When Russia invaded Ukraine, nobody expected the war (in Russian: special military action) to last this long. The main reasons it has are Russian military incompetence, Ukrainian spirt along with western military and financial (mainly via sanctions) support. Despite some recent successes, overall the Russian military isn’t really getting much better and certainly not stronger. The Ukrainians aren’t weakening! That leaves only western support in question.
I’m in a wise guy mood today; but first a serious matter.
On more than one occasion I have written that Turkey, for a number of reasons, is the key to the Middle East. Today, for some of those same reasons, I am stating that it is the key to the outcome of the war in Ukraine.
It was a tough call as to the biggest political story of the week just past. I came up with a category and even then, it is incomplete. I want to focus on three Congressional votes.
When the current version of the war in Ukraine started almost three months ago the thought of Ukraine winning would have been considered outrageous. Today not so much. That leads me to ponder just what winning means in this situation. One thing is for certain: Ukraine is not the master of its own fate.