What if those who read banned sites like RT and Sputnik (banned because they’re Russian) and sites that haven’t been completely banned yet but have a Russian orientation have a better idea of what’s going on in Ukraine than devoted readers of the mainstream media? This article is funny because its clear that Doug Bandow, a fairly astute analyst who spends too much time reading the mainstream media, is in the process of being redpilled on whose actually winning in Ukraine. From Bandow at theamericanconservative.com:
We underestimated the Ukrainians and overestimated the Russians, but now we seem to be doing the reverse.
Who is winning the Russo-Ukraine war?
Ukraine is defeating Russia. With a little more Western assistance, Ukraine will defeat Russia. With increased and sustained aid, Ukraine will defeat Russia. Ukraine and Russia are locked in a potentially lengthy stalemate. Ukraine is giving way as Russia slowly achieves its objectives in the east. Ukraine is losing and Russia will eventually conquer the entire country.
The answer depends on who you listen to.
Yet the answer matters. Western preferences—for Kiev to defeat, even humiliate Moscow—might be coloring assessments of the state of the war and warping expectations for the future.
Russia’s attack was unjustified and criminal, causing needless death and destruction in Ukraine, and sacrificing Russian lives for no good reason. The U.S. and Europeans share the blame, having spent decades ignoring and dismissing security complaints from Moscow, a decision that turned out to be foolish, even reckless. However, that does not excuse Putin’s murderous aggression. Nor are Ukrainians his only victims; Vladimir Putin’s decision has sent shockwaves across nations and continents.