WWCS? To glean wisdom on Russia’s war on Ukraine, start by asking a long-dead Prussian soldier. Namely Carl von Clausewitz, who spent a career at arms battling Revolutionary and Napoleonic France—including during a stint in the Imperial Russian army. He took up his pen after the little emperor’s overthrow, recording his insights into the dynamics of warfare in his masterwork, On War.
Were he among the quick today, Clausewitz might tender some caustic words about Moscow’s handling of the campaign in Ukraine. He would reprimand Vladimir Putin & Co. for demanding everything from Ukraine while evidently expecting little more than token resistance; for assuming the Ukrainian Army would fight Russia’s fight when it had every reason not to; for neglecting the operational rhythms of the battlefield; and for ignoring humdrum but all-important aspects of war-making, logistics in particular.
These are deadly sins in martial enterprises.