1) Editorial, “Face à une guerre longue en Ukraine, il faut tenir, en soutien à Kiev; Alors que la perspective d’un conflit qui s’installe dans la durée se renforce, les Occidentaux doivent intensifier leur assistance militaire aux Ukrainiens, la faire monter en gamme et lutter plus efficacement contre le contournement des sanctions contre Moscou,” Le Monde, le 17 août 2023 (11h25);
2) Editorial, “Faced with a long war in Ukraine, we must hold, in support of Kiev; As the prospect of a long-term conflict strengthens, Westerners must intensify their military assistance to Ukrainians, upgrade it and fight more effectively against the circumvention of sanctions against Moscow, Le Monde, August 17, 2023 (11:25 a.m.);
In an Editorial published on August 17, 2023, France’s leading newspaper Le Monde succinctly identified what it viewed as the principal strategic failures of the West in supporting Ukraine in its war of self-defense against Russian aggression.
These failures have been identified here in The Trenchant Observer and in our sister publication, the Trenchant Observations newsletter (on Substack) since the early days of the war.
In the analysis of Le Monde, these failures have included the following:
1) Underestimating tge likelihood that Putin would invade Ukraine;
2) Delays in deciding and failure to decide what weapons to transfer to Ukraine and delays in their delivery;
3) Failure to plan for the manufacture of munitions at the time when they should have done so, inflicting on the Ukrainian combatants cruel shortages;
4) Failure to understand the military cost of their delayed decisions and deliveries of munitions, which gave the Russians ample time to build formidable defenses, including the mining of key territories;
5) Unrealistic expectations for rapid advances in the current counter-offensive;
6) Forgetting that the price of their delays, in decisions and munitions deliveries, has been paid with Ukrainian lives.
7) Expecting Ukrainian successes in a counter-offensive which they themselves would never undertake without air superiority, all the while refusing and delaying y delivery of aircraft that might redress that situation.
We have identified other strategic failures, but we certainly agree with Le Monde in those it has identified.
The Trenchant Observer