- Feb 24, 2009
Similar outlook to that of the Unherd interview I posted here a few pages back, which explains it a lot better:
Sounds like they hired some Project Managers I know to run this war.In a move that should surprise absolutely nobody.
Western weapons, including NATO-standard 155-mm howitzers supplied by the U.S. and its allies, have begun arriving on the battlefield in Donbas. Ukrainian officials say that will allow them to switch from defense to offense and seek to regain lost ground.
Mr. Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk military administration, warned that even heavy losses aren’t deterring continuing Russian attacks.
“They keep coming like zombies: We destroy their troops, their armor, and then the new ones arrive. We cannot relax because the situation remains difficult and the enemy is very numerous,” he said. “But now we have proven that we’re able to not only halt but also defeat the enemy with quality, not quantity—no matter how numerous the enemy is.”
If they ever get that island back....between the neptunes and these new toysSnake Island is the gift that keeps on giving. Article is a brief recap of the continued Russian naval and air defense losses trying to keep that island
One of Russia's first moves in its invasion of Ukraine was the capture of Snake Island. Two months later they are desperately struggling to keep it. This is a sign of their weakening dominance over the Northern Black Sea.www.navalnews.com
Ukrainian Forces Hold the Line in Donbas as Western Heavy Weapons Join the Battle
I wonder if this MFer is realizing he's backed the wrong horse..
I'd be down for that... but losing an "ally" in Turkey has major consequences. Even as hostile as they are today... their arming of Ukraine played a large role in why this war was not immediately lost. A lucky happenstance Turkey did not anticipate, or even want? Maybe.... but it still happened.Honestly, I'd rather have Sweden and Finland in NATO than Turkey.
I mean, I know we are already watching Russia commit suicide, but for them to vow war with NATO is.... next level?In a move that should surprise absolutely nobody.
if belarus did try to break from putin and got hit militarily by rus, would anyone in the west care? would nato offer help to belarus? there are belarus fighters who joined the ukrainian army, would the US see this as an opportunity?His marriage with Moscow is one of necessity not preference. Russia will come out of this a lot weaker and he knows it. Positioning for what’s next.
You are suggesting stuff that is already in play where the budget allows. Also, the "if movement is detected" and "motion" detection is pointless, unless you have a way to eliminate wildlife, the weather, vegetation (trees blowing in the wind), etc. You would be spending most of your time on a proverbial wild goose chases, looking for something that doesn't exist. (looking for a person, when it was caused by an animal or the weather) Hell, ask anyone with motion detection security cameras, how often they go off because of a stray cat or dog, ore even the wind causing a tree to move to much. (yes there is technology to indicate when it's a person.. but do you seriously believe it would be hard to fool that technology?) You also seem to be ignoring the costs as well. Are you aware that it costs over $12,000 an hour to operate a Drone, not to mention the Millions each drone costs? (smaller drones are coming into play, helping reduce costs). The costs are discussed in the very article you linked as well as other factors.. yet you didn't stop and do the math.. I am not even sure you read the full article. 1 single drone, flying around 24 hours a day monitoring a the boarder would cost over $288,000 per day, or $105 Million + a year... We already spend over $4.8 Billion per year on boarder security (yet you claim we don't secure our boarders). How much more do you believe should be spent? Where will that money come from?Ill indulge you. Drones monitoring every 100 miles or do and notifying border patrol if movement is detected. Border patrol offices every 300 miles. Cameras every 100 miles also with live monitoring. Electronic monitoring along the entire border. Motion detection.
That would be a start.
edit: this is a good article on a "SMART" wall. Which has garnered bi-partisan support.
The “smarter” wall: How drones, sensors, and AI are patrolling the border - Vox
Well, if you have a security system on your house, you really should let your boarders have the code.What you fail to realize, is you can have every possible boarder security measure in place, and it will still never be enough. Because all any security measure does, be it a security system on your car/house, or boarder security, is to keep honest people honest. Those that truly want to get in your house, car, or in our countries thru our boarders, will succeed no matter what security measures you put in place, because every security measure has a way it can be circumvented. The real people you should be worried about, the actual dangerous people, the real criminals, no security measure will stop them. Yet, you spend your time worried about the people trying to make a better life for themselves, screaming we don't have boarder security, when we do.