against Russia, according to American officials …
[I]n Kyiv, Ukrainian and British military officials continued working together while the new American defense attaché, Brig. Gen. Garrick Harmon, began having daily sessions with Ukraine’s top officers.
It wasn’t just advice and counsel on planning, though: also in the NYT, in the same story, was the datum that the Americans were providing direct aid to operations in the form of actionable intelligence.
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