One Year Later, Poland Now in Russian Crosshairs — But it Might Be More Than Putin Can Handle

Wes O'Donnell
4 min readFeb 24
A Polish sniper working with U.S. cavalry scouts from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division from, completes a situational training exercise April 22, 2015, at Camp Konotop, Poland. Photo by Spc. Marcus Floyd, 13th Public Affairs Detachment. Public domain.

There’s a saying in Russia: Плохо́му танцо́ру — which translates to “A bad dancer blames his testicles.” Or, to put it another way, a bad workman blames his tools.

It’s been exactly one year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and one thing still amazes me: Russia still talks about warfighting as…

Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security Writer for War is Boring, GEN, OneZero, Soldier of Fortune | Law Student | TEDx Speaker