Quick Blog Update 22 February, 2022

So, yesterday the first Russian troops entered eastern Ukraine on a ‘peacekeeping mission.’ Not quite the invasion many of us have been bracing for, but that could still be coming at some point down the line. Russia’s recognition of the breakaway republics and the movement of military forces into the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics certainly puts it on a collision course with Kiev and potentially also with the West. Quite frankly, nobody knows what Russia’s next move will be. The armchair generals and analysts on social media are having a field day giving their opinions to the world, whether we want them or not. 😊

As for this blog, we are going to keep moving forward with the World War 3 in 1987 for the time being. If all hell breaks loose in Europe for real at some point, we can reassess. Just know that I won’t make the decision without asking for opinions and feedback from the readers. You guys have made this blog what it is and I am not about to pull the plug temporarily without taking your thoughts into consideration.

Unfortunately, free time has been non-existent for the last 2 days with everything going on in Europe. I’m a little behind where I wanted to be with blog posts so far this week but the next one will be up by Wednesday evening. Hope everyone is having an agreeable day 😊 –Mike

14 Replies to “Quick Blog Update 22 February, 2022”

    1. Let’s hope not. I always liked that painting, though. Aviation artist named Ronald Wong did it as a commissioned piece I believe.

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  1. I’m always amazed by your prodigious output of content on 3 blogs. And you have an important day job. Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Rest, fluids, healthy food, vitamins, etc. Of course, I’m the poster child for all-nighters and fried food at 3:00 am. But, do as I say, not as I do!

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    1. Thanks! The secret is to outline the content of each post and have the research done beforehand. That’s a large part of the work. Rest, fluids and the rest are essential, but an all-nighter once in a while doesn’t hurt. 🙂

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  2. Whatever your decision, Mike, I’m with you 100% on it. If this bleeds over a little too much into the real world, or vice/versa and you need to leave it behind for a while, if for work purposes, for matters of simple good taste, or whatever, I’ll miss it but remain hopeful that it will return.

    For me, I think of the bible verse “There will always be wars, and rumors of wars”. If there’s a “right time” and “wrong time” to write a speculative war novel, then the answer is “never” and “always” respectively.

    I’m very worried that in an attempt to bolster the absolutely flaccid appearance of the entire administration, our sitting President and his handlers might decide to send young men to die in Ukraine. But that doesn’t impact my ability to read and enjoy this ‘blog. If anything it’s a refreshing contrast, and a look back to a time when my country had Resolution, and strong leadership. Comforting in its way.

    You do what you think you need to, we’re here all the way along.

    Do you have my email address, by the way? Is that viewable through my WP profile that you can see? I’ve a few ideas I wanted to bounce off of you.

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  3. Ukraine is pretty much encircled now from three sides: south (Crimea), east (Donetsk/Luhansk, frontier with Russia itself), north (Belarus). The main and most important (most probably) issue : Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” do not cover entire territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts proper. I’m afraid, Putin will order to “correct” it. And Ukrainian army can do very little to thwart such a move.

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    1. I think you’re definitely barking up the right tree, Pawel. This is going to get worse and the territory for those breakaway republics go beyond the respective propers.

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  4. Great work so far on this blog. I’ve have trouble getting posts up for some reason …not sure why the engine doesn’t like me – but keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks, D G! I’m not sure why you have a problem with posts but if it continues, let me know. Maybe try a different browser, that could work.

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  5. That painting hung in the RAF Alconbury O club lobby in the late 80’s! The title’s “Flight with Might”, a play on the motto of the 303rd TMW. It stayed post INF along with a collection of paintings representing the other aircraft at Alconbury around that time. I always personally thought the caption on the SP fire team member should have been “Oh man, and I was getting short. Four more weeks and out!”

    I didn’t really have much interaction with the missile guys. I do know they spent a lot of time away from Molesworth on training exercises. I only got out to Molesworth after INF to shoot at the CATM range during augmentee training. Almost everything there was brand new, built for the GLCM mission, and much nicer than the leaky “temporary” building I worked in that shook whenever the wind blew!

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  6. I’d support which ever way you to decide to treat it. I look forward to each post, but would understand if there is a pause, if anything, due to more important things to tend to. I’ll keep reading, as long as there’s something here. Thanks!

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