Ukraine’s Forces and
Firepower Are Misallocated, U.S. Officials
American strategists say Ukraine’s
troops are too spread out and need to
concentrate along the counteroffensive’s
main front in the south.
Listen to the U.S. military, Ukraine!
casualty-averse! Concentrate your
forces. Take the fight to the Russian enemy.
Use all those
cluster munitions we’ve sent you. Commit
your armored reserve and punch a hole in the
Russian lines. Break through, break out, and
drive toward Crimea. You know: just like
Americans would do in your place.
One might forgive Ukrainians if they
asked, When was the last war you “experts”
won for America? Afghanistan? Iraq? Vietnam?
Korea? What about ongoing military
commitments to Syria and Somalia? If you’re
so good at winning wars, how come the U.S.
military didn’t win in Afghanistan, Iraq,
and Vietnam where you had overwhelming
materiel and firepower superiority?
With respect to why Ukraine has its
forces “too spread out”: perhaps Ukraine
needs to garrison its lines so that it can
fend off Russian counterattacks? If Ukraine
concentrates its strategic reserve and uses
it in a big counteroffensive that stalls,
what’s to stop Russia from a decisive
riposte? Think of Kursk for Nazi Germany in
1943. Once that huge offensive failed for
Germany, using up its strategic reserve, the
Red Army seized the initiative on the
eastern front and never lost it.
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Headlines like the one posted above from
the New York Times are intended to
be exculpatory for the U.S. If the war turns
worse for Ukraine, U.S. “experts” can point
to articles like this, casting blame on the
Ukrainians for not following sage American
If “we” win in Ukraine, it will be
because of generous U.S. aid and especially
vaunted U.S. and NATO weaponry; but if they
(the Ukrainians) lose, it’s all their fault
for not following the advice of America’s
master strategists. And, obviously, even if
Ukraine loses, plenty of weapons
manufacturers in the U.S. are winning and
will continue to win. Indeed, a Russian
victory could be just the thing to propel
even more weapons spending by NATO countries
as well as even larger and more monstrous
William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant
colonel (USAF), has taught at the Air Force
Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.
He currently teaches at the Pennsylvania
College of Technology.
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