I’m grateful to have my readers who stay exterior the borders of the USA and aren’t in a position to take the temperature of the physique politic. That’s certainly one of my objectives — i.e., clarify the societal madness that’s widespread, particularly among the many institution political class. Living proof, retired Basic David Petraeus.
He’s interviewed by the Georgian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and confirms, by advantage of his responses, that he’s both one of many dumbest males to ever pin on 4 stars or one of the vital intellectually dishonest. Maybe each.
Let me provide you with a few of the low-lights from the interview:
RFE/RL: The place will we stand now within the Ukraine battle?
David Petraeus: I believe we stand close to the tip of the Russian winter offensive, which has not achieved its goals to date, and which in all probability will culminate wanting attaining these goals. And even when [Russian forces] in the end take Bakhmut, it would have come at such a value that it’ll have been an unwise offensive.
After which we’re awaiting the anticipated Ukrainian late spring-early summer season offensive, which can characteristic Western tanks, Western infantry combating automobiles, artillery, and a wide range of different programs, and the form of coaching and unit improvement that can enable Ukraine for the primary time to attain mixed arms operations on this explicit battle — one thing that Russia has not performed up to now and one thing that the Ukrainians did, to a modest diploma, within the Kharkiv offensive final fall.
“Finish of the Russian winter offensive”? Apparently David doesn’t notice that Spring began a month in the past and the Russians present no indicators of backing off. And what have been the Russian goals? I’ve a $1000 to anybody who can level me to an inventory of Russian goals for the “winter offensive.” The one goals I’ve seen posted within the media are demilitarization, de-nazification and ending the artillery assaults on the Donbas. And the Russians by no means specified a timeline. In different phrases, Petraeus is fabricating a strawman after which knocking it down.
Then there may be the general public obsession about Ukraine’s upcoming counter-offensive. I’m not conscious of any profitable navy marketing campaign in historical past that was preceded by repeated public proclamations in regards to the “imminent counter-offensive.” That form of incomprehensible breach of navy doctrine serves as a reminder of David Petraeus’ failure as a navy commander and because the Director of the Central Intelligence Company.
And what about these “Western tanks” that can flip the tide in opposition to Russia? Basic David could need to rethink his prediction given the “ability” a few Ukrainian tank drivers demonstrated this week at a coaching base in Poland:
Whoops! One much less tank for that offensive.
In order that’s the place we’re. We accomplished a yr wherein Russia misplaced the battle of Kyiv, misplaced the battle of Kharkiv, misplaced the battles of Sumy, Chernihiv, and Kherson, they usually haven’t achieved their winter goals. And now, [they] might be confronted with a spring and summer season offensive by new Ukrainian forces which might be being educated and geared up in Germany, Poland, the U.Okay., and Ukraine that, I believe, once more, will obtain what Ukraine units out to do.
Let’s ignore for a second that Russia did tactical retreats and didn’t have interaction Ukraine in any of the so-called battles listed by Petraeus. He glosses over the truth that Russia repeatedly has defeated Ukraine within the Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk and inflicted large casualties on Ukraine within the course of. How about Mariupol? Not solely did Russia defeat entrenched Ukrainian forces however is quickly rebuilding the town.
RFE/RL: What do you suppose could be the intention of such a Ukrainian counteroffensive?
Petraeus: I believe will probably be twofold. One might be to make sure that the Russians aren’t in a position to reinforce or to resupply Crimea by means of the southeastern a part of Ukraine — so to sever that floor line of communications that they achieved by their offensive final spring and summer season. After which, second, to deliver in regards to the crumbling, even perhaps collapse, of Russian forces in a reasonably broad space of southern Ukraine as they liberate extra of the Ukrainian territory that the Russians captured final yr.
Basic Dave apparently has not taken time to peruse any of the leaked U.S. navy briefing slides that report the whole destruction of Ukraine’s air protection system by the center of Could. He is also ignoring the proof that that is true as Russia ramps up the variety of sorties with mounted wing plane delivering monster glide bombs. Then there may be the truth that Russia has been busy during the last eight months constructing stout defensive positions, replete with dragons tooth, mine fields, intersecting fields of fireside and artillery zeroed on avenues of method.
RFE/RL: Let me ask you particularly about Bakhmut. Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Basic Employees Basic Mark Milley stated not too long ago that Ukrainians have turned it right into a slaughterhouse of Russians, that they’re getting hammered there. Might this have been the Ukrainian plan all alongside, to make use of so-called bottleneck techniques and waste Russian manpower?
Petraeus: I don’t know whether or not it was all alongside, nevertheless it clearly has grow to be that over time. Early on, I consider even Ukrainians would have noticed that Bakhmut has no actual, true geographic significance; it’s not an awesome rail or street hub the best way another areas are. However I believe they got here to see the worth of defending an city space in opposition to a drive that was very unprofessionally simply throwing troopers into this explicit cauldron and permitting these troopers — as Basic Milley stated — to be hammered. The losses have been staggering, whereas the positive aspects have been incremental and extremely expensive. And I believe over time, as nicely, [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelenskiy clearly got here to acknowledge the necessity to not give Russia something that it might painting as a victory or as Russian forces attaining the goals they set out for themselves.
Welcome to the twilight zone. My overseas readers want to grasp that Petraeus genuinely believes this nonsense although public media reviews clearly present that Russia isn’t struggling large casualties and isn’t attacking in human waves. The majority of the combating is being performed by the Wagner Group and they’re utilizing techniques that decrease their casualties whereas turning Ukrainian positions into Charnel homes. As of at this time, even Ukrainian sources are reporting that Ukrainian forces have been pushed out of 90% of Bakhmut and the Russians are blissful to destroy items and gear making an attempt to strengthen these beleaguered Ukie troopers.
The apex of Basic David’s delusion is revealed on this little bit of “evaluation”:
However what the Ukrainians will do within the upcoming offensive, that is going to be vastly totally different. That is going to be mixed arms operations, which the Russians have by no means achieved even on the outset, regardless of having had months deployed in Belarus and in Russia on Ukraine’s borders, once they might have been coaching on these sorts of duties. That’s a staggering failure, in my opinion. In the event you’d given me, as a commander, months to coach for an invasion, I believe I might have performed a very good bit higher job.
I’ve two phrases for Basic Dave — Iraq, Afghanistan. What main victories did he obtain in these two theaters? The reply is none. And he was not up in opposition to entrenched forces, with artillery and HIMARS, and tanks, and he didn’t defeat guerrilla forces armed with assault rifles and an occasional mortar. He has by no means been answerable for a battle in opposition to forces utilizing mixed arms. This is only one extra instance of his vanity and lack of essential pondering expertise.
I’m not shocked by the vanity and ignorance of Petraeus. It’s these qualities that enabled him to earn 4 stars by means of his expert observe within the artwork of sycophancy. And I assume that a few of his proteges, who’re gifted with the identical diploma of incompetence, are in command positions prepared to steer U.S. forces into catastrophe.
I don’t consider that Petraeus is engaged in a psy-ops designed to lull the Russians into complacency. However Russian navy analysts have to be scratching their heads over Basic Dave’s full misrepresentation of what has transpired in Ukraine since February 2022 and are asking themselves, “Are the American Generals actually this silly”? I don’t learn about all American Generals, however on the subject of David Petraeus the reply is a powerful, Sure!