“A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers. The intimation of mortality is part of New York now: in the sound of jets overhead, in the black headlines of the latest edition.” — E.B. White, “Here is New York,’ 1948
Despite my rather dark meditations on the fragility of things in yesterday’s Secret Podcast with Mona Charen (available to Bulwark+ members), we begin today with some good news.
How it started:
How it’s going:
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials say fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, who is both the former leader of a pro-Russian opposition party and a close associate of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has been detained in a special operation carried out by the country’s SBU secret service….
Putin is the godfather to Medvedchuk’s youngest daughter.
Meanwhile, the president uses his words. “Biden accuses Putin of committing a 'genocide' in Ukraine.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Biden’s remarks the “true words of a true leader,” though top U.S. officials have resisted using the term, even amid evidence of brutal torture and killings and growing accusations that Russia has committed war crimes against Ukrainians.
Via the Wapo: “Pentagon looks to vastly expand weapons for Ukraine.”
The Biden administration is poised to dramatically expand the scope of weapons it is providing Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, with the Pentagon looking to transfer armored Humvees and a range of other sophisticated equipment.
The new aid package could be worth $750 million, these people said….
But, but, but…
This is crucial, because…