First, Scott Ritter does a very simple (operational) arithmetic about Javelins, or rather mythology surrounding them:
Then Larry Johnson makes a very good case about propaganda BS in Western MSM (full piece is behind the link) and debunks accusations of spreading Russian propaganda:
In writing this hard truth I am frequently accused of simply passing on Russian propaganda. Not true. If you have the videos of the Ukrainians wreaking havoc on the Russians please let me know. I have not seen it. And as I noted above, I do not doubt for a minute that U.S. news media would be showing these videos if they existed. This may be a decisive week for the continued existence of organized Ukrainian military operations. The Russian military appears to be following Putin’s directive–demilitarize Ukraine.
Read the whole thing. Meanwhile I am also accused of being Russian propagandist, especially considering my background. But above are two American (real patriotic) senior cadre officers of both solid intelligence and USMC pedigree, who say pretty much the same things I say all the time. As Larry correctly states: "show me the money", show the real, not fake, columns of Russian POWs or fields littered with Russian armor. Where are those hundreds of shot down Russian combat aircraft. If one excludes dubiously framed by Ukrainian side and still unclear events with RKR Moskva, as Larry, or Douglas Macgregor, or Scott or many others, yours truly included, correctly say all the time--most Ukrainian "victories" are fakes which are debunked usually within 48 to 72 hours, even US MSM sometimes are forced to admit those fakes.
But there is one other aspect here of which Scott talks about and I wrote books: US weapons, traditionally grossly overpriced, are not that good as they are portrayed. It is no secret that utterly incompetent performance of Arab armies in Middle Eastern wars against Israel created a good excuse in the West to trash Soviet Weaponry, their "monkey-models" operated by often barely literate Egyptian and Syrian soldiers in 1960s and 1970s. But the reality, especially against the background of a competent use of Soviet weaponry by Vietnam in the same time of Arab-Israeli wars, was telling the other story. Today, everything changed. Syrian Air Defense is one of the most engaged and combat experienced, with excellent combat record to its credit, air defense forces in the world. Arabs are learning the ways of combined arms warfare and they are certainly not Arab military of 1960s. Same goes for Iranian forces in Syria--these guys are not pushovers anymore. As you may have guessed it--all of them use Soviet/Russian weaponry.
But unlike it was for the Soviet Union in Arab-Israeli wars, annihilation of the VSU, which was thought to be by the US an exhibit A of the glory of American strategic planning, C3 and battlefield weapons provided for the largest European army, is turning out to be a reputational catastrophe. Even fanatical and well-armed Ukie Nazis are no match for Russian forces. That creates a mood bordering on hysteria among D.C. "elites" overwhelming majority of who bought their own military propaganda, which is easy when practically none of them has any serious military pedigree. If I would have been today a senior American officer with proper military combat background, I would have been disturbed and embarrassed by the US "military experts" on all major US news networks who parade themselves as military amateurs, despite many of them having general and colonel ranks. Most of their "analysis" is cringe worthy.
But their state was described long time ago in a relation to a man (Napoleon), who, unlike their pathetic selves, was and is considered one of the greatest military leaders in history even by his enemies:
In former battles he had only considered the possibilities of success, but now innumerable unlucky chances presented themselves, and he expected them all. Yes, it was like a dream in which a man fancies that a ruffian is coming to attack him, and raises his arm to strike that ruffian a terrible blow which he knows should annihilate him, but then feels that his arm drops powerless and limp like a rag, and the horror of unavoidable destruction seizes him in his helplessness"Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace, Book 10, Chapter XXXIV.
Russian forces will culminate within the next ten days if we maintain pressure on them...they have manpower problems and ammo shortages. Accelerate/expand support to UKR to destroy Russian arty, rockets, and cruise missiles. Now is the time to keep our foot on the gas.
"Our soldiers are doing the training with the Ukrainians and we've learned a lot from the Ukrainians," said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges. "A third of the [Ukrainian] soldiers have served in the ... combat zone, and no Americans have been under Russian artillery or rocket fire, or significant Russian electronic warfare, jamming or collecting — and these Ukrainians have. It's interesting to hear what they have learned."