Not a punching bag
It’s churlish to dwell on all that can go wrong with the professional journalist. True, some aren’t completely annoying to be in the same room with, and some do good work. But not Andreas Kluth.
The nut graph of his recent op-ed, titled “The US Can Make Ukraine Play Defense, on One Condition. If the White House demands that Kyiv hold Russia at bay rather than reconquer its own lands, it must also provide the armor and ammo,” published on January 16, 2024 by Bloomberg, says this:
Well of course this collection of words is galling. Zaluzhny did not say the war is a stalemate. The Economist said the war is at a stalemate. That was in the subtitle of their article about Zaluzhny, who wrote a nine-page memo, titled “Modern Positional Warfare and How to Win It.1”
The shocking thing about the Bloomberg op-ed is how confused Andreas is.
What Z thinks about how the war should be prosecuted can be discussed, but few Ukrainians are very interested, because the president has zero military expertise and very bad judgement. Worse, he stubbornly ignored months of warnings that Russia would invade in the first place.
These are the times of Khmelnytsky, Petliura, Bandera and Zaluzhny. What Z feels is besides the point.