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弗朗西斯·福山:为失败做准备

——对乌克兰局势的系列预测

我在北马其顿斯科普里写这篇文章,上周我一直在那里教授我们的领导力学院发展课程之一。就可用信息而言,乌克兰战争之后在这里没有什么不同,除了我在相邻的时区,而且巴尔干地区对普京的支持比欧洲其他地区更多。后者的很大一部分是由于塞尔维亚,以及塞尔维亚掌控的人造卫星。

我斗胆对乌克兰局势做几个预测:

1. 俄罗斯在乌克兰正走向彻底的失败。俄罗斯的计划是一个低能产品,基于一个错误的假设,即乌克兰人对俄罗斯钟情好感,他们的军队会在俄罗斯入侵后立即崩溃。俄罗斯士兵显然为他们在基辅的胜利游行携带了礼服制服,而不是额外的弹药和口粮。普京此时已将其整个军队的大部分投入到这次行动中–没有庞大的储备部队可以被他调用来增加战斗力。俄罗斯军队被困在乌克兰的各个城市之外,他们面临着巨大的供应问题和乌克兰的不断攻击。

2. 俄军阵列的崩溃可能是突然和灾难性的,而不是通过消耗战慢慢发生。野战中的军队将达到一个既不能补给也不能撤退的地步,士气也会蒸发全无。这至少在北方是如此;俄国人在南方做得更好,但如果北方崩溃,南方的军队将很难维持。

3. 在俄军崩溃的情况发生之前,没有任何用外交谈判解决战争的可能性,因为鉴于俄罗斯和乌克兰目前各自所遭受的损失,没有任何可以想象的折中方案能让他们接受。

4. 联合国安理会再次被证明是无用的。唯一有帮助的是联合国大会投票,这有助于识别世界上的存心不良或推诿责任的作为方。

5. 拜登政府不宣布禁飞区或帮助转送波兰米格机的决定都是好的;他们在一个非常情绪化的时期保持了清醒。让乌克兰人自己打败俄罗斯人要好得多,使莫斯科失去了北约攻击他们的借口,同时也避免了所有明显的战争升级可能性。特别是波兰的米格机不会给乌克兰的作战能力增色多少。更重要的是持续供应标枪、毒刺、TB2s、医疗用品、通讯设备和情报共享。我认为,乌克兰部队已经获得北约在乌克兰境外的情报部门的引导了。

6. 当然,乌克兰所付出的代价是巨大的。对乌克兰受到的最大的损害是由俄军的火箭弹和大炮造成的,无论是波兰提供米格机还是北约设立禁飞区都无法对此有多大的阻止。唯一能阻止屠杀的是击败地面上的俄罗斯军队。

7. 普京不会在他的军队被击败后幸存下来。他得到支持是因为他被认为是一个强人;一旦他表现出无能并被剥夺了胁迫他人的权力,他还有什么价值呢?

8. 入侵已经对世界各地的民粹主义者造成了巨大的伤害,在袭击之前,他们一致表示同情普京。这包括萨尔维尼、博尔索纳罗、泽莫尔、勒庞、奥尔班,当然还有特朗普。此次战争中的政治表现暴露了他们公开的威权主义倾向。

9. 迄今为止的战争对中国来说是一个很好的教训。 与俄罗斯一样,中国在过去十年中建立了看似高科技的军事力量,但他们没有作战经验。 俄罗斯空军的糟糕表现很可能会被中国人民解放军空军复制,后者同样没有管理复杂空中作战的经验。 我们可能希望中国领导层不要像俄罗斯人在考虑未来对台湾采取行动时那样自欺欺人。

10. 希望台湾自己能清醒过来,像乌克兰人那样准备战斗,恢复征兵制。 我们不要过早地成为失败主义者。

11. 土耳其的无人机将成为畅销品。

12. 俄罗斯的失败将使 “自由的新生” 成为可能,并使我们摆脱对全球民主衰落状态的迷茫。1989年的精神将继续存在,这要感谢一群勇敢的乌克兰人。

原文:

Francis Fukuyama:Preparing for Defeat

I’m writing this from Skopje, North Macedonia, where I’ve been for the last week teaching one of our Leadership Academy for Development courses. Following the Ukraine war is no different here in terms of available information, except that I’m in an adjacent time zone, and the fact that there is more support for Putin in the Balkans than in other parts of Europe. A lot of the latter is due to Serbia, and Serbia’s hosting of Sputnik.

I’ll stick my neck out and make several prognostications:

Russia is heading for an outright defeat in Ukraine. Russian planning was incompetent, based on a flawed assumption that Ukrainians were favorable to Russia and that their military would collapse immediately following an invasion. Russian soldiers were evidently carrying dress uniforms for their victory parade in Kyiv rather than extra ammo and rations. Putin at this point has committed the bulk of his entire military to this operation—there are no vast reserves of forces he can call up to add to the battle. Russian troops are stuck outside various Ukrainian cities where they face huge supply problems and constant Ukrainian attacks.

The collapse of their position could be sudden and catastrophic, rather than happening slowly through a war of attrition. The army in the field will reach a point where it can neither be supplied nor withdrawn, and morale will vaporize. This is at least true in the north; the Russians are doing better in the south, but those positions would be hard to maintain if the north collapses.

There is no diplomatic solution to the war possible prior to this happening. There is no conceivable compromise that would be acceptable to both Russia and Ukraine given the losses they have taken at this point.

The United Nations Security Council has proven once again to be useless. The only helpful thing was the General Assembly vote, which helps to identify the world’s bad or prevaricating actors.

The Biden administration’s decisions not to declare a no-fly zone or help transfer Polish MiGs were both good ones; they’ve kept their heads during a very emotional time. It is much better to have the Ukrainians defeat the Russians on their own, depriving Moscow of the excuse that NATO attacked them, as well as avoiding all the obvious escalatory possibilities. The Polish MiGs in particular would not add much to Ukrainian capabilities. Much more important is a continuing supply of Javelins, Stingers, TB2s, medical supplies, comms equipment, and intel sharing. I assume that Ukrainian forces are already being vectored by NATO intelligence operating from outside Ukraine.

The cost that Ukraine is paying is enormous, of course. But the greatest damage is being done by rockets and artillery, which neither MiGs nor a no-fly zone can do much about. The only thing that will stop the slaughter is defeat of the Russian army on the ground.

Putin will not survive the defeat of his army. He gets support because he is perceived to be a strongman; what does he have to offer once he demonstrates incompetence and is stripped of his coercive power?

The invasion has already done huge damage to populists all over the world, who prior to the attack uniformly expressed sympathy for Putin. That includes Matteo Salvini, Jair Bolsonaro, Éric Zemmour, Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orbán, and of course Donald Trump. The politics of the war has exposed their openly authoritarian leanings.

The war to this point has been a good lesson for China. Like Russia, China has built up seemingly high-tech military forces in the past decade, but they have no combat experience. The miserable performance of the Russian air force would likely be replicated by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, which similarly has no experience managing complex air operations. We may hope that the Chinese leadership will not delude itself as to its own capabilities the way the Russians did when contemplating a future move against Taiwan.

Hopefully Taiwan itself will wake up as to the need to prepare to fight as the Ukrainians have done, and restore conscription. Let’s not be prematurely defeatist.

Turkish drones will become bestsellers.

A Russian defeat will make possible a “new birth of freedom,” and get us out of our funk about the declining state of global democracy. The spirit of 1989 will live on, thanks to a bunch of brave Ukrainians.


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