For a week now, the long-publicized Ukrainian counteroffensive has been raging, and US officials have gone on record saying it’s “not meeting expectations on any front”.
One of the US officials speaking with CNN described the Ukrainian forces as “vulnerable” to minefields and Russian forces as “competent”.
Multiple high-level US war planners including President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, and Sect. of Defense Lloyd Austin, suggested that Ukraine was well-prepared for a counterattack and that no peace agreement should be reached until such an attack allows the country to take back the territory which Russia unilaterally annexed last year.
Very rarely is it expressed in detail the difficulty of planning such a military operation—attacking a dug-in opponent who is not only better equipped but who also outnumbers you. Typically attackers must outnumber defenders for offensive operations to be successful.
President Zelenskyy has admitted progress was “slower than desired,” but that “no matter how far we advance in our counteroffensive, we will not agree to a frozen conflict because that is war, that is a prospectless development for Ukraine”.
“This is a very difficult fight, it is a very violent fight and It will likely take a considerable amount of time and at high cost,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in his typically blunt manner at the recent meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Brussels.
A gathering of military planners from 50 nations that seek to support Ukraine in the war, the contact group heard a talk by one US general who bucked the media narrative, declaring the Ukrainian attack was making “steady progress”.
The choice of words, whether this general was aware of it or not, should ring alarm bells for American readers, as these two words were repeatedly used in the statements of dozens of military officers and politicians, now known to be lies, regarding the events of the Afghan War.