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CIA Director Paints Humiliating Picture of Putin's Army Trouble

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Over the course of the last several months, the world has gotten a rather intimate look at the Russian military machine, and you could say that they’re simply not impressed.

Once believed to be a fearsome fighting force fit for a world superpower, the reality of the Russian military’s underwhelming abilities has come home to roost as Ukraine continues to beat back the invaders with aplomb.  Mass desertions and surrenders have been a staple of the situation, as well as logistical failures and equipment issues.

The Director of the CIA paints a bleak picture of the situation for the Kremlin.

CIA Director Williams Burns said Russia’s military has more issues than just manpower after President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilization of 300,000 reservists last week. Putin’s decision, which has sparked protests and attempts to flee the country, comes as Ukraine has liberated some Russian-held areas.

“Even if he’s able to mobilize 300,000 troops, it’s not as if throwing people like cannon fodder toward the front, many of whom are not going to be well trained, many of whom are not going to have the kind of equipment that they need or the logistical support that they need as well,” Burns told “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell in an exclusive interview Monday. “His military has a lot of other problems; manpower is only one of them.”

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There were some concerns about Putin’s desperation, however.

Putin’s military mobilization appeared to be an acknowledgment that the war in Ukraine is not going according to plans. As he announced the move, Putin also hinted at the possibility of nuclear war.

“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said. “It’s not a bluff.”

Burns said it was “very hard to say at this point” if Putin is bluffing, but the U.S. intelligence community has not seen “any practical evidence” that Putin is moving closer to using nuclear weapons.

Russia’s move to annex several regions of eastern Ukraine could be an attempt to create that nuclear pretext, as it would allow Putin to declare Ukrainian liberation forces as “invaders” seeking to usurp the aforementioned “territorial integrity”.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.