The government is a black box. The Biden Regime (tacitly supported by most elected Republicans) is tyrannical, and there is zero transparency on anything. There is no way to know what the government is doing other than to read the tea leaves.
If we’re looking at the narrative shift, the fact that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have now printed articles saying that the US is angry about the fact that the Ukraine military is not following their orders is a very important thing.
Most of the “narrative shift” we’ve heard so far is simply “the Ukraine is actually losing, in fact.” This could go either way – either it heads towards peace, or it’s an excuse for the US to send in the troops.
However, the US blaming the Ukraine implies that they are going to wind it down, and say the failure was all the Ukraine’s fault, that they were pussies, and now they’re surrendering, and the US can’t do anything to stop them.
Of course, in reality, the biggest failures of the Ukraine were the result of the US making demands. None of the top generals in the Ukraine wanted to do this “counteroffensive.” The US told them they had no choice.
But logically, if the US is going to wind down the war, they have to blame the Ukraine. They’re not going to blame themselves. And they can just order Zelensky to go along with it, to announce that there’s been too much bloodshed, and he’s going to do peace talks.
Then everyone can claim victory because Putin didn’t conquer Kiev.
American officials are “frustrated” with Ukraine’s reluctance to accept their advice on how to conduct the counteroffensive against Russian forces, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The newspaper claimed it was still “not too late” for Kiev to follow instructions from Washington, and to utilize the training that tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops have received from NATO nations. The outlet noted, however, that the two sides are still “at odds about how to turn the tables on the Russians” before winter sets in.
According to the WSJ’s sources, the US believes that the amount of Western military aid sent to Ukraine is enough to breach Russian defenses, although the window of opportunity is closing.
“We built up this mountain of steel for the counteroffensive. We can’t do that again,” one former US official explained. “It doesn’t exist.”
The Ukrainian military leadership has attempted to deflect criticism by claiming that the Americans do not understand the kind of warfare that Kiev is engaged in, the WSJ added.
“This is not counterinsurgency. This is Kursk,” General Valery Zaluzhny, Kiev’s top military commander, told his US interlocutors, according to an unnamed American official.
Zaluzhny was referring to a key World War II battle on the eastern front, in which defending Soviet troops stopped Nazi forces before turning the tables on them.
Figures in Washington want Zaluzhny to concentrate Ukrainian forces near the southern city of Tokmak for a push towards the Azov Sea, the article claimed. It added that US officials disapprove of President Vladimir Zelensky’s focus on attempts to retake the city of Artyomovsk in the east, which Kiev calls Bakhmut.
The Ukrainian leader, who has invested symbolic significance in the settlement, reportedly argued that recapturing it would boost troop morale. US officials have long said Artyomovsk has no strategic value, urging a withdrawal before Ukrainian troops were ousted from it in late May. The WSJ said Kiev had made adjustments in recent weeks by taking a defensive posture in the east.
We know that Zelensky takes orders from the West on everything. There was this narrative that he was obsessed with Bakhmut, which was maybe true (who knows). But the US could have been telling him to push in Bakhmut and then saying publicly it was his decision.
No one knows.
What we do know is that if the US is now publishing in major papers that they are upset with the Ukrainians and their decision-making process, that implies they are looking to shift the blame as they ditch out.
Of course, it doesn’t prove anything.
But it implies it.