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Schedule is dictated by the season. Russia must finish the invasion before the ground thaws. The Winter Olympics is nothing to anyone at this point. They've even turned into an embarrassment for the CCP with countries pulling support and participation. If anything it's useful just to make people drop their guard by saying stuff like this.* I think if Russia is going to actually start moving, it's going to wait until after the Olympics. They also may be closely studying Biden to see if they think he might be out of it. As bad as he is, Harris would be even lamer.
I predict Russia goes for Ukraine within 2 weeks +/- of the Opening ceremonies (Feb 4th) so any day now. Putin Loves the Olympics as cover (Georgia 2008, Crimea 2014) and if Russia steps, China is into Taiwan within 2 weeks +/- of the Closing ceremonies (Feb 20th) particularly if US does nothing (which it will). No worries of a boycott and if all goes well for the Games a little bit of international good will/cred has been created (one step forward two steps back as it were).* I think if Russia is going to actually start moving, it's going to wait until after the Olympics. They also may be closely studying Biden to see if they think he might be out of it. As bad as he is, Harris would be even lamer.
* Among other things, if Russia were to take out some of Ukraine's tech, (cut Internet, etc.), there would be a variety of cascade consequences in the West and the U.S. It likely wouldn't be overly extreme, but there would be some issues. There's a fair amount of U.S. tech that is developed by, and sometimes maintained by, Ukraine based folks. Like a lot of Eastern Europe, (and for that matter, several enclaves in South America, Vietnam, and more), we offshore a fair amount of tech to those regions. I know that it's popular to think of India for this as most typical folks' exposure to such things is via such offshore customer service, often in India.
So... just as we've had weird supply line breaks happening when some odd little part from wherever can't make it to where it needs to go, SOMEthing(s) here would break or get delayed if we got cut off here.
* I'm sure there's a million other little micro impacts that would bubble through. But that's the one I'm most familiar with. I've been to the place several times. There's some really great people there. They emerged from Soviet rule decades ago and are only just starting to find their feet a bit. More modern stores/supermarkets, drastic reduction in corruption, (though still plenty to go around), modernization and building everywhere.
Russia can surely take it. But it's going to be a bloody mess.
"- One Ukrainian is insurgent.And if it turned into a Ukrainian insurgency, Putin should realize that after fighting insurgencies ourselves for two decades, we know how to arm, train and energize them
And then have them toss us out of the country later.FWIW. Bluffing, or no?
If Putin invades Ukraine with a major military force, U.S. and NATO military assistance — intelligence, cyber, anti-armor and anti-air weapons, offensive naval missiles — would ratchet up significantly,” said James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who was the supreme allied commander at NATO. “And if it turned into a Ukrainian insurgency, Putin should realize that after fighting insurgencies ourselves for two decades, we know how to arm, train and energize them.”
The past two weeks have been a disaster for Dopey Joe. Now he's out there telling businesses they should ignore the SCOTUS ruling. I guess he's like the traditional captain; rather than admit defeat and move on, he's bound and determined he's going down with the ship.my gut says the biden admin is using this whole thing to try to move the media focus, like when they murdered that aid worker during the afghanistan pullout.
Biden's media minions are trying to keep his poll numbers above the inflation rate. Given the trajectory of both it's getting harder each day.The past two weeks have been a disaster for Dopey Joe. Now he's out there telling businesses they should ignore the SCOTUS ruling. I guess he's like the traditional captain; rather than admit defeat and move on, he's bound and determined he's going down with the ship.
Even though the media has his poll numbers in the low 30s, the fact of the matter is, as I have posted numerous times, those who ask the questions control the outcome; the pollsters are working hard to keep his numbers above 30. I would wager his true numbers are in the mid 20s. He's absolutely horrible at this. So ANY distraction off of him is welcome.