What’s wrong and right with Russia-Ukraine, China and computers, and Ye.
This will be a rough-and-ready Ready Room, intended to spray a few current topics out there without going in-depth on any of them. I really mean it this time, so throw rotten fruit if you catch a glimpse of over-analysis out here in the heathery rough.
The first topic is the headline teaser: deployment of the U.S. 101st Airborne to Europe. CBS did a segment this past week in which its crew accompanied soldiers of the 101st on field activities in Romania, just “a few miles” from the border of Ukraine.
CBS gets an exclusive sneak peak: "The US Army's 101st Airborne is practicing for war with Russia just miles from Ukraine's border"
Not quite “Moscow is burning,” but a similar concept.
Well, this is bad. This is a real, no-kidding move against U.S. and NATO interests, one that could significantly increase the peril to our forces in Afghanistan. It creates the potential for things to go south very quickly for NATO troops.
That, in turn, increases the likelihood of divisions within NATO over the alliance’s Afghanistan commitment. The divisions could well affect NATO’s posture on the political conflict with Russia. And assuming the Obama administration is passive and ineffective in the face of this latest move by Moscow, the alliance will find an existential crisis – at least the beginnings of one – inescapable.
The basic story is that the U.S. and NATO have relied throughout the Afghan operation on supply routes that run through both Pakistan and the former-Soviet republics of Central Asia. In 2008, the route called the Northern Distribution Network, or NDN, was consolidated, with a portion of it running through the territory of Russia. Russia has benefited from transit fees, along with the Central Asian ‘Stans, and has been content to hold in reserve the pocket veto she possesses by agreeing to let our supplies flow through her transportation network.Continue reading “BREAKING: Russia cuts off major supply route for U.S., NATO in Afghanistan”