🇺🇸 Surveying A Stalemate
May 10, 2022

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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 5/9: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 43,
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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 5/4: Direction of Country, Economist YouGov Right Track 27,
Wrong Track 62
D 5/4: Gen. Congress Vote, Economist YouGov Republicans 47,
Democrats 53

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Roe v. Wade Protests, Market Slide Continues, Zelensky Speech


US: White House responds to abortion-related protests at homes of Supreme Court justices (ABC) + Senators aim to quickly pass bill to expand security for families of Supreme Court justices (CNN)

US: S&P 500 ends below 4000 for 1st time since March 2021; growth shares lead decline (Reuters)

World: On World War II anniversary, Ukraine President Zelensky says evil has returned (NY Post) + Zelensky: 'Soon there will be 2 Victory Days in Ukraine' (Yahoo)

US: Fire at Wisconsin anti-abortion office investigated as arson (AP)

World: Patron the bomb-sniffing dog gets a medal from Zelenskyy (NPR)

World: Russian ambassador to Poland doused with red paint while trying to celebrate Putin's 'Victory Day' (Fox News)

US: In shift, Democrats de-link Ukraine aid from COVID-19 money (The Hill)

US: QAnon Followers Intercept Migrant Kids at Border Amid Trafficking Worries (Newsweek)

US: Elon Musk's goals for Twitter are beyond ambitious (Axios)

World: Son of Philippines dictator Marcos headed for presidency with huge election lead (NBC)

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Surveying A Stalemate

Yesterday was “Victory Day” in Russia, which marks the anniversary of their victory over Nazi Germany on the Eastern Front during WW2. Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden visited Ukraine this past weekend and met with officials.

News Coverage from the Left: Putin defends Ukraine invasion while marking WWII victory (ABC)

News Coverage from the Right: Putin accuses the West of backing threats of 'nuclear war,' provoking Ukraine conflict (Fox News)

From the Flag: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual Victory Day speech, in which he alluded to the war with Ukraine. Here’s more from both sides regarding the broader conflict, which started over two months ago.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

The Slog of War Has No End In Sight


  • Russia has scaled back and refocused its operation, leading to military gains and opening up new questions as to how long the war could last.
  • The Russia-Ukraine conflict has the potential to become an unending military quagmire on par with Vietnam or Afghanistan.
  • In Eastern Ukraine, where the landscape has been torn apart by shelling, an on-the-ground journalist is given access to a secret base.

“Ukraine war stalemate or a slow war of attrition” Uldis Sprogis, American Thinker: “There is currently what could be called a stalemate situation with neither side making any significant progress in the war. The entire eastern and southeastern front lines have stabilized and little military action is going on. Ukraine is currently in a landlocked strategic situation with no commercial sea traffic going out of Odesa on the Black Sea due to a blockade … Russia is destroying railroad substations in Ukraine and causing severe shortages of fuel deliveries to the front lines and hampering railroad commerce. … Economically, Ukraine could be a basket case the longer the war lasts. … Will Russia be able to hold on to newly occupied eastern and southeastern Ukrainian territory? … Will Putin remain in power long enough since there are rumors that he is suffering from Parkinson’s and is due for a cancer operation? … there are no clear answers now. ”

“Forever War Revisited” Christopher Roach, American Greatness: “The failure to think clearly about victory and what it requires matters for the current Russia-Ukraine conflict. The United States is currently a belligerent in all but name, providing substantial financial and military assistance to the Ukrainians. Any form of diplomatic compromise appears to be wholly anathema. Instead, Biden has recently requested $33 billion in additional aid to Ukraine. The president has even said—in remarks quickly walked back by government officials—that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not remain in power. So, is the goal regime change? Total Ukrainian victory? In spite of the aid already received, Ukraine appears to be slowly losing the war. The Russians, having started the war with an overly ambitious strategy have since scaled back their operations to something more realistic. Russia’s logistics problems seem to have been sorted out. Russians have already retaken the city of Mariupol. And there is now a genuine main effort in the Donbas.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Inside the battle on the Eastern Front David Patrikarakos, Unherd

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Speeches Can’t Hide Putin’s Evil Failures, White House Remains Focused


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow officials attempted to ratchet up the enthusiasm for this year’s Victory Day in an attempt to hide from the country’s failures in Ukraine.
  • Russia’s attempt to eliminate Ukraine’s sovereignty is reminiscent of when the USSR starved millions through a forced famine, under Stalin’s leadership.
  • The White House has been unwavering in its support of Ukraine and its people, with First Lady Jill Biden’s recent visit a prime example of that commitment.

“Putin’s Parades Can’t Hide a Missing Victory” Clara Ferreira Marques, Bloomberg Opinion: “With its military bogged down in Ukraine, the domestic propaganda machine latched onto past successes instead, going into overdrive ahead of Monday’s commemorations. The fevered pitch, in turn, fueled overseas speculation that President Vladimir Putin would use the moment to mark a dramatic new stage in his two-month war. That he did not — he used a brief speech on Red Square instead to evoke Soviet heroism and repeat assertions that Moscow was provoked into action, without once mentioning Ukraine by name — says plenty about the heightened expectations of foreign observers, mismatched with reality in a conflict that will grind on for some time. But it was also a reminder of the limits of Putin’s power. Even autocrats cannot mobilize a nation for war, having called it a ‘special military operation,’ without unwanted costs. Nor can they easily spin defeat as national success.”

“Amid Ukraine’s ruins, Russia is rebuilding totalitarianism” Editorial Board, Washington Post: “Each day brings fresh information about the extent of Russian atrocities in Ukraine; though it is difficult to keep up with the news, it is important never to grow numb. … Horrific as they are, the destruction and killing are not entirely wanton. They are being carried out in pursuit of a political objective: to erase Ukraine not only as a state but even as a concept. … One should not overstate the parallels to the Soviet-era famine, in which 3.9 million Ukrainians … lost their lives. The death toll in today’s war, substantial as it is, does not approach that. But one should not understate the parallels, either. In blatant disregard of Ukraine’s recognized status under international law, Mr. Putin has declared that it is not a real state but rather the product of anti-Russian foreign machinations, which Russia must counter with force.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Why Jill Biden's trip in Eastern Europe matters Julian Zelizer, CNN Opinion

FLAG THIS

With War’s Outcome Uncertain, Misinformation Fears Abound


Last week a poll asked respondents who was more likely to win the war, with 29% saying Ukraine, and 25% saying Russia, with 14% saying victory was “equally likely” for either side. The largest group (31%) said they weren’t sure (YouGov).

In the fog of war, 61% of US adults say propaganda and misinformation surrounding Russia-Ukraine is a major problem, while just 7% say it is not (AP-NORC).

Finally, in a separate survey of 1,500 Americans who identify as “likely voters,” 43% said they were ok with Ukraine losing, compared to 41% who said that was “not ok” (Democracy Institute/Express).

Flag Poll: Do you consider false reporting and misinformation regarding Russia-Ukraine a major problem? Join our discussion here.

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Stonewall Jackson, Solo Board Games, Pegging Peanuts

On May 10, 1863, the South lost one of its boldest generals when 39-year-old Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson dies of pneumonia a week after his own troops accidentally fired on him during the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia. In the first two years of the war, Jackson terrorized Union commanders.

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Today I Learned peanuts grow through a process called “pegging,” in which the “peg” of the plant penetrates the soil.

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