Boy, looks like I missed the hysteria. Instead of thumbing my way around the internet to catch the latest news on the complete devastation of Russia’s Kerch bridge that unites Crimea with Mother Russia, I was at a gun range being trained by a retired Delta Force operator. He is a hell of a teacher.
Needless to say, my time was better spent (and cheaper) compared to what Ukraine spent on its spectacular failure to destroy the Kerch bridge. Failure? Yes. The initial images of a veritable Dante’s furnace, complete with rolling clouds of black smoke and frantic tongues of flames licking the bridge, seemed to have erased Ukraine’s previous reputation for inept sabotage.
Even Pillsbury Doughboy Alexander Vindman took time off from stuffing his pudgy cheeks with donuts to celebrate the moment.
Even the Brits felt the need to pop a bottle of bubbly and cheer the “MASSIVE” explosion.
But alas, once again, Ukraine failed to deliver the mythic death blow. The bridge is open and traffic is flowing, albeit a little slower and more congested because of damage to one section of the bridge (which is easily repaired). Yes, the portion of the bridge where the truck bomb detonated is closed, but the other part of the bridge is open and operating. Not exactly a “massive” blow. An inconvenience? Yes, but it does not create an insurmountable problem for Russia.
The over joyed reaction to the limited success of this operation in the West belies a desperation. If a major section of the entire bridge had been pulverized then I would understand the jubilation and snarky comments. This is akin to the Germans celebrating the failure to blow up the Bridge at Remagen during World War II. German attempts to destroy that bridge were foiled while allied forces continued to roll into Germany. That bridge–the Ludendorf–collapsed ten days after its capture but that came too late to save the Nazis from the American and British onslaught. Patton and his troops were settled comfortably in Germany.
Let us give Ukraine credit for one thing–they are really pissing off the people of Russia and galvanizing support for Putin to take decisive action. The West insists it wants to get rid of Vladimir Putin but actions like this attack on the Kerch bridge is having the opposite effect on Putin’s popularity and his growing mandate to punish Ukraine as a terrorist state. I suspect that Ukraine will not be as chirpy once Russia chooses to respond in force.