Marine infantry veteran of 10 deployments in 60 countries joined the Living in Chaos Podcast with Joe Ligotti and Diamond Boy Luis to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Bestselling author Scott A. Huesing, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Major, told Living in Chaos Podcast hosts Joe Ligotti and Diamond Boy Luis that he feels “a large sense of Ukraine patriotism” is evident in how the nation’s well-trained armed forces are battling an invasion by Russian troops.
Huesing, the author of ‘Echo in Ramadi,’ also said he thinks the brazen military action ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin “would have happened regardless” of whether former President Donald Trump was still in office.
“That looming presence of a massive, mechanized and armored force that’s crossing the border illegitimately into a neighboring country … most Americans have no concept of that,” Huesing said in an interview on the Living in Chaos program. “It’s a grim facet of war.”
He also told hosts Ligotti and DB Luis that he is “not surprised” Ukrainian forces were able to slow the Russian advance early on. The nation’s soldiers are well trained and strongly supported by Ukrainian citizens – as well as world leaders and tens of millions of people around the globe who have condemned Putin’s aggression and the invasion. The United States and other nations have imposed harsh economic sanctions on Russia in an effort to persuade an end to Putin’s military operation.
“I’m not surprised by that. It gives me hope there is a large sense of Ukraine patriotism going on,” Huesing said.
Huesing is a retired USMC Infantry Major with over 24 years of service, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer. His career spanned 10 deployments and he conducted operations in over 60 countries worldwide. During his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa he planned, led, and conducted hundreds of combat missions under some of the most austere and challenging conditions. His bestselling book ‘Echo in Ramadi’ portrays the realities of urban combat during the Iraq War “surge” of 2006 – 2007.