12/23/2022 – War update and commentary

From Jamie Peipon: There was a time when nobody knew what country I was talking about when I said that I lived in Ukraine. I hate the circumstances, but that is not the case any longer. Yesterday, the Vice President and the Speaker of the House held up a Ukrainian flag behind Ukraine’s president following a speech to a joint session of Congress. This is remarkable in a country that is so serious about its own flag that we have federal laws (the “flag code”) that regulate the display and appearance of our flag.

At least thirteen standing ovations were counted and, at one point, a “slava Ukrayini” chant broke out in the balcony to which Zelenskyy enthusiastically responded “heroyam slava.” This is remarkable. The Ukrainian language (which many in that chamber and across the country may not have realized even existed a year ago) was spoken in the halls of America’s legislature and everyone understood what was going on. Again… this is remarkable. At this point, the use of “slava Ukrayini” has become part of the lingua franca.

Zelenskyy did not add any time in the States for rest. This morning, he was already meeting with the Polish president in Rzeszow, Poland on his way home to Ukraine. Just based on the pictures, you can tell that their meeting was a warm one. Poland has been a very faithful ally for this entire year.

One reason Zelenskyy may have been hurrying back to Ukraine is that they hit a significant milestone today. According to Ukraine’s official numbers, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have killed 100,000 russian soldiers. These numbers are almost impossible to verify, and we don’t know exactly how they’re making these calculations. But anywhere close to that number is absolutely ridiculous. That is more than russia lost in the First Chechen War, the Second Chechen War, and during ten years of fighting during the Soviet-Afghan war… they’ve lost more than in those wars COMBINED.

For some, the amount of money given to Ukraine is a real sticking point. That is fair. But, for perspective, it is important to know that supporting Ukraine has been an absolute bargain for the US. The entire US defense budget for 2022 was $715 billion. Ukraine has received less than 6% of total US military spending. But what has the US received for this investment? A key adversary of the United States has been entirely dominated and about 50% of their military system has been taken down for less than 6% of military spending for a a single year.

“No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.”

3 responses to “12/23/2022 – War update and commentary”

  1. I read this scripture on Dec 23 and it seems relevant: Nehemiah 4:14
    “After I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” May God grant strength and wisdom to the Ukraine militia who are doing this very thing!


  2. Thanks for the big picture, once again citing facts. Wish the media could work that way, sadly no. It’s horrific.

    Merry Christmas to you,


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