When Will Our Christian Crusaders Attack Russia?

When will the Republican Tribulation Church attack Putin? They slimed a woman that will sit on the Supreme Court, and now they go after Loyal American Generals! I think they are cowards. I believe they are afraid to LOSE some more! Whose side are they on? Do they know?

“Where the fuck are they?”

John Presco

Russia’s failure to take down Kyiv was a defeat for the ages (msn.com)

When President Vladimir Putin launched his war on Feb. 24 after months of buildup on Ukraine’s borders, he sent hundreds of helicopter-borne commandos — the best of the best of Russia’s “spetsnaz” special forces soldiers — to assault and seize a lightly defended airfield on Kyiv’s doorstep.

Other Russian forces struck elsewhere across Ukraine, including toward the eastern city of Kharkiv as well as in the contested Donbas region and along the Black Sea coast. But as the seat of national power, Kyiv was the main prize. Thus the thrust by elite airborne forces in the war’s opening hours.

But Putin failed to achieve his goal of quickly crushing Ukraine’s outgunned and outnumbered army. The Russians were ill-prepared for Ukrainian resistance, proved incapable of adjusting to setbacks, failed to effectively combine air and land operations, misjudged Ukraine’s ability to defend its skies, and bungled basic military functions like planning and executing the movement of supplies.

“That’s a really bad combination if you want to conquer a country,” said Peter Mansoor, a retired Army colonel and professor of military history at Ohio State University.

“You guys said that Russia would overrun Ukraine in 36 days,” Gaetz continued. “You said that the Taliban will be kept at bay for months. You totally blew those calls, and maybe we would be better at them if the National Defense University worked a little more on strategy and a little less on woke-ism.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin skirmished with Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz over military leadership at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, when Gaetz accused the U.S. of falling behind in military weaponry and making other major missteps because U.S. leaders are too concerned with being “woke.”

“While everyone else in the world seems to be developing capabilities and being more strategic,” Gaetz said, after citing advances by China and North Korea, “we’ve got time to embrace critical race theory at West Point, to embrace socialism at the National Defense University, to do mandatory pronoun training.”

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Rep. Matt Gaetz on January 6, 2022, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on April 5, 2022. AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE, AP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

When Austin said, “The fact that you’re embarrassed by your country —,” Gaetz cut him off to say, “Oh no, no — I’m embarrassed by your leadership,” and he berated Austin, saying, “That is so disgraceful, that you would sit here and equate your failures with the failures of the uniformed service members.”

“You guys said that Russia would overrun Ukraine in 36 days,” Gaetz continued. “You said that the Taliban will be kept at bay for months. You totally blew those calls, and maybe we would be better at them if the National Defense University worked a little more on strategy and a little less on woke-ism.”

Clearly angry, Austin said, “Did it not occur to you that Russia has not overrun Ukraine because of what we have done, and our allies have done? Have you ever even thought about that?”

Austin and Gaetz grew more animated toward one another during Gaetz’s allotted five minutes of questioning. 

In the exchange, Gaetz  also criticized the U.S. military’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan

Later in the hearing, Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado gave Austin an opportunity to speak about his pride in the U.S. military and address accusations of “wokeism.” 

“[U.S. service members] are smart. They are focused and they spend 99% of their time focused on defending this country and developing additional capabilities that they will need to be successful on the battlefield,” Austin said. “So any notion that they’re woke or that our military is woke, you know, I take issue with that because it’s just not true. It’s a false narrative and they deserve better than that.”

Republican lawmakers have persistently criticized the Pentagon over the past year for initiatives that focused on diversity and inclusion as well as efforts to look into extremism in the ranks. 

In a press briefing last summer, Austin said, “The critical race theory is not something that this department teaches, professes, embraces,” and that just because some academic institutions require readings and the study of it doesn’t mean the department embraces the theory. 

In that same briefing in July, Austin promised the Defense Department “will be diverse, it will be inclusive and, you know, we’re going to look like the country that we support and defend.” 

At the end of the hearing on Tuesday, House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith, Democrat of Washington, referenced Gaetz’s questioning, saying that “with one notable exception, this was a very very good discussion of the issues.”

Austin is scheduled to testify again on the defense budget on Thursday before the Senate. 

The claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking the “denazification” of Ukraine clashed with reality after video showed a pro-Russian soldier wearing neo-Nazi symbols while being awarded a medal for fighting in the city of Mariupol.

© Alexei Alexandrov/Associated PressA view of the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Video has shown a Russian soldier apparently wearing Nazi insignia receiving an award for his role in fighting to take the city.

Putin and the Kremlin have pushed propaganda to justify the invasion of Ukraine by claiming the government in Kyiv is run by Nazis, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being Jewish. The claims have been rejected by Zelensky and the international community.

Moscow has also inflated the role in Ukraine’s military of the Azov Battalion, a far-right paramilitary group in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol.

Video shared by Storyful shows a soldier, named as Lieutenant Roman Vorobyov from the “Somalia” motorized rifle battalion, receiving the “St. George’s Cross II” award while wearing far-right insignia.

Receiving the award on Sunday from Denis Pushilin, who is the Putin-sponsored head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, two patches are visible on Vorobyov’s right arm.

Pro-Russian Fighter With Nazi Patches Honored for Killing ‘Nazis’

Pushilin posted the video of him presenting the award on his Telegram channel and said that a unit led by Vorobyov and another lieutenant, Andrey Nikulin, had killed “more than 40 militants.”

He said that awards were given to fighters who had “especially distinguished themselves” in Mariupol.

Leader of the “Somalia” battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Timur Kurilkin, received the “Hero of the DPR” award. Pushilin wrote that under his leadership the unit was under heavy enemy fire in residential areas but destroyed 45 units “and more than 250 Nazis.”

Addressing the camera, Kurilkin spoke of how “we were engaged in cleaning Mariupol from fascist reptiles,” that the city was “everything for us” and that “we will make it to the end.”

Humanitarian corridors in Ukraine were due to open on Tuesday, including from Mariupol, where a Red Cross team has been released after being detained by police.

In March, Zelensky warned that Putin’s “laughable” claims that the government in Kyiv was full of neo-Nazis showed that “he might be capable of very horrendous steps because that would mean that this is not a game for him.”

“If he sees signs of neo-Nazis in our country, then many questions emerge about what else he is capable of doing,” Zelensky said on March 20.

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